It is almost a year ago since I posted on strategies for thinning hair. Going back to it, I was amused to see that we had only just discovered what have, eleven months on, now become stalwarts in our arsenal for thicker, stronger hair: emu oil and Nutra-Lift's conditioner. Well, not only are those now more tried and true than ever, but we have made some new discoveries that help return thinning aging hair to its former glory. Would-be Repunzels, read on.

In addition to Nutra-Lift's conditioner ($14 in the TIA shop), I have got to know and love the Nutra-Lift shampoo ($22 in the TIA shop). Both remain fixtures in my shower to this day and my hair looks healthy, stronger and less of it is being washed down the shower drain. I am happy to say that those of you, like Kim, who have checked them out love them too. Quick aside, you should check out Kim's hair journey and some of the discoveries she made to get back her luscious locks. Nutra-Lift's shampoo and conditioner are packed with the kind of ingredients you would find in a high end face serum, majoring on marine extracts with four types of seaweed, which are antioxidants. Research has shown that antioxidants can prevent hair from being damaged by the sun. Talking of antioxidants, I haven’t come across astaxanthin in a shampoo before now. It is found naturally in salmon and is associated with hair growth because it contains 5-alpha-reductase. An unusual ingredient for a hair product is turmeric, but it makes sense given that its key component is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory that may be able to control inflammation in the cells around the hair follicle. This duo is a best seller in our shop ($32 in TIA shop).

Another great thinning haircare line is made by Osmotics, who worked with cancer specialists to create the FNS shampoo ($24 in the TIA shop), conditioner ($26 in the TIA shop) and serum ($60 in the TIA shop) that helps hair grow back faster (after chemo, for example). FNS shampoo and conditioner are all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Beta carotene from carrot is a precursor to vitamin E and A. Cucumber is a source of natural silica, essential for healthy hair. It works well with chemically treated hair. Whereas the serum contains all the amino acids naturally found in hair.

For patches of hair loss, badly thinning hair and hairlines, our latest find is Hair Signals. Like Folligen (it's made by the same company), it uses copper peptides to help hair grow. My own results on my hairline with Hair Signals Cream ($27 in the TIA shop) have been really good - strong hair grows back, not baby, wispy stuff. For all over the head, Hair Signals has a lighter lotion called Therapy Solution ($38 in the TIA shop) However, Folligen is still very good and if you like it, stick with it. Folligen Cream ($22 in the TIA shop) is best for targeting specific areas and the hairline.

And yes, we're converts to emu oil (especially as we have found some that isn't like melted chicken fat). This bird is backed by science. Emu oil is actually very close to human sebum. It contains essential fatty acids: linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic. Linolenic (omega-3 EFA) and linoleic (omega-6 EFA). Specifically, topical applications of emu oil may result in the growth of thicker hair….. both a thickening of existing hair shafts (which shrink in diameter with age) and a “re-awakening” of the dormant (sleeping) hair shafts (which increase as a percentage of total hair shafts with age). All demonstrated in clinical trials at the University of Boston. After searching high and low to find Uniquely Emu’s triple refined oil. Clear, odorless and 45% more effective than unrefined oil.

We've put some of these together in our Thicker Stronger Hair Collection: Skin Biology Therapy Cream, Nutra-Lift Shampoo and Emuleve. There's a saving of $8 on the products and lower shipping charges for buying them together.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift shampoo

Aloe Vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin C ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, Austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals ( Vit.E.) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Conditioner

Water, di-panthenol. hyaluronic acid, linoleic acid, infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckhorn, chaparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, horse chestnut, slippery elm, olive leaf, milk thistle, golden seal, bilberry, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, willow bark, mulberry, jasmine, calendula, elder flower, orange blosson, fennel, yarrow, liposomes, coenzyme Q-10, grapeseed extract, pycogenal, msn, retinyl palmitate (vit A), mixed tocopherols, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C calcium ascorbate, mixed flavinoids, organic royal jelly, hydroxylpropyl guar, natural cetyl esters, plant derived behenyl tms, plant derived egms, almond extract, melon extract, collodial minerals.

Ingredients in FNS shampoo

Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel,Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

Ingredients in FNS Conditioner

Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerine, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium E

Ingredients in FNS serum

Purified Water, SDA-40 Alcohol, Nylon-12, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, D-Biotin (Vitamin H), Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Folic Acid, Myo-Inositol, Nicotinic Acid (Niacinamide), Paba, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Alpha-Tocopherol Phosphate, Vitamin B12, L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine, Inorganic Salts, Tetrahydrocurcumin, Carbomer, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (Cinnulin PF®), Oleth-10, Sodium Bicarbonate, Bergamia Essential Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Oleth-10, Nisaplin, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine