Thinning Hair? How To Thicken It With An Easy DIY Home Remedy

There I was, sitting in the dermatologist’s exam room.

I was being prepped to have a small patch of basil cell skin cancer removed from the crown of my head.

I held back my tears as I saw chunks of hair (from my already thinning hair) fall into my lap. 

All I imagined was I had a huge bald spot on my head.

Fortunately, it only left a small bald spot. But a bald spot is a bald spot, and it wasn’t easy to cover up. Ugh.

*Side note: When the Dr. was stitching the skin around the area where he removed the skin cancer, he and his assistant had to pull the skin together pretty tight to stitch it back together. So, I did get a mini eye lift from the whole experience… Bonus!!!

Then, after surgery, I developed seborrheic dermatitis, so my head was very itchy. Ugg. (Read more on how I healed my itchy scalp with easy DIY home treatments, HERE).

Now I had these two new problems to solve.             

  1. My new bald spot

  2. And an itchy scalp

So, I started experimenting with different hairstyles and DIY hair care products and discovered an excellent way to cover my bald spot and heal my itchy scalp. Yea!!!

Sneek Peek of What's Inside

Thinning Hair

No One Wants Thinning Hair, Right?

Unfortunately for some, hair loss and hair thinning are more common than anyone wants them to be.

Causes of hair loss and hair thinning ~

  • Midlife hormones 

  • Stress

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Medications

  • Vitamin deficiencies

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Excess styling

I’ve Had a Love/Hate Relationship

With my Hair All My Life. HA!

I always wanted thick, shiny hair, but that didn’t happen.

As the years go by, my hair has gotten shorter and thinner, mainly on the crown of my head. Ugh.

So, since my visit to the dermatologist’s office, I started experimenting with different options to improve my relationship with my hair. 

I’m happy to say; that I found a hairstyle and some DIY products that finally give me the fuller hair I’ve always wanted!

Yippee! And I mean, Yippeeee!!!

(all of you thinning hair girls know what I’m talking about;)

For the first time in a long time, I can say,

“I really like my hair.”

I don’t want to commit to saying I love my hair; I don’t want to mislead anyone, but I really, really like my hair now! 🙂

Hair Boost Dry Shampoo to the Rescue

Yep, dry shampoo can thicken your thinning hair, and it works like a dream!

My thought for trying DIY dry shampoo was that since it has color, my scalp would have color on it.

This way, it would deflect light off my scalp and cover up my bald spot, and it worked!

After applying the DIY dry shampoo to my bald spot and thinning areas of my hair darkens the areas and blends in with my hair.

I am so happy with the results! 

After using my hair boost dry shampoo for a while, I noticed some unexpected benefits!

It has turned out to be so much more than just covering up my bald spot; It also has:

  • Added fullness to my thinning hair

  • It hides that see-through-to-the-scalp look of thinning hair

  • It helps cover my grey roots, so it prolongs the time between coloring

It’s a win-win all the way around!

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How to Make Hair Boost Dry Shampoo

4oz – 1% Blend

Hair Boost Dry Shampoo

  • 4 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder – dry shampoo blends are built around a base of organic arrowroot powder, a super lightweight starch that becomes invisible once applied.

  • 1 to 5  Tbsp Cocoa Powder – gives the dry shampoo the color. (This combination is good for light, med, or dark blond to dark brown hair.)

  • Optional & Recommended ~ Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) – Skin healing, calms, soothes and encourages balance in all body systems. Smells wonderful!

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and store in an air-tight 4oz mason jar.

Your hair color will determine how much cocoa powder to use.

The lighter your hair, the less cocoa. The darker your hair, the more cocoa you will use.

I suggest starting with 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder and mixing; then, you can add more at 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder until you get the best match. That’s it!

Pros: Easy to make and apply. Once it’s applied, you don’t notice it, and it doesn’t clump up.

Cons: It can make your hair feel dryer (totally worth it for thicker hair!) and may leave color on your pillowcase.

Before you apply the Hair Boost dry shampoo, you’ll want to add hair serum.

Putting oil on thin hair might seem odd and not a good idea, but hear me out.

Applying the serum to the hair first will counteract the drying effects of the powder for the perfect balance.

It won’t make your hair look greasy either, as long as it’s applied to the ends only, not on the scalp!

The hair oil I recommend is Argon Oil. This is a light oil that won’t weigh your hair down.

Thinning Hair

Silky Soft Hair Serum

1oz – 2% blend

20 mg Argan oil (Argania spinosa L) – Luxurious and silky, Restores and hydrates hair, Rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, Antioxidants

10 mg Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) – Easily absorbed into the hair, Very moisturizing, Antioxidant 

4 drops Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus/Rosmarinus) – Great for hair growth and increases blood flow

3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Skin healing, calms, soothes and is great for your hair

3 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens var roseum) – Balances excess oil or dryness, Antibacterial

2 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) – Help’s to retain moisture in the hair

Tips Before You Begin

  • The shorter the hair, the less dry shampoo you need.

  • Start with a small amount and add more as needed.

  • Apply dry shampoo to your roots only.

  • Apply hair oil to the ends and top of the hair only.

  • Keep and apply powder over the sink. This can be a little messy so go slowly.

Applying Hair Boost Dry Shampoo

Start with a small amount of dry shampoo and add more until you get the right amount.

Because if you put too much dry shampoo on your scalp/hair, it will make your hair look and feel like straw, and it won’t be easy to comb through.

Thinning Hair

On the other hand, if you don’t put enough dry shampoo in the hair, you wouldn’t get the fullness you want, either.

Because of this, it can be a trial and error when you first start using DIY dry shampoo.

No worries, It won’t take long to figure out how much you will need for your hair type.

Note: I have found that I get the best results when I apply the DIY dry shampoo, mainly to the roots over the entire crown of my head. I let it sit for a few minutes to absorb it. Then I have less dry hair and overall better results with lift and fullness! 🙂

Steps to apply Hair Boost Dry Shampoo

  1. Finger-dry your hair. Best not to use a hairdryer on thinning hair.

  2. Use a good hair oil (or make your own). Apply a small amount to the ends and top layers of hair only, not the roots.

  3. Apply oil to the hair before applying the dry shampoo.

  4. Add dry shampoo with a powder brush – Dip the powder brush into DIY dry shampoo to add the powder to the bristles. Then slowly turn the brush with bristles facing up, lightly tap the handle on the counter so the powder will fall into the brush hairs.

  5. While leaning over the sink. Lift sections of your hair and apply the DIY shampoo to the scalp and roots only.

  6. Allow the dry shampoo to sit for a few minutes.

  7. Style as usual.

  8. For extra lift, backcomb your hair at the roots, top, and sides of the hair. Lift hair and spray under the hair with hair spray.

What’s Next?

If you try DIY Hair Boost dry shampoo, you may want to experiment with it a few times before getting the right balance.

I would give it a test run on a day when you have time to play with it.

Note: I would not try the dry shampoo for the first time before a big meeting, first date, or a big event, just in case too much dry shampoo is added the first time.

You can thicken your thinning hair, too! By using this DIY Hair Boost dry shampoo and Silky Soft hair serum combo!

Even though I still have my bald spot, I only have tears of joy when I use this hair camouflage duo!

Here’s to liking (loving?;) your hair again!

Susie ∞

P.S. Don’t forget to look at how to heal an itchy scalp with essential oils ~ HERE!

Comment below and tell me what you have tried to help your thinning hair.

Let me know if you have any questions about the DIY Hair Boost Dry Shampoo and Silky Soft hair serum. I am happy to help!

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4 Replies to “Thinning Hair? How To Thicken It With An Easy DIY Home Remedy”

  1. Great tips & ideas, Susie. And thanks for such thorough information on the different products and the DIY shampoo instructions – so useful.

    I love Argan oil, too, but haven’t found a good place to buy it locally. The ones I’ve purchased have all had additives and chemicals I don’t want to put in my hair. Will try it on Amazon next time I order. Thanks for the link.

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