Can I Make It Thicker?
I know this wasn’t asked but this is a question I get asked quite often. As far as ways to thicken your hair, there are options that have been helpful to thin or fine haired individuals. Try using black castor oil in your deep conditioning treatments as well as incorporating nightly massages on the scalp and hair. Consider adding a few drops of hydrolyzed silk protein to your moisturizer. As the protein binds to the cuticle, the hair appears and feels thicker. In my experience, adding silk protein to styling products imparts a smooth finish to the hair. If a vitamin deficiency is suspected, consider taking a biotin supplement to promote thicker hair growth. (Although taking biotin is generally safe, I am not at liberty to recommend dosages on BGLH due to individual health considerations). Furthermore, you may be tempted to try a thickening shampoo/conditioner, especially the ones with biotin. I haven’t heard of much success with those, but I always say it doesn’t hurt to try them out! If any of you have had success with them, please share! Another supplement associated with full, healthy hair is MSM.
I definitely would be sure to treat this type of hair more delicately than silk. This type of hair is especially prone to breakage. No rough detangling! And keep styling to a minimum to avoid losing unnecessary amounts of hair. In addition, if hair has thinned out significantly, please be sure to visit a physician/health practitioner to be sure that hair loss is not linked to a nutritional deficiency or previous hair trauma.
Thanks to Monisola and Tiffany for your questions and for visiting the blog! We appreciate your kind words of support! You are not alone in your styling dilemmas and your questions can serve to help other naturals. Now I’ll open up the floor to the BGLH readers, especially those of you with fine/thin hair: What are your styling tips for naturals with fine or thin hair?
*This article was originally published on August 5, 2009*