Particularly as we get older, many of us have wondered how to get get thicker hair naturally. After all, as we try to cover grays and battle age-related hair loss, who doesn't want help getting a head of thicker, fuller, and healthier locks? It can be done — without spending hundreds of dollars in a salon — by using a few natural remedies.
Not only are natural cures less expensive than chemical-based products, “they’re often more effective because you can use ingredients in their most potent, natural form,” reveals Alexis Wolfer, author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen ($17.66, Amazon). Her three-step secret to thick, glossy hair: a soothing massage to boost scalp health, an herbal rinse to encourage new growth, and a tasty snack to prevent hair breakage. “And remember: Your hair only grows about half an inch a month, so be patient. After about three months you’ll start seeing profound results!”
How to Get Thicker Hair at Home
Prime your scalp for healthier growth with an in-shower scalp massage. “A scalp massage brings nutrient-rich blood flow to your hair follicles, which is essential for healthy hair growth,” Wolfer explains. “It also redistributes excess oil from your scalp,” unclogging follicles and moisturizing the rest of your hair so it’s soft and shiny.
How to do it: Place fingertips along top-center of scalp. Gently move pads of fingers (avoid using your nails) in small, circular motions down toward the nape of your neck. Then fan your fingertips out over the sides of your scalp, moving in a circular motion. Finish by placing your fingertips along your temples and massaging along your hairline. Repeat at least twice weekly for best results. Tip: “Try it while shampooing or conditioning your hair,” Wolfer says. “It’s so relaxing!”
Spark new growth with a regenerative rinse. This herbal tonic is the perfect rinse-and-go solution for thinning hair,” Wolfer says. Antimicrobial thyme acts as a scalp stimulant and adds shine. And the journal SKINmed reports that antioxidant-rich rosemary is nearly as effective as 2-percent minoxidil at halting hair loss and encouraging new growth if used daily!
The recipe: two cups water, one tablespoon rosemary (dried or fresh), and one tablespoon thyme (dried or fresh). Boil water in saucepan. Remove from heat; add herbs. Cover and let sit at least one hour until cool. Strain, discarding rosemary and thyme. Massage into dry or towel-dried scalp and hair. Let dry, then style as usual. Repeat at least twice weekly for best results.
Banish breakage with maple-glazed coconut cashews. “Omega-3 fatty acids make up a percentage of your hair shaft and scalp membranes,” Wolfer explains. Which is why “feeding” your hair from the inside out with omega 3-rich cashews and flaxseeds helps it stay flexible and elastic. And sweetening the mix with maple syrup delivers a dose of vitamin B5, which energizes hair follicles so they keep growing strong!
Mix it up: two cups raw cashews, 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, two tablespoons ground flaxseeds, two tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, two teaspoons coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Add all ingredients to bowl; mix until cashews are evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Broil on high until toasted (about five minutes), stirring halfway through. Let cool, then enjoy. Serves eight.
And don't forget to banish stress. Stressed? Whether sudden or chronic, it can take a toll on your health and impact hair growth. To keep calm and restore healthy hair growth, try sitting still for just five minutes a day with your eyes closed and letting your thoughts drift through your mind without judgment. Regularly doing this simple exercise is actually proven to ease anxiety as effectively as an Rx! Even easier: Download a free meditation app, such as Calm, Headspace, or The Mindfulness App (both for Apple and Android) and follow the easy, beginner-friendly meditations.