The hair on the female head is constantly shedding, with an estimated 50 to 100 strands of hair lost per day. While heredity plays a major role in how naturally thick a woman's hair is, hair thickness may also be affected by severe stress or trauma, nutritional deficiency or hormonal imbalance, disease, surgery, medical treatment or illegal drug use. Women may find some hair thickening products useful to combat hair thinning and to maximise volume.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Shampoos have the ability to provide essential nutrients to tone the scalp and strengthen the hair. Use volume-enhancing shampoos and conditioners daily to increase volume of thin, fine hair and give the appearance of thicker hair. Additionally, massaging the scalp while shampooing can increase circulation by stimulating blood flow, which encourages normal hair follicle function, according to nurse practitioner Marcy Holmes of womentowomen.com.
Mousse that is applied to damp hair before styling has begun will thicken the strands of the hair as it dries. In Clarence Robbins's book, "Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair," he explains that products containing collagen and silicone polymers will attach to the hair shaft, making fine hair thicker. Apply mousse to the roots of the hair before blow-drying the hair upside-down for the greatest amount of volume.
Follicle boosters may help the areas of the scalp that are experiencing the most severe thinning. They are applied directly to the scalp and usually left on for a designated amount of time to allow for deep penetration of vitamins into the hair follicles. Marcy Holmes emphasises the importance of vitamins in maintaining healthy hair and explains that a lack of vitamins may be responsible for thinning of the hair.
Thickening Fiber and Volumizers
A thickening fibre for thin hair is a textured, natural substance that binds to natural hair and makes a layer of "hair" above the scalp. According to femalehairloss.com, thickening fibre applied to an area of thinning hair may provide visibly thicker and fuller hair until it is removed by washing the hair.
Hair volumizers are cosmetic products that are sprayed onto the thinning or bald spots of the scalp and provide a layer that looks like hair.
Rogaine for Women
Rogaine for women may be used as a hair loss remedy to enhance and thicken hair on the scalp, according to Marcy Holmes. It is the only FDA approved hair loss treatment for women and works by stimulating hair growth via a topical solution of minoxidil that is applied to the scalp. Once Rogaine treatment has begun, it must be continued twice a day in order for hair to regrow and thereafter to maintain the new hair growth. Hair growth will stop once use of the product is discontinued.