Thinning hair affects both men and women of all races and ethnicities. It can creep up on you or appear suddenly. While it can be distracting and leave you feeling self-conscious, thinning hair can be restored to its original healthy glory. Here's a list of way ways to boost healthy hair growth.

Use a hair loss shampoo

Hair loss shampoos contain ingredients that stop localized hair shedding. They are designed to strengthen and stop the hair follicle from shedding hairs. While there are a wide variety of hair loss shampoos available both online and in stores, it is best to choose one that suits your hair type if possible. If the thinning is caused by hormonal changes in the body such as the menopause, choose a shampoo that targets DHT. DHT is a hormone that causes hair follicles to shrink, making hair grow for shorter periods. DHT also causes hair to become finer.

Supplement with vitamins that promote hair growth

Thinning can occur after a long period of sickness. While one is ill, the body's priority is to use the nutrients consumed to heal the body, and hair growth falls to the bottom of the body's priority list. This shortfall of nutrients in the hair slows growth while the rate at which hair reaches its resting phase holds the same. This means the hairs that are shed are not replaced quickly enough with new ones entering their growth phase. The overall effect of this imbalance is thin hair. Knowing what vitamins promote hair growth and consuming them on a regular basis, will ensure the body has a ready source of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. The left overs can then be used to boost healthy new growth.

Use a circulation boosting tonic

Blood circulation in the scalp ensures hair follicles receive the nutrients that they require to produce healthy hair. Increasing scalp circulation allows hair follicles to receive an adequate supply of nutrients contained in the blood required for healthy hair growth. Tonics that contain ingredients like caffeine are designed to increase scalp circulation. They can be applied and massaged into the scalp after a shampoo. For best results, always follow the manufacturer's directions. Some tonics can be used as often as daily while others are designed to be used only once a week.

Avoid harsh chemical treatments

Hair that is thin is obviously damaged. Using harsh chemicals on your hair to color it, curl or straighten it will only cause more damage to hair that is already weak and thin. These same harsh chemicals are often the cause of thinning hair when they're applied too frequently. If you're trying to nurse your thinning hair back into a healthy state then it is best to steer well clear of chemical treatments. Replace hair colorants with natural alternatives like henna and bhringaraj powder. If your hair is permed, increase the amount of time between applications. Relaxers should not be applied more than four times a year.

Take care of your scalp

Healthy hair can only grow out of a healthy scalp. Keep your scalp clean and infection free. It is a myth that dandruff is caused by a dry scalp. Dandruff is an infection of the scalp and should always be treated using appropriate shampoos and products. Ignoring it will only worsen the condition. Take fish oil supplements and eat a handful of healthy nuts such as almonds, walnuts, Brazil and macadamia nuts daily to relieve dry scalps. Do not clog your hair follicles with hair oils. Hair oils are best applied as a hair treatment overnight before being washed out of the hair the following day. If your scalp is dry it is probably best to use a sulfate free shampoo which will not irritate the scalp or strip any further moisture from the hair and scalp.

Following these five steps will help stimulate healthy hair growth and in so doing thicken thinning hair. The five steps are effective for both men and women and can easily be incorporated into your regular hair care routine.