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Thick hair is beautiful and sought by many. It's a sign of good health and can be achieved by practicing healthy hair habits. Women with relaxed hair, however, may face more challenges when it comes to achieving or maintaining thicker hair, so need special strategies.

Stretch your relaxers: Space out the time between relaxers. Instead of waiting eight weeks for a touch-up, wait 12 to 20 weeks. This will prevent overlapping relaxers, which causes breakage and thin hair. Keeping the hair moisturized makes stretching easier.

Massage your scalp regularly. Massaging will stimulate blood flow to your scalp. This action nourishes the hair follicles, stimulates hair growth, and may prevent unnecessary hair loss. Massage with a mixture of jojoba and peppermint oil to further increase intensity and stimulation of your scalp massage.

Apply castor oil twice a week. Castor oil is thought to reduce and prevent damaged hair. It contains omega-9 fatty acids which help to moisturize the hair and the scalp. Apply castor oil to your scalp and roots twice weekly to achieve thicker hair. Try unrefined, natural castor oil, such as Jamaican black castor oil or castor oil purchased from your health food store.

Take a hair vitamin. Hair vitamins provide an excellent source of nourishment for hair. They contain ingredients such as biotin, MSM, silica, amino acids and vitamin B complex, which all provide the dietary support needed for healthy, thicker hair. As with any supplement, check with your doctor first, especially if you have health problems or take other medicines.