There isn’t a magic pill for hair growth. Natural hair growth comes down to diligent diet, digestion, and stress reduction routines. If you learn to undertake these routines with love and respect for your body and transform the manic-panic of hair loss into a conscious identity shift, you will find yourself working with the biology of hair growth.

We choose natural methods because they address the underlying health issue from a holistic point of view, without creating downstream health problems. Natural hair growth is a long-term commitment to yourself, not a quick fix. In the meantime it’s important to love your hair as it is! There is no reason to hide. I created this guide to help you create the appearance of fuller hair NOW, because full results from diet and lifestyle changes take a year or more.

#1: Use Sulfate-free Shampoo & Conditioner

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I am often asked, what’s the best shampoo conditioner or cowash for thin hair? The best shampoo conditioner/Co-wash routine I’ve found for my hair involves sulfate-free products with organic ingredients. Sulfates are mineral salts in the shampoo which attract oil and make the product foamy and sudsy. I like to use Nubian shampoo and conditioner because these products contain healthy oils that stimulate circulation without drying your hair out. Making thin hair look thick hair is a game of optimal oiliness.

Using a harsh shampoo and conditioner will strip natural oils and end up excessively drying your hair out. Preserving some of the natural oils on your scalp will help protect your hair from breakage and damage.

#2: Don’t wash every day

Those of us with hair on the thinner side may be tempted to wash and condition everyday, because even a little bit of natural scalp oil can weight our hair down. I recommend getting out of the habit of daily washing. Try to let the natural sebum of your scalp accumulate for a few days. You may find rinsing your hair in the shower with warm then cold water to be helpful for stretching “dirty” hair another day.

I wash my hair every 3-5 days. I used to be a daily washer, but found I really like the texture of my hair when I keep my natural oils around. Plus, I’m totally in love with Kevin Murphy powder puff volumizer. This product was recommended to me by an acupuncturist, of all people, but the proof is in the pudding! I use this volumizer like a dry shampoo, but this is more than a dry shampoo. There is a texturing agent that soaks up excess oil, while giving more rigidity and form to your hair.

Sprinkle just a little bit of product onto your scalp at a time. Gently work the powder into your hair to get some lift. I especially like the non aerosol application of this product. I’ve tried so many dry shampoos and I always seem to add too much product if the contents are under pressure! Because my roots are darker I have to be really careful about not applying too much- I’ll end up looking a little ghostly or like I just spent the day on a construction site.

I wear volumizer on the days just before I wash my hair. I like to rinse the product out of my hair at night to let my scalp breathe. If I’m not washing my hair for another day, I’ll re-apply in the morning.

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#3: Aromatherapy Scalp Massage