Post # 1
I used to have long, very thick hair but I went through an incredibly stressful event and my hair started shedding by the handful. It has stopped shedding so badly since then, but now I’m left with thinner, more fine hair than I’m used to. Since I’ve always worn it long, it got very stringy and annoying so I chopped it off into angled bob last year. Then I got engaged and realized I wanted my long hair back for the wedding. My hair grows pretty fast, so in the past 4 months it has grown to about an inch past my shoulders.
I’m just curious to see if anyone has any tips or secrets to help me thicken my hair?
My hair stylist told me to consider coloring it just my natural color to add some thickness. I have probably colored my hair 3 times in my life, but I’m considering this…
Post # 3
Don’t wash it often and moisturize it with coconut oil (rub it in, leave it a while and shampoo out) – eat a diet hight in protein/omega 3s/healthy fat – take prenatals if you feel like it, don’t blowdry it except on special occasions. Moroccan Oil makes a “restorative hair mask” that you can use a couple times a week. I had the same problem and my hairdresser actually told me I have thick hair now. I’ve never had thick hair in my life.
Post # 5
@MissCountryGirl727: I had heard a bunch about prenatals, I really was not sold on them but they are very inexpensive and since the Fi and I know we want to try for children as soon as the wedding is over I thought why not. I was amazed when in a matter of weeks a saw a difference in both my hair and nails!
@bella128: I am a coconut oil fan as well, I use it as a pre wash..I have really seen a difference in the overall health of my hair since I have started!
Post # 6
Prenatal vitamins and Biotin Have worked wonders for me. I take both every day. I also invested in some good salon quality shampoo. Oh, and I only wash my hair once or twice a week. My hair has made a complete 180 from dry and thin to shiny and thicker!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
I use Mane ‘n Tail, it helps hair growth. You can google it to see before and after pics. My recommendation would be to NOT use it every day/ very frequently because it can be drying. I’d start off with a couple times a week, making sure you deep condition!
A warning about Biotin, just from reading online (because I was considering it also) is that it can cause cystic acne if you take too much. This isn’t from personal experience though, so take it with a grain of salt 🙂
Post # 8
I was taking Biotin, but I didn’t notice any difference. I’m going to look into prenatals, we are also planning to TTC soon after the wedding.
@LilliePad: I can usually get away with skipping a day, but my hair gets so oily so fast, there’s no way I could only wash it twice a week! LOL
Post # 9
@Jlee28: Thanks! I’m going to go get some today! I have healthy nails and hair, they both grow relatively fast, did they make your hair thicker too?
Post # 10
My hair was really thick until, like you, I went through a stressful period and it really thinned out. I was going to try biotin because I’ve heard it works great, but I read that it causes cystic acne in a lot of people. My luck, I would be one of those people so I went with prenatals instead. I’ve been taking them for about 2 months and see a MAJOR improvement. I have hair sprouts popping up EVERYwhere. My hair feels fuller, stronger and looks healthier.
I bought Nature Valley (? I think thats what they’re called. I always get this confused with Nature’s Own, which is the bread I think. Maybe its the other way around… hah!) and at the time they were buy one get one free! I spent $12 on two big bottles. I figured I didnt need any fancy kind since I’m not TTC. My mother is a hairstylist and was always criticizing my thinning hair (as if I was choosing for it to be that way) and she has commented on what a drastic change there has been in a short time period.
Post # 11
@bella128: I don’t blow-dry or use any heat products on it, except on weekends because with my job, I usually wear it up in a ponytail or bun everyday. My company manufactures a product that, by it’s nature, is a drying agent (think—the silica gel packets that come in your shoe box/purse/pill bottle, but ground up in a powder) so I try to keep the “dust” from that from getting in my hair.
Post # 12
@bella128: Where do you get coconut oil?
Post # 13
Prenatal vitamins. Folic acid and biotin
Post # 14
I was taking prenatal vitamins and also biotin and they didnt do anything for me. The past year I started using Nioxin shampoo and conditioner and its worked wonders for me! My hair has grown so much…I also eat a really healthy diet! Hope that helps!
Post # 15
I have really thick hair and I am not sure exactly what the secrets are, but here are some of the things I do:
I treat it like silk. I use a natural bristle boar brush and gently start at the bottom. I never tease it or use hairspray or heat. I still style it, but I let it be natural. I also don’t blow dry! When I am washing it I also treat it like silk and use a heavy conditioner, and approach with patience so that I am not tearing any in the shower. I very gently brush before the shower.
I use natural shampoo (no sulfates or parabens).
I don’t color my hair. If you really want to, think about partial foil of highlights, just to add some dimesnion, but I would stear clear dyes, I don’t think they are the best for your hair.
Since we are what we eat, I try to eat the best I can. Fresh fruits and veggies and lots of protein! Also, I take prenatals (I am expecting).
Post # 16
Tagging this just so I can followup on it later.