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How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

The first thing one should do if their hair is thinning or falling out is to find out what’s going on. There are many reasons for people to lose their hair, quite a few of which are fixable.

One of the most common reasons for thinning hair is a thyroid malfunction, so have the thyroid checked and find out if it’s overly active, or not active enough. Be sure the doctor doesn’t downplay these concerns when they think you are “within the range of normal.” That’s just a statistical average, and a lot of people have hypothyroidism symptoms even though there are supposedly “within normal range.”

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Do some research, ask around, and make the effort to find a doctor who is not just doing the cookie cutter diagnosis but is willing to experiment and help remedy any deficiency.

There are other health issues that can lead to hair loss, so be on the lookout for any other symptoms that may help the doctor diagnose properly.

On to some tips to make hair look thicker:

If hair is thin at the crown but still thick in front, try bangs to create a fuller look. To go a step further, take a slice of hair underneath the bangs and color it two shades darker than the rest of the hair color, says hairstylist Sam Villa, education artistic director for Redken. When bringing the top layer of fringe down over it, the bangs will look thicker because of the deeper color underneath.

Ask your stylist to cut the underlayer of the hair half an inch shorter than the top layer. This will add fullness. Never let anyone use a razor, though, because that can create frayed ends that make the hair look wispier. To give heft to fine or thin hair, keep ends blunt.
“Peroxide doubles the thickness of each strand,” says colorist Michael Canale of Canale Salon in Beverly Hills. “It swells the hair shaft, which makes your hair look and feel fuller.” Another reason for highlights: When hair color has dimension (a mix of shades), it creates the illusion of density. Also, keep in mind that hair color should match the color near the scalp as closely as possible if camouflaging a wide part.

Keep hair above shoulder length. “Once it hits the tops of your shoulders, your hair breaks up and looks thinner,” says hairstylist Nick Stenson, artistic director of Matrix. If it’s shorter, it will appear thicker. In the same note, try for some luscious curls for instant volume.

Try a protein hair treatment, the best ingredient to use is egg. Take one or two eggs, depending on length of hair, and beat them well. Apply to wet hair and leave in for five to ten minutes. Wash hair in lukewarm water with shampoo – this treatment can be done three to four times a week. Add the gel from one or two leaves of aloe vera once a week for an extra boost.

Mousse gives roots a boost and creates volume without stickiness. Avoid creams and heavy gels, which weigh hair down. (Spray gels can effectively add some height, when used in moderation.) Work the mousse in to damp hair and comb through so all of the strands are coated
Don’t subject the hair to more wear and tear than necessary—let it air-dry 80 percent, then use a round brush to lift the roots and smooth the ends. Don’t part the hair like you normally would do before blow-drying, says hairstylist Stacy Ho of Cutler Salon in New York City. “It will wind up flat along the part, which is exactly where you want some height.” Instead, part the hair on the opposite side. When done blow-drying, flip it back and there’ll be some gorgeous volume.

If the hair is full at the crown, but wispy from the mid-length to ends, clip-in hair extensions can boost into a lush style in minutes. Today’s synthetic versions look completely natural (and cost under $100)

As with any beauty illusion, knowing what to do with the tools available and the confidence to pull it off are the major components. You’re gorgeous, and there’s only one you, so get out there and work it.

Bonus: How to Make Fine and Low Density Natural Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker
By Khrystyana Kirton
Edited by Stephanie Dawson
Reviewed by Nima Shei MD

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How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

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Follow a healthy hair diet

Everyday eat an adequate amount of protein, essential for healthy hair growth. Keratin, a protein made up of amino acids, is a large component of hair. Your body must produce more amino acids to grow new hair, which it can only do from consuming protein. Eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products are some healthy protein sources. Protein gives your body the building blocks for new hair growth.

Eat enough iron and zinc

Iron and zinc deficiencies can lead to poor hair health or even hair loss. You may need supplements that should only be taken under the direction of a health professional if you have a deficiency. Healthy levels of iron and zinc may be also achieved by consuming fortified grain products such as cereal, bread, and pasta.

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Don’t cut fat out of your diet

Your body cannot maintain healthy hair without fat in your diet. Healthy fats are indispensable to hair growth. Focus on unsaturated fat and fatty acids such as omega-3’s, limit your fat to a healthy level. I love adding coconut oil to all my foods.

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Maintain good general health and avoid stress

Stress can cause hair loss. Intense physical or emotional stress can cause hair growth to slow or shut down completely. Exercise regularly, eat well, and get enough sleep to reduce general physical stress levels. The better your nutrition and general health, the more likely your body will be able to construct healthy hair quickly.

• Make sure your slow hair growth or hair loss is not caused by a medical problem
Consult a physician before beginning any hair growth regimens if you have a medical condition or prolonged illness, prescription medicines, substance abuse disorder, eating disorder, or other serious medical condition that may be causing slow hair growth or hair loss. Resolving an underlying medical condition can help hair growth return to normal or speed up in some cases.

Meet your recommended daily intake of vitamin C

Dry, dull, and weak hair that is prone to breakage can be caused by vitamin C deficiency. Your body will have a hard time absorbing iron without it, so make sure you get your daily dose, particularly in combination with iron-rich foods. Citrus fruits, pineapples, strawberries, guava, broccoli, kale, and peppers are some good sources of vitamin C.

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Have realistic expectations about dietary changes

Grown hairs will not be affected by what you eat but it will affect new growth. Changing your diet may begin affecting the growth of hair in a much shorter time period, however dietary effects on hair may take 6 months to be visible.

Scalp massage

Massage your scalp at least three times a week, using the tips of your fingers firmly massage your entire scalp.

What Makes your Hair Grow Faster
By PositiveMed-Team
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated on July 15th 2014]

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Reviewed by Nima Shei, MD
May 15th, 2014

You may be washing your hair more often than you need to! Even though it depends a lot on your hair type, washing your hair on a daily basis is a big mistake. Washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but there are many of us doing it wrong, and this could lead to the elimination of natural oils from the scalp, causing scalp irritation, dandruff and other scalp issues.

Let’s begin with what makes your hair oily. The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin and scalp that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate our skin and hair. When these glands work correctly, they prevent our skin from dryness. On the other hand, if these glands can’t secret sebum properly, it may cause acne and other skin conditions.

A basic rule of thumb for those with thick hair or tight curls and kinks is to shampoo twice a week with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Sometimes you might want to even shampoo less because your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty.

For Medium curls, kinks, and waves hair type, you can afford to shampoo every few days.

If you have a fine hair texture, fine curls, and waves, your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every two days. It’s not your style to have an oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean and make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner.

Anyone with normal hair is recommended to wash between three to four times per week, but you might find your need to wash hair more often in the summer when you’re more active. Meanwhile as for those of us with oily hair you can wash your hair almost daily, but remember to give you hair a break at least once or twice per week.

According to most professional stylists, washing your hair less is something you need to work up to. Start by leaving off one wash at a time, just a refreshing cold shower those days, or sponge bathe.