15 Home Remedies to Naturally Thicken Hair: Make Your Hair Thicker Naturally

Medically reviewedby Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
Last updated

Feeling frustrated with hair that's finer than it used to be?

This year, ditch confusing products and time-consuming treatments with our guide to the 14 most effective ways to thicken hair and prevent hair loss.

From ancient Ayurvedic home remedies to modern kitchen staples, these simple swaps you can start today to see hair growth and thickness.

Why does hair thinning happen?

Thin hair can be a concern for both women and men. It can affect your hair's overall volume and make the scalp more visible. But there's a difference between thin hair and hair thickness.

Hair thickness refers to the diameter of each strand, while hair density refers to how much hair grows on your scalp. So, you can have fine hair strands (thin hair) but a high density (lots of hair), making your hair look thick overall.

Here's how to know if your hair is thin:

  • Hair appears flat or limp
  • Scalp is easily visible, especially when parting your hair
  • Hair sheds more than usual
  • Difficulty achieving hairstyles that hold volume
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What causes hair loss?

Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss:

  • Genetics: Hair loss is often hereditary. If you have a family history of hair loss, you are more likely to experience it yourself.
  • Hormones: Changes in hormone levels can cause hair loss. This can happen during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and andropause (the male equivalent of menopause).
  • Aging: As we age, our hair follicles naturally produce less hair. This can lead to thinning hair and baldness.
  • Medical conditions: Several medical conditions can cause hair loss, including thyroid disease, lupus, and alopecia areata.
  • Medications: Some medications can cause hair loss as a side effect.

Worry not, as there are ways to make the hair appear thicker.

15 natural home remedies to thicken hair naturally

These are the 15 home remedies to make your hair thicker naturally

1. Bio-Pilixin Activation Serum

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2. Use a derma roller

Have you been looking for an easy, natural way how to make hair thicker naturally?

Meet the Scalp Activation Derma Roller - your support for healthy hair growth.

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This small handheld device uses tiny titanium needles to gently stimulate the scalp by creating microscopic channels that can absorb your hair oil or essential oil better. The motion also increases blood flow to the scalp, which can help promote hair growth and help slow hair loss.

It's designed to improve scalp health and encourage new hair growth from the root. And the best part is that it's virtually painless!

The roller is also very flexible. You can use it on wet or dry hair, with or without other products (we recommend using a good hair growth serum here). This means it fits seamlessly into any hair care routine.

Customers really love how easy and comfortable it is to use. After trying it myself, I can see why so many people are getting amazing results.

If you've been looking for a simple change that can increase hair thickness, the Scalp Activation Derma Roller is definitely worth trying. The minimal effort required for potentially great rewards makes it well worth a shot.

Scalp Activation Derma Roller
Scalp Activation Derma Roller
A hand-held microneedling tool intended to stimulate the scalp and encourage fuller hair

3. Scalp massage

Scalp massage works in a similar way as derma rolling, however, it has one distinct difference: Scalp massage can help cleanse your scalp and hair, while derma rolling can increase the absorption of a topical hair treatment.

Take 5-10 minutes a day to massage your scalp with hair growth serums or warmed oil to improve circulation. Warmed oil allows for deeper penetration. Pick from these solutions:

  • Olive oil is rich in omega-3 acids that can help thicken your hair and reduce hair damage.
  • Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and lauric acid which can thicken thin hair and improve hair texture.
  • Hair growth oils and serums can help promote thicker hair naturally.

Starting at the hairline, use gentle fingertips in small circular motions to massage the entire scalp.

Pay extra attention to areas with thinning hair. Circular motions stimulate the hair follicles, increasing blood flow and nutrients directed to follicles.

Over time, this hair care massage can help grow hair.

4. Apply aloe vera

An indispensable ingredient in a lot of organic hair care products - for a very good reason.

Usually sold at your local Asian market.

Get one, cut open an aloe vera leaf lengthwise, and scoop out the clear gel inside using a teaspoon.

Apply this cooling aloe vera gel directly to your scalp and work it through your hair and scalp with your fingertips, coating each hair strand and in the affected area of the scalp.

Leave it on for 30-60 minutes before washing out, 2-3 times a week.

Aloe vera contains over 200 active compounds including certain vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, anthraquinones, lignin, saponins and salicylic acid which soothe itching and redness of the scalp.

Its anti-fungal properties aid in controlling dandruff which often leads to hair thinning and hair breakage.

5. Use essential oils

Using natural oil is a popular homemade herbal remedy for hair thickening.

Choose 100% pure, therapeutic-grade oils like rosemary oil, cedarwood oil, and lavender oil.

Add 2-3 drops to 1 tbsp of a neutral carrier oil like olive oil, castor oil, or coconut oil and warm the mixture between your palms to allow proper blending.

Do a scalp massage with gentle fingertips in an upward motion, coating each hair strand, before bed 3 nights a week. Leave on overnight for the oils to be absorbed.

Rosemary, cedarwood, and lavender promote hair growth by stimulating and oxygenating follicles from root to tip while olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil help hydrate your hair. They also help relieve scalp itchiness, too!

6. Use hair masks

Using a hair mask is a hydrating and nourishing way to ensure your hair shaft gets all the protection it needs from external and internal factors.

To us, the best natural hair mask on the market is the Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Hydration Mask+.

And we're not saying it because it's our product, we're saying it based on scientific research.

This hair mask is a scientifically formulated solution that targets the core issues of dryness, breakage, and frizz, offering deep hydration and revitalization.

Ideal for every hair type, including colored and bleached hair, its unique blend of argan oil, hyaluronic acid, and quinoa works to nourish and protect.

You will experience the difference of a salon-quality treatment at home and witness the transformation from fine hair to thick hair.

Hair Hydration Mask
Hair Hydration Mask
A super-nourishing mask to help bring lifeless and damaged hair back to life

While less effective, you can DIY your own hair mask with shea butter, coconut oil, or castor oil.

7. Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is crucial to overall health and hair quality. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For a 150lb person, that’s 75oz or about 9 glasses of water.

Sip water throughout the day rather than chugging it so your body absorbs it efficiently. Dehydration strains your entire system including hair follicles, contributing to thinning. Strive to meet your daily hydration needs to get thick hair.

8. Minimize heat styling

Not using heat styling tools on your hair every day helps protect fine hair from long-term damage from the heat and protects hair thickness over time.

When using heat tools, always apply a heat protectant product first and limit direct heat contact to reduce breakage and split ends which contribute to hair thinning.

9. Try green tea rinse

Green tea is rich in polyphenols that reduce swelling, protect hair strands from damage, and encourage circulation in the scalp.

To do a green tea rinse:

  1. Brew 1-2 bags of green tea in 1 cup of just-boiled water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool fully, then pour it through the hair after shampooing.
  3. Gently massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Use on your scalp twice weekly for noticeable improvements within 4-6 weeks.

10. Apply onion juice

A natural hair loss remedy you should try.

Peel and chop a medium yellow onion then squeeze its juice into a small bowl. Use a cotton ball to dab the juice all over your scalp, massaging it in for 5-10 minutes before rinsing well.

Sulfur compounds in onions loosen dead skin cells and stimulate circulation when massaged into the scalp weekly.

This encourages healthy hair regrowth and combat hair loss over 2-3 months of regular use.

11. Stress management

It's widely known that negative mental health can affect hair loss and hair thickness. It disrupts our hormonal balance and, in turn, hair health.

The physical effects of stress range from high blood pressure to digestion issues and, yes, even hair quality takes a hit.

Try daily meditation, deep breathing, relaxing activities, and social support systems to minimize stress levels that can weaken hair follicles over time if left chronically high. Even just 10 minutes a day spent unwinding can aid your hair health.

12. Avoid harsh chemicals in hair products and shampoos

When shopping for hair products, read ingredient lists to avoid sulfate-based cleansers, silicones, and other potential irritants.

Most of the time, in a drugstore shampoo, they have parabens, silicones, and/or sulfate.

Harsh chemicals strip the scalp’s natural oils and can trigger or exacerbate skin and scalp sensitivities leading to hair thinning and hair loss.

Switch to gentler, natural products (like a mild shampoo) containing antioxidants and nourishing ingredients instead.

Utilizing a dry shampoo in between washes can also lower the amount of shampooing you have to do.

13. Nutritional supplements for hair growth and thickness

Certain diets may be lacking in nutrients that are essential to fight hair loss, such as vitamin C, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin.

Research shows that collagen and biotin for hair may improve hair thickness and reduce hair loss by supporting hair follicle health and strength.

These key nutrients are important for nourishing hair follicles and roots:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Iron
  • Zinc

This allows hair to grow to its fullest potential while maintaining shine.

Supplements can also alleviate scalp sensitivity and flakes through anti-inflammatory ingredients. The amino acids in collagen can make hair appear thicker and stronger.

When choosing a supplement, we recommend selecting a high-quality product with effective doses of these hair-nourishing nutrients and no unnecessary additives.

Hair Nutrient Tablets
Hair Nutrient Tablets
Contains zinc for the maintenance of normal hair, as well as niacin and riboflavin for the maintenance of normal skin.

14. Avoid washing your hair with hot water

The hair cuticle consists of overlapping scales that protect the hair shaft and retain moisture. Exposure to excess heat causes cuticular disruption as the scales lift and separate involuntarily.

This compromises the cuticle barrier's ability to lock in hydrophilic proteins and hydration. Over time, repeated thermal damage leads to cuticle degradation and periprotin loss.

Without an intact cuticle layer, hair fibers become porous, dry, and brittle. This leads to thinning hair and in some cases, even hair loss.

It is recommended to use lukewarm water below 40°C/104°F when washing to avoid initiating cuticular damage. Hot water starts denaturing follicular proteins.

15. Get thicker hair with a good diet

What you consume makes a big difference in the health and appearance of your hair.

Eating a nourishing diet full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids is key to grow thicker hair.

  • Protein - Your hair is mostly made of protein, so consuming enough protein-rich foods like eggs, nuts, fish and chicken can help with hair thickness.
  • Fatty fish - Salmon, tuna, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that stimulate hair growth. Omega-3s are essential for hair follicles. Aim for fatty fish twice a week.
  • Berries - Loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants to fight free radical damage, berries like strawberries and blueberries boost scalp circulation for thicker hair. Eat 1-2 cups per day.
  • Leafy greens - Kale, spinach, and other greens provide folate along with Vitamins A, C, E, and K for cell production and healthy follicles. Eat servings with meals for vitamins that nourish hair.
  • Nuts and seeds - Almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds contain protein, healthy fats, Vitamin E, and other nutrients critical for hair growth. Enjoy a small handful daily.
  • Fatty acids - Salmon, avocado, and plant oils like olive oil are high in monounsaturated fatty acids to hydrate hair strands from within.
  • Eggs - Rich in biotin, protein, and Vitamin D to aid keratin production and support thick, strong strands.

A balanced, vitamin-packed diet nourishes the hair follicle for thicker hair.

What to do if these don't work?

While it's unlikely, there will be cases where trying these natural methods will not work for your thin hair or hair loss.

In these cases, we recommend consulting with a health professional who can carefully analyze your scalp situation and recommend hair loss medications, hair extensions, or a hair transplant.

How to turn thin hair into thick hair?

In conclusion, thicker, fuller hair is absolutely possible through natural remedies and lifestyle changes. As we've explored in this guide, focusing on scalp and nutrient health from the inside out is key. 

Adopting simple tactics like getting essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals through your diet; reducing stress; getting a scalp massage; and protecting hair from damage will give your follicles the ongoing support they need to flourish.

Pairing these dietary and scalp care routines with occasional hair masks and supplements provides even more nourishment for noticeable volume and body.

While results may not happen overnight, commitment to a natural hair thickening regimen can most definitely help you achieve your goal of hair thickness without risky medications or expensive treatments.

By implementing some of these easy, natural techniques, you too can wave goodbye to thin hair and say hello to the thick hair you've been dreaming of.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.