Do you know that healthy hair can boost your confidence? Or even aid your general appearance? Sadly, not many are aware of the benefits of having fuller hair or increased hair density.
Hair care is one major aspect that receives less attention simply because there is a mentality of ” I can always find a way around it. ” Moreover, there are several brands of hair extensions and attachments that can hide our natural hair. But then, the question is ” For how long would you keep wearing those extensions? ” Sometimes, all you just want to do is flaunt your natural hair and style it in the most beautiful way possible. Unfortunately, your hair density doesn’t permit you to do so.
For some people, however, they naturally inherited a low hair density from either or both parents and so, nothing you did was responsible for your low density. For others, lifestyle ruins your hair density. Peradventure you’ve been searching endlessly on what to do to add bulk to your hair by increasing the density, but all to no avail, not to worry, we’ll get into that in a bit.
So, in this article, we discuss what hair density is about and the factors that can affect hair density. Later in the article we explore 7 easy and effective ways to help increase your hair density.
What is hair density?
From the word ‘density’ , you can easily guess what hair density means. In layman’s terms, hair density is how bulky or scanty your hair is. Hair density could also be viewed from the lens of the distance between each strand of hair on your head. The closer the strands, the denser your hair, and vice versa. While you cannot count the number of hair strands on your head, however, it is common knowledge that the more hair strands present, the denser your hair. Albeit due to several factors including lifestyle and diseases, hair loss or breakage may occur thereby leading to a decrease in hair density.
Factors affecting hair density
The major factors affecting hair density are lifestyle and health including the foods you eat, personal hygiene, hair care routine, and sleep patterns. Some effects are mild while others could be detrimental to the health of your hair. Therefore, a little more attention must be focused on how to maintain and increase hair density in the case of these occurrences. In lieu of this, the following section highlights 10 effective ways to increase your hair density.
7 easy and effective ways to increase hair density
1. Reduce stress
Life can sometimes get so busy that you forget to have some rest. Work gets in the way and there you are spending endless hours without any form of rest. Perhaps inconsequential and not-so-obvious but stress is a major factor that contributes to loss of hair density. You wonder why you are losing hair almost twice as much as it grows despite leading a healthy life but you couldn’t find any tangible reason. Never could you have thought stress could be a major factor but now you know.
In addition to the health challenges stress poses to your health, stress can also stunt hair growth and this happens by preventing the production of new hair strands. When you are stressed, your hair follicles are forced into a resting state and so there is no stimulation to the hair follicle and in turn, they do not produce new strands. If this continues over a long time, it could lead to hair loss, and any slight touch to the hair such as touching, combing, pulling, or washing could cause hair fall .
Now you may ask if it is possible to maintain or even increase hair density despite the stress. The answer is yes. And there are several ways to do so. A simple exercise or yoga session could help relieve stress. You can also invest in healthy foods and quality sleep to reduce stress. Lastly, lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol and caffeine intake, as well as quitting smoking could help relieve stress. In addition to these factors, you can also indulge external factors such as applying hair care products and scalp massage (more discussion on these below) to help combat hair loss from stress.
While stress is inevitable, you want to ensure that you are doing everything humanly possible to reduce hair loss from stress.
2. Invest in good hair products
Our natural hairs are healthy and of high density but over time they begin to lose their density. Have you ever stopped to know why? Well, that is because most hair products applied to the hair are not compatible.
Many times, we walk into the hair care store to pick products without being cautious of their effects on our hair. Well, on most occasions, it turns out that to a large extent, these products are of a low quality and would not do a good job in taking care of your hair because they contain harmful substances that could ruin your hair. One way to recognize these harmful ingredients is to take time to read the product labels.
Products that contain ingredients such as sodium chloride and synthetic fragrances are harmful to the hair and so you want to make sure to steer clear of such products when making a hair care purchase. Invest in only top-quality hair products and you would be wowed at how amazing they would help increase your hair density. In this case, you should look out for a product whose ingredients contain one or a combination of the following; activated charcoal, biotin, collagen, keratin, rice protein, salicylic acid, and zinc. These ingredients are known to nourish your hair and improve hair strength which in turn will promote hair growth and increase its density.
3. Gentle scalp massage
Perhaps you haven’t been paying attention to this aspect, but scalp massage is an important aspect of hair care. To improve the density of your hair, be sure to massage your scalp with a suitable oil base. Doing this will not only improve hair density but will help increase the blood circulation to the hair roots thereby stimulating hair growth and boosting hair shine. A word of caution here, ensure that everything is done in moderation. Massage should be gentle and in a circular motion. Don’t press too hard and don’t make it a daily habit, once or twice a week is fair enough.
4. Treat hair with care
You definitely would have read tons of articles suggesting different hair products to use to help with hair growth. After purchasing and applying these products on your hair where do they go to? Well, let’s say they accumulate to form dirt and dandruff. Now here is where the issue arises. In your bid to get rid of these dirt and clogged hair follicles, you begin to scrub your scalp aggressively, especially with your nails. While this may seem to get the job done, however, have you imagined the damage this could cause? The tiny marks, scratches, and pokes this could bring? Do you know this could result in damaging a follicle or blood vessel thereby causing a scalp bleed and infection?
The good news is that there is a better way to wash your hair without vigorous scalp scrubs. Gently washing the hair with your hair kits is the most effective way to get rid of that dirt. Then you can rinse off the excess product using lukewarm water or one at room temperature. Also, frequently washing your hair doesn’t guarantee its cleanliness doing so could damage your hair as these products could cause dryness to your hair and lead to breakage, and reducing hair density.
So, you want to make sure you regulate wash days. Twice a week is perfect to help maintain hair density. Also, be gentle with applying oils and combing out, don’t be tempted to comb out hastily simply because you are late and in a rush.
5. Pay attention to your diet
You probably have heard the saying “ You are what you eat! ” and this applies to your overall health and the health of your hair too. You would be surprised at how much a healthy diet can do to your hair. By improving your diet, the resultant effect is evidenced in the density, texture, and growth of your hair.
Diets containing antioxidants, folic acid, vitamins B6, B3, and zinc could help combat iron deficiency. While vitamins C and D can help in iron absorption. Also, diets rich in biotin and omega-3 fatty acids can help stimulate hair growth thereby increasing hair density. There are several foods, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in these components to help achieve your desired hair density. And if you want to take it a step further, you can speak with a dietician who would give you a recommendation tailored to your needs.
6. Indulge in aloe vera treatment
Chances are that you’ve always had that small pot plant of aloe vera in your yard or garden just lying for decorative purposes. We’d tell you for free that now is the best time to harness its benefits. A gentle reminder here is that the age-long belief that aloe vera works magic on the skin and hair still holds today.
Aloe vera soothes the scalp thereby reducing your chances of experiencing hair breakage or loss. Also, aloe vera helps stimulate hair follicles to support hair growth. To use this formula, slice a finger of aloe vera in half and extract its gel on both sides into a small container, apply it to your hair scalp, and cover your hair with a shower cap when done. Let this condiment sit in for 60 minutes and rinse out with warm water or one at room temperature.
To achieve a better result, you can mix the gel with an essential oil of choice but advisedly, the castor oil (as it supports rapid hair growth). Cover with a shower cap and let it sit overnight. Wash off the next morning with lukewarm water. For a more efficient and faster result to increase hair density is to mix olive oil with some apple cider vinegar with the aloe vera gel. Wash off after an hour and pat hair dry.
7. Egg hair mask
When it comes to hair care, eggs are an indispensable item. And trust us when we say you might soon find a use for those eggs in your fridge. Asides from the nutritive benefits it offers, they can also aid your hair growth. The hair is made up of proteins and as such they require more proteins to grow and get strengthened. This is what the egg offers as they help nourish the scalp and hair follicles.
To get the most benefits from eggs for your hair, you want to consider making eggs a hair mask . To do this, you can mash your finger of banana and mix it with a considerable amount of coconut oil and add it to a raw egg. Blend these mixtures properly to get an even consistency and then apply to your scalp. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and wash using a shampoo and rinse off with water at room temperature. Repeat the procedure twice a week and you would be shocked at how much increase would have been added to your hair density.
Hair density is a result of many underlying factors ranging from lifestyle to health and hair hygiene. So, you may have to do the groundwork of detecting what is responsible for your low hair density. Above all steps mentioned above, trained personnel, and a trichologist is in the best position to know and recommend the most suitable methods for increasing hair density.