People often comment on my long thick hair and strong nails and often say they wish they had one or the other. Some people may have a genetic disposition to have thick hair and strong nails, but sometimes that’s not always the case. There are at least 9 natural ways to get thicker hair and stronger nails that I personally know work.
My sister has thin hair and good nails, but she recently commented on wanting thicker longer hair. My mother has thick hair and my father had thick hair, so you’d think my sister would have it too? But no, that’s not always the case. We have to look at factors like diet and lifestyle. My sister has been a vegan, vegetarian, or pescetarian off and on for the past 15 years. I believe she is missing particular nutrients, protein and amino acids once can get in meat that they can’t get in vegetarian food alone.
It all starts with Keratin… keratin is a protein produced by specialized cells, called keratinocytes
Ways to Get Thicker Hair and Stronger Nails
1. Supplements. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you may need to supplement. You may not be getting enough iron, keratin, lysine, biotin, or collagen. You can take supplements or use a whey protein powder. If you’re vegan then you won’t want to use a whey protein powder. Instead you can get iron from spinach, almonds, pumpkin seeds, legumes and grains. You have to make sure you eat more than one serving of each daily though. Once per day isn’t going to cut it. HairAnew is a vegan friendly supplement you can get on Amazon that’s highly rated with over 4,000 excellent reviews. HairAnew is not just for hair, it’s for hair, skin, and nails.
2. Milk & Eggs. If you’re not a vegan, then you can benefit from having farm fresh milk and eggs daily. I go to the local farmers market and get eggs and have even tried their low-temp pasteurized milk that is phenomenal. When I don’t have a chance to go to the farmers market I just get organic 2% milk and organic eggs at the store. Milk and eggs contain lysine, and both are complete proteins.
3. Hair Masks. Hair masks that are fortified with collagen, keratin, and biotin can help increase your chances of having thicker hair. You can also make your own hair masks at home with egg yolk or omega rich oils.
4. Nail Strengthening Polish. There are nail polishes that actually coat your nail and feed it nutrients. It’s really not the same as ingesting complete proteins and letting your body work to make keratin, but this is the next best thing if you’re a vegan or vegetarian. Sally Hansen or OPI make some amazing Nail Strengthening Polishes.
5. Stop Dying Hair and Getting Nails Done. Getting your hair and nails done regularly can cause brittle hair and nails. There’s too many chemicals in hair dye and the nail salon uses abrasive techniques and chemicals on your nails that strip away keratin.
6. Get Scalp Massages or Try Hair Steaming. Scalp massages help stimulate the hair follicles to enhance growth. Hair steaming is wonderful if you have thin dry hair. A good hair steam treatment alone can stimulate the follicles and enhance growth as well as hydrate the hair. A combination of hair steaming with a scalp massage can really increase the chances for healthier hair growth.
7. Increase Collagen Food Intake. Fish, like mackerel, salmon, or tuna are excellent sources of omegas. However, if you’re vegetarian or vegan you’ll need to supplement with walnuts, flaxseed, chlorella, and eat vitamin A rich foods like carrots and sweet potatoes to restore damaged collagen.
8. Cut Down on Hair Brushing and Blow Drying. Brushing your hair less can actually help with the thickness and growth of it. The more you brush it causes friction on hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage, which makes thinner and possibly frizzy. Over brushing can cause good hair to fall out. I brush my hair maybe once a day (sometimes not at all if it’s up in a ponytail). Blowdrying can cause heat damage and when you brush your hair as you blow dry you’re stripping out healthy hairs along with the dead ones. Dead hair will naturally shed on its own. You don’t need any tools to help with that process.
9. Wash Hair Less Often. I know this may sound gross to some people but it’s perfectly healthy to let your hair go a few days without washing. This is one of the problems my sister has… she brushes, blow dries, and washes her hair too much by doing this routine daily. Hair does NOT need to be washed every single day. The more you wash it the more healthy hair can fall out, the more you strip it of natural oils that help make your hair strong to begin with. It’s good to let it go two to three days without washing. You can still shower your body daily, but I just do not recommend washing hair daily.
If you workout, depending on your workout, you can get away with not washing because the workout will have naturally increased oil production. Personally if I did a light workout, I’ll skip a hair wash and wash my body. If I did an intense full on sweating head to toe workout, I’ll wash my hair. If you’re the type to do intense workouts daily. Just wash every other day if you have thin hair.