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MOST of us want a full head of thick, luscious hair, but find ourselves styling limp strands, or covering up thinning patches.
While hair loss is an inevitable part of ageing, there are some steps you can take to make your hair thicker and appear fuller.
Let’s face it, everyone wants a full head of thick, luscious hairCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Diet is a key part in maintaining healthy, shiny hair, while certain shampoos and supplements can contribute to thicker locks.
Styling is also key, as contrary to popular opinion men should keep their hair short to make it appear fuller, while women should cut down on the amount of heated products they use.
And as a last resort, you can always add in some extensions while you’re waiting for yours to grow, or a hair transplant.
How to thicken hair
Make sure you regularly brush your hair and exfoliate your scalpCredit: Getty – Contributor
For both men and women, diet is key for promoting growth and healthy locks – and it will benefit your skin too.
Ensure your diet is rich with leafy green, lean proteins, Vitamins A and E, B Vitamins, Folic Acid and Calcium.
Ensure you include lots of oily fish, eggs and spinach in your meals as well.
Superdrug said: “Hair is over 99% protein and so needs a good supply of amino acids and proteins to ensure good health.
“A diet which lacks protein could therefore be a cause of hair loss, particularly in women.
A diet which lacks protein could therefore be a cause of hair loss, particularly in women
“Vegetarians may be at a greater risk as they may lack certain proteins and nutrients required to keep hair healthy.”
Smoking and drinking alcohol can also contribute to hair loss, as does stress.
How to get thicker hair for men
Men often lose their hair as they age, which is known as male-pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia.
If you start to spy a bald spot appearing, or a thinning patch, start by switching your shampoo to ones which volumize and thicken.
Secondly ensure you have the right haircut, and it doesn’t pay off to get a combover.
Shorter styles can make hair look more textured and fuller, to shop around for a decent barber who can work to maximise what you have.
Be careful which styling products to use, as you want to invest in ones which add depth to your barnet, and not one which clump strands together, making you look as if you have less hair.
You can also look into the supplement Propecia, which is designed for men, as well as Finasteride.
Exfoliating your scalp is good practice to stimulate your hair follicles
How to get thicker hair for females
Women can sometimes find their hair is thin and limp, rather than developing bald patches like men.
Long hair is often equated with thick hair, but just like men sometimes a shorter style accentuates what you have.
If you find your hair is flat, cut it into a short style which can add texture and layers can add dimension.
Getting regular trims can also make your hair healthier and reduce split-ends and rattails.
If you regularly style your hair with heat products, try and minimise this as much as you can as the heat can damage your hair.
If you can’t step away from your appliances, ensure you invest in good heat protection spray and blow-dry on the lowest setting.
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It’s also worth investing in the right shampoos and conditioners, which can contribute to hair which looks thicker and healthier.
Good scalp and hair habits are important too, as it’s important to regularly brush your hair thoroughly, as it helps distribute the hair’s natural oils, making it shiny and glossy.
And hair growth starts at the scalp, so ensure you exfoliate it regularly, which can be done with your brush or bespoke massage tools.
There are also supplements you can take to try and boost hair growth, including Regaine For Women, Nourkrin Tablets and Alpecin Shampoo.
Causes of hair loss
The NHS says: “It’s normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing.
“Hair loss is not usually anything to be worried about, but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition.
“Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.
“Other types of hair loss may be temporary.”
Does shaving make hair look thicker?
But it’s not true, and any ‘thickness’ you might notice is merely an illusion.
Gilette Venus said: “When you shave, your razor cuts away the hair from the surface of the skin, but it does not remove the hair entirely, just part of it.
“The rest of the hair strand and root are still underneath the skin’s surface.
“Once the hairs start to emerge back through the surface of your skin, they may look and feel thicker due to the blunt end from where the razor cut the hair, but they really aren’t.”
Meanwhile this woman takes her hair extensions out with her dad’s pliers during lockdown – and is horrified with the end result.
Plus this hairdresser revealed we’ve been washing our hair all wrong – and ‘scrubbing’ in shampoo can cause breakage.