What's the best way to keep your hair thick, healthy and long?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2004
What's the best way to keep your hair thick, healthy and long?
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 12:09am

Hello all,

I keep going through these random phases of hair loss and I'm trying to figure out what could be causing them. One thing I've noticed that is a major cause is stress. I recently came back from a pretty hectic 3 weeks of traveling as in taking 8 flights in that time and moving across country with a 22 hour drive included with barely any rest times. This was all due to not finding work and having to move back home; as well as my brother getting married out of the country. When I finally was able to relax and rest, all of the sudden I started losing tons of hair. I feel like I might go bald [even though I know that I won't considering my hair is still thick compared to most people].

Another thing that I've heard causes hair loss and damage is the way you sleep. Do you think there is any truth to this? I do notice that the back of my head there seems to be a little more thinning going on there than in the front and I do sleep more on my back and side. Seriously considering making myself sleep on my stomach and also investing in a satin pillow case that apparently helps.

Now comes for the reason of this post. My hair is dark brown almost black and I haven't dyed it in almost a year [though I have been seriously tempted to do so]. It's also pretty curly like a 3 in curly category and tends to frizz in nasty weather. And I have also always had thick hair and lots of it until recently when I've gone through those stressful times in my life. I do use a flat iron on it but only on special occasions like for job interivews and other times when I don't feel like dealing with the crazy curls for outings. It's at the middle of my back so it's decently long and I have been trying to grow it out longer but I keep having these bouts of hair loss like I keep saying.

So is there anything that you have noticed that really helps keep your hair in good shape? I've heard all kinds of things like prenatal vitamins, taking lots of biotin, doing deep conditioning with avocado, using henna, etc. I really miss my thick thick hair. When I pull it back I wonder where all my hair has gone and I realize it's on the floor or in the trash can. It's so sad...Wish I could put it back.

Thanks for any advice guys!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-20-2009
Hair only grows about 1/2 inch per month. It takes time and patience to get healthy hair if it's been damaged. I'm trying to grow mine out from a pixie-like cut, so I'm in the seemingly-never-ending awkward stage right now.

I think the most important thing to remember is proper nutrition. A poor diet can really have a negative effect on your hair, so make sure you're eating a healthy diet. Vitamin B, E, lots of protein, etc.

Heat is bad for your hair, so I'd avoid washing your hair in hot water (warm is usually best) and try not to do heat styling. I used to use a round brush with a warm blow-dry, and it worked out OK. A deep conditioning treatment once (maybe twice) a month will help a lot, too. If you're washing your hair everyday, maybe go down to 3 or 4 times a week. Overwashing can cause a problem. You don't want to strip your hair of its natural oils.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2010

My hair has never ever been thick so