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Magazines and television shows and ads are full of women with thick, luxurious hair who look as if they just happened to fall out of bed that morning with bouncy, bountiful locks. But you were born with fine, thin hair and when you got out of bed this morning, your hair looked the same way it always did. Well, don't despair -- there are several ways to help grow your fine, thin hair and style it so that it looks thicker and has more volume.
Remember that your mama was right -- beauty really does come from the inside. So treat your insides well and your outsides--including your hair--will start to show the benefits. Eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruit for a good balance of minerals and vitamins that will help encourage hair growth. Aim for berries, citrus fruit, peas, carrots, broccoli and spinach, to name a few.
Increase your protein intake, as hair is largely made from protein and will respond well to high-protein foods, such as meat, cheese, eggs and yogurt, according to Hairstyle.com. Consider adding foods with protein and essential fatty acids such as fish. Take a multivitamin every day to round out your nutritional needs.
Sleep at least seven to nine hours a night and try to reduce your stress. Believe it or not, regular sleep and reduced stress levels can help your hair grow and thicken.
Trim your hair regularly. While it seems counterintuitive to cut your hair when you're trying to grow it, regular haircuts can encourage hair growth. Get a trim every six to eight weeks. Ask your stylist for haircuts that make hair look fuller, such as layers or a shorter hairstyle like a bob.
Massage your scalp on a regular basis to stimulate the hair follicles, which can help encourage hair growth.
Limit heated styling tools, which can cause breakage and make hair more brittle. Deep condition your hair at least once a week and use nourishing shampoos that have the words "volume" or "thickening" on the label. These can help make hair look and feel more thick.