A Hair Diet for Thicker, Fuller Hair

Are you lusting after thicker, fuller hair but not into hair extensions, bump-its, or texturizing dry shampoo? We don’t blame you. Learn how to get thicker, fuller hair by going on a diet — for your hair.

Check Your Intake

What you put into your body (and leave out) can affect the thickness and shine of your hair. If your hair is seriously thin, you may want to get your iron and B12 levels checked with a blood test (which is good to do yearly anyway). Other than that, make sure you consume food high in biotin, a natural bacteria found in the intestines essential to hair and nail growth. Foods like chard, carrots, almonds and eggs will keep you on track.

Take Your (Hair) Vitamins

Zinc, Iron, Vitamin C, and Selenium are all necessary for hair growth. Lean meat, brazil nuts, fish, dark leafy greens, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables are all good options to make sure you’re getting your vitamins in.

What You Can Do Now

For a topical fix, melt coconut oil in a saucepan and apply as a hair mask. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes (you may want to invest in a shower cap) before washing it out. As far as a cut, stay away from layers, which will thin out your hair. A blunt cut that’s trimmed regularly will help create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. If you’re looking to add dimension, opt for highlights, or just layer a few strands around your face. To help you decide what color highlights work for you, check out the best highlights for your hair.

For more detox advice, read about summer skin and hair repair.