3 Ways for Men to Get Thicker Hair
Every guy wants lush, thick hair. But genetically, it’s just not in the cards for everyone, and hair loss is a real problem for a lot of men. In fact, by age 50, about 85% of men have “significantly thinning hair” according to the American Hair Loss Association.
Still, there are smart ways that you can get thicker hair - even if you’ve already started to deal with hair loss. It’s all about treating your hair right and seeing this personal goal as part of a holistic approach to health and grooming.
Though these tips won’t magically regrow your hair (or reverse the inevitable if your hair is thinning), they can make a difference if you’re looking for more body and volume. Here’s what you should know.
1 - Use The Right Hair Care Products
Shampoo. Rinse. Towel dry. Use the first products you find on the shelf. If that describes your entire hair care routine, it’s past time for an upgrade.
First things first: you have to avoid bad-for-your-hair ingredients like silicones, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. These can cause irritation, lead to product buildup, and suffocate hair follicles. Instead, opt for hair-strengthening, nourishing ingredients like:
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein, which increases strand thickness and strengthens the hair’s underlying structure.
- Amino acids, which restore shine and increase follicle volume.
- Vitamin E, which stimulates the scalp and encourages hair growth.
- Essential oils like peppermint and tea tree oil that relieve irritation, banish bacteria, and prevent flakes.
- Hydrating ingredients including organic aloe, borage oil, and avocado - to moisturize, encourage growth, and reduce breakage and inflammation.
And remember, it’s all about consistency. Use nourishing products every time you wash and make sure to skip other hair-damaging habits like using high-heat styling tools or excessively rough brushing.
Don't know where to begin? Try our Daily Revitalizing Hair Care Routine. It includes our Daily Strengthening Shampoo and Revitalizing Hair Conditioner - both made with gentle natural ingredients that cleanse, strengthen, and nourish your hair and scalp.
Mild Shampoo Is Best
The harsh detergents in most shampoos are tough on your hair. They dry out the strands (leaving them weak and dull), irritate your scalp, and discourage hair growth. So your first step is to get those harsh products out of your grooming regimen and replace them with a mild shampoo with natural thickening ingredients.
This will keep your hair clean and healthy while also promoting hair growth and improving volume. Look specifically for a shampoo that’s free of sulfates and other harsh detergents. This, more specifically, should include the strengthening, hydrating, hair-growth-promoting ingredients listed above like hydrolyzed protein, vitamin E, peppermint, and tea tree oil.
What If You Struggle with Dandruff?
Lots of guys deal with dandruff and flakes, but many don’t understand the underlying causes of dandruff or how to treat it properly. You could just grab a dandruff shampoo off your drugstore shelf, but most are packed with harsh chemical ingredients that eliminate flakes at the cost of your hair and scalp health. The smarter choice is to use a gentle anti-dandruff shampoo that relieves itch, flakes, and irritation without over-drying.
That’s how we designed our Relieving Dandruff Shampoo. It’s made with Ziziphus Joazeiro bark extract, jojoba, and aloe vera - three essential ingredients that soothe your scalp and make flakes a thing of the past.
The Right Hair Conditioner Makes a Difference
Think you’re too macho to use hair conditioner or that it’s something that guys don’t need? Well, think again. Using conditioner 2-3 times each week can make a big difference if you're serious about getting thicker hair. Why?
Your hair is made of three components: protein, oil, and water. To maintain healthy hair, you have to have enough of each of these three things. A lot of factors strip away your hair’s oil and water content over time: pollution, UV rays, hot water -- and your shampoo.
This is the case even if you use a mild shampoo. After all, the whole purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt, oil, and grime. The right conditioner will reverse this by replacing the natural oils that have been lost, diminishing dryness, and providing a protective coating that will strengthen your cuticle and encourage hair growth.
Our Revitalizing Hair Conditioner is designed for all hair types and won’t add oily buildup to your hair or scalp. Instead, it plumps and volumizes hair strands instantly with organic aloe, borage oil, and avocado oil.
Lightweight, Volumizing Styling Products
Just like the wrong shampoo can dry out and irritate your scalp, the wrong styling products can dry out your hair or weigh it down. That’s why you want to avoid:
- Pomades, gels, and waxes that are heavy or greasy. These lead to hair separation that makes thinning hair look worse.
- Products that contain alcohol. This ingredient dries out your hair and scalp.
- Heavy, oily creams or conditioners. While these moisturize the hair, they also majorly weigh it down over time.
So what should you use instead? Great styling products can encourage volume, thickness, and shine - like our collection of pomades made from natural and organic ingredients.
- Flexible Hold Wax Pomade - It’s made with beeswax, vitamin E, shea butter, castor oil, and neem seed oil - all of which give your hair a natural look and shine while encouraging growth.
- Strong Hold Texturizing Pomade - A natural fiber pomade that adds texture while absorbing excess oils for a low shine thanks to argan oil, kaolin, and hydrolyzed proteins.
- Styling Clay Pomade - It provides a strong yet pliable, matte finish that lasts all day and rinses out clean with bentonite clay and aloe.
- Shaping Paste Pomade - Ideal for a flexible hold with a minimal shine finish. It adds definition and texture while moisturizing and taming your hair with red algae extract, hyaluronic acid, and lanolin.
- Classic Firm Hold Gel Pomade - Get the classic slick look with this high shine, lightweight pomade made with hydrolyzed quinoa, beeswax, and natural oils.
2 - Make Sure You Choose the Right Routine
Be Gentle With Your Hair
It’s not just about what you put on your hair, but also how you treat it day-to-day. These tips will help.
Wash Every Other Day
Your hair care routine doesn’t necessarily need to include daily washing. For many guys, this can overly strip oil and moisture from the hair strands and the scalp. So experiment with the frequency that works best for you -- for most guys, this is every other day or every third day -- and stick to it.
Turn Down the Heat
Hot shower water, hot styling products, and aggressive towel drying are all bad for your thinning hair. Heat weakens hair, makes it more likely to become damaged, and can dull its appearance.
This doesn’t mean you have to switch to cold showers. But consider lowering the water temperature a bit. And go easy on your hair when towel drying it. A light patting technique is better for thinning hair than yanking, tugging, and rubbing your hair with a towel.
Style to Your Strengths
While hair thinning is extremely common in men, everyone experiences hair thinning in a unique way. So you need to take a personalized approach to the way you style your hair that will keep it looking great.
One good rule of thumb: don’t go with a combover. You’re not fooling anyone and it never looks stylish. There are other, better ways to subtly adjust your style to flatter your current hair situation.
If you don’t know where to start, talk to your barber about it. They know how your hair grows, where it’s thickest, and what will work for you.
Don’t Use a Fine Tooth Comb
Fine tooth combs are not good for thin hair. Your hair is flat and thin enough - finely combing it will only make things look worse.
Instead, style your hair with your fingers. That will leave you with a better texture and help your hair appear thicker. To enhance your look even more, use a texturizing styling product - like our Strong Hold Texturizing Pomade or Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.
Get Regular Haircuts
If your hair isn’t growing in as thick or as quickly as it once did, you might think you don’t need to get it trimmed so often. While length is not an issue, keeping your hair healthy is more important than ever when you having thinning hair. And regular haircuts contribute to strong, good looking hair. How?
If you don’t cut your hair regularly, it’ll be more prone to breakage and damage over time. This happens as strands rub against hats, bed sheets, and other surfaces. You get broken, split ends that do nothing for your looks. That’s why you need regular haircuts, even if it’s just a micro-trim to clean up your ends and keep your style in shape.
Damaged, undernourished hair will never be thick hair. And healthy hair can’t grow from an inflamed, irritated scalp.
Your scalp is essentially the soil from which your hair grows. It contains a rich microbiome of natural bacteria and fungi that encourage healthy skin and hair growth. But if your scalp is dry or has excessive product build-up, it could disturb that microbiome, suffocate your hair follicles, or make any hair that does grow appear weak and damaged.
This is why you’ll find scalp-nourishing hair ingredients like peppermint and tea tree oil in our hair care products. You can also stimulate circulation to your scalp by lathering in gentle circular motions as you wash. This will increase blood flow in the area and, over time, encourage healthier, stronger hair growth.
3 - Make Smart Lifestyle Changes
Consider Your Nutrition
When it comes to hair care (and skincare), what you put inside is just as important as what you lather on the outside.
You won’t be contributing to your goal of thicker, healthier hair if you’re not eating right. Your hair and skin look their best when your diet supplies them with plenty of essential nutrients. Want to make a positive change in this area? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Take Baby Steps: Don’t bite off more than you can chew with a new diet. Instead, make small changes that are sustainable. That will prevent the natural tendency to yo-yo back into poor eating habits.
- Reduce Sugar: Sugars are all around bad for you. Don’t be confused by their sweet flavor - sugars promote inflammation and a host of health problems. Start small by drinking fewer sugary drinks each day, reducing desserts each week, or switching out sweet snacks for healthier choices.
- Cut Out Processed Foods: Fresh foods are always best. They contain more nutrients, taste great, and help you get away from added sugars, unnecessary sodium, and excess carbs. Switch from processed snacks to fresh fruits and vegetables as a way to start.
- Enjoy Antioxidants: Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are responsible for skin damage, hair issues, and countless other health issues. Fortunately, there are lots of delicious ways to add antioxidants to your diet - green tea, coffee, dark chocolate, blueberries, and red wine are just a few examples.
- Incorporate Foods That Encourage Hair Growth: These include avocado, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fatty fish like salmon.
There are lots of reasons to quit smoking. You’ll improve your health, have better skin, and lengthen your life. But did you know that quitting may also slow down hair loss?
A 2005 study of Taiwanese men from ages 40 to 91 showed that increased smoking intensity was connected to hair loss. The researchers hypothesize that smoking may destroy or damage hair follicles.
Don’t Get Sunburnt
You already know that getting burnt is bad for your skin. But did you know that it’s terrible for your hair too?
Your scalp produces superoxide when it gets burnt. This compound causes your hair follicles to switch out of growth mode and into shedding mode. If you’re already at risk of losing your hair, this will jumpstart the process. So use a hat or other protection for your scalp whenever you’re going to be exposed to the sun for an extended period.
Skip the Gimmicks, Take Care of Your Hair
There are lots of gimmicks out there that fool desperate men who just want their hair to be thick again. Don’t be fooled. Stop looking for a magic cure to hair loss and thinning. Instead, be smart about it and do what you can.
- Switch to a natural, hair thickening shampoo that won’t strip oil and moisture from your hair.
- Think about your styling routine and adjust it to be easier on your scalp and hair.
- And make lifestyle choices that will improve your overall wellness - of which your hair is just one aspect.
It can take some effort, but the improvement to your hair, appearance, and self confidence are well worth it.