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Natural Home Remedies for Thick Hair

By Dr Anuja Bodhare +2 more

Introduction:  

Hair is considered as a sign of beauty and one of the first things that we notice about people. Hair plays a major role in framing one’s personality. Treated as a piece of art, a head full of thick, shiny and bouncy hair can change your look completely. On the other hand, a receding hair line and hair loss can really get you stressed!  

how to make hair thicker

Hair loss can occur anywhere on the body, but it most commonly affects the scalp. The scalp has around one lakh hair that are in a continuous cycle of growing, resting, falling and regeneration. Mostly people lose around 50 to 100 strands of hair per day which is natural and part of the cycle. If this cycle is disturbed or there is damage to hair follicles, it will lead to falling of greater number of hair than the number being regenerated. Hair fall can occur in various ways such as hair coming out in clumps, receding hairline and thinning of hair.1,2  

Using the right shampoo preferably sulfate free which cleanses the scalp and the right conditioner that boosts hydration is helpful to maintain healthy and thick hair.

Dr Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D. in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

What Causes Hair Fall? 

A host of reasons can cause hair fall, one or more:  

Heredity:  

It is the most common reason for hair loss affecting both men and women world-wide. Genetics do play a big role in lack of a crown of thick hair.3 

Age: 

Ageing leads to slowing of hair growth. At certain point in our lives, hair follicles stop growing hair, which causes thinning of hair. Hair also loses its colour too with age.3  

Also Read: Home Remedies For Hair Thinning

Alopecia areata: 

Alopecia areata is an auto-immune disease in which body’s immune system attacks hair follicles (which hold the hair to the scalp) leading to hair loss.3 This condition requires medical intervention, therefore, do not self-diagnose or take medications without proper consultation.

Childbirth: 

After a few months of giving birth, mothers may experience extensive hair fall due to a change in the hormone levels during and after pregnancy.3 

Hormonal imbalance: 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) leads to the formation of cysts in the ovaries. It is accompanied by other signs and symptoms, one of the most common ones being hair loss.3   

Furthermore, inform your doctor if you have any history of allergy to medicines (if experienced in the past)

Scarring alopecia: 

Alopecia means hair loss. In this condition, inflammation destroys the hair follicles. Once the hair follicles are destroyed, they can never grow hair.3 

Thyroid conditions: 

Reduced or excessive functioning of the thyroid both can lead to thinning of hair. Sometimes hair also comes out in clumps while combing or brushing the hair.3 

Scalp psoriasis: 

People who have psoriasis, an auto-immune skin condition, may eventually develop psoriasis on their scalp. This can be extremely painful and leads to ample hair loss.3 

Cancer treatment: 

Chemotherapy or radiation therapy as part of cancer treatment may lead to complete or partial loss of hair within a few weeks of treatment.3 

Nutritional deficiency:  

When there is a deficiency of biotin, iron, protein or zinc nutrients, it leads to hair loss.3  

Lastly, hair fall can also happen due to severe side effects of certain medications or treatments.

Also Read: Effective Home Remedies For Frizzy Hair

Hair loss due to a hormone imbalance is not always permanent; in some cases, thicker hair can regrow after restoring hormonal equilibrium. However, this process may take several months or even years, depending on the severity of the imbalance and any underlying medical conditions like hypothyroidism.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka – MBBS, MD(Pediatrics)

Symptoms of Hair Loss: 

If you keep suffering from hair loss, you can never have thick hair.4 A few people may develop other signs and symptoms along with hair loss as follows:  

  • Sharp burning or tingling sensation just before hair loss  
  • Itching and burning sensation at the site of hair loss. It is also accompanied by tenderness at the same site.  
  • Bald patches that are scaly and often have sores or blisters that open and leak pus  
  • Redness and swelling on the sores that cause itching and ooze pus  
  • Scaly patches of psoriasis on scalp4  

Also Read: Best Home Remedies for Hair Growth

Suggested Home Remedies for Thick Hair: 

1. Amla:  

Amla or Indian gooseberry contains tons of vitamin C, and other beneficial compounds like gallic acid and quercetin. Together these provide immense nutritional support towards achieving thick tresses.  

  • Amla oil can be prepared by boiling dry amla pieces in coconut oil. It works as a wonderful hair tonic that helps in hair growth.  
  • You can also mix fresh amla juice and lime juice and apply this to prevent hair loss and increase hair growth. Together this should help obtain thick, shiny hair.5  

2. Onion:  

Onion is very beneficial in treating patchy baldness. Onions contain vitamin C, allicin and sulphur containing compounds that may help stimulate hair regrowth. Rub the affected area with onion juice till it becomes red. Apply honey afterwards on the same area.5  

3. Rosemary and Lavender Oil:  

Application of rosemary and lavender oil topically on the scalp stimulates the hair follicles. Massage with these oils daily to reduce hair loss.5  

4. Walnut Oil:  

Walnut oil promotes hair growth and nourishes the hair naturally. Walnuts contain iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, proteins and fats. These nutrients help overcome any nutritional deficiency and achieve thick, glossy hair. Apply walnut oil on the scalp and massage it into the roots of the hair for fighting hair loss.5 

5. Liquorice:  

Liquorice is a very useful remedy for people dealing with patchy baldness, as it is known to help with hair growth. Chief constituents of liquorice are glycyrrhizin, potassium and calcium salt of glycyrrhizinic acid are part of.  

  • Grind the pieces of liquorice in milk and add a pinch of saffron.    
  • Make a fine paste.    
  • Now apply this paste on the bald patches before going to bed at night.5

Also Read: Grapeseed Oil for Hair: Discovering Evidence-Based Benefits and Uses

6. Sage:  

Sage helps in thickening of the hair shaft and improves blood flow to the scalp.2 

  • Mix a few drops of sage oil with a few drops of peppermint oil. Now dilute this mixture by adding olive oil. Massaging this oil mixture on the scalp may help people suffering from hair loss.
  • Sage rinse – Prepare a sage and rosemary rinse by adding both the herbs in boiling water. Now rinse your hair with it to promote the thickening of hair.    

7. Bee pollen:  

Bee pollen helps in stimulating hair growth.2 Mix bee pollen with hot water to make a mask and apply this hair growth mask on your hair. You can also add bee pollen directly to your shampoo to give a boost to your hair with every hair wash.  

8. Green Tea:  

Green tea helps in decreasing hair loss and stimulates in the growth of strong and thick hair.2 

  • Rinse with Green Tea – Take a few green tea bags and brew it in water. Let this decoction cool. Now wash your hair with mild shampoo and massage with green tea for a few minutes on your scalp. Now rinse your hair with cold water.  
  • Green Tea Hair Mask – Add some green tea, coconut oil and olive oil. Massage this prepared mask your hair and scalp. Keep it for a few minutes, then wash it off with cold water.  

9. Hibiscus:  

Hibiscus helps in dense hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp.2 Grind a few hibiscus leaves   with flowers and some fresh yoghurt to make a paste. Now apply this paste on your hair leave it for an hour. Later, rinse it off with the help of lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.    

10. Peppermint Oil:  

Peppermint is a very effective therapeutic agent that promotes hair health.6 Massage peppermint oil directly on the scalp. Wash the hair with mild shampoo afterwards.  

Also Read: Natural Home Remedies For Grey Hair

When to Seek Medical Help: 

Refer to the doctor immediately if you notice the following: 

  • Sudden hair loss 
  • Bald patches 
  • Lose of hair in clumps 
  • Itching and burn in head7 

Also Read: How to Stop Receding Hairline: Research-Based Prevention Strategies

Conclusion: 

Hair plays an important role in framing the personality and appearance of a person. It has both psychological and sociological importance. Everyone wants to have thick hair as it adds to confidence and brings that spring in the step of every girl for sure. Needless to say, hair loss is a big concern these days. Reasons for hair loss can vary from genetic, thyroid disorders, PCOS, cancer, psoriasis, nutritional deficiency, etc. But it’s important to know that you shouldn’t self-medicate, instead seek professional help. Various herbs are found to be useful in thickening of hair. Simple home remedies with amla, onion, sage, liquorice, hibiscus, green tea, walnut, rosemary, lavender, etc. are found to promote hair growth in some people.    

Also Read: Effective Home Remedies for Lice Removal    

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Does shaving the scalp help in hair thickening?  

There is no evidence to support that shaving of scalp helps in thickening of hair. 

Does dandruff cause permanent hair loss in women?  

There is no study to support the role of dandruff in hair loss.  

Are there any home remedies for thick hair?  

Use of herbs such as hibiscus, sage, alma, liquorice, etc. are found to be very useful in hair growth. 2,5 

Is there hair fall after childbirth?  

After few months of child birth mother can experience extensive hair fall.3 

What nutrients help in thickening of hair?  

Nutrients such as biotin, iron, protein, zinc, etc. helps in thickening of hair.3 

What is alopecia?  

Alopecia refers to the loss of hair.1 

References: 

  1. Types of Hair Loss [Internet]. Nyulangone.org. 2022 [cited 13 May 2022]. Available from:  https://nyulangone.org/conditions/hair-loss/types 
  1. Semalty M, Semalty A, Joshi GP, Rawat MS. Hair growth and rejuvenation: an overview. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2011 Jun 1;22(3):123-32.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20536276/ 
  1. Hair loss: Who gets and causes [Internet]. Aad.org. 2022 [cited 12 May 2022]. Available from: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/causes/18-causes 
  1. Hair loss: Signs and symptoms [Internet]. Aad.org. 2022 [cited 12 May 2022]. Available from: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/begin 
  1. Kaushik R, Gupta D, Yadav R. Alopecia: herbal remedies. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research. 2011 Jul 1;2(7):1631.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/215800523_ALOPECIA_HERBAL_REMEDIES 
  1. Oh JY, Park MA, Kim YC. Peppermint oil promotes hair growth without toxic signs. Toxicological research. 2014 Dec;30(4):297-304.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/ 
  1. Hair loss [Internet]. nhs.uk. 2022 [cited 13 May 2022]. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss/ 

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