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Old 03-19-2007, 05:32 AM   #1
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Will hair dye thicken hair?

I have been suffering from hair loss for at least 7 months. 3 doctors all said it was TE and would get better in a few months.
It is getting very thin and so dry!!It isn't growing- (hardly at all.)
I plan to get a good trim because of the dryness.
Would dying it help to thicken it?
For years I dyed my hair and it always seemed thicker. Last year I switched to highlighting and I noticed it didn't seem as "coated." I have read though that it is better to bleach in this situation - that it actually makes the hair shaft "expand."
I'd appreciate any thoughts.

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Old 03-20-2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

Hair dye has nothing to do with making hair thicker.

There is no guaranteed product to make hair grow.
The 2 most well known products for men that have helped grow hair are Rogaine and Propecia.
But it varies person to person.

For women, I only know of the Women's Rogain.

For shampoos, I like the Thicker Fuller Hair.
They sell it in CVS.
This Shampoo really improves the hair shaft.
It has alot of good ingredients.
Rosemary, Chamomile, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Ginko Biloba Extract, Retinol, Panthenol, Biotin, Aloe, Jojoba

Anther great shampoo is called Abba Creme moist.
Its got the best ingredients and feels really good on your hair.
It has this really nice cherry almond smell.
My hair really started to grow out when i use this shampoo.
Its ingredients are Cherry Bark, Almond, Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch, Soy, Aloe, Chamomilla, Flower extract, Cucumber, Amino acids.
Do a search of it or look for it on E bay.

For Vitamins I like the Osteo Bi-Flex.
They make a new one that has Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. The key ingredient is a potent extract of Boswellia serrata called 5-Loxin, which is 10 times more concentrated than typical Boswellia extracts.
This is a good vitamin for hairloss.
I get it at Walgreens.
Usually once every 3 or 4 weeks, Walgreens has a buy one get one free.
Walmart and Target also sell it.

Biotin also is very good vitamin for growing hair.
You need to take 5000 MCG, which is 5MG.
Take one capsule a day.
Natures Bounty makes a good one.

Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D and Magnesium is also very good. .
Calcium Citrate absorbs better in the body then Calcium Carbonate
But you usually have to take 2 Calcium Citrate vitamins to = the Carbonate vitamin.
Usually Calcium Citrate vitamins are 250 MG per Calcium.
Where the Carbonate is 500 to 600MG per calcium.

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Old 03-21-2007, 03:21 AM   #3
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

Hair Dye does not thicken hair.

It contains nasty chemicals that makes you lose your hair fast. I;ve been using hair dyes since 23 - and my hair seems to bee thinning fast.

Old 03-21-2007, 01:18 PM   #4
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

I used to highlight my hair in the past and it did seem to make it thicker, but at the same time it was ruining my hair. I agree 100% with taking biotin. My hair was thinning a couple of years ago and I started taking biotin. I saw a huge improvement in my hair AND nails after starting it. It took about 3 weeks to start working so give it some time.

Old 03-22-2007, 09:18 AM   #5
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

Thank you all for the replies.
I had the drugstore order 5,000 mcg of Biotin.
I used to take a hair vitamin that had 3,000 mcgs of Biotin and it didn't help. I stopped taking it after 2 months because it was hard on my stomach. Hopefully the higher amount will help.
I am extremely leery about dying my hair but it is currently 3 different colors and I have to do something.(thinking about lolights my natural color and a good cut and then leaving it to grow out)
I am going to see if my salon sells the Abba in smaller bottles, I have only found it in large bottles online, and I'd like to try it before I purchase a whole liter.
Thanks again!

Old 03-23-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

Some hair color products contain hydrogen peroxide. While the peroxide is active (about 20 minutes), the peroxide swells the hair cuticle. The lighter the hair color, the higher volume peroxide, the more swelling ( or damage) is involved. The cuticle of the hair shaft does close back down in the last few minutes of the color process, and conditioner also further closes the hair shaft, but never completely. This is why some people feel that hair color adds volume, it is actually exploding the hair shaft to some degree.

Old 03-24-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

Dying will not thicken your hair. You need to find out the cause of the thinning and then go from there. I found out mine was from stress. I've been using Rogaine and it seems to help.
If you go to a good salon that uses good dye it shouldn't damage your hair.

Old 04-04-2007, 08:37 AM   #8
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Re: Will hair dye thicken hair?

As I stated before, when lightening hair the hair shaft must be chemically swollen to remove the pigment. Yes, a good colorist and the products used can make a big difference in the amount of damage, but damage will occur when going lighter no matter what.

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