4 scientifically proven ways to thicker and healthier hair

Hair can be a tricky thing. Some of us start thinking we will never be able to grow our hair—and there is certainly no way that it will be thick and luscious! Hair loss, even though very common, can be a real cause of anxiety. What causes it? And are there things we can do to combat it? Let’s dive in!

When shedding becomes loss. There are many factors that cause thinning hair, such as stress, genetics, tight hairstyles, damaging hair products and tools, overbleaching your hair, etc.

When things are good, we shed 50-100 hairs per day. It’s a natural process; we shed so that the new baby hairs can come in. But when more hairs fall out and fewer hairs grow in, the balance is disrupted, and hair loss occurs.

Without geeking out too much on the science stuff, it’s important to understand what types of hair loss there are.

The first type is Anagen effluvium. This is caused by medications that poison a growing hair follicle (like chemotherapy). Secondly, there’s Telogen effluvium. This is caused by an increased number of hair follicles reaching the telogen phase, which is the stage where hair falls out. Lastly, there’s Androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia/female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/baldness: This type is the most common. Hair thins over the top of the head and on the sides. 1

Hair loss is a common thing, so it’s probably a relief to know that there is hope! And most cases, the path to healthier, thicker hair is more manageable than you think.

We’ve done the research and put together some handy tips and info to help guide you - the science-based way!

1. Brush up on your brushes

A lot of us are guilty of using the same old Dollar Store brush that has been with us for way too many years. But a good brush is one of the most overlooked factors when it comes to taking care of your locks. Swapping your brush is a small change that can make a big difference. Already have hair on the thicker side? Go for a nylon brush with thin bristles. Fine hair? Pick a soft brush to protect your hair. Coily hair? A wide-tooth comb is best for you!

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to brushing, according to De Marco “Sebaceous glands located in your hair follicles produce natural oils that help lubricate your scalp.” When you brush your hair properly, it helps distribute these natural, healthy oils, from the roots of your hairs to the ends, giving them a natural shine.” 2

So brushing is good, at most twice a day, and doing it with the right tool? Much better.

2. Use the right ‘poo for you.

Does your shampoo list sulfates? Best to ditch it and run the other way! Checking that your shampoo is sulfate-free is your number one priority. If it isn’t, this just isn’t the ‘poo for you. Sulfates are a class of chemicals that manufacturers use as cleansing or foaming agents.

It provides that sudsy texture when a product, such as a shampoo, mixes with water. Unfortunately, sulfates may strip away too much moisture, leaving your hair dry and unhealthy. They may also make your scalp dry and prone to irritation. 3

When picking a shampoo, pick a volumizing one. Although it’s not the ultimate solution, it does give your hair that extra plump to make it look fuller.

3. Limit the heat!

This is a tough one! Most of us love straighteners or curling irons to get that perfectly styled look, however, heat damages the bonds in the strands causing brittle and weak hair. “While heat is a hairstyling game-changer, it can also dry out your hair cuticle and change the structure of your hair proteins. Styling with heat can “cook” hair fibers and lead to raised cuticles and porous hair.”

Yikes! Luckily, there are many heat-free styling methods. Can’s kick the heat habit? Make sure to coat your hair with a heat protectant beforehand. And threat your locks to a good hair mask once a week as well.

4. Support from inside: supplements!

Caring for your hair from the outside is more effective when you also care for it from the inside. And collagen plays a huge role in optimizing your hair! Biosil® is clinically proven to protect and replenish your natural collagen production, which leads to thicker, healthier hair. Jodi Sanders is a biologist and Biosil’s Brand Evangelist. She trusts the science backing Biosil®. Personally she’s also found Biosil® works for her: “As a woman of color, I have long, textured hair that is prone to breakage and frizz. Since taking Biosil® (2 years), my hair is dramatically thicker and grows faster. My curl pattern is much more defined too. My hairdresser even asked me my secret, and now recommends Biosil® to everyone!”

Biosil’s compound ingredient ch-OSA® supports your hair with a three-pronged attack.

Firstly, it’s clinically proven to thicken each individual strand of hair, which results in more volume overall. Secondly, it strengthens your hair. Biosil® activates collagen production in your cells, which is proven to improve you hair's strength and elasticity. And last, but not the least, fewer split ends: Biosil’s patented ch-OSA® complex binds the hair's keratin proteins together as the strand grows, with shining locks as the result!

The key to healthier, shiny tresses is to remain patient and consistent. The tips mentioned will definitely guide you on your hair journey but know it takes time. With the proper methods, tools and supplements, thick luscious locks are possible!