5 Oils for Hair Growth and Thickness

by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Nothing’s worse than passing your hands through your hair and finding that you’re shedding more than usual. The worse part about this is that stressing over an excessive amount of hair fall will actually only make the condition worse.

Suffice it to say, there are many simple remedies to combat hair fall but the best and most simple remedy of all is implementing natural oils into your regimen. We always hear that oils are great sealants, and we know that they prevent dry scalp, but what benefits do they have in regards to hair fall and retaining natural hair length and thickness? Here are the top 5 herbal oils to use in order to reduce and prevent shedding.


27 Habits for Longer, Thicker Natural Hair

glam idol, Alesha!

by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

Hello ladies,

Below are twenty-seven things you can do to improve the health of your hair and keep it from shedding prematurely or breaking off. The Goal? To keep your hair on your head!

Not including the obvious elimination of chemical treatments, this comprehensive list contains all you need to maintain a healthy head of hair. They are categorized by care/maintenance and styling. 

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Thicker Natural Hair with Biotin and Castor Oil? The Science.

by Erica Douglas aka SisterScientist 

Ladies, can we agree that we live in a world of hair envy? We constantly want what somebody else has, and want to know why our hair cannot do what her hair does. However, achieving those results (without hair extensions) may be physically impossible due to genetics, age, or health. Big, voluminous hair is all the rage, and whether or not you have it is often determined by your hair density and your hair width.

The Science Behind Your Hair Thickness
First, let’s clarify the difference between hair density and hair width.
  • Hair density measures the number of hairs in a given area of the scalp
  • Hair width measures the diameter of each individual hair strand
Before you start spending money on products that make claims to thicken the hair, first try to understand the cause of your thinning and become better informed on how products achieve these claims so that you can set realistic expectations. 

3 New Ways to Add Volume to Your Natural Hair


Say what you want but the 80’s were awesome. They had the big hair. I love big hair and so do thousands of other women. Volume or "big hair" is loved by most women, and believe it or not but having curly hair does not guarantee volume. Not all heads are the same and many curlies with fine, low density hair and are seeking volume. I know I do. The bigger the better. I want hair so big it hits the door frame when I walk in a room.

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Growing Fine Natural Hair, Long and Strong

by Michelle of FineNaturalHairAndFaith

One of the biggest challenges of having fine natural hair (or just fine hair in general) is styling it in a way that looks full and voluminous. Then, there may be concerns over maintaining one’s length.

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Maca Root for Thicker, Stronger Natural Hair

The Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii) has been popular in healing beauty concoctions dating back to the Incan civilization, when it was a common main ingredient for dozens of all-natural remedies dealing with skin, body, and beauty. Often called the Peruvian Ginseng, Maca root's birthplace is the Central Highlands of Peru. It is a highly micronutrient powder related to the potato family, meaning it contains Iron Iodine, Manganese, and Zinc. Together, these nutrients help the body deal naturally with stress while producing better energy levels and strengthening the body's cellular response.

Why try Maca root?
  • It strengthens and fortifies hair
  • It eases menstrual cramps
  • It reduces acne
  • It increases physical stamina
  • It improves skin elasticity
  • It regulates the body's sleep pattern
  • It reduces hair loss
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How I 'Instantly' Make My Fine Hair Look Thicker- Pt 2

 day 2, tho #HennaHead
Hola Chicas!

Last week I shared a few tips for all of you in the fine (and thin) hair struggle.  #IshIsReal

So let's keep the party going. I've got 3 more magical tips to achieve fuller/denser/heavier looking natural hair, NOW. 

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Thicker Natural Hair- Creating the Illusion of Big Hair

 glam idol, Nikki Chantal!

So here's the thing, having a lot of hair is often referred to as having big hair... thick hair.  However, hair THICKNESS or coarseness, refers to the size of individual strands, while having many (hundreds) of hair strands per square inch refers to DENSITY. Therefore, it is possible to have densely packed fine hair strands, in order words you can have "a whole lot" of fine hair strands or not so densely packed thick strands :)

According to the Science of Black Hair, "a strand of frayed thread is about the thickness of a medium sized strand of hair. If your strand is larger than this, then your hair is thick, if your strand is smaller than this, your hair is fine."

For the most part, the thickness and density of your hair is determined by genetics and hormones.  It is said that having large follicles yields larger strands and vice versa. So unfortunately, if you were not born with thick/coarse strands, then it is unlikely that there is anything that you can do to "make your strands thicker." However, hair that was once quite dense but thinned due to medication, hormonal issues, chemical treatments or hair color does have the ability to be "re-thickened", so to speak.  For the purposes of this article, we're going to discuss ways to potentially thicken up the strands you already have to create the illusion of bigger hair, as genetics already determined how many follicles you were gifted. 

How to Make Fine Natural Hair Appear Thick

CN says:
re-posting since we're talking about fine hurr! 

Hola Chicas!

Last night's post got me thinking...

Many of us (not erry'body, tho) want thicker looking hair. I'm talking BIG, voluminous, heavy, block-people's-line-of-vision tresses. I too fancy big hair, and even go so far as to henna regularly to achieve it. Score! It totally works, but what happens when you can't henna (due to time constraints, side effects such as curl loosening or the red tint)? Or, if henna simply didn't work for you? Obviously, growing more hair per square inch would be sorcery... so we have to work with what we've got.

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Ask CN: How Do I Add Fullness to My Natural Hair?

Hola Chicas,

It's Thursday which means we've officially taken over Essence for the day!

¡Viva la RevoluciĆ³n!

Check out my latest installment, where I provide tips on achieving fuller hair.  Head on over, check it out, 'like it', share it and comment! Also, leave questions of your own for the next article! Thanks ladies!

Later Gators,

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.

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

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