One of the most common – and perhaps easiest – ways to deal with thin hair is to use hair-care products designed to add volume to skimpy strands. The thinking behind these products goes something like this: Even a small amount of hair looks like a lot when puffed up into frothy fullness. In addition to shampoos labeled “volumizing” or “thickening,” there are also conditioning rinses, leave-in volumizing lotions, styling spritzes, and mousses. If you were born with lank hair and can’t pin its causes on anything but heredity, this is a good route to try.
Stimulating hair growth
You’ve probably heard a lot about medications designed to stimulate hair growth. While most of the talk – and research – surrounding these drugs focuses on men, many can be used by women with similar effects.
One thing above all stood out in my mind in my visit with Lieutenant Colonel Nelson R. Moon some years ago at his home in Riverside, California, in company with a lady friend of mine. He told us that “if you want information about good hair care, don’t look to any hairdresser for that; instead, look to Native American wisdom of the past to find useful things for the present.” From a cultural perspective, I could see just how true that was. White men who visited Native American tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada in the last couple of centuries had always remarked on just how fond these people, especially the men, were of their hair. In fact, they usually considered their hair to be the most important part of their bodies, and would naturally lavish a lot of attention and care on it.
In 1970 T met an Indian couple named Adolph and Carol Hungry Wolf. At that time they resided near Glacier National Park in the top part of Montana. I never really learned their particular tribal affiliation, but have reason to believe it was either Blackfoot or Crow. They provided me with some interesting information on personal hair care that might prove helpful to some readers of this book. It is passed along in that spirit.
“Combs were not known in the Old Days, but the hair was often brushed,” Adolph told me. “A primitive brush consisted of a handful of flexible twigs, bound together with buckskin. The most common brush among our people then was made by inserting a stick of wood into a porcupine’s tail. Our ancestors also cut off a handful of horse hair from the tail end, wound it tight and then doubled it over to make a soft hair brush. We still like to brush our hair with this.”