How to thicken your hair: remedies and products

Thinning, weak and brittle hair: women and men alike can face this condition in the course of their lives and experience considerable discomfort. The causes of hair loss can range from the changing seasons to psychophysical stress and hormonal imbalances.

However, there are simple remedies and specific products that help the hair regain volume and shine within a few weeks. Below we explain the main causes of thinning and offer some useful tips for thickening your hair, from good lifestyle habits to hair loss prevention products.

What causes hair loss?

Hair thinning can be caused by multiple factors, some of which are related to your lifestyle – so the first step in combating hair loss is to quit any bad habits that can affect your hair’s health. The most common causes of hair loss are:

– stress;
– low intake of vitamins, proteins, lipids and minerals;
– overly tight hairstyles for very long periods;
– using products containing aggressive chemical agents.

There is another cause that has nothing to do with lifestyle and is purely physiological: the change of season. In September, October and November your hair typically thins out more due to its life cycle, before falling out and being replaced by new hair.

Other factors affecting hair health are genetics, allergies and hormonal imbalances, but in general thinning can be remedied by taking action before it reaches an advanced phase. Let’s discover how to thicken your hair with some remedies that everyone can easily prepare at home.

How to thicken your hair with practical and effective remedies

Some natural elements such as essential oils can help both men and women seeking to thicken their hair. Below are some remedies that help increase the body of the hair, making it stronger, healthier and shinier.

Castor oil

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, castor oil promotes hair growth while making it stronger and more resistant. It is rich in proteins, minerals, omega-3 and vitamin E: essential nutrients that help strengthen the hair’s structure. Just pour a spoonful into the palm of your hand and massage into your scalp and through to the tips. Then simply cover your hair with a towel moistened with hot water and leave it to act for a few hours. Carry out this treatment once a week.

Black cumin oil

As well as counteracting thinning, black cumin oil makes dry hair shinier and helps combat dandruff. This oil, which is also used to promote skin health and has antioxidant properties, nourishes the hair bulbs by stimulating microcirculation. To give your hair more body, once a week massage the oil onto the scalp, lengths and tips, leaving it to act for about 30 minutes. The next step is to wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary is one of the best plants for strengthening hair, thanks to its essential oil that stimulates the follicles and fights hair loss. It also normalizes and regulates sebum production to counteract dandruff, taking care of oily, dull and brittle hair. To benefit from all its properties, apply the essential oil on damp hair, leave it on for about half an hour and rinse with a mild shampoo.

Olive oil

How can you thicken your hair using a natural product that’s easy to find at home? With olive oil: rich in omega-3 that makes your hair stronger, more robust, healthier and shinier. It’s also simple and quick to apply: just heat it slightly until lukewarm, pour a little into the palm of your hand and gently spread it on your scalp. Let your hair rest for at least 30 minutes and after washing with a mild shampoo, you’ll notice the benefits immediately. This treatment can be repeated as often as twice a week.

Ginger essential oil

The ginger plant boosts the immune system and contains antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, minerals, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients help strengthen the hair and stimulate its growth. To give your hair volume, just pour a few drops of ginger essential oil into your shampoo or massage it into your scalp, leave it for about 40 minutes, then rinse.

Brahmi and bhringraj herbal powder

Brahmi cares for hair by making it stronger at the roots, while bhringraj helps prevent and counteract hair loss. Both herbs are available in powder form and can be used in the same way: Add them to hot water and leave them to soak for about 30 minutes. Apply the resulting mixture to dry hair with circular movements. Finally, let your hair rest for at least an hour.

Henna

Obtained by drying the leaves then reducing them to powder, henna can permanently bind to the keratin in the hair, creating a sort of film that thickens it. It is a natural product that colors the hair while simultaneously making it stronger.

To strengthen your hair with henna, pour the powder into a container with lemon juice (or vinegar) until the mixture isn’t too thick. Cover it with plastic wrap for 8 hours then apply the product on washed hair, covering it with a shower cap. After an hour you can continue washing your hair.

Millet

This cereal is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals that help prevent hair loss and stimulate keratin formation. Millet is used in numerous food supplements designed to combat thinning and narrowing of the hair shaft.

How to thicken your hair with a balanced diet

To thicken your hair, you should follow a balanced diet including certain nutrients. Here are the most important ones:

amino acids: sulfur amino acids are particularly helpful in fighting hair loss. They are found in fish, egg whites, sesame and pumpkin seeds, broccoli, legumes and spirulina seaweed;
selenium: a mineral that improves hair growth rates, strengthens it and gives it added shine. It is found in cereals, rice, barley, Brazil nuts, cashews, mustard seeds, meat, fish and eggs.
zinc: another essential mineral that helps thicken thinning hair. It is found in meat, fish, cereals, legumes, nuts, mushrooms, egg yolks, dark chocolate, and sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds.
iron: a lack of iron can weaken the hair, causing it to fall out. Iron also provides oxygen to the hair cells, so it’s best to ingest it by eating foods like meat, lentils, bitter cocoa, spinach, dried almonds, fish and liver.
biotin: also called vitamin B8, it preserves the integrity of the skin and hair while also counteracting inflammation caused by seborrheic dermatitis. It is found in milk, cheese, egg yolk, peanuts, vegetables, cauliflower, nuts and beans.

How to thicken your hair with specific products: the CRLAB solution

Every day we lose about 100 hairs, an amount that shouldn’t cause concern. But how can you thicken your hair when your hair loss far exceeds this amount? Besides the remedies described above, you can use specific products that act directly on the scalp.

CRLAB products make your hair more full-bodied, shiny and soft to the touch thanks to naturally-derived active ingredients. Pre-shampoo, shampoo and lotions comprise the CRLAB hair loss prevention kit that strengthens the structure of your hair, nourishes it and counteracts the formation of dangerous free radicals.

The pre-shampoo and shampoo cleanse and prepare the scalp before applying the lotion, which contains eucalyptus essential oils, apple stem cell extracts and ruby powder. The synergistic action of the products in the CRLAB kit ensures strong and healthy hair with greater volume and shine.