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Old 03-24-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
 
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Default Can your hair get thicker if you treat it better?

Just a little background:

I have fine, low-density hair. But for many years I brushed my hair and detangled my wet hair without any conditioner or anything, and I always found that I lost a lot of hair every day.

For the last 6 weeks, I haven't brushed my hair and have only detangled my hair when wet and soaked with conditioner. I've noticed that I'm losing a lot less hair per day now!

So what I'm wondering is, does this indicate that my hair may be thin because I was essentially yanking so much of it out for years? Now that I'm treating my hair better might my hair get thicker? I'm nearly 30, so if my hair WAS thicker 10 years ago it could be an aging thing , and I know there aren't any definitive answers, but I'm curious to know if anyone's hair has gotten a bit thicker since they started treating their hair better.

Any opinions would be appreciated!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
 
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I think thickness is genetic. BUT, if your hair is thinner due to treatment, it probably can thicken up. When I stopped chemically relaxing, my hairline moved down a little. I hadn't thought it was receding and it looked normal but with the change to chemical free...new hairline!
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
 
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You are not alone, I was thinking this seriously just two days ago. I have thin and dense hair and have always been classified under normal thickness. The longer I'm CG the thicker my hair seems to be. The curls make it that way, too,but I seriously think its gotten thicker.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
 
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Probably because we're not beating our hair up with sulfates and silicones. It's more moisturized and so we shed less. As a result, maybe our density increases a little bit.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
 
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Speaking as a former hairstylist, there is no way to increase the individual hair width to make it thicker or to make more hairs on your scalp. However constant abuse will make your hair seem thinner because it is breaking off, so you have the same amount of hair on your scalp but less hair as those hairs grow longer (again because some of them are breaking off). Plus when hair breaks off like that, the result can be more split ends which causes knots and tangles which, of course, leads to more breakage when trying to remove them. Once you treat your hair nicely, it will thicken up.

Hair does go through changes as we age and some of those changes can be less density. Your hair may become more dry as you age too, which can lead to more breakage and therefore a double whammy on the thickness of the hair.

If one is straight haired person you more than likely loose hairs throughout the day and they just slide out. On curly hair, they get caught up in the other hairs and really need to be removed gently like you are doing now.

Some hair loss from the hair follicle is normal, but what you don't want to see is shorter strands of hair all over your sink or shower, which is an indication that you are breaking hair off while you are de-tangling or styling it.

Also curly hair can seem thicker than straight hair because it takes up more horizontal space than straight hair. I hope that makes sense--so if your hair is 12 inches long when straight but only 8 inches when curly--your hair will seem thicker as the curls or s-wave takes up more space horizontally.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #6
 
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Only if it's thinner because it's breaking off or falling out from chemical treatment.

I have super thick hair and I used to treat it like absolute crap as a child. It made zero difference. The only time I've ever had less hair is when I over processed it.
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