Are you looking for tips for thicker hair? There are a number of factors that can encourage or discourage hair loss/hair thinning and there are a number of ways to help slow down or reverse the process. Some of these factors include levels of stress, your diet, the proper supplementation, your age, your genes, your lifestyle choices, and the hair products you use. In this article, we’ll be going over some of the factors that can contribute to hair thinning and what you can do to help slow the process. Here are a few tips for thicker hair.

Lose the Stress

Figure out what some of the biggest sources of stress are in your life and deal with them in a healthy manner. The correlation between hair-loss and stress is scientifically proven and well-documented; usually there is a three-month gap between the high-stress event and hair thinning/loss. When you are stressed, your body dumps the hormone cortisol and other stress-fighting substances that can wreak havoc on your hair line. If you are in a bad relationship, a soul-sucking job, or have a serious stress in your life that you can modify, it may be time for a much-needed change.

Change Your Diet

Here’s a cliché we’re sure you’ve heard enough of: you are what you eat. The food that you put in your body is directly responsible for how you look, act, and feel. Everything is influenced by your diet, including your metabolism, your hairline, your mood, and your energy levels. Dietary deficiencies are no joke; if you’re not getting the right building-blocks for hair health, such as vitamins A, D, and B, omega 3s, and proteins, why would you expect to have a healthy head of hair?

Try incorporating healthier foods into your diet, with the exclusion of heavily-processed and sugary foods. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as salmon, kale, eggs, nuts, lean proteins, whole grains, tomatoes, avocados, carrots, and fruits.

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A lack of iron – commonly known as anemia, can also have a negative impact on hair growth. Vegans and vegetarians often have a problem due to low levels of iron and vitamin B12 in the body. Supplementation and foods like beans, lentils, and spinach can help those with a vegan diet. For everyone else, there is steak.

Change Your Lifestyle

There are many products and lifestyle choices that can contribute to hair loss. If you’re a smoker, here’s another reason to put down the cigarettes for good: cigarette smoking can lead to hair thinning and hair loss at an alarming rate. If you use shampoos that are heavy in sulfates and additives, it’s time to change it up: these chemicals have been shown to have an unfriendly effect on hair.

Blow-drying is also a great way to give your hair the appearance of more volume. Be sure not to keep the heat on those strands for too long though, as flame-grilling your hair can damage the natural proteins found in your locks.  Be gentle when you are drying or brushing your hair. You aren’t doing any favors for yourself if you brush like a mad woman.

Use a Thickening Product

There are many shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in conditioners that have voluminous benefits on the hair. Just ask any professional hair stylist at your favorite salon for their recommendations! They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.