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5 Tips for Thicker Healthier Hair

Updated on January 11, 2013
Hair, Skin & Nails can be found at Walmart for about $6.00
Hair, Skin & Nails can be found at Walmart for about $6.00

Develop Healthy Habits for Your Hair

Everyone wants healthier shinier hair. Men and women, as they get older, both face thinning, breakage, dry hair, and some face balding.

A thick full head of long luxurious shiny hair is not just determined by good genes, it is mainly determined by our daily habits. Our daily habits can make or break our hair.

1. Ditch the Heat

One of the number one reasons women face thinning hair and breakage is due to heat damage. Straighteners, hair curlers, and blow dryers cause a lot of heat damage to our stressed out tresses. Resolve to not use the highest heat setting for your blow dryer. Try to dry your hair with the middle or lowest heat setting. Only concentrate the heat for a second or two on each area. Avoid burning your hair as much as possible. If using a curling iron, turn it down to the lowest setting possible.

2. Take Care of Your Hair from Within

Beautiful hair starts inside. Feed your hair with healthy foods. Start taking a hair supplement. I experimented with hair supplements last year from $50 a month to $5 a month supplements. The best one I found, with the best visible results, cost about $6.00 a month from Walmart.

3. Drink LOTS of Water

Start observing the people around you with long beautiful hair. The thing I have found that they all have in common is that they drink LOTS of water. The ones with the shiniest, most luxurious hair are never seen ordering cokes or diet drinks, they always order water. Our hair needs lots of water to be luxurious and soft. The rule of thumb is an average of 8 glasses of water a day.

4. Get Regular Trims

Don't be fooled by products that claim to "repair" split ends. Once hair is split, it is best to trim it. Regular trims will keep your "hem line" looking thick and healthy. A good schedule for trimming is at least once a quarter. I know many long haired women that swear by trimming around the New Moon cycles. This is also recommended by the Farmers Almanac. The Farmers Almanac has a monthly calendar that suggests the best days to trim hair, and it is usually around the New Moon. The key is though don't neglect your hair trims, you could end up losing inches instead of centimeters from lack of attention to this important factor.

5. Regularly Massage Your Scalp

Develop the habit of massaging your scalp when you are washing it and when you condition. Bald and thinning spots tend to occur in areas where the scalp has a lack of circulation. Stimulating the scalp helps to get the blood circulation going to that area. There are extensive you-tube videos on this subject documenting balding areas, widows peaks, and thinned out areas thickening back up just from developing the habit of scalp massage.


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    • Mariampie profile image

      Mariam 2 years ago from Potato town

      Well the heat part is hard :( how could I get rid of it ?!

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      Kathrine 4 years ago

      If you make the commitment to closely follow the five steps below, not only will you grow long hair but your hair will be in beautiful condition throughout the process. Read my tips below...

      1. Comb your hair daily. This will help stimulate hair growth. Even if you’re at work, be sure to take constant breaks to brush your hair, just don’t get caught.

      2. Moisturize your hair. Find a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that adds volume to your hair.

      3.Use hair packs once a week to put sustenance in your hair. Much the same as your skin, hair too requires some product of spoiling on a general foundation and cutting edge hair packs help give a clean sparkle to your hair.

      4. Trim your hair regularly. You want to do this to get rid of split ends and to add shape to your hair.

      5. Uphold to an exceptional diet. Your hair too requires the reliable support of an adjusted eating regimen to develop well. Just ensure that all your meals have enough protein and iron in them.

      *Tips from

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      Kim Anne 5 years ago from Texas

      I used to take flaxseed oil every day and could definitely tell a difference - thanks for reminding me!

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      Mitch Alan 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Nice Hub. Adding Chia and or flaxseed to your diet can increase strength and shine to hair. A cool rinse after shampo and conditioner helps close the cuticle to keep nutrients in and add shine. You are correct that scalp massage can help hair health.

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      Kim Anne 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank y'all for the kind words and nice to "meet" y'all!! :)

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      Keely Deuschle 5 years ago from Florida

      I wanted to welcome you to hubpages! These are excellent tips! You are off to a great start with your interesting and well-written articles! Nice to "meet" you!

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      These are some great tips. I can apply at least three of them. Great hub Voted up!

      A very warm Welcome to Hubpages. Grow, Shine and Succeed!

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      ologsinquito 5 years ago from USA

      Hi KA,

      Welcome to Hub Pages. You are right about how what you put into your body will eventually show up in how healthy your hair and skin look.

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      Kim Anne 5 years ago from Texas

      Peach purple, why are you not conditioning your hair?? I have heard of people using conditioner only - but no conditioner???

      Easy Learning web - thank you for the kind comment! Appreciate it!

      Clara - I do not believe 84 is too "young" to have great hair. I had a 99 year old grandmother whose long hair could put anyone to shame!

      Thanks for your comments!

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      clara kish 5 years ago

      Welcome to Hub pages ,hope you enjoy it . I just read your Hub on hair. I am glad to see it , I will have to try to see if it will help my hair.It may be too late for me ,I will soon be 84 years old so at my age it may not help .Your Hub has some good idea. thank you ,Clara

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      Amelia Griggs 5 years ago

      Good tips for healthy hair. You're off to a great start!

      Keep up the good writing. :-)


      Team Welcome Wagon

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I don't use hair dryer, conditioner nor dye my hair. However, my hair is always curly and oily scalp. Hence, they are not thick at all. Guess i need to regularly massage my scalp. Voted up