Picture this- you’re going to attend a party with your friends. You’ve been looking forward to it for weeks, an opportunity to finally let your hair down. Except you can’t really let your hair down; you’re forced to tie it up in a bun because of how thin and dull it’s become!
Well, you’re not alone.
A lot of us dream of thick, beautiful, and voluminous hair that we can proudly show off, but it seems to be a distant dream. So, how do we increase hair volume when chemical shampoos, pollution, and stress are constantly attacking it from all sides? A solution very nearly seems impossible to come by.
Or does it?
We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that will help you increase the volume of your hair naturally, so that you can achieve those thick, luscious locks you’ve always dreamt of!
*Hair* we go:
1. Oil Massage
All Indian moms would agree that massaging your scalp with oil is one of the best things you can do to increase the volume of your hair. Massaging helps increase the blood flow in the area, strengthens hair roots, and stimulates hair growth, which in turn leads to an increase in hair density. You can use oils such as coconut oil, lavender oil, or rosemary oil, or you can even use Zeme’s all-natural hair oil infused with onion seeds, methi and hibiscus to see some fantastic results!
Pro-tip: After oiling your hair, wrap a hot towel around your hair to steam it- this helps the oil reach your roots and locks in moisture, effectively conditioning it!
2. No ‘Poo!
Using chemical laden shampoos regularly is extremely harmful for your hair, making it dry, brittle, and more prone to falling. Switch out your shampoo with natural alternatives such as baking soda, lemon juice or even plain water (check out our blog for more details on natural alternatives). We also recommend using Zeme’s no lather Hair Cleansers, that are not only mild and safe for your hair, but are made up of completely natural ingredients such as reetha, shikakai, methi, amla, and curry leaves- all of which are time-tested herbs proven to be effective in increasing hair volume!
3. Aloe-Very good!
Aloe Vera can actually do wonders for your hair! It contains vitamins A, B12, C and E, as well as folic acid, all of which promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair fall. You can apply fresh aloe vera gel to your scalp, or use Zeme’s hair mask that has the added benefits of neem leaves and flax seeds; leave it on for an hour and then rinse it off. You’ll notice an increase in your hair volume after regular usage.
4. No stress, all chill
We are living in difficult times, and stress is a feeling that we’re all too familiar with. However, it can have many adverse effects on our bodies, hair fall being one of them. To protect our crowning glory, it becomes all the more important to destress from time to time. Practicing meditation and yoga, and exercising frequently can significantly help reduce stress levels while simultaneously promoting the flow of blood and oxygen to your scalp, leading to an increase in hair density.
5. Watch what you eat
Nutrition plays a very important role in hair health, which is why you must pay special attention to your diet. Eating foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins B and C, and zinc, iron and copper can help increase the volume of your hair. Add eggs, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and nuts to your diet for best results!
6. Stay Hydrated
Did you know that your hair is partly made up of water?
If you don’t drink enough water, dehydration can make hair dry, brittle, and prone to hair fall while stopping all growth. Drinking at least 8 glasses or 2 litres of water everyday can help strengthen and increase the growth rate of your hair, making it more dense and voluminous.
7. Get enough sleep
Getting adequate sleep helps in the synthesis of proteins and the release of growth hormones and enzymes that are vital for hair growth and health. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep everyday. This will not only help to increase the volume of your hair, but also improve your overall health and leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
These tips are simple but effective ways for you to increase the volume of your hair without putting in too much effort. Of course, not everyone will have the same results, and change will not be instant. However, following these tips regularly will certainly help you reach your hair goals, and help you regain your confidence so that you can finally let your hair down with pride!