6 Proven Ways to Make Hair Grow Thicker

Just about everyone wants to have thick and strong hair. This is generally why you will find a lot of hair products advertising the ability to provide thicker hair with more volume.

However, not everything has proven effective in making hair grow thicker. Likewise, there are plenty of things that can negatively impact your ability to grow healthy and thicker-looking hair. Below, we will discuss some of the different things that you can do to make hair grow thicker.

Here are 6 Different Ways To Make Hair Grow Thicker:

1. Regular Scalp Massages

While this might not sound like something that can contribute to real results, a study conducted in 2016 found that regular scalp massages can indeed help to provide thicker hair [1].

In this study, subjects that got regular scalp massages began to experience thicker hair at around the 24-week mark. While the causation is not known, it can be contributed to the fact that regular scalp massages can help to boost overall blood flow and circulation throughout the scalp area.

Along with this, it could be due to the direct stimulation of dermal papilla cells [1]. Therefore, you will want to look to routinely massage your own scalp and stimulate your scalp with regular brushing.

2. Eat Right

Another way to improve the thickness of your hair is by ensuring that you are eating a diet full of nutritional properties that can lead to improved hair growth. Nutritional deficiencies are one of the major causes of hair loss. Therefore, you want to ensure that you are taking in foods that can contribute to hair growth including but not limited to vegetables and fruits full of vitamin A and especially B-vitamins.

One of the most well-researched vitamins that can contribute to hair growth is biotin. Studies have showcased that there is a direct link between hair loss and having a biotin deficiency [2].

That being said, having a biotin deficiency is fairly rare due to the abundance of sources.

Biotin is found in lots of different kinds of foods.  Red meats, fish (salmon), eggs, nuts, seeds and some vegetables just to name a few.  Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, green beans and spinach.  Nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, pecans and almonds.

3. Don’t Use Too Much Product

Another key thing that you want to do when you are looking to improve the volume of your hair would be to avoid using too much product. Using too much shampoo and other products on your hair can end up drying it out and damaging it altogether.  Avoid excessive shampooing and anything else that can cause you to end up with hair damage.

Also, instead of using commercial shampoos and products, you should opt for all-natural products. That way, you can provide your hair with moisturizing properties and avoid the use of damaging chemicals that can cause over-drying on your scalp.

4. Use Hair Masks

One of the best ways to ensure that your hair and your scalp are getting all of the right nutrients it needs is by using hair masks. Hair masks can be a very good addition to your hair care routine. This is especially true if your hair is showing signs of damage or if your scalp is flaking and dry.

You can use all kinds of different natural ingredients in your hair masks like olive oil, castor oil, argan oil, and more. All of these ingredients can help to promote healthy blood circulation throughout your scalp region by providing essential nutrients like vitamin E and other fatty acids. This can help you deliver more nutrients that your body needs to grow thicker hair.

Along with this, some of these ingredients are highly anti-inflammatory which means that any inflammation that is causing issues in your scalp region will be minimized.

5. Avoid Certain Medications

If you are noticing a sudden issue with your hair growth after beginning a certain medication, you will want to speak to your doctor about it.

Some medications might inhibit hair growth either directly or because of a reaction to them. Therefore, you want to rule out the potential for this when dealing with periods of hair loss.

Some of these medications include Anti-coagulants — heparin and warfarin. [4]  While this is somewhat rare, studies have shown these drugs have had side effects including hair loss.  If you are taking these drugs and do notice signs of hair loss, it’s best to consult with your doctor.

Another example are Anti-hypertensives — beta-blockers, or ACE inhibitors.  Again, not everyone will experience hair loss using these medications, however, it is possible and important to be aware of.

6. Get Quality Sleep

Getting consistent poor quality sleep can be a major contributor to hair loss. Therefore, it can severely impair your ability to get the kind of hair thickness that you are seeking. By getting in the right amount and quality of sleep, you will be able to improve your ability to grow thicker hair. The issue is, decreased quality sleep leads to an increase in the cortisol hormone found in your body [3].

This is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and it can cause issues with your body’s natural ability to grow hair. This is why a lot of people end up experiencing issues with hair loss when they are going through high periods of chronic stress.


Overall, there are plenty of different things that you can do or avoid when you are looking to get your hair to grow thicker. By following the different tips above, you should be able to improve your chances of growing healthier and thicker-looking hair.

One alternative way not mentioned above is the use of medical devices to grow thicker hair.  Medical devices are fairly new, however they are gaining more and more traction because they are easy to use and the results speak for themselves.

They use low levels of light to increase blood flow to the scalp therefore allowing hair to grow thicker.



[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740347/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19727438

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9415946

[4] https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/alopecia-from-drugs

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