Here’s a scary stat for guys: by age 35, roughly two-thirds of men will have some degree of hair loss. It’s a trend that gets worse with age as approximately 85 percent of men will experience significantly thinning hair by the time they turn 50. If your once thick mane has started to thin or your hairline is slowly retreating or your power alleys are widening by the day, then you know how real this struggle is.
But there are steps you can take to protect your hair. Whether you’ve experienced some thinning already or just want to be proactive, check out these helpful tips on how to make your hair thicker.
Eight Steps to Thicker Hair
No. 1: Improve Your Diet
Proper nutrition is essential for a lot of bodily functions – including hair growth. If your diet is lacking in certain nutrients, you might be setting yourself down the path to accelerated hair loss. To keep your hair healthy, make sure to consume plenty of protein, Vitamins A and D, Omega 3s and Iron.
For more tips on foods to eat for thicker locks, check out these Thanksgiving inspired hair-healthy dishes.
No. 2: Oil it Up
Speaking of Omega 3s, adding the nutrient to your diet isn’t the only way to promote thicker hair. Omega 3 acids are a key ingredient in olive oil which you can apply directly to your hair to stimulate hair growth, soften hair follicles and moisturize the scalp. Just heat a few ounces of olive oil to body temperature, massage the oil into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour before washing it out with shampoo.
No. 3: Chill Out
Physical and emotional stress can accelerate hair loss by triggering your body’s fight-or-flight responses, which sends excess hormones that can affect hair growth coursing through your body. So, start looking for ways to identify and remove stress points in your life; your hairline will thank you for it.
No. 4: Let it Air-dry
Your hair is a lot weaker when it’s wet. If your first move after a shower is to grab a towel and start aggressively rubbing down your hair, cut it out. Towel-drying damp hair can cause the weakened follicles to break. Instead, modify your morning routine to give your hair enough time to air-dry before you have to style it and head out for the day.
No. 5: Throw Away Your Comb
Combing can damage hair follicles and thin out that mop you have on top. To keep your hair looking and feeling thick, ditch your comb and opt for a more natural hair styling tool – your fingers.
No. 6: Shield it From the Sun
Prolonged exposure to the sun can make your hair brittle and weak. Sunburn can also cause your scalp to produce a compound called superoxide which causes hair follicles to switch to shed mode. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside, opt for a looser fitting hat to protect your mane.
No. 7: Ditch the Bad Habits
If you’re a smoker, you probably already know there are about a million reasons to quit, but here’s one you might not be aware of: the toxins in cigarettes can impede blood flow to your hair follicles. Weakened blood flow leads to weaker hair follicles, which leads to thinner hair. And it all up and you now have a million and one reasons to quit.
No. 8: Shift Your Style
While it won’t necessarily make your hair thicker, switching up your hairstyle can make your locks appear fuller. If you’ve always parted your hair to one side, try shifting it the other direction. The switch will lift your hair away from your scalp, making it appear thicker and fuller. If you have started experiencing hair loss, you should also go with an appropriate haircut. We recommend opting for a shorter cut to make sure your thinning locks aren’t maxed out covering more real estate than they can handle.
If you would like more healthy-hair tips or some advice on a new hairstyle, head to your nearby Fantastic Sams, all of our services start with a complimentary consultation to make sure you get the perfect look for you.
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