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Long or short or somewhere in between, everyone wants a strong, shiny and full head of healthy hair. But for various reasons, such as health habits, styling habits, chemicals and/or hormonal issues, hair can easily become weak, fragile, brittle, dull…and seem like it refuses to grow.

But before you spend hundreds of dollars on products essentially promising you a new head of hair in a day, try these real solutions that may help put the life back into your locks:

A Cure For Weak Hair

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Minoxidil is a well-studied solution to help increase hair volume, density and growth.

A Cure For Hair That Won’t Grow

Flakes or no flakes, studies suggest that one of the primary ingredient in most dandruff shampoos, pyrithione zinc, may actually help your hair grow.

A Cure For Thinning Hair

Essential oils can be powerful weapons in the fight for more beautiful hair. These multi-tasking wonders help strengthen weak hair by smoothing hair cuticles, as well as boosting hair’s strength.

And Don’t Forget…

One of the most important secrets to gorgeous locks is a healthy lifestyle. This means eating foods rich in vitamins, proteins and fats, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and reducing stress.

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