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If your hair is thin and unhealthy, it will look it -- and every day will be a bad hair day that will make you want to hibernate. But stress not: You can build up your tresses without ever leaving home. Your healthy-hair solution can come not from beauty products, but from your kitchen. In fact, those products you've put in your hair might be why it's getting thin. Bleaching, dying, straightening and perming, not to mention bad food and illness, all take a toll on your lovely locks.
Nourish your body. According to one Polish study, women can regrow hair and restore thickness by making sure they're getting adequate levels of Vitamin B-6. Also important for hair regrowth are vitamin B-12, another B vitamin called biotin and the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and walnuts, among other foods. Start by taking a multivitamin containing B vitamins every day, and eat a nutritious diet filled with adequate protein such as eggs, fish and lean meats. You might also talk with a nutritionist or physician about any deficiencies in your diet and ways to overcome them.
Skip the shampoo. Some natural health enthusiasts swear by the "no shampoo" philosophy, claiming it helps their hair feel thicker to give up the additives and chemicals that often weigh hair down. Instead of shampoo, try making a paste out of a tablespoon of baking soda and a small amount of water. Work the paste into the roots of your hair for several minutes, giving a small massage to all parts of your scalp. This helps stimulate the hair follicles to grow more hair. Rinse after several minutes of massage.
Condition with oat flour. Since oat flour is widely known to be a hair thickener, you'll see this advertised as an ingredient in many hair thickening conditioners. While they have the right idea, those products might not have enough to really do the job. Make your own conditioner by placing a 1/8 cup of oat flour into a cup and adding enough water to make a creamy, pudding-like goo. Apply to the ends of your hair as you would store-bought conditioner, allow to sit on the hair for a few minutes, then rinse.
Rinse with apple cider vinegar. After you've washed your hair with baking soda and applied a cream rinse of oat flour (we told you there would be kitchen remedies, didn't we?), try one more natural idea to keep hair from thinning: Rinse the ends with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of water. Shine on -- and feel free to go outside again without a scarf.