TWhether we have long or short hair, having thick hair would make us look better. As we grow older, some strands would reach their “old-age” and come out. Although genetics and climate are the biggest reasons people have different thickness of hair, nutritional deficiencies can make this condition worse.1

If you want to know how to get thicker hair, follow some of these rituals on a daily basis. You might see the result on your hair within several weeks:

  1. The Morning Rituals: Drink Water, Meditate, Avoid Washing Hair Prepare a glass of water on your bedside table every night so that you can drink the water right after you wake up. Your body needs proper hydration, so make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day. After that, do a simple exercise, meditate or pray to awaken all of your senses. This will help to reduce stress, which is one of the triggers of hair loss.

You need time to set your hair, so do not wash your hair in the morning unless you have enough time to let it air dry. Using a blow dryer is a fast way to dry your hair, but the heat can damage your hair follicles. To minimize the risk, wash your hair two to three times a week, and use dry shampoo in-between those days. In addition, get a healthy breakfast rich in vitamin A and C such as red, yellow and orange fruits, as well as some dark green leafy vegetables.  2. The Afternoon Rituals: Eat Protein, Say No to Smoking Hair is primarily made of protein, so it makes sense to include high-protein foods in your diet to maintain healthy hair. If your body does not have enough protein intake, it will not efficiently make new hair to replace the old one that has shed.

Your ideal lunch would be leaner proteins, i.e. fish, chicken, tofu, tempeh, eggs, and beans. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good for your health because they contain folic acid. During office meetings and gatherings, some of your friends might be smoking and ask you to join them. Smoking can cause damage to your hair, so avoid it as much as possible.

  1. The Evening Rituals: Take Multivitamins and Home Remedies Sometimes you are too tired to cook a healthy meal but realize that you have not consumed enough protein and vitamins throughout the day. Take some milligrams of Omega-3, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and B12. Omega-3 in fish oil capsules, for example, can make your hair stronger and shinier. Vitamin E stimulates blood circulation, keeping hair follicles productive. The B vitamins also stimulate blood circulation – a deficiency in these would cut off the blood supply to your hair, leading to damaged hair, increased hair loss, and slow re-growth.2

Before you take a bath, use a home remedy for getting thicker hair, e.g. applying a bit of olive oil or warmed coconut oil to your hair and massaging it into the scalp. You can leave this by putting a hot towel or wearing a shower cap for 30 minutes, and then rinse it with a light shampoo. On a weekend, leave it overnight and then wash your hair in the morning.

Now that you know some good practices on getting the beautiful hair you have dreamed of, hopefully, you will be motivated to make it happen.