Two Clever Ways to “Thicken” Fine Hair

Last updated on June 20th, 2020 at 01:02 pm

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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.”

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 natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Diann Phillips

    Is it wise to wear a high ponytail if I have crown breakage from perm. Color

    1. Michelle Smith

      I’d stay away from any styles that could put undue stress on the crown area, especially if you’re having breakage

  2. Dawn

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

    1. Michelle Smith

      Absolutely. Henna is a staple in my regimen too! I prefer the full strength over the gloss though

  3. Cindy Hoffman

    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.

    Cindy

    1. Michelle

      Yes, its excellent! Its one of the building blocks of hair so supplementing can really make a difference

  4. Jolenne

    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. Michelle

      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.

  5. Lebogang

    I love my henna treatments, my fine hair becomes fuller and stronger.

    1. Michelle

      Yes henna is a wonderful way to thicken the hair. I use it regularly as well

    2. Foxychoconaps

      Love Ayuverta products. Henna is one of my favorites them in oil form less mess and cuts down time in half.

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