I will caveat this by saying that naturally I do not have the thickest hair, which genetics plays a huge part of. Additionally, I do regularly highlight my hair, which obviously has an effect on its condition. However, when I was in my first year of University it reached its thinnest point, which motivated me to learn about how I could increase its natural thickness. I spoke to hairdressers and stylists and educated myself about the key nutrients that play a role in hair health. Since then I have actually had baby hairs growing, which hairdressers have pointed out to me and friends and family have told me that it looks to have doubled in thickness.
As such, I decided to share the tips that I have collected over the years in case anyone else is going through the same thing.
- Protein: Your hair is the last place that your body sends both protein and iron (see below), which makes having enough of both essential for healthy hair. Personally, I have found that by making a conscious effort to include a source of protein in every meal, whether that be protein powder in my morning oats, or eggs with avocado on toast for lunch, increasing the prevalence of protein in my diet is undoubtedly THE number one reason why my hair is so much thicker. Obviously this is even more important for vegetarians and vegans to look out for.
- Iron: Interestingly, around the same time that I noticed my hair was very thin, I found out from a regular check-up with my doctor that my iron levels were extremely low. Iron deficiency is actually the number one reason for hair thinning amongst women. As mentioned above, hair follicles need iron in order to grow, therefore incorporating enough iron into your diet is essential. My favourite iron rich foods are: dark leafy greens such as spinach and although I have yet to master how to cook a good steak, I make sure that I eat red meat on occasion.
- Shampoo: Seeing as hair follicles lie so close beneath the scalp, the products that you wash your hair with really do reach and affect them. I use KÉRASTASE shampoo, which I buy from my hairdressing salon, however any shampoo enriched with vitamins such as zinc, iron and copper are great as they increase keratin production, which is the building block of hair.
- Scrunchies: This is particularly important if you are someone that works out a lot, as naturally you will be putting your hair up. Normal elastic bands pull a lot on your hair and can create breakages, whereas scrunchies are much softer and less damaging in the long-term, although they are a massive 90s throwback.
- Regular treatments: Lastly, I make an effort to invest in a keratin treatment around every 8 weeks when I am at the hairdresser. This helps protect the hair from damage, particularly if like me, you regularly colour your hair.
I hope these helped and if you have any haircare tips please comment below!