If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from hair loss, you’re not alone. Whether you’re experiencing increased stress due to COVID, are taking a medication that can cause hair loss or are just seeing thinner hair due to a change in diet or another lifestyle factor, hair loss can be disappointing. But with the right products, a solid hair wellness routine and some self love, you can revitalize thinning hair to get the thicker look you want.
12 Steps to Getting Thicker Hair
The actual size of your individual hair strands is unlikely to change significantly — you've either got thick hair, fine hair or something in between. But you absolutely can take steps to increase the fullness, volume and growth for thicker-looking hair.
Follow these steps to get thicker, healthier looking hair:
1. Wash With The Right Shampoo & Conditioner
Cleansing and moisturizing your hair with shampoo and conditioner is a critical first step in any hair routine, and it's important you find products that can help your hair appear thicker. Start by washing your hair in the shower by massaging in GRO Revitalizing Shampoo to your damp hair. One of its primary ingredients is nicotiana benthamiana, an indigenous Australian botanical that helps reduce hair shedding along with yerba mate, which encourages microcirculation to repair damage from heat styling and hair dyes.
After rinsing out your shampoo, follow up with GRO Revitalizing Conditioner, which helps improve hair density with nutrient-packed mung bean extract and red clover to inhibit DHT production, a process that can damage hair. The conditioner also uses microencapsulated vegan b-SILK™ protein, which stays on hair even after rinsing. GRO Revitalizing Conditioner is the world’s first chemical-free keratin hair treatment product. This luxurious conditioner also uses protective wild-harvested marula oil and organic murumuru butter to deeply nourish hair and encourage thicker-looking hair.
2. But Don't Overwash
While a good wash day routine is important, you don't want to overwash your hair either. Why? Washing your hair every single day could strip your hair follicles of its natural oils due to excessive exposure to unfiltered hard water. Plus, overwashing could lead to increased hair fall. Find a wash schedule that works for your hair type so it leaves you feeling clean without overdoing it.
That said, you don't have to walk around with greasy roots in between wash days. Try GRO Dry Shampoo, which uses the same botanicals as our regular shampoo to promote hair growth but offers the convenience making your hair appear cleaner in between wash days. Simply spray the shampoo onto your roots and massage into hair for fresh hair without the shower.
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3. Go Easy With Your Hair Brush
The type of hair brush and the technique you use can have a huge impact on your hair. Reduce breakage to maintain your gorgeous, thick hair by brushing your hair starting with your ends and working your way up as you detangle. Brushing your hair in this gentle way avoids damaging your hair and reduces hair fall.
Using the bottoms-up hair-brushing method allows you to detangle your hair without encouraging breakage or split ends. If your hair is curly or tangles easily, detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb in the shower while you have conditioner in — this is the gentlest way to get tangle-free hair while reducing hair fall.
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4. Apply Hair Serum to Your Roots to Encourage New Growth
After shampooing and conditioning, let your hair dry and then use GRO Hair Serum — which uses targeted botanicals including curcumin, mung bed and red clover — to deliver hair wellness nutrients straight to your roots.
Give your roots the boost it needs with our best-selling, 100% vegan serum (and none of the harsh chemicals or side effects of other options out there). Fill your dropper with serum and apply a few drops directly to your scalp focusing on thinning areas, working in sections and massaging it in with your fingertips to cover as much of your scalp as possible. There's no need to rinse it out, and you can use it morning or evening — whatever works best with your routine.
5. Give Your Scalp Some Love
Good hair starts at the roots so it's important you give your scalp the attention it deserves. A healthy scalp has an impact on how your hair looks and feels so it's important to treat it well and exfoliate regularly.
To give your scalp the treatment it deserves, use a scalp detoxifying serum, which helps balance your scalp’s biome to reduce dandruff and encourage healthy sebum production while reducing inflammation. With Zinc PCA, marula oil and biochanin A, these nutrients give you a healthier scalp with noticeable results in just three days.
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6. Avoid Heat Styling
It's tempting to reach for your hair straightener or curling iron — and you don't need to give it up completely — but reducing heat styling can help with thinning hair. Heat styling leads to dry, damaged hair and inevitable breakage. By reducing heat styling, you set your hair up to be healthier and thicker.
If you can't give up heat styling 100% (we get it!), make sure to use heat-protectant products before using your heat tools to reduce damage.
7. Add a Volumizing Product to Your Routine
For instant volume with all-star botanicals, the GRO Hair Foam adds texture to your hair in a mousse form. Using the same plant actives in VEGAMOUR's best-selling serums, this foam can be applied directly to dry or wet hair — although we do recommend wet hair for best results. Massage it into your scalp and comb it through your hair, styling as desired for hair that looks thicker instantly. This product is designed to be left in, so once you’re done, you’re done!
8. Reduce Stress
Did you know that stress can lead to hair loss? Yup, increased stress causes your body to release cortisol, or the stress hormone, which can affect how your hair follicles function and reducing new hair growth. Addressing your stress and finding ways to reduce it a critical step in your journey towards hair wellness.
First, figure out what is causing you stress and ask yourself if there's way to cut back in those areas. Then, follow up with a self-care routine that you know works well for you. Yoga may be great for some people but if you know it doesn't work for you, find something that does. Be it a hobby, setting better boundaries at work or getting a babysitter for relaxing date night, finding tangible ways to reduce stress is key to achieving and maintaining healthy hair.
9. Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet
If you're experiencing thinning hair or more hair loss than usual, your diet might be the cause. Without the right nutrients, your body may have a hard time growing healthy hair or even lead to increased hair thinning. Make sure you're eating foods that support hair growth and take supplements as needed.
You can have the best routine and products in the world, but if your diet is lacking critical nutrients, you may not totally get the hair results you want. Remember, hair wellness is a holistic process — everything is connected.
10. Get a Boost With Biotin Gummies
Gorgeous hair starts from the inside out. While applying topical products can certainly help combat hair loss, providing your hair with all the nutrients it needs for strong growth can enhance the results you see. Our GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair deliver all the beneficial nutrients you need for ultimate hair wellness in delicious, naturally-flavored gummies. With biotin and other essential B vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, along with zinc and folic acid, this vegan hair gummy is designed to support your hair for thicker, more luscious growth when paired with our GRO line of topical products.
11. Massage Your Scalp Daily
A daily scalp massage is one of the most underrated practices for healthy hair growth and it's easy with to do with a hand-held scalp massager, which is perfect for a simple product-free scalp massage or to work in your GRO serums, foams or vegan shampoo. Use your fingers or a GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager for a daily treat. Scalp massage has been shown to improve hair growth in people who suffer from androgenic alopecia (also called male or female pattern baldness) and to improve hair thickness.
12. Kick It Up a Notch With CBD
To really amp up your journey to thicker hair, consider adding CBD products to your routine. CBD helps get your body into the ideal condition to maximize hair growth. By reducing inflammation, reducing stress and increasing blood circulation (to name a few benefits), CBD can be one extra tool in your hair growth toolkit. Our GRO+ Advanced collection has all the same incredible benefits of our best-selling products and infuses them with full-spectrum hemp.
Related: How Does CBD Help Hair Growth?
Missing Your Thick Hair?
The good news is that most common forms of hair loss are reversible. If you’re missing your strong, thick hair, our GRO line was designed specifically for you. Support your hair wellness with our renowned line of products daily to see thicker hair in just a few weeks.
Sarah Ban and Laira Martin contributed to the reporting for this article.
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