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6 ways to make your Natural Hair appear Thicker

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1. Henna Treatments
Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is an all-natural powder that will smooth the cuticle layer of your natural hair by acting as a filler. There are gaps that occur in the hair from heat styling, routine styling, and even environmental factors that play a part in the destruction of your hair strands. Henna provides a permeable layer over the hair, giving your natural hair a fuller, thicker appearance. Henna also has a molecular structure that penetrates and binds to the natural keratin of your hair and strengthens the hair shaft naturally.

2. Castor Oil Treatments
Castor oil is a vegetable oil that has been used for many years to thicken and promote hair growth. It contains numerous fatty acids and acts as a natural humectant, helping to draw moisture to the hair. Castor oil is typically applied to the scalp to promote healthier, stronger hair growth; however, by using Castor oil as a hot oil or pre-shampoo treatment, it can give the hair the appearance of being much fuller.

3. Wearing Pin-Up Hair Styles
Pinup hair styles are another temporary option for those with thinner natural hair. Some of the easiest pin-up styles are created on older twist-outs and when the hair is fluffy. You can make your hair appear fuller by pinning up random sections of the hair, and leaving out a section in the front as a bang or you can flat twist the hair into pin-up styles.

4. Try a Protein Treatment
Protein treatments do a great job of filling in any gaps in the cuticle of the hair shaft similar to Henna. Protein adds strength and resiliency to finer natural hair. Just as henna, protein fills in the damaged cavities of the hair shaft and makes the cuticle appear smoother and more full thus, resulting in the appearance of fuller, thicker hair. Try giving your hair a protein treatment at least once a month, or start using shampoos and conditioners that contain protein or amino acids for a stronger, thicker hair shaft.

5. Styling Hair when Dry

Allowing the hair to mostly dry before twisting or styling will give your hair a naturally thicker appearance, in addition to elongated twists that won't become shrunken. Air drying is much healthier for your hair, but if you choose to blow-dry be sure to use a heat or thermal protectant and only dry your hair about 80 percent. Next, you can simply apply a creamy leave-in conditioner, follow up with a moisturizer, apply your styling aid if desired and proceed to style.

6. Add Natural Hair Extensions!
What better way to give your hair a fuller look than to add some hair to your own natural hair! Natural hair extensions have come a long way and there are more than a few natural hair extension brands that now offer an array of textures to match kinky, curlier hair types. If you want something versatile that can be added quickly, try going for natural hair clip-ins such as Kurly Klips natural hair clip-in extensions. You could also try wearing sew-in extensions, half-wigs, braids, and other natural hair extensions.

Pssst, you may also want to read:

How to know when your Hair needs a Protein Treatment

10 Phenomenal Plant-based Oils for Natural Hair

5 Reasons to Include Honey in your Natural Hair Routine

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