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Outsmart Thinning Hair With 3 Natural Thickening Tips

Fall weather can contribute to hair loss — so combat it with these tricks.

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As fall approaches, many of us may start to notice sparse strands. Everything from shifts in temps and sunlight to a packed schedule can prod follicles into a ‘shedding stage.’ But these no-fuss tricks may help you regrow thicker hair!

Grab a brush.

Just four minutes of gentle brushing each morning may be one of the best ways to grow thick, full hair, according to three intriguing theories. First, brushing helps distribute your natural oils, reducing blocked scalp pores and giving your hair some natural shine. Next, it stimulates blood flow to the scalp — a critical factor in improving hair growth. And third, it helps remove the hairs your head has already shed, making room for new ones to grow. (Make sure you have the right tool; check out these gentle brushes for thinning hair.)

Mist with tea.

Even a slight downshift in temperature with the upcoming change of seasons can slow hair cells’ energy centers (the mitochondria), sending strands into hibernation mode. The good news: A topical spritz of white tea reenergizes lagging follicles, sparking new growth in volunteers, according to German researchers reporting in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. Credit goes to the brew’s combination of caffeine and EGCG, which targets the follicle-damaging hormone DHT, boosting hair growth as effectively as the gold-standard minoxidil. To do: Chill cooled white tea in a spritz bottle and mist onto damp or dry scalp once daily.

Don’t forget that daily vitamin D.

Not getting enough vitamin D as sunny days grow shorter deprives our hair follicles of the energy they need to produce thick strands. The fix: Take a vitamin D supplement daily. Doing so may help stimulate new and old hair follicles, helping regrow stunted or thinning hair. 2,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily should do the trick.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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