I have always received comments on the thickness of my hair from ‘Are you wearing extensions?’ to ‘We need to charge you extra, as your hair is sooo thick’ hence I sometimes get overcharged for a simple blow dry as my hair requires ‘extra time’ for styling. I understand it’s partly genetic, however it is also partly due to the way I look after my hair.
With this in mind, I wanted to share my 6 tips on how you can also achieve thick natural hair without extensions and maintain it. I’ve been following the same hair care routine for years and following the common post-pregnancy hair loss aftermath, my hair is now thicker than before and I wanted to document these daily tips that have helped me back to thick hair.
- Invest in two brushes: a Dry Brush and a Wet Brush
I only ever use two brushes on my hair. Both these brushes are gentle and do not pull or tug the hair, which means you avoid breakage and unnecessary a hair loss.
Dry Brush: Mason Pearson Hand Mixture Bristle Hairbrush
I started using this Mason Pearson Brush years ago and have not looked back. It is the best brush for dry hair as it contains a mixture of bristle and nylon tufts. The combination of these two bristles means that the brush also stimulates the scalp by increasing blood flow to the roots, and a healthy scalp results in healthy thick hair. Admittedly, it is a little on the pricey side, however the investment for a brush you will use daily, means it is certainly worth it. It also comes with a separate cleaning brush so you can clean it regularly.
Wet Brush: Tangle Teezer
I use a Tangle Teezer on my wet hair and it is the best brush for removing those post shower knots and tangles without the added breakage. The ideal time to brush wet hair is in the shower when you have conditioner in it. Using a Tangle Teezer when doing this is really gentle for your hair, as it lessens the pressure on your hair cuticle which is softened when wet. I have the original version however Tangle Teezer also have a version for thick and curly hair and a version for fine and fragile hair.
- Do not wash your hair daily
If you wash your hair daily you are stripping it of its natural oils. If you can, try and wash it at a maximum, 1-2 days per week.
If your roots get oily, try a dry shampoo in the interim. Over time as you lessen the frequency of your washes, your scalp will adjust its oil production accordingly. I currently only wash my hair a maximum of 1-2 times per week.
- Invest in Weekly Natural Hair Masks
There are so many great all natural hair masks on the market at the moment. Look for ones which penetrate deep into the hair shaft and are also good for your scalp and leave them in overnight. Sometimes even a simple organic coconut oil mask works wonders as it helps hair retain its natural protein. I also wrap my hair in cling wrap to create warmth (and minimize the product transferring to my pillow) and this results in a much more effective treatment. Alternatively you can also trap the heat with a close fitting shower cap too.
My favourite hair masques at the moment are Shea Moisture – Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Kérastase Aura Botanica Masque Fondamental. I also use these masks regularly when on holiday, out in the sun or swimming. To be honest, no one really cares what your hair looks like on holiday, and this is the best time to comb through leave in masks to help re-build your hair but also protect it from the sun, sea water and chlorine. My tip, always wear a sunhat as well for UV protection to guard your hair from sun damage.
- From the Inside Out: Eat Protein Rich Foods & Drink Plenty of Water
I’m a pescatarian and eat plenty of protein rich foods and those which contain ‘good fats’. There are certain foods which I find help with my hair’s thickness if I eat them in moderation over an extended period of time, the main ones would be avocado, smoked oysters, baby spinach and nuts. The recommendations may sound a little odd, but starting from the inside out is so important, as what we put into our bodies usually radiates on the outside. Small changes in your diet can make a world of difference to your hair’s thickness.
Also, it is a given – drink plenty of water daily. As water is necessary to carry nutrients to different parts of the body including the hair follicles.
- Sleep on a silk pillow and always use a scrunchie when you can
A silk pillow case does wanders for your hair, as the silk reduces the friction on your strands which usually causes damage as you toss and turn in bed throughout thee night, and which could lead to resulting split ends.
I also find that when I wake up in the mornings I do not have a case of bed head. Great for taking with you on vacation too and slipping over hotel pillows. SLIP make the best hypoallergenic silk pillow cases however you can also find less pricey options on amazon here. Secondly, I swear by velvet hair scrunchies, or if you prefer a more understated look then these skinnies are great. Elastic hair ties snap the hair while scrunchies are so soft and ensure you don’t snag or lose hair when tying it up.
- Invest in good haircare products
Invest in good hair care products which are free from silicones, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil and synthetic colour. Bear in mind, these products will rarely, if ever, be found on a mass produced supermarket shelf product line. Currently I am alternating between the Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo and also using 3” More Inches Shampoo and Conditioner by Michael Van Clarke, which are all absolutely brilliant.
Bear in mind you will undoubtedly pay a little more compared to the supermarket rivals, however you will end up using less product and also be treating your hair for the long term, rather than coating it in silicones for the short term. Silicone coats the hair and fills in the gaps where the hair shaft is damaged, creating a smooth hair shaft however this is a temporary fix as over time it will cause the hair to become brittle and damaged. So avoid it at all costs!
Lastly, if you have any questions for me on the above recommendations, do pop them down below!
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
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