As a successful fashion designer, Judith has to make far more public appearances than she has time for. Fashion shows, press conferences, and interviews occupy the bulk of her itinerary. At 52 years of age, she is well past her prime and has started to notice her hair is thinning. She is frantic because she must fix this problem before the summer fashion gala to be held a month later.
The solution to Judith’s problem is a way to help her hair become thick and strong within 4 weeks. Is this possible? Read on to find out.
What Causes Thinning of the Hair?
As you grow older, your hair starts to lose its strength and vitality (as in Judith’s case). However, there are other factors which contribute to the problem of hair thinning such as genetic predisposition, continuous use of heat-styling tools, an imbalanced diet, a thyroid malfunction, and excessive use of chemical-based hair products. There is no reason to worry though. Any of the home remedies explained below will give you thick and strong hair like before.
What Are Some Ways of Making the Hair Thick?
Unless it is caused by a medical condition, the hair thinning process can be reversed by tweaking a few habits and lifestyle choices. Below are homemade remedies for hair thinning. They range from a hair rinse to a hair mask and will make Judith’s hair thick and strong in a few weeks’ time.
Unaware of its potential to revitalize damaged hair, most people throw away the water that remains after rinsing uncooked rice. The longer the rice sits in the water, the more nutrients it imparts to the water. These nutrients include vitamins and minerals that help to strengthen the hair. Selenium, magnesium, and folic acid boost hair growth and make the hair thick and strong. Thiamine, niacin, vitamin B, and vitamin K help to rejuvenate dull and lifeless hair.
To prepare this hair rinse, any variety of rice can be used such as white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, or pudding rice. It is better to use distilled or mineral water rather than water straight from the tap. Take a cup each of the rice and the water. Allow the rice to sit in the water for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. Remember, the longer it ferments, the more effective the rice water will be. Pass the rice and water mixture through a sieve and into a clean bowl. The rice water thus collected will appear cloudy.
To get the most out of this hair rinse, follow the steps below:
- Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.
- Condition your hair as you normally do.
- Pour the rice water on your hair, making sure to cover every strand. Wear a shower cap and leave it for at least 30 minutes. For best results, leave it for an hour.
- Rinse the rice water off.
- Dry your hair and style as usual.
According to one hair expert, the rice water rinse is much more effective than a prenatal vitamin in helping to achieve thick hair within a short time. She recommends using the rice water rinse 2-3 times a week. Results are guaranteed 3-4 weeks after the first use.
Rich in protein, the egg is an ideal ingredient for any hair thickening preparation. It can be used in various ways to make your hair strong and thick within a few weeks. There are 2 ways to use egg as a hair mask:
- Beat an egg and massage it on wet hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with a sulfate-free shampoo and lukewarm water. Do this twice a week for 4 weeks.
- Beat an egg yolk and add a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil to it. Mix this well with 2 tablespoons of water to get a smooth hair mask. Rub this onto your scalp. Leave it on for half an hour before rinsing it off. Use this hair mask once or twice a week for up to 4 weeks.
Unless you have an allergy issue, eggs should be incorporated into your diet as well. They will help to nourish the scalp from within and stimulate hair growth and elasticity.
Essential oils can accelerate the hair thickening process. A teaspoon and a half are all you need to massage your scalp in slow, circular motions. Brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb to help distribute the oil from the roots to the ends of your hair. Do this once or twice a week for 4 weeks.
Another way of using essential oil to get thick hair is by mixing a few drops with your cleanser when you wash your hair. You can also combine half a teaspoon of essential oil with 2-3 tablespoons of castor or olive oil. Apply this oil blend to your hair, making sure to coat every strand. Wrap your hair in a towel turban and leave it on for half an hour. Remove the towel and wash your hair with lukewarm water and a sulfate-free cleanser. Do this 2-3 times a week for 4 weeks.
Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oil to a blend of 3 tablespoons of castor oil and 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. Apply a small quantity of this oil blend to your scalp and all of your hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off. Do this 1-2 times a week for up to 4 weeks.
You can choose from a wide range of essential oils such as thyme, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, almond, and cedarwood oil.
Used as a spice in parts of Asia, fenugreek seeds are a surefire way to get thick hair. Soak about a couple of tablespoons of the spice in water overnight. Discard the water and grind the seeds into a fine paste. Apply this paste to the scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse off the paste with lukewarm water and a sulfate-free shampoo. Do this 1-2 times a week for up to 4 weeks.
Highly recommended for its soothing properties, aloe vera gel is great as a hair thickening tonic. Gently rub a sufficient quantity of aloe vera gel on the scalp 30 minutes before you shower. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and a sulfate-free cleanser. Do this 2-3 times a week and see the difference in your hair 4 weeks later.
The hair thinning remedies described above are easy to prepare or readily available. A rice water rinse, an egg mask, or a paste made from fenugreek seeds can be prepared at home with pantry staples. Also, aloe vera gel is now sold in many supermarkets and drugstores as is a wide selection of essential oils. Judith should experiment with a few to decide which one is easier to juggle with the numerous demands on her time.
The health of your hair and the rate at which it grows thick and strong is affected by what you eat. A diet plan that supports your hair treatment of choice is vital for making your hair thick again. It might help Judith to discuss with a nutritionist about a diet plan that suits her lifestyle. Eggs, avocado, tofu, mango, nuts, berries, beans, yogurt, and pumpkin seeds are considered superfoods for thickening hair. Incorporating these foods into her diet will support her efforts to get thick hair well ahead of the summer fashion gala.