A healthy and luscious mane is a sign of good health and good hair-care habits. However, factors like genetics, poor nutrition, chemicals in hair care products, and pollution may affect hair health and lead to thinning of hair. Other factors include copper and manganese deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, hypothyroidism, stress, hormones, ageing, reduced water intake and the amount of sleep.

While thinning hair is a common problem that can be experienced by both men and women, you don't always have to rely on expensive treatments to improve your hair volume. If your thinning hair is not genetic or due to an underlying health condition, there are some easy home remedies that you can try to get back your thick locks.

This article explores a few such remedies along with some ways to avoid hair damage.

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Here is a list of some simple and easy home remedies that will help you get longer, shinier and thicker hair. These remedies would not only save money but also helps to protect your hair from damage from chemical treatments.

Olive oil to get thick hair

Olive oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which penetrate into hair providing enough moisture and reducing damage.

How to use olive oil

Take some olive oil and massage it deeply into your hair for a few minutes.

You can also massage it onto your scalp if you have a dry scalp.

For the most effective conditioning, wrap your hair in a shower cap and let the oil soak in for 15 minutes or more before rinsing it off with a shampoo.

(Read more: Best hair oils and how to use them)

Coconut oil to get thicker hair

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that provide nourishment to your scalp and hair. Moreover, the penetrating ability of coconut oil inside the hair cortex and cuticle protects hair from damage.  

How to use coconut oil

  • Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and heat it in a pan until it melts but not boils. The oil should be warm to touch.
  • Massage your hair with warm coconut oil using your fingertips.
  • Leave the oil on overnight.
  • Wash off with a mild shampoo in the morning.

Castor oil for thick hair

Castor oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, ricinoleic acid, and vitamin E, in addition to many other minerals and proteins. Furthermore, castor oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help fight scalp infections affecting the growth of hair. Thus it is an excellent choice of oil to grow thicker and stronger hair.

How to use castor oil

  • Take a few tablespoons of castor oil.
  • Mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oil or mustard oil
  • Massage the mixture into your scalp.
  • Wash after 2-6 hours.

You must not use castor oil directly on your hair since it can damage your hair and make them severely hard to comb.

Amla, shikakai and reetha for thick hair

For years, this combination has been used to boost hair growth and thickness. Amla or Indian gooseberry contains high quantity of antioxidants that help repair damaged hair cells. Reetha is a rich source of iron, while shikakai is a rich source of Vitamin C and lowers the pH value of your hair and retains natural oils. Combination of this helps in hair loss and hair thinning issues.

How to use amla, shikakai and reetha for thick hair

  • Mix amla, reetha and shikakai powder in equal amounts in a bowl.
  • Soak the mixture in water overnight.
  • Strain the water in the morning and use it to wash your hair without a shampoo.

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Methi dana or fenugreek seeds for hair thickness

Fenugreek seeds or methi dana has traditionally been used for various health benefits. It is rich in Vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, iron and folic acid. A research study established that treatment with fenugreek seeds helped patients with hair loss, slow-growing hair or hair thinning. The results indicated that methi dana or fenugreek was really helpful in hair thinning issues. Also, the proteins and nicotinic acid present in fenugreek help to resolve hair thinning.

How to use fenugreek seeds for thick hair

  • Soak and grind a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds.
  • Add two teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil to the fenugreek powder to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste on your hair for 30 minutes every week.

The remedy hair may not only improve your hair volume and strength but may also help decrease or even eradicate dandruff.

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Egg mask to get thicker hair

Eggs provide proteins, folates and vitamin D for the hair. They also contain minerals such as sulphur, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorous and iodine that helps in strengthening hair roots. Scientists have shown that chicken egg contains key hair growth factor that stimulates the human hair follicle.

How to use eggs for thick hair

  • Beat one or two eggs in a bowl.
  • Apply a thin layer of the paste to wet hair.
  • Keep it on for thirty minutes before washing it off with warm water and shampoo.
  • Use this twice a week for the best effect.

Aloe vera gel to get thicker hair

Aloe vera is one of the best and natural ways to enhance hair volume. When used correctly, it helps you get thick and lustrous hair by providing essential nutrients and moisture to your scalp. Regular use of aloe vera helps to control hair fall, which increases hair volume naturally. 

How to use aloe vera

  • Apply an even layer of aloe vera gel to your scalp.
  • Let it dry for an hour.
  • Shampoo and watch your hair get thick and shiny over time. 

Alternatively, you can apply aloe vera gel on your hair overnight and wash it with water in the morning.

Onion juice to get thick hair

Application of filtered onion juice with yoghurt and coconut oil is said to be helpful in getting thick voluminous hair in just a few weeks. This cheap natural remedy works well because of the sulphur content present in onion. The mineral helps in the production of collagen, a protein that enhances hair volume.

How to use onion for thick hair

  • Mix a tablespoon of onion juice with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of yoghurt to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste to your hair till it drenches down the ends and also penetrates your hair roots.
  • Repeat this twice a week for better hair density.

Alternatively, you can take an onion and grind it to extract its juice. Apply the juice to your scalp and hair and wash off after two to three hours.

Flaxseeds for thick hair

Flax seeds contain fatty acids and proteins, which are both required for hair growth and thickness. According to a recent study, fatty acids from flax seeds help in improving the hair thickness of women reaching menopause.

How to use flax seeds

  • Soak 1/3rd cup of flax seeds in water overnight.
  • Boil flaxseeds in water the next morning.
  • After it reaches the consistency of foaming jelly, let it cool.
  • Apply the jelly on your hair and scalp to get bouncy thick hair.

‘You’re what you eat’. The old saying also applies to your hair. If you eat healthily, your hair is healthy and vice versa. According to scientists, hair derive nutrients from blood. Nutritional insufficiency may affect both hair composition and growth. People with particular nutritional insufficiencies are more vulnerable to have dry, sticky and dull hair, and also encounter hair loss.

So, eat a diet rich in protein, minerals and vitamins for best hair health. For this, increase the intake of fresh fruits and juices and include milk, dry fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, eggs and chicken in your meals. B-complex and in particular, biotin, are significantly important for healthy hair. Healthy food sources of biotin included eggs, liver and soy.

Also, a handful of nuts provides a good source of selenium, which is essential for a healthy scalp.

Avoid heat treatment for thicker hair

Avoid the excessive use of heating tools such as hair dryers, straighteners and curlers to prevent your hair from thinning. Researchers have shown that using hair dryers can cause a reduction in the moisture content of your hair, leading to hair damage. Additionally, using straighteners and curlers at temperatures of more than 180-degree Celsius can lead to a significant protein loss from hair, leading to weakening of the hair shaft.

So, try to naturally dry your hair after hair wash or use your dryer 15 cm away to dry your hair.

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Say no to chemical treatments to get thicker hair

Chemical treatments such as bleaching or dyeing lead to a decrease in the lipid content of the hair and rupture hair fibres. Changing the colour of hair, either with hydroxides or with thioglycolate, is a delicate procedure that may cause hair damage and breakage. These changes have been observed microscopically by scientists. Hence, you should wisely choose hair care products.

Instead of chemical dyes, you can use beet juice or carrot juice mixed in coconut oil to get red shades in hair. You can use lemon juice to get lighter hair and henna to get orange shade in your hair.

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Vitamin E supplements for thicker hair

Vitamin E has long been considered a skin and hair therapy. A study in 2010 found that this vitamin contains tocotrienols, which are antioxidants contributing to healthy hair. Vitamin E can naturally be found in nuts, vegetable oil, leafy greens and peanut butter.

How to use vitamin E supplements

  • Take 2 tablespoons of any type of hair oil in a bowl.
  • Separate the inside portion of two vitamin capsules and mix them with the oil.
  • Apply the mixture over your hair and scalp.
  • Let the mixture sit for some time and wash away after 20 minutes.

Sulfate-free shampoos to have thick hair

Avoid any shampoo or conditioner that consists of too many chemicals. Sodium laurel and laureth sulfates are cleaning agents found in most shampoos. These chemicals damage hair cuticles, leading to rough hair. So, check the labels of your shampoo for these products and always make use of sulphate-free natural shampoos.

Do not shampoo your hair more than twice or thrice a week.

Hair reflects the overall health of the body. While genetics is one of the major causes of thin hair, your hair may stop growing or become weak because of specific nutritional insufficiencies or any illnesses. Some vitamins, minerals and proteins are vital to get thicker hair, so having a balanced diet is important. Staying away from heat and chemical treatments will also help. Take good care of your hair by using natural products and oils.

(Read more: How to make your hair grow faster and longer)

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