Companies such as Pantene, Creme of Nature, Herbal Essence and many more make products every day to improve the health of your hair. These products promise to thicken your thin hair or even stimulate accelerated hair growth for others. If you know like I know, you know that this is false advertisement. A product may coat your strands and give the illusion of thicker hair, but it does not truly make your hair thicker. Why? Our hair is nothing but dead cells. It can grow longer as "new growth" spurts out of our scalp, but you can not alter the cells that are already dead.
"You are what you eat"
Don't be discouraged. This doesn't mean that you can not achieve healthy thick hair over time. What you put in your body has allot to do with what comes out of it. If you have a poor diet and lack vitamins and nutrients, your hair will lack shine, thickness and may not grow as quickly. There are a few vitamins and nutrients that are needed for your hair to thrive. They are:
Protein is essential in cell growth. If you hair is made up of dead cells, it would definately be imperative to have a sufficient amount of protein in your diet. Some foods that are great sources of protein are: lean beef, turkey,chicken, pork, shrimp and eggs. You can also try protein shakes to supplement your diet.
B Vitamins (Biotin, B5, B12)
B vitamins assist in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to all of the cells in your body. Again...better cell development/growth, leads to more hair. Good sources of B vitamins are: shellfish, cereals high in fiber, black eyed peas, trout,spinach, okra, beets and low fat cottage cheese.
These are two of the many vitamins that you would want to include in your diet. In time, we will dig deeper into this subject.