How to Thicken Fine or Thin Hair
How to Naturally Thicken Your Fine or Thin Hair
Are you a member of the fine or thin hair club and want out or have been wanting out your whole life? Look no further! Learn how I nearly tripled the thickness of my formerly super fine and thin hair, all naturally too and with some helpful products. In this article, you'll find:
- My guide to thickening hair (6 tips)
- Bonus instructions on how to style your hair in the following ways and looks: the voluptuous blow-dry, big-and-messy, or big-and-soft curls/hair
A Guide to How I Naturally Thickened My Hair: Six Tips
1. For Thicker Hair, Trim It Every Six Weeks.
Get rid of your split ends by taking an inch of hair, twirling it around with your finger and trim the extra bits of hair that stick out. These are your split ends and getting rid of them is not only conducive to healthier but thicker hair.
2. Take Vitamins (Recommended: Viviscal) For Thicker Hair
One of the main reasons I feel my thin, fine hair has truly thickened is down to ‘Viviscal Maxium Strength Tablets’. You can use as many products as you like on your hair, but healthy strong hair is only really possible if you're taking the right vitamins. You can buy a load of vitamins from your local supermarket very cheaply and this should have the same effect. I personally prefer to use Viviscal as the vitamins are targeted to accelerate hair growth and is more practical to take just the one vitamin a day. Tons of models swear by them and you may see the added bonus of thicker eyelashes and eyebrows!
3. Don't Wash Your Hair Too Often
Try to keep washing your hair to a bare minimum, I usually manage twice a week. This allows the natural oils to condition your hair as well as keep breakage to a minimum. Since your hair is thin, it probably becomes greasy quickly as well. Washing your hair too often will only encourage your scalp to produce even more oil, thus making it greasy quicker. Having said that also try to not let your hair become too greasy. I find if my fine, thin hair is too dirty it starts shedding more than usual. So it's all about keeping some balance. Try this process for washing your hair:
- Mix sunflower oil, rosemary oil, and jojoba oil together and really soak your hair with it. Sunflower oil is brilliant for damaged hair. Also, both rosemary and jojoba oil stimulate cell division and dilutes blood vessels which in turn stimulates hair follicles.
- Leave the mixture in your hair for an hour and then rinse it out with organic apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar balances your natural pH levels so that it won’t dry out your scalp like most shampoos do. It revitalizes your hair, leaving it soft and shiny. There is also the added bonus of ensuring it properly rinses out the oils you have just used in your hair.
These ingredients are available cheaply at any supermarket or chemist and will go a long way to doubling or even tripling the thickness of your fine, thin hair.
4. Use Follicle Stimulating Shampoo
After rinsing your hair with the vinegar, use a follicle-stimulating shampoo. I recommend L.A. Science Hair Follicle Stimulating Shampoo. These types of shampoo contain peptide complex, which is meant to help strengthen the hair follicle. I found that less of my hair came out when combing it after washing—it also left my hair very soft without the need for any conditioner (which will only weigh down thin hair).
Note: You could also try a shampoo which doesn't contain any sulphates and parabens, such as Sukin hair shampoo (the protein one will be best for fragile hair), which will be better for your fine, thin hair in the long run.
5. Massage Rogaine Into Your Scalp
Every night, just before you go to bed, spend a good five minutes massaging Rogaine for Women into your scalp. I tend to focus on the areas of my scalp that produce the thinnest hair, and have noticed some extra growth around my temples. Dermatologists also claim that Rogaine generally works better for women than it does men. So, this will certainly aid your mission for tripling your fine, thin hair.
6. Regular Intake of Collagen for Thicker Hair
My absolute top tip for thickening fine, thin hair: incorporate the regular intake of collagen. I use the Neocell Super Collagen powder (initially on a daily basis and now on a weekly basis). In the beginning, I started this regime for my skin but was thrilled to see my hair looking a lot fuller and bouncier without styling it after about 7-8 weeks of use. It also grew by a good two extra inches than it normally does.
The regular intake of collagen has been shown to support and increase the body's hair-building proteins. Although I would highly recommend collagen intake, make sure it is not in any way replacing a healthy, normal diet. It will work much better when combined with a healthy diet rich in vitamins and especially proteins!
Your Fine and Thin Hair is Still Beautiful
After following the six tips listed in the above regime vigorously for a good 2-3 months, I’ve realised that as long as fine hair is well looked after and is in the best condition it possibly can be, it can look really beautiful. Fine hair tends to become very soft and wispy looking when healthy, which is just as lovely looking as stronger and thicker looking-hair.
Before Styling: Try Hair Building Fibers
Before I start styling my hair, I use Toppik Hair Fibres. Although this was specifically designed for people who are balding, I have found it very useful for adding some oomph around the front of my hair. The microfibers completely cover any thinning and give the illusion that you have a lot more hair than you actually do. This product just gives me an extra bit of confidence when I’m on a night out. You can get them in any hair colour.
The Big, Messy Hair Look
- For a more naturally unkempt look, start by curling your hair with a large-barreled curling iron. I personally use Babyliss Pro Professional, with the extra large barrel curling tong.
- Then, deconstruct it with your hairdryer to give it that relaxed messiness.
- For hairspray, I then use Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray, which makes my hair look much raunchier and bed-heady for that sexy messy look.
What Heated Rollers make your hair look like:
Big and Soft Hair
- Set your hair from mid-length in your heated rollers.
- Pull your hair back from your forehead in a triangle shape and make sure some strands of hair are left behind.
- Then, back-comb from the clipping point backwards to get height at the crown. I also use a hairpiece underneath to create some much needed height.
- I finish off by lifting sections and spraying dry shampoo which gives some volume and dries out any grease that may be starting to show.
Extra Tips for Thicker Hair
- Don’t forget to use heat protection spray before doing any of the above.
- All of these are great for a night out but can also be tailored to suit your everyday needs.
- On occasion, if I can’t be bothered to do any of these, I'll spray some dry shampoo all over and simply use a hair bun and wrap my hair around it to give the illusion of a nice thick bun. I make sure I leave a few strands around my face to soften the look.
I really hope that this article has helped you to feel more confident about your beautiful hair. Feel free to ask any questions! :)
Some Links and Articles You May Find Useful:
- Peaky Blinder's Grace Burgess Hair Tutorial
This is a quick and easy guide on how to achieve the beautiful Grace Burgess' hair style from BBC 2's Peaky Blinders series one. I have included both heated and non-heated options. (This is the hairstyle I use most frequently for my fine hair)
- What to Eat For Healthy hair | BBC Good Food
Learn what you should eat for healthy hair. Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients.
- How to Turn Dry Hair to Healthy Hair: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
Are you struggling with dry, porous and brittle hair and want to turn it to healthy, shiny, silky locks? Follow these steps, and you'll have healthy hair in no time!
- 50 Best Hairstyles For Thin Hair
Some of us are blessed with luscious thick locks while others have fine, sleek hair. There are good and bad points to both eventualities so don't fret.