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Two Clever Ways to “Thicken” Fine Hair

thicker fine natural hair
Increased density AND shrinkage!

In an earlier post this week, I shared How to Create Peace in Your Home and Let Your Hair Down

That post was all about setting your environment up so you can relax. Sometimes the ability to relax has nothing to do with your home, but your personal appearance.

Ladies with fine hair can become self conscious when a hairstyle they do doesn’t look as nice as they would like. It’s my goal to help you get YOUR best head of hair possible.

First my disclaimer: What I’m about to share is not a guarantee. Everyone’s head of hair is different and therefore, the various treatments and techniques may yield different results for different people.

Now let’s get to the meat of things…

Having fine hair doesn’t mean you can’t have thick hair. The fineness of your strands is based on the diameter of a given hair strand. This is a bit tricky because like your hair texture, your type is mostly genetic.

However, if you have many many fine hairs on your head, your hair can appear very thick. This is your density. Density is determined by the number of hairs coming out of the follicles on your head.

While density may also be genetic, there are a couple of things you can do internally and externally that may help increase your level of density:

Collagen Supplementation

Collagen is a major component responsible for hair growth and and hair health. Supplementing yourself with collagen can increase the hair shaft while simultaneously reducing breakage.

Check out what VitalProteins (a leading provider of collagen supplements) has to say about collagen supplementation:

“Vital Proteins Collagen Supplements provide protein and amino acids that are critical for hair growth. What makes collagen so special is it’s balance of amino acids that make up the pure protein provided. Glycine, proline, alanine and arginine are mostly responsible for what makes collagen so unique in it’s benefits for hair loss.”

Read more here:

I took collagen peptide supplements for a number of months and over time I noticed an increase in my hair’s density. Once I’m done recovering from my pre-holiday shopping, I’ll be purchasing them again!

hair before and after

Collagen supplements may not be the cure all for fine hair but they are certainly powerful weapons to add to your hair care arsenal. In the photo on the left, it may look fuller around the edges but that’s just how it’s styled. I have more hair (not just length) in the pic on the right.

Scalp Massages with Castor Oil

Using castor oil to stimulate hair growth is nothing new. The problem is most ladies don’t scalp massage with castor oil long enough. Massaging castor oil into your hair 3-4 times a week over several months can help fill hair in by stimulating the hair follicles.

Scalp massages are also not a quick fix for thickening fine hair but with patience and time, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that your hair is looking a bit more fuller and more vibrant.

Other ways to increase the volume of fine hair:

  • Full strength henna applications
  • Applying aloe vera to the scalp weekly
  • Fenugreek Seed Hair masks

Have you tried any of these methods?
If so, what has worked for you? If not, which would you consider trying?

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

9 Comment

  1. I have found that using henna gloss applications has really helped my hair to become thicker; the henna also helps with shedding.

  2. Hi there Michelle, interesting hair tips there. Didn’t know that collagen can be really good when it comes to hair care. I have used castor oil before for scalp massage and I liked it. Perhaps I should try the collagen things sometimes. Thanks a lot for the great share and keep the good posts coming.


  3. Hi, when you massage your hair with castor oil, do you leave it in, or do you wash it out? Castor oil is very thick, using it 3 to 4 times a week, doesn’t that weigh your hair down?

    1. I use apricot castor oil and it doesn’t build up on my hair like Jamaican castor oil. Also you don’t need much. Apply it to your finger tips and focus on the scalp, not the hair.

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