It is undeniable that regardless of their favourite length, most women lust after thick, luscious locks. Mention the words “full bodied, buoyant or voluminous” to describe a product’s effects and we’ll run to the checkout.
Chances are you’ve tried a bunch of ‘expert products’ as well as home remedies; you’ve used collagen-booster shampoos and poured olive oil into your scalp (not yet? Don’t bother) – all probably to no avail.
But before you throw in the mousse-laden towel, it really is worth trying these simple tricks to make your hair thicker (or at least appear so). From hair styling to health advice, and one product we swear by, here are 10 everyday, fail-safe ways to guarantee you have a good hair day, every day.
Wearing your hair too long literally weighs it down, making it appear thinner and flatter. For fresh, full-looking hair, choose a shorter style such as the graduated bob, round layers or even – for the bold – the pixie. Never heard of them? Ask your hairdresser what might be best for you. You’ll find a myriad of amazing references on Pinterest these days as well!
Thin hair stays where it dries, so if you tend to blow your strands downward and flat on your head – or worse, just air dry instead – say goodbye to your chances of full-bodied locks. The best way to build up volume and density is to use your fingers to lift the hair off the scalp as it dries and to always use a good quality hairdryer.
Treat your hair like a work of art and give the illusion of depth through variations in colour. There are several colour techniques that can add dimension such as thickening shadows and highlights, and blocked texture. Have a word with your colourist to find a good option for you.
There is a plethora of products out there now that promise thicker, full hair. Some are also full of chemical-laden nasties and, frankly, don’t create a noticeable difference, but others certainly do as they suggest. We’re big fans of any natural, plant-based product here at Sporteluxe, which is why we were impressed with Aveda’s Invati range, which is based on the principles of the ancient Indian healing art, Ayurveda. All products are botanical remedies that include a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including ginseng and turmeric that naturally prevent hair thinning. Try it for yourself – you’ll see what we mean.
Building up a store of ‘bed/gym’ tees cluttering up the back of your wardrobe? Put those super-soft, pre-loved Esprit tops to good use by using them as a hair towel. By blotting your hair dry with an absorbent old T-shirt rather than rubbing it dry with a terry-cloth towel, it will help avoid frizz and maximise fullness.
A well-trained mane that knows where to fall and has done so for years often lies flat in its part. Try parting your hair on a different contour which naturally adds volume because hair has to bend in a different direction (in the same way an upward blow-dry or adding velcro rollers at the roots does). This will put a bounce back in your hair and prevent it looking flat or thin around your hairline.
Iron and zinc play a crucial role in overall hair health. Iron is responsible for carrying oxygen to your hair follicles while zinc prevents flaking of the scalp. Deficiencies in these elements have been linked to hair loss in women so pop a multivitamin, fill your plate with leafy vegetables and reach for those snack-time nuts to ensure you’re getting enough of these critical nutrients.
We don’t know where you stand on the spiritual spectrum but it has long been believed that our physical, mental and emotional beings are linked beyond our conscious understanding. When the hair follicles cease to grow it may be a sign of trauma elsewhere or an imbalance in our root chakra (the first of seven energy centres in the human body, representing the root of our being), which has long been associated with growth. Adding red-coloured fruits and vegetables to your diet and reconnecting with the earth can help restore balance to your root chakra to promote personal (and hopefully hair) growth. (For the sceptics, go to point 10.)
Pulling your hair out may not be the only way that stress can cause hair loss. Intense or prolonged periods of anxiety have been linked to premature hair thinning and greyness in both genders. Getting your stress under control through regulated breathing, meditation or relaxation is vital for overall wellness and to prevent the myriad of effects linked to stress including weight gain, breakouts, increased moodiness AND hair loss. What more do you need reason-wise? Book in some me-time right now – and enjoy!
Story by Georgia Pretty
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