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October 6, 2011

How to Naturally Thicken Your Hair

by Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen
My head is big. I’ve dealt with that fact my entire life and struggled with finding the right hats to add style without drawing attention to the circumference. Although my head is pretty voluptuous my hair is pretty thin. Keeping my hair natural has allowed me to keep up the appearance of thick hair but I’ve always envied those with hair to spare.
I did everything to get that full mane including adding an egg to my shampoo and over-saturating my hair with conditioners all to end up in vain. Now, since my hair is locked, I’ve been able to focus on how to pair my normal hair care routine with natural treatments to keep my locks healthy, breakage-free and nurtured.
Here are a few quick ways to keep your hair strong and naturally thicken your hair:
Hair Vitamins – I’ve been on my Viviscal kick for the past few months which has helped to add incredible moisture to my hair. My edges have been regrowing slowly as well but I’m also wearing my hair down more these days to prevent further breakage.
Natural Oils- Get your aromatherapy on by massaging your scalp regularly with natural oils you can easily apply to your scalp and hair. Oils like lavender, rosemary, jojoba, and grapeseed are natural solutions to help thicken your hair as you circulate your blood flow and encourage hair growth.
Eggs – Adding an egg to my shampoo wasn’t enough. Try mixing up a quick hair mask by applying the egg onto your hair, massage in and leave it on for no longer than five minutes. Do this egg mask treatment weekly to add protein to your hair and strengthen your strands.
Stay away – Shampoos that contain sulfates like sodium laureth sulfate can strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Sulfates are detergents, terrible for color, and give your shampoo that lather at the expense of your precious locks. Carol’s Daughter Monoi collection is what I’ve been using the past few months that contain coconut oil and help to reduce breakage and strengthen hair. Paraben and Sulfate free my locks have never felt softer and more healthy.
What have you done to naturally thicken your hair? Please share your tips and remedies with me.

CN Says:
*singing* you already know...
By now, I'm sure you're aware that I love big hair. For me, a steady vitamin regimen, henna and low manipulation styles coupled with finger detangling get 'er done.
Vitamins- Still taking Green Vibrance... not as regularly as I should, but at least 4 times a week
Henna- I've been regularly henna'ing for 2 months now and plan to do another treatment next weekend. I have 1-3 inch long hairs sprouting out around my hair line... behind my ears, at my nape... baby hairs popping! It's amazing how the henna can strengthen strands that may have been to weak to grow out previously. In a year or so, I should definitely be able to detect an increase in volume.
Low manipulation styles- It's simple really. The less I play in my hair, the fewer strands I lose prematurely to damage. I also find that using my fingers, as opposed to a paddle brush or comb, keeps more strands on my head.

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Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks's beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen and connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OBVMedia

10 Chime in!:

Camille Acey said...

I find that embracing steam in shower and the resulting slight shrinkage makes my hair MUCH bigger. I have also moved away from such a focus on protective styles since at my length, the roll and tuck ends up being a pretty flat affair.

Also, I can't say this for certain, but I have been using the Shea Moisture spray (I think it is Yucca) for the past six months and I feel like my hair is coming in much thicker than before. But this is all anecdotal..

Anonymous said...

Why couldn't Corrine Bailey Ray or someone with naturally thick hair be featured in the pic for this entry. Solange wears curly weaves all the time (note the invisible part technique), not that that's a bad thing. But a thick haired weave doesn't represent the naturally thick results that this post speaks to. It's misleading a little bit.

Anonymous said...

Vitamin E or a Rosemary rinse bulk up my hair significantly. I think both are good for long term growth as well, but for immediate density these are very powerful! I add, twist, then do a twist out...seems to double my volume every time. The trade off is less definition but beautiful full hair!

Anonymous said...

I cosign with Anonymous who posted at 2:54pm.

Adding, sometimes it appears as if we mistake volume for thick strands. Protein, essential oils, and so on will thicken each individual fine strand, but if you want volume/appearance of more strands.

Sorry, you're stuck with what god gave you.

Inesa Conley said...

Shea moisture's thickening spritz is a good one, but my all time favorite is Jamaican Black Castor oil. It has mad my 4ckinky hair thicker than when I first went natural but it is a heavy oil, so some have to mix it in with there conditioner.4cnaturalhair.com

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty said...

I'm using Zizyphus and Henna. They are working wonders. The Henna helps with the texture. The Zizyphus thickens things up.

Debbie said...

massaging with castor oil/avocado oil

Bruce said...

thanks fro this great and informative post

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Anonymous said...

Not only do I have fine strands, I have fewer of them now that I'm getting older. It's still not enough thinning to be noticeable but...back when this wasn't a problem, I took a silica supplement and noticed my new growth getting thicker (the strands themselves). I stopped because I decided I didn't want to put anything in my body that it didn't absolutely need...but nowadays I WANT thicker hair strands and sometimes it's okay to give yourself what you want, especially if there are no serious side effects. :)

I also used MoeGrow oil for a bit (there's a blast from the past, lol) and noticed thicker strands as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Curly Nikki. Love your hair and blog, you're such an inspiration =)

Do you still only henna once a month? Or have you increased that amount?

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