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How to Grow Thick Hair (2020)

Edited By Vaishali Bhatt, Reviewed By Deeksha

Receiving hairline is no longer an issue of growing age or a specific gender. Today,  it affects everyone, be it young or old.

The reasons could be many- hormonal imbalances, heredity, stress, improper care, etc. But it's never too late to have a head full of thick mane.

There are many remedies available, depending on the severity of the hair loss . Here is an in-depth guide about the causes, treatments and care tips to help you grow and maintain those long and thick locks.

How to Grow Thick Hair

What Makes You Prematurely Lose Hair?

Below are the reasons that make you lose your precious hair prematurely.

  • Hormonal Imbalances- This is a common reason for hair thinning in women. Menopause, irregular periods, obesity and stress, are what constitute hormonal imbalance.
  • Stress- Due to stress, your body releases chemicals which not only eat you up emotionally but also make your hair weak and eventually fall away quickly.
  • Heredity- If you are entirely fit physically and emotionally but still face hair thinning, it could be in your genes. With a family history of hair loss, your hair has no chance of staying thick on your head despite all your efforts.
  • Improper Care and Nourishment- Oiling, shampooing and conditioning your hair every alternate day or thrice a week is necessary. It rids your hair of all the dirt and enriches it. Having healthy and regular meals rich with iron, magnesium and vitamin offers nourishment to your hair, making it thick, long, and healthy.
  • Pollution- Pollutants such as dirt and dust take away the moisture from your hair and turn them weak, making  you experience hair loss.

Tips for Growing Hair  that is Thick and Strong

Despite all the causes of balding, you can win the battle by following care tips strictly and choosing hair products wisely. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips on how to grow thick hair.

Oil Your Hair and Massage Your Scalp 

These are essential tips to grow and maintain thick locks of hair. You need to regularly oil your hair and massage your scalp. You have to ensure you do not oil your scalp as your scalp is already rich with natural oils. It is your hair that needs moisture and nourishment through oiling.

After applying a generous amount of oil to your hair, take out a few minutes to gently massage your scalp. It helps regulate the blood flow and increase the number of red blood cells in the scalp, which ultimately leads to increased production of new hair follicles.

  • Which Oil is the Best for Hair Growth? - Coconut or mustard oil are the best as they have all the ingredients naturally that stimulate hair growth and improve hair health. Olive oil and Ayurvedic oils are also recommended.
  • How Long Should You Leave Your Hair Before Washing It? - You should leave it overnight. For busier days, leaving it for 1 or 2 hours is enough too.

Wash Hair with Chemical Free Shampoo

After giving generous amounts of oil and soothing massage to your hair and scalp, washing them with a chemical-rich shampoo will not help you achieve the required results. Choose a hair cleanser that does clean your hair without causing any damage to it.

When choosing your shampoo, spare some moments to look at its ingredients.

Chemicals like Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, Sodium Chloride, Polyethylene Glycols, Formaldehyde, Alcohol, etc. present in your shampoo are harmful. Go for Ayurvedic shampoos or those with natural ingredients.

  • Which is the Best Shampoo for Thin and Brittle Hair? - Gentle shampoos with ingredients that aid hair growth and enhance its volume are best for thin hair. Also, while choosing the shampoo, ensure it has anti-breakage and split end formula to protect your roots from breakage.

Always Condition Your Hair After a Wash

Conditioner is like a moisturizer. Your hair, after a wash, tends to get frizzy and dry because they  become free from dirt. Conditioning your hair after washing will add the much-needed moisture to it, make it smooth and add a cover of protection to it against damage from exposure to the harsh weather. 

Tips for Choosing the Best Conditioner for Balding Hairline - Your thin hair is weak and prone to breakage easily. So you need to use a conditioner that is lightweight as it will not weigh your hair down and make it look too sleekly or greasy.

Apart from this, your conditioner should also have thickening ingredients for faster growth. By treating your hair with the combination of the right shampoo and conditioner, you will notice a definite increase in the length and volume of your hair within a few weeks.

Go for a Trim or Haircut Every 3 Months

It is essential to let your hair go under the scissor every three months to enjoy sustainable health and growth. Your hair tends to develop split ends over time that come in the way of its growth. You could either go for trimming to remove the dead ends or give your hair a fresh look with a haircut.

Stay Stress-Free 

Imagine doing all the above things but still not getting rid of stress. Your hair will suffer the consequences gravely. It is vital to keep a calm and happy mind as much as possible. Because when you are stressed, your hair suffers following  conditions-

  • Telogen effluvium - This condition causes your hair follicles to enter a resting phase and eventually drop out with even the slightest pull while brushing or washing.
  • Alopecia areata - In this condition, caused due to severe and chronic stress, your immune system rages war against your hair follicles, weakening them thus, resulting in hair fall.

Comb Your Hair Regularly

How many times do you run a brush through your hair? Not much, right? This has a relation with the belief that uncombed hair looks more stunning. But if you wish to enjoy thick and long hair, you have to understand the importance of regular combing.

Two things happen when you comb your hair — the blood circulation in your scalp increases. And the sebaceous gland, the producer of natural scalp oil, gets activated. This results in your roots being enriched and rejuvenated with more nutrients and oxygen bursting them with new strands of hair.

Have a Healthy Diet 

It's not just oil that is required to keep your hair growing thickly. What you eat also affects the growth of your hair. Poor nutrition is one of the reasons for hair loss. You need to have a highly nourishing meal at the right time, in the proper quantity.

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Food for Thicker Hair Growth

  • Spinach, cabbage and other leafy green veggies: Nutrients - Vitamins A, B, C, and K, potassium and folate.Quantity to consume - 100g daily
  • Berries: Nutrients  - Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidantsQuantity to consume - A handful every day
  • Eggs: Nutrients - Vitamins A and D, carotenes, lutein, protein, zincQuantity to consume - Maximum 4 times a week
  • Mangoes: Nutrients - Silica, vitamins A, B6, and C and folate.Quantity to consume - One mango two times in a week
  • Sweet potatoes: Nutrients - Vitamin A, C and E, potassium and manganeseQuantity to consume - 100 grams
  • Avocados: Nutrients - Vitamin B and E, potassium, omega-9, and folic acid.Quantity to consume - 1 avocado 2 or 4 times a week
  • Nuts: Nutrients - Vitamin B and E, zinc and essential fatty acids.Quantity to consume - A handful every day as a snack between meals
  • Soya Beans: Nutrients - Iron, omega-3, vitamin B2, magnesium.Quantity to consume - 75g a week

What to Avoid to Maintain Your Thick and Strong Hair

Now that you are following these tips and enjoying a prolific thick hair growth, you have to add more things in your to-do or take-care list to ensure they stay like that. Here are things to avoid for the health of your locks.

Do Not Over Wash Your Hair

Too much of everything is harmful, right? So even though shampooing rids your hair of dirt and keeps it healthy and shining, you should avoid doing it every day.

Washing your hair daily makes your scalp lose its natural oils that are essential nutrients for your hair. Instead, go for alternate day washes. Also, ensure to wash hair with cold or lukewarm water. Hot water can weaken your hair and thus make it prone to breakage.

Do not  Use or Limit Your Use of Hair Dryers and Heat-Based Styling Tools

Just washed your hair and need to run for work or a meet-up? You are more likely to plug in a hairdryer.

But it is strongly advised to refrain from doing so. Hairdryers apply hot air to your hair to make it dry within a few minutes. But that heat is causing your hair cuticles to turn weak and your hair and scalp to become dry and dead.

Regular use of hair dryers will result in your hair losing all their natural sheen and becoming prone to damage and breakage. Same goes for heat-based styling tools. There are ways of drying and styling your hair naturally.

How to Dry Your Hair Naturally:

  • Gently tap your hair with a towel and leave it to dry on its own.
  • Sit under the fan or in the sun for faster drying.

How to Style Your Hair Naturally:

  • Use serums or creams to make your hair settle and frizz-free to style it as you like it.
  • Accept your hair, the way it is. Do not try to emulate an appealing style you see on famous faces. Style your hair according to its hair type. E.g., if it is noodle curvy, leave it open or tie it in half instead of aiming for a straight, smooth look.
  • For a styling tool minus curly look, take a few strands in your fingers and twist them from roots till end. Repeat until every inch of your hair turns twisty and curvy. You can also do it using the thin handle of a comb. It might look like a big task but requires just a few minutes with positivity and patience.

Bad Habits that Make Your Hair Thinner

Don't Tie Up or Style Your Hair in a Way That Puts Your Roots Under Strain

Have you noticed how after styling your hair in a particular fashion leaves you with a headache? This is because most of the chic and 'on trend' hairstyles are not designed keeping the health of the hair roots in mind. They require the excessive pulling of the strands and tight knots and ties.

This leads to your hair becoming weak from the roots, and eventually fall off. There are plenty of styles wherein you don't have to pull your hair harshly or pin it tightly. Go for styles that suit your hair type and also makes it stay comfortable throughout the time you are wearing it.

Do Not Comb Your Hair Harshly

Combing is an essential routine in stimulating hair growth, as mentioned in the tips section. But there is a way of doing it correctly.

Things to Remember While Combing Your Hair

  • Comb your hair using a wide-toothed brush and not the much loved crowded one. Wide toothed comb ensures your locks get entangled smoothly without getting stuck in it, and ultimately breaking from their roots.
  • Comb gently. Do not rush combining as it will put pressure on your roots and dislodge even healthy hair from their roots.
  • Untangle your hair just twice a day. Over combing your hair is also harmful, so avoid it.
  • Wait for your hair to dry before combing. Running a comb through wet hair can be harmful as damp hair is more brittle and can break easily.

Are There Any Home Remedies to Try for Thicker Hair Growth?

Absolutely! For old souls who believe the solution for every problem, whether physical or emotional, lies in their home, there are many easy home remedies for thick hair growth.

Aloe Gel

The thorny succulent plant surviving on little water and care is an excellent remedy for stimulating the growth of thick hair.

Its sticky, clear juice can be directly applied on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes before washing. Repeat this once or twice a week to see immediate results. You can also mix coconut or olive oil to the juice.


This power food for your hair works like a miracle when eaten with your meals or applied to your hair. You can make a hair mask using curd, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add 3 tbsp of curd to 1 tbsp of olive oil and ½ tbsp of apple cider vinegar.

Apply this mixture to your hair (do not apply it on the scalp). Rinse off after 30 minutes. Use it once every month to get luscious, strong and hydrated hair.

For dry hair, a mixture of yoghurt with gram flour and olive oil works great. This mixture adds shine and smoothness to your hair while strengthening your roots for thicker, stronger hair. Add 6 tbsp of curd and gram flour or besan with 3 tbsp of olive oil. Apply on your dry hair and wash after leaving it for 20 minutes.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is your best buddy when it comes to fighting hair loss. It is rich with nutrients like omega3 acids that make your hair roots strong, remove dandruff, and offer deep moisturization. Unlike other oils, olive oil can be applied directly to the scalp. You can apply it cold or heat it a little before applying.

Massage your scalp lightly, wait for 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Within a few applications, you will notice a sudden increase in length and thickness in your hair with a hint of silky smoothness and shine.

Green Tea

Green tea is an excellent way to promote hair growth. According to a study by scientists, green tea is found to have a component called EGG, which is a powerful antioxidant. So daily consumption of green tea is recommended for those facing balding or hair thinning.

Green tea also has catechins, which prevents hair loss by minimizing dihydrotestosterone, a hormone responsible for hair thinning. Polyphenol, an essential compound for strengthening roots and follicles is also found in green tea.

You can consume green tea two or three times a day. Go for loose green tea leaves rather than tea bags. You can also use it as a mask for your hair. Combine 2 tbsp of loose green tea with 1 tbsp olive oil and one egg yolk or lemon juice. Apply to your hair and rinse after half an hour.

This was all about how to grow thick hair. We hope you found the information useful and will follow it diligently for best results.


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