Add volume to your hair

Post-pregnancy hormones, menopause, illness and stress are a few reasons for thinning of hair. Whether it's long or short, it should look ample and youthful. Here are a few tips to get fuller, thicker hair.

To pump up the volume:

Know your hair type
At any given time, your hair is in one of three phases: the growing phase, the intermediate phase when the lower two-thirds of your hair is destroyed, or the resting phase. Usually about 85-90 percent of your hair is in the first phase and 1 percent is in the second phase. The rest of the hair is in the third phase; however circumstances can cause growing hair to get to this cycle faster, causing thinning hair.

Determine the cause
This is the time to check with your doctor to determine the cause of thinning hair, whether it is post-pregnancy hormones or even a thyroid issue.

Opt for a healthy-hair diet
Foods with vitamins and minerals can aid healthy hair growth. Folic acid (found in soybeans and wheat) can help you treat hair thinning, Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits) can help with keratin production, Vitamin A (found in spinach) helps keep the scalp healthy. Lastly, Vitamin B (found in red meat) helps prevent hair loss.

Massage your scalp
Massage your scalp with coconut or jojoba oil to increase scalp circulation. On either wet or dry hair, apply coconut oil to your scalp. Massage in circular motions around your scalp. Finish by wrapping a warm, wet towel around your head and leave on for 10 minutes for extra conditioning.

Conditioning is essential
Your existing hair can get weak and brittle with exposure to the elements and frequent washing and blow-drying. Keep it moisturized and strong with frequent conditioning treatments. Once a week, shampoo hair and remove excess water then apply a homemade conditioning mask and wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse. If this is too long for you, you can also try readymade conditioners which are available in beauty stores.

Products that add volume
Switch to products that create volume from shampoo, conditioner to hair styling products. These products contain ingredients that give hair fullness. These non-oily substances draw in hydration from the surrounding environment and attract it to the hair strand. These swell the hair shaft, temporarily making hair look thicker.

Colour it smart
Try strategic colour placement and ask your stylist for low-lights to create the illusion of thicker hair.

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