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I have very thin and balding hair, that is also oily and straight. I used to perm my hair every 4 months, but have stopped. It has been about three years since the last perm. My question is what is the best way to thicken my hair and condition it? I have heard of ways to use mayo and vinegar, but have been unable to find the right combination for my hair type. What would you recommend?
By Mrs_T from Washington, DC
There isn't much you can do with straight hair other than to get another perm. If you decide not to go the perm route, have a cosmetologist cut your hair short into layers.
Use professional hair styling mousse which you can buy at Sally's Beauty Supply. After washing your hair, blot with a towel and dispense a small amount of foam into your hands. Apply mousse to your hair working into the ends of the hair, bend over at the waist (head pointed towards floor) and dry hair with a blow dryer on medium heat. In this way it adds volume to your hair. Then finish styling with a curling iron or curling brush.
I have run my own salon for over 20 years. I agree with MCW above, as there really is not a product (other than root lifting spray or mousse) which can lift the hair and give more volume. I am 46 and have always had long hair, but recently due to it thinning I cut it into short layers. Hair weighs itself down, so if thin will add volume if it is shorter. Blow drying upside down will also increase the volume.
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How can you make hair thicker? I have long hair, but it's not very thick. Any suggestions?
By K!Bomb from Ishpeming, MI
I'm a licensed cosmetologist and have short thin hair. I don't look good in long hair. This is what I do to make my hair look and feel thicker.
I always get a body perm every 3 months. After I wash my hair, I towel blot it to absorb the excess water. I use TreSemme' Professional Firm Control Mousse in my hair. Follow the directions on the product. Then I bend over and blow dry my hair from underneath and that gives my hair volume. Then I'll usually follow up with a curling iron. (01/16/2010)
I do what MCW does with the drying. I, too, can't have long hair because on me it looks "witchy." You can't do anything to make your hair actually thicker (in my opinion), but a good cut by a professional can do wonders for making it look thicker. I have a short cut that flips under with a bit of layering in the very back that adds a little height. Also, thin hair must be clean or it really looks thin! (01/16/2010)
My hair is very heavy and this is what I do. Unless you are a pro at cutting your hair, have a professional do this -
Use thinning shears (the scissors that have a comb as one of the blades) and gather your hair as though you were going to put your hair in a thick half pony tail. Depending on your hair, you may have to do it in sections. Anyhoo, cut into your hair with the shears. As they don't cut all of your hair, you can create the look of thickness without sacrificing the length. (01/16/2010)
My hair is nearly waist length and baby-fine. To put in some body I dampen it slightly with a mist of water, then coil it up into a bun. After a couple hours I let it loose and have a head full of ringlets! I don't use styling products usually, but a bit of volumizing mousse on towel dried hair helps to keep the style around longer. (01/17/2010)
Nourishing your hair from the roots can help to thicken it. Massage your scalp with baby oil for beautiful, sheen and fast results. Another option is to make an extract by crushing hibiscus leaves in water and rub this solution into your scalp daily. Hair products with vitamin E can also help. Castor oil may not have a pleasant smell but works well to thicken and grow hair. (01/17/2010)
In a recent Prevention magazine, a scientist claimed that using conditioner on your hair before shampoo will help clean out all the build up. That, to me, means no weighty build up on your hair so your locks can plump up as they please, with better ease. I've been doing that for washings, and it seems to help give more shine and thickness to my long fine-textured hair.
Also, from my experience, washing only every other day, at the most, helps to increase thickness appearance.
Also, experiment with different hair styles (i.e. different hair cuts and hair dos with bobby pins, clips, and hair spray and other hair products, etc.).
For thin hair, I've heard shorter hair styles will add body to fine hair. (This worked for me too!) Add hair product (mousse or other), then blow dry your hair combing/brushing forward, dry all, then style and place your hair. That should help pull up the roots to add a nice thickened hair look.
This is a related link: http://www.prevention.com/getmorevolume/index.shtml
God bless you! (01/17/2010)
I, too, have thin hair, especially on top. When I washed my hair (which I only do 2x a wk, and one of those I don't shampoo, only a light conditioner) my hair would come out by the hand fulls. Now this is strictly anecdotal, but about 2 mos ago I started drinking a honey and cinnamon "tea" to lose weight. The original recipe was a tsp. of honey to 1/2 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 1 cup hot water - drink half in the morning 30 min before breakfast and the rest at night before bed.
I haven't been measuring, I just pour some honey and sprinkle some cinnamon in a coffee cup. It makes like a tea, and drink a cup in the morning and one at night. Can't say I've lost that much weight, but one thing I have definitely noticed - as has my beautician and friends - is that my hair has gotten thicker. When I wash it, it no longer comes out like it did before. Again, it might not be the "tea" concoction, but it is the only thing I can think of that I've done differently - and FYI; I'm 52 years old. Good luck, dear! (01/20/2010)
My hair stylist just told me about using biotin. I'm not sure if that's the right spelling. She said you get it at the health food store. It makes your hair fuller and thicker. (01/20/2010)
Could my Cholesterol medication be causing my hair to fall out? I don't know what to do to stop this. My hair is so thin. I use volumizers and gels, but it still looks very thin. Any suggestions on how to get it thicker or look thicker?
I'm not on medication, but I have baby fine, thin hair. I found this. Well, it's not "shampoo" they call it conditioning cleanser, it's on QVC, and it's called WEN. I called them and the young girl said that it's best used daily, which is not what I was doing.
Now I'm using it every day or maybe every 2 days and my hair is noticeably thicker, even my neighbor made mention of if, and believe me she rarely has anything nice to say. I buy two of them and mix them together: almond mint and cucumber aloe. It's pricey, but my crowning glory is important to me. I also have the almond mist mask, again, pricey, but my hair is loving it.
Also, and I think this is important to you, my scalp feels radiant. A healthy scalp means healthy hair. You might avoid gels, as they are drying, and that can lead to breakage. We need every strand we've got. (07/31/2009)
Eat foods that contain biotin (like carrots). When my diet is good, my hair and nails grow healthy and faster. (07/31/2009)
Your hair will thicken back up if you take folic acid and if you are not on vitamins you should take a One a Day Women's vitamins and for about a month or two take the folic acid until your hair comes back in. People don't know that many drugs we take deplete the nutrients in your body. I kept getting cramps in my leg. Turns out a medicine I was taking depletes the potassium in you body. It says plainly on the literature to the drug that patient should take potassium while on this drug. Did my doctor tell me this? No. (08/01/2009)
The Vitamins are a good idea. I have very soft and thin hair also. I might try them.
But, about a month ago I read how good gelatin is for hair and nails, so I have been enjoying Jello.
The first thing I noticed in about two weeks was how long and stronger my nails were. Then I began to notice new hair growing on the top sides of my head. I started to grow new hair where it had thinned out.
My hair has actually grown thicker.
I have not made my own jello from gelatin, I've just been buying the Grape Jello (made by the Jello Co.) I have stuck with Grape Jello because the ingredients are better.
What an improvement within a short time. I take it about 3 or 4 times a day, even just 4 tablespoons helps.
And think what a cheap way this is to get what our hair and nails need. Now I have Jello in my fridge all the time. (08/02/2009)
It may be hormone or stress related. I too lose my hair and have done so for years. I use to get cortisone shots in my head, but the doctors today are not to quick to help with that option. My cousin just had a baby and lost it by the tons. Her doctor told her to take flax seed oil supplements (about 2 to 3 a day) and her hair grew back even thicker. That's the hormone cause, I'm sure, but I've decided to give it a try as well. Will let you know my outcome in a couple of months. Good luck.
Oprah swears by collagen tablets. She calls them a fountain of youth. I have ordered them online and recently started taking them. They are supposed to improve hair, skin, and nails. It is too early to tell if it works, but the product reviews were very positive. (08/13/2009)
How do I thicken my hair? I have thin, gray hair. So, I would like to know how to get black and thicker hair.