5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally

5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally

Now that I’ve been pregnant several times and had the wonderful thick hair that accompanies pregnancy and seen it thin again after birth, I started searching for and testing ways to naturally promote hair growth.

Of course, some of the post-pregnancy shed is entirely hormonal and somewhat inevitable, but I’ve found some tips that seem to help promote hair growth and improved follicle strength. I also wonder if these tips help baby’s hair growth in utero, as my kids have all come with a LOT of hair, especially my 4-year-old (her hair is in the picture above and she was three when taken!) Her hair has always been naturally thick, curly and easy to work with. In fact, she was born with almost two inches and I’ve now cut off over 16 inches of her still waist-length hair!

It is also important to remember that the condition of the hair and skin can be a good indication of the state of the body on the inside, so it is important address the body as a whole to improve hair and skin for the long term.

Either way, these natural tips are also good for the body in other ways, so there isn’t much to lose. Have you ever done anything to help improve hair growth? Please share your tips below!

1. Consume Enough Protein

Protein is essential for hair growth, so consuming enough protein can make sure that the body has the necessary building blocks for hair. Complete sources of protein like meats and fish are the most beneficial for hair growth and many meats also contain iron, which is another essential aspect of proper hair growth.

Foods like meats, fish, eggs, and especially bone broths (see below) are excellent for hair growth. These foods also contain necessary fats that help promote healthy hormones (see below) and healthy hair!

2. Get The Vitamins!

Some vitamins help promote hair growth- most notably: Vitamin C and Biotin. The body needs Vitamin C to produce collagen, which is necessary for healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption, which promotes hair growth (plus it is an immune booster!). Since the body can’t manufacture Vitamin C, it is one vitamin that must be obtained from food or supplements. Foods like citrus, broccoli and spinach all contain Vitamin C.

Biotin (and other b-vitamins) can also promote faster and stronger hair growth, and it is also good for the skin. Biotin is a water soluble B-Vitamin that is also used in proper digestion of fats and sugars. Eggs, nuts, berries, fish and some vegetables all provide Biotin, though in small amounts, so sometimes a supplement can be helpful.

3. Up the Gelatin

I’ve posted before about the many benefits of Gelatin, including its support of healthy hair, skin and nails. Gelatin is one thing I make sure to consume daily in some form, either in bone broth or gelatin powder (or both). From a previous post:

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.”

Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate Gelatin.

4. Balance the Hormones

“When it comes to health, hormones and gut bacteria have a much bigger effect than many people realize. In fact, these two factors can destroy health even if everything else (diet, supplements, etc) is optimized. Conversely, fixing hormones and gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health, even if not all the other factors are optimal. In fact, there are even studies about using certain hormone reactions to heal brain trauma.”

Hormones are often a major cause of hair loss or poor hair growth and unfortunately, there can be many causes of hormone imbalance. This is also the reason for hair loss after pregnancy. Of course, some steps can be taken to improve hair while working to balance hormones, and these are my top tips for balancing hormones naturally.

Stress and lack of sleep are two major contributors to hormone imbalance and here are some suggestions for optimizing those.

5. External Hair Treatments

Natural ways to help hair grow fasterThough the major causes of poor hair quality and growth are internal, external treatments can help improve existing hair and prevent breakage. From a previous post:

“I got this tip from Pinterest and have been amazed at what an intensive conditioning and strengthening treatment it is! To make, stir 1 tablespoon of Gelatin powder in to 1/2 cup of cool water until mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with hot water. Shampoo as normal.”

Another great hair treatment is to mix melted coconut oil and honey and massage through hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and then wash normally. My favorite ratio is 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.

How do you keep your hair healthy? Share your tips below!

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Reader Comments

    • Mine too, I been doing the no poo for a year and almost 4 months now and I color it with henna.

  1. I have an almost 5 year old little girl with the thinnest, weakest hair I could possibly imagine. It barely goes pass her ear lobes. I started Primal eating when I was in my 3rd trimester with her, and she has been on a Primal diet since 10 months of age. We do eat root veggies and the very occasional white rice, but everything else is meat, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. I, personally, didn’t have much hair until I was about 5, so is this genetic? I still have very thin hair. What’s the deal? Any advice is appreciated!

    • Diets like the primal are very high in fat. High fat diets (even healthy fats) compromise the absorption of vitamins and mineral as well as the oxygen uptake. The fat coats cell receptors and can also not allow the body to rid itself of excess glucose via insulin. Meat is very high in fat and not easily ingested and the protein is compromised during the cooking process. (The proteins form an enzyme resistant bond) Check out the pros and cons of the primal diet and get some good info. Diets high in animal products and fat have been scientifically proven to contribute to some of the worst diseases of the modern day. However, this study did not differentiate between commercial and organic varieties, so I don’t know if this makes a big difference or not. From my own personal experience I would guess not much. Hope this helps :)

        • Fats are necessary and contained in the right amounts in whole fresh unprocessed foods. I stick to around 10% or less.

        • I never said they were not necessary but that meat contains high amounts of fat (among other problems with eating animal products). I keep my fat at 10% of total calorie intake and never anything processed. Everything is from whole fresh, unprocessed foods. I used to think I was hypoglycemic and had candida issues. Lowering my fat intake (even ones considered ‘healthy,’) has greatly improved my health. It’s a common misconception that healthy fats can be consumed in large amounts and not negatively effect the body.

          • Hello there. I have many rebuttles to your post. Here it goes. “Meat contains high amounts of fat” is by definition/fact not true. Different kinds of meats have different levels of fat right? Just as different vitamins are in certain foods versus others. With that being said… you can eat lean meat chicken (low fat) and fish (low fat) and many other low fat meats. It sounds like your coming from a vegan or vegetarian standpoint which I completely disagree with. Also yes I agree to your statement “it is a misconception that healthy fats can be consumed in excess”… of course bc everything is best done in balance..that’s just the nature of how our body works. If you overdo something, another aspect will be deficient or work overtime to repair causing health issues whether minor or major. Anyway, you had also mentioned that the “protein is comprised during the cooking process”.. ok true BUT you don’t have to cook it lol. People eat fish/meat/eggs raw and don’t get sick. It’s the way you prepare it (without heating it which depletes nutrients yes) so you don’t get sick, but people do it all the time that I know. Marinating in lemon and all sorts of antibacterial ingredients. You just have to open your mind and realize that primal eating is not bad or have more fat, since you can choose what types of meats (based on fat levels) and everything else in moderation and the purest forms. And my last comment to your post is that the most nutrient rich high protein all natural best thing you can eat on earth is in fact a kind of BEEF…forget the name but you may look it up online if you need. People lived for hundreds of years back in the day and they surely ate all kinds of meats and fish all day EVERY DAY. It is not the meat that is harming us humans. It is the processed/chemicals added/ etc etc to the meats that is harming us over time and causing diseases. Also genetics. People lived on animals, nuts, and plants and BALANCED. THAT IS THE KEY. You balance life and it will balance you. Don’t be fooled by the outrageous marketing schemes that these Vegan / Vegetarian companies like to exploit. We are not dying from mea. We are dying because people are lazy and go to McDonald’s for dinner way too many times. Any feedback welcome yall! :)

        • Brain function and also They need to be good for you fats. PS Meats like Deer, wild rabbit, and ducks are awesome fats and also fish. Plus they are very very good for us except people with A blood type they should be vegans.
          Your blood type is very very important people face it everything is chemistry and your bodies chemistry is what makes up the way that certain foods are either good or neutral or toxic. The only thing hereditary about disease is your blood type. I have cured Type two diabetes and high blood pressure by doing this diet I am O blood type and the neg or positive does not matter. And I have lost over sixty pounds too and the only things I have changed is my exercise type and avoid foods list. All by my blood type. O and b Blood types will get horrible nasty diseases from eating chicken just check it out Promise you will not regret it give it six months and then go off it and you will know.

          • Curious about the chicken? I’m an O pos and happen to love organic chicken. Please tell me what you have been eating for O type and your source for the chicken issue. As I’m sure I’m struggling with Thyroyd problems but will not take the pharma solutions!

      • Hi Jessie, thank you for the advice on high fat diets. I’m a former vegetarian and vegan of 13 years (attended the 2nd largest macrobiotic cooking school in the nation) and from my own experience, I can say that Primal is the best diet for me. I have never felt better and have never had better health in all of my life. So many health aspects have improved since going Primal/Paleo, I can’t put it in a simple post. But thank you for your comment. I was simply writing to see if there was something I was missing, considering my daughter’s hair is so thin. My hair has always been thin, so perhaps this is genetic? Although there has been improvement since Primal. I had bald spots when I was vegan!

        • Glad you appreciate my post. There is so much information out there and it’s only fair that people be exposed to it. BTW, did you ever have your B12 levels checked when you were a vegan? Bald spots can be an indicator of low levels of B12. I am wondering for my own personal research and knowledge. I hope you solve your hair issue.

      • Also, Fat is necessary for vitamin absorption. Fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K (potassium) all need fat in order to be absorbed and bioavailable. This is another reason why people with a low body fat percentage should be very careful on the amount they take of these, they will have a lower capacity/tolerance than someone who has more body fat.

        • ARGH! Vitamin K is not Potassium they just use the same letter for the Periodic Table abbreviation and for the name of the vitamin! Potassium is found in Bananas, Vitamin K is actually a group of vits (like Vitamin B) and has two forms, K2 is predominantly found in meats but K1 can also be found in vegetables (but has to be converted to K2 before it can be used) and neither form is potassium – the actual chemical composition of K1 (phylloquinone) is: C21H23O2 and K2 (menaquinone) is: C21H20O2 (C means Carbon, H means Hydrogen and O means Oxygen, the numbers afterwards are the amount of each atom in one molecule of K1 or K2 vitamins). As you can see, no potassium whatsoever in K – make sure you get a potassium source as well as a Vitamin K source they are absolutely not the same thing! You can very easily check what I say just google Vitamin K.

    • I am thinking that you are starving your child with this ridiculous diet of yours. We have evolved far too much to be needing to change our diets to thousands of years ago.
      Essentially what you are doing is keeping vital minerals and nutrition from your growing child`s diet.
      The smart thing to do is go back to a normal diet and make it organic and do not withhold protein thinking vegan or vegetarian is the best thing, it is not for everyone, especially growing children. Your child can end up with severe growth problems and other maladies later in life like osteoporosis, a number one malady of the paleo era if you are not careful. I wish you both the best and implore you to give up on the trend diets.

    • hi my nephew was born with thin hair he got it from his mother,,,,when he was 1 year old we go to the barber shop and shave all his hair ..we did it twice…..now he is 11 yrs old and his hair is very thick same as the strand..u should try it ..gudluck

      • Interesting – certain cultures believe in shaving their babies hair to ensure lush thick growth and it seems to work. Didn’t work on my husband though :)

  2. #1 Best thing I ever did was to stop stripping my hair of its natural oils with shampoo and soap. Conditioner only. It’s been at least 4 years since my hair has been stripped of its god-given oils and it’s the longest it has ever been and I only have to trim, maybe, 3 times a year – when I see a split end. Why it took almost 4 decades to figure it out is beyond me.

    • JG, I just recently started ‘no poo’, but I use baking soda to cleanse and vinegar to condition. You don’t use anything at all? I’m thinking I need to try that b/c my hair is sooooo dry (and the water where I live doesn’t help). Can you give me details? Do you condition every day? What do you condition with? How long did it take your hair to adjust. Thanks!

      • My hair is baby fine and halfway down my back in length. It used to be be very dry, especially on the ends.
        I use no soap at all, just a brand of conditioner called Organix which can be picked up at the local drug store. About once or twice a month, I work coconut oil into my scalp and down to the ends and let it sit for a few before a hot shower. Then I rinse it a few times with conditioner to rinse out the coconut oil. Also, when towel dry, I use flat beer as a leave in conditioner. The beer gives a lot of body and I scrunch my hair to get some waves, then let it air dry. Also, I quit coloring my hair and let the greys grow, but sometimes I will use senna/ henna to do an intense conditioning and to color my grey. My hair is naturally dark blonde. I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week – as a gardener, it gets pretty dirty. It took about a year for my hair to completely adjust and now there is so much body, there is sometimes too much. I used to be able to tell when I needed a haircut, by how badly my hair would tangle. Now, I can run a comb through my hair straight out of the shower, with barely a tangle. And to think all those years I tried perms and body waves to get exactly what I wanted by not using shampoo… Once you see the shine of your hair, it will be worth it. Hope this helps.

          • You almost have to “pull” your natural oils down the length of your hair when you are in a warm/ hot shower. You can kinda feel it, if you can imagine what I mean. But you will know what I mean after you give a few months for those natural oils to build up. BTW, I have never tried baking soda or vinegar. I suppose that those would be good for cleaning the hair of product build-up, but seriously, simply using conditioner like a creme rinse will clean the hair of most of that kind of stuff.

        • Hello JG! =) Do you do anything else to your hair…like brush it, etc? (like with a boar bristle brush). And did you have hair loss before starting this? Curious if this also helps to create new growth.
          Thanks so much! Love your tips!

      • i have had this problem recently. I started using coconut oil/sugar mixture with a dash of peppermint to give it smell :) but anyways i mix it all in a big bottle and then warm it scrub it into my scalp. this has helped soooo much with my dryness only do it once or twice every two weeks. Also when shampooing dont shampoo your “hair” just your scalp. As you rinse it will wash the ends, then when conditioning only do your ends not the scalp. I go days without shampooing my hair. Just waterless shampoo and conditioner. Works wonders, plus with the mixture I use my hair feels amazing NOT GREASY. It kind of late at night so I hope this all has made sense :)

  3. I used to strengthen my hair with colorless henna (although I wouldnt advice using it if you dyed or plan to dye your hair with chemical stuff: results are unpredictable as far as I know). It gives your hair some body, `firmness`, shininess, but hair may tangle the first day or two and feel somewhat dry. I really loved it before I started using a chemical dye. Doing a coconut oil mask afterwards may be a good idea.

  4. I put a quarter sized amount of apricot kernel oil in my hair before washing it and comb in about a dime sized amount after while my hair is still damp. Works amazingly on my ends and my hair is almost waist length and i trim maybe 1/2 an inch off 3 times a year.

  5. I always had great hair until I moved to a military base in Afghanistan – our shower water is extremely chlorinated and terrible. I found the best thing for my hair has been jojoba oil – I put it on while my hair is still wet, and it makes a huge difference in my hair quality when I leave and am able to use regular water to wash my hair. It does make my hair look greasy, but I don’t care out here. :)

    • Try argan oil if you can find it. Must be unrefined, cold-pressed, and preferably organic. I use natural, gentle shampoo, no conditioner, then massage in argan oil when hair is still damp after shower. Start from the bottom up (roots last so they get less). Makes my hair soft, shiny, full & not greasy! I have semi-fine curly hair just past shoulders & I only need 2 drops of argan, so even though it can be pricey (cheapest I found online $20 for 4 oz) it lasts a really long time. :-) :-)

  6. I had great success growing my hair thick and long using Rosemary Tea as a final hair rinse. Just boil a couple tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves in a quart of water, let it cool, strain out the leaves, and use as the final rinse when you wash your hair. (don;t rinse it out, leave it in) It makes your hair shiny and it smells great too. I got this from a book of home remedies as a rinse to make brunette hair shiny. (For blondes they were to use camomile tea as the final rinse). After a few months I started to notice that my hair was growing very quickly — up to an inch a month!! I thought it might be the rosemary but wasn’t sure, then quite a bit later on I was reading up on herbs and the article I read said that rosemary promoted hair growth. I used this on my daughter’s blonde hair — it made her hair thick and long but turned it darker — still blonde, but a darker shade.

    • I need to make a rosemary tea and try this, I heard it gives highlights like the chamomile, I plan to grow more herbs next week including these 2. Thanks!

    • I have only just come across this website and thread! This sounds amazing. I have some chamomile tea cooling down now, just wondering how often you did this? Thank you!

  7. I’m a hair junkie, since my hair is thick and oh-so-fussy. Actually, my quest for naturally healthy hair is what lead me to your site in the first place, and since then I’ve changed my whole diet and outlook on health! But yeah, your homemade recipes for skin and haircare were the first posts I read. Anyway, I always finish a shower by rinsing my hair in cold water– this closes up the cuticle of the hair, which makes it shiny and reduces frizz if not eliminating it. My hair tends to be pretty strong, but in order to keep it weather resistant in the cold winter months or harsh summer sun, I dye it with henna (from Mountain Rose Herbs!). I like a little bit of a red tint so I usually get copper, but henna molecules bind to the hair shaft and actually thicken the individual strands of hair while conditioning it deeply. It’s effective as a UV protector and keeps the hair resistant to dryness. How you mix up the henna makes a difference too– I add hair-boosting rosemary tea to mine, which stimulates hair growth. I’ve also put all sorts of food mixtures in my hair as well: apple cider vinegar + water for a build-up remover, avocado paste + honey + olive oil for deep conditioning (although this takes FOREVER to wash out since I have so much hair), coconut oil, egg yolks for moisture and the whites for cleaning (this is tricky though, you have to be able to stand cold water because the egg will cook if your scalp warms it up enough), etc. It’s all online. I’m considering starting to rinse with rosemary tea, but I don’t know if I have the time. Anyway, diet helps a TON with hair.

    • Also, I only wash my hair every other day, if not every two days. Washing it every day tires it out and gets the oil production all crazy, especially if you use a commercial shampoo (I don’t). Spacing out my washes has helped with the strength/moisture of my ends and I think it’s helped with growth as well. I took biotin for a little, which I’ve heard is great but you have to drink tons of water in order to let it absorb and not make your skin freak out.

    • I also have really thick hair and I am going to try some of these ideas. I hate every time when i get out of the shower and start to brush my hair I constantly have knots! I also have been reading up on the henna dye because I have never dyed my hair and want to try something new and of course natural!

      • I used to have the same problem with combing but now my hair combs through without a problem :) you just have to switch to a high-moisture hair routine, preferably natural. I don’t use any product on my hair and I make sure anything I do use has pronounceable ingredients. If you don’t already have a preferred shampoo/conditioner I recommend Kiss My Face brand, their “whenever” variety. Or try the homemade shampoo from this site, I just ordered ingredients to make it and I’m excited! Also, my favorite hair mask is honey with a LITTLE bit of coconut or olive oil since it’s the easiest to wash out.

          • Careful with this though, your hair is its weakest when it’s wet and it stretches out a lot so if your hair is hard to comb through then you might break it more in the shower. But if it’s easier to comb through in the shower (like when you have conditioner or a treatment in or something) then go for it! :)

          • Yes. But if you use an ultra-wide tooth comb and do it gently, it will work. If you sense any tugging, separate with your fingers.

          • I usually brush my hair before I get in the shower and use that weird-shaped wide comb afterwards. And a cold rinse does wonders for frizz, especially if your grey hair is curlier than the rest……. and if you go no-poo, your natural oils become the detangler.

      • Oh and you probably know this but make sure the henna is pure and body art quality because some brands add other ingredients that end up damaging the hair. Mountain rose herbs has the highest quality I’ve found :)

      • I ran into this the other day. Haven’t tried it yet but I have the marshmellow root on order. Hope it helps! There might be more at the link, I just copy what I need to a text file.

        Recipe for Homemade Herbal Detangler Spray

        Marshmallow root is great for the hair because it: contains many mucilaginous compounds.
        has a very slippery texture when made into an infusion.
        softens the hair naturally.
        promotes hair growth (due to it’s high content of plant proteins).
        provides natural shine to dull hair follicles.
        soothes dry scalp.
        reduces itchy scalp.

        4 ounces of marshmellow root will give you enough to make this recipe 8 times

        The Recipe


        -1 1/4 cup distilled water
        -1/4 cup dried marshmallow root
        -1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
        -1/2 tablespoon olive or jojoba oil
        -essential oils, optional


        1. Combine marshmallow root and water in a small pot and simmer over medium low heat for 15-30 minutes to allow the mucilage to release. The longer you let it simmer the thicker the mixture will be. Note: I order my Marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs.

        2. Remove pot from heat and allow mixture to cool.

        3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, nylon, tea towel, or cheesecloth. Squeeze the strainer in order to extract all the goodness of the herb (you will now understand how ”Marshmallow” root got it’s name). Compost the herbs and reserve the liquid.

        4. To the Marshmallow root infused water, add vinegar, oil, and essential oils if using.

        5. Pour into a re-purposed detangler spray bottle. Re-label and use as you would commercially-prepared spray. Shake well prior to use.

        Note: This formula is not.greasy.at.all. It is well absorbed by the hair and leaves it soft and managable all day! You’ll love it!

    • Wow, you sure take care of your hair! I admire that, I wish I could make more time for that… When you say “hair-boosting rosemary tea” is that just regular rosemary tea? Do you think rosemary essential oils would do good aswell?

      • Yeah, regular should work well as long as it’s strong and good quality :) Rosemary stimulates blood flow to the scalp and promotes hair growth/strength. You could also brew the tea with rosemary leaves and then strain them out. I’d say essential oils would work well too, I haven’t tried them but any form of concentrated rosemary would work (make sure to dilute it with something else though since it’s an essential oil).

  8. Researchers say that the best oil for the skin and the hair is — Coconut Oil. It’s molecules are small enough to actually penetrate the skin and the hair shaft. No other oil can accomplish this. I have very long hair, over 3 feet, and I condition my hair with coconut oil about an hour or so before shampooing it. Works well. Also, Egg Yolks and Honey are good. Be careful in handling your hair, be very gentle with it. NO BRUSHING!!! That will absolutely ruin it. Use a wide tooth comb and no blow drying. No chemical dying. And eats lots of healthy, protein-rich foods. Oh, and Vitamin A. :)

  9. You can use Moska oil that’s really work you can find that at Spanish stores also jojoba hot oil treatment this really work I was doing this for more than a year and my hair is really healthy.

    • That sounds good, but wouldn’t it make european hair greasy? I most envy brasilian women, who can use jojoba oil and make their hair all shiny and beautifull, but I don’t think it really works on mine.

  10. try castor oil mixed with another carrier oil (coconut, grapeseed, jojoba). this *really* improved my boyfriend’s hair loss. does wonders on the skin too.

  11. Wow your daughter’s hair is gorgeous!! I don’t have the time or energy to get really fancy, or make my own shampoo but there are a few things that have made my hair thicker, with more body & shine. For my overall health I eat a lot of veggies, esp dark leafy greens like kale, protein, and make smoothies with Healthforce Vitamineral Greens, organic blueberries, mix of other fruit, organic 2% milk & coconut oil. My hair started getting thicker when I added more of those things into my diet.

    I also switched to a natural chemical & sulfate-free shampoo (I like Whole Foods’ brand lavender shampoo). I tried castille soap but that did not work well for me. After a little while of using the chemical-free shampoo, my hair is more balanced – it used to get so oily so quickly but now I get at least a couple more days out of each wash that I used to.

    Instead of conditioner I use argan oil (organic unrefined cold-pressed). After I get out of the shower, lightly towel dry my hair, put a couple drops of oil (less for fine, short & more for thick, long, dry hair) in my palm, rub my hand together and work thru hair (start midway down at back where hair is tends to be driest then work into ends then throughout). I just keep combing my hands thru my hair to let it soak up every last trace. My hair is so much softer, fuller, shinier & curlier!

  12. I like deep conditioning my hair with coconut oil. It smells great and leaves my hair much less dry. I also like yogurt mixed with olive oil. Almonds and other nuts (taken internally) have also helped my baby-fine hair grow a little thicker, as my stylist has noted.

  13. Cool ideas ! Does anny one know what to do about hair loss? Probably all theese tips wouldl help, but I was wondering what it could be from, because I am not at all in age of loosing hair, haven’t been pregnant and am not aware of stress or lack of sleep…

  14. Isn’t hot water damaging to your hair? I always rinse mine with lukewarm or cool water.

  15. Another really effective way to stimulate hair growth is giving yourself a vigorous scalp massage several minutes each day. It brings blood flow to the area (and with it energy, oxygen, nutrients, heat…) Back before I was into making my own and using all natural products I grew my hair out by massaging mane n tail horse conditioner into my scalp in the shower, left it on for the length of the shower, then shampooed&conditioned.

    Now I’m “no ‘poo” so I’d just do the same thing with my baking soda but a natural or homemade formula, or a good quality oil/oil blend. Believe me when I say my hair grew so fast it got annoying to keep up with so I stopped with the treatments!

  16. I use green tea, dried rosemary, sage and a squirt of honey as a conditioner. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, strong, and it grows faster. I also hot oil treat my hair with olive and coconut oil every week. I only use castile soap on my hair, no commerical shampoos touch it…

    • Your combo sounds very interesting and I wanted to try it. Do you know where I can buy a product that has all those ingredients: green tea, dried rosemary, sage and honey or something close to it? If you put it together yourself can you let me know the ingredient quantities?
      Thanks for your help! :)

  17. Okay, I am new to the natural hair products game and the transition has not been too bad. However, one thing I don’t ever think I will try again is the coconut oil/honey conditioning treatment. While my hair shaft is fine to normal, I have a lot of hair. It took me FOREVER to get the oil out of my hair. I used every natural shampoo in my arsenal to remove but no joy. I finally had to break down and use the Redkin shampoo. Hated to do it but I could not go to work the next day with greasy hair. Yikes! Ah well, the same products don’t work for everyone. There are a lot of other ideas in this post so I may try some of those. :-)

  18. Could one just use coconut oil on hair? If so, directions please…need something to use while I wait for my ingredients to come in to make shampoo!! Thanks :}

  19. Gelatin is from the hooves of horses and other animals so besides the fact that I ceased to eat Jello decades ago, I don’t use gelatin for the same reason. Also, what if people are attempting to be more vegetarians/vegans; are they out of luck? If one is dealing with hypothyroidism, then can other options stand up against that condition? Just wondered, thanks, Linda in MI

  20. I tried “no poo” and a few home made shampoos unsuccessfully. I’ve been using the Bentonite Clay/Water shampoo and my hair looked nice, but felt really weird.
    Last night I tried the Gelatin/Honey/Apple Cider Vinegar hair treatment followed by Bentonite Clay/water and an Apple Cider Vinegar/water rinse and I LOVE MY HAIR!!!
    Its soft, light feeling, shiny ( I don’t Ever remember it being shiny) and even after a tough and sweaty workout this morning (did not wash my hair again) my hair looks Fabulous!

  21. i had a crown flicks haircut which looks cute but i have a function in like 15 to 20 days…i just want my long hair back in a week or two plz help

  22. Using a coconut oil shampoo for the last couple years made my hair stop falling out, until I moved out of state recently and half my hair fell out for no apparent reason. Even though I was eating better than before, and getting plenty of protein. Any idea about that? Or if there’s a way to make it grow back faster?

  23. Hi, I definitely need major advice/help. I have not once ever had strong, healthy hair..and have always had such a hard time growing it for it will eventually start to break and cause split ends. Once it grows just above my breasts, it then starts to break and seems like it doesn’t grow anymore from there on. I’ve tried hot oil, coconut oil, olive oil, just conditioning..i’ve tried so many organic and natural products on my hair, and still nothing works. Now that it’s winter and it’s cold, my hair has gone even more dry and sticky. It’s so hard to comb through it. I also don’t use hot water to shower because apparently that dries the roots more, and I don’t blow dry or straighten my hair much just so it can be left alone. But still, it’s so horrible. :(

  24. It is recommended that Biotin be taken with a vitamin B complex and a multivitamin, the only supplement that I take in FCLO/BO. Do you think this is necessary?

  25. Hmmm, I’m vegan so eat a diet naturally low in fat (I do eat avocados, nuts and a little coconut oil) yet my hairdresser say I have the fastest growing hair of all her clients! It’s in good condition but so thick it’s actually a burden! So I feel it’s just another case of everyone is different.. Someones hair may thrive eating lots of fatty meats on a paleo diet and another may have the same great hair on vegan diet. Whatever works for you :)

  26. Last year, after an intense time with exams and high levels of stress as well as use of chemical hair-dye (bleach) in my hair, it had started to look dull, flat and was splitting. I had my damaged hair cut off and since I have always been very pro-natural, decided to stop using commercial shampoo and conditioner at all. I experimented with different alternatives to shampoo as I found out that especially the sulfide, which is essential in shampoo, was drying my hair out. I tried the baking soda and vinegar which did not leave my hair feeling very nice. Then I tried beating up an egg, mix in some water and apply it to my scalp. I let it sit 30-60 min and wash out thoroughly with cold-lukewarm water. It was a mess the first few times but made my hair look lovely. After having used it for some time though, I noticed my ends needed some conditioning. I often use coconut oil, however, this leaves my hair feeling heavy and oily, so I am still looking for an alternative to conditioning. But the beaten egg is a winner. It leaves my hair soft, shiny and healthy and more voluminous than before and I believe the protein applied to my scalp improves hair growth. At least my hair looks healthier than ever and is growing more and stronger.

    • Also, I always use a natural bristle brush and never brush it while it is wet. By the way, just stumbled upon your blog today and I am happy I procrastinated, because it was a really good find :) Like it.

  27. I found your tips good and handy I am an aged woman my hairs are falling very badly , I use coconut oil very often and need to shampoo alternate days do I need. Any supplement to take let’s say if yes than please let me know the names thanks

  28. A mixture of Shikakai powder, Amla(gooseberry) powder , Reetha (soapnut) powder, neem powder is made into a paste using some hot water. Then the paste is applied onto the head and left for about 10 minutes. It’s then washed with warm water. I’ve been using this since 2 years and I can see my hair growing denser, I had no more dandruff problems, no more itchy scalp and I was wondering why I even stopped using it in the first place.
    Another suggestion would be massaging a mixture of warm coconut and castor oil on the head and leaving the oil to get soaked overnight. You could wash your hair the next morning.
    Your hair will love you for this. :-)

  29. I decided THIS was the year I’d finally grow my very short hair out, and started taking a biotin supplement, plus I’m using Swanson Vitamin’s biotin conditioner. I tried their shampoo too, but something in it was burning my eyes and it was super runny, so just sticking with the conditioner now with my regular shampoo. Normal hair growth is 1/2″ per month (learned from my hubs who’s been a hairstylist for ever 20 years) and I’m seeing at least that much growth, maybe a little more. :)

  30. I had long frizzy and almost damaged hair, after I had my son I was constantly losing my hair! I was in tears and so upset! I couldn’t take any vitamins since I was breastfeeding so I wanted something natural. I only used the Shielo Volumizing Shampoo 3 times and my hair completely stopped falling! Feels and looks so healthy, shinny and strong! It was so strong that I decided it was ready for some color so I dyed it and it looks awesome! The good thing is the Shielo products are known for also protecting hair color, while not having any harmful chemicals. It will solve all your pregnancy hair problems!

  31. Good tips, but I wished that instead of meat and dairy products you’d recommend other protein sources. In the end, animal products aren’t as effective and great for radiant hair and skin.

  32. This is a great article. As for biotin and my hair, I like to use regenepure biotin conditioner. I suggest it to all my friends.

  33. I have very thick hair but it grows really slow it takes about 6 months for it to grow 2-3 inches any tips?

  34. It is irresponsible to suggest to eat enough protein and gelatin.
    Too much protein causes cancer and gelatin comes from animal bones. You want to eat animal bones? Research before believing everything you read on the internet. I suggest you check out Dr. Colin Campbell, he has done extensive research and proven animal protein promotes cancer groth. If you want to make sure you get enough protein I suggest broccoli and lots of other vegetables.

    • Animal protein is wonderful for you. I find that vegans that are vegans simply because they’re sad about animals having to die for their nourishment is not relevant whatsoever. Animal protein does not cause cancer. Look up famous vegan YouTubers. Find at least 10. You will find that the majority are loopy and have acne or are orange in skin tone… Most of them do not age well. And 90% of them barely have menstrual cycles(this isn’t normal or healthy).

      What’s wrong with gelatin? It’s absolutely wonderful for us as human beings. It contains collagen. Bone broth contains sooooo many health benefits. So, so what if I want to eat animal bones. An animal wouldn’t hesitate to eat my bones… sooooo what point were you trying to make?

      Human beings are a nomadic species. We were meant to eat varied food. To never have meat is downright silly because there is barely any vegetation in the winter. Also, islanders eat lots of fruit, but they also eat lots of fish… An animal protein :O…. Any way that you slice it, extremes in diet are silly.

    • I agree with you they should also read books by DR Joel Fuhrman he agrees that meat and dairy cause alot of health problems.

  35. I prefer the coconut oil and honey – not just because it works a treat – it also avoids the abuse of innocent animals.

    “Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and fish.” There is no way I would want to put that on my hair.

    Also, you can get protein and calcium from many plant products so, again, animals do not have to be killed for us to have beautiful hair.

    Have a look at “Earthlings” on You Tube and other videos that show how animals are abused and horrifically slaughtered for the beauty industry. There is nothing beautiful about it.

    Stick to natural plant hair and beauty treatments everyone ok. Much better for you, innocent animals and the environment.

    …And you will still get lovely beautiful hair from them 😉

    Thanks :-)
    Mumma Quinn

    • Promoting this ideal is harmful. Being vegan simply because people abuse animals. There is a way to raise cattle and other farm animals so that they live good lives. Adult animals with miles are best because they contain the most fat. Healthy animals have the best health benefits. If you want to protect the animals, promote treating them well, not boycotting meat.

      Think about it.

  36. I have very fine naturally curly hair, I have noticed that whenever we go on holiday my hair becomes softer and much more curly, however when I am at home it is flat and loses its curl. I think this is because we have very hard water at home and the additional lime scale on the water just weighs my hair down. is there anything that I can use at home to counteract this?

    I tried the coconut oil and honey rinse this week and it has made my hair lovely and soft. I am also looking to make the hair growth serum in the near future.

  37. I am just curious. I can wash my hair today and by tomorrow morning it looks so oily on my scalp and around my ears. I am wondering if this is primarily due to the type of shampoo I am using or is it more hormonal? Any suggestions on how to help? : )

  38. Katie,
    I have read a lot of your natural hair recipes and I’m trying to decide what would work best for my daughter. She is 12 and has shoulder length light brown/blondish hair. It always looks greasy even a day or so after she washes it. What would you recommend.

  39. Thank you for this wonderful article. I have been using a traditional Indian method of conditioning hair using Coconut oil ever since I was a kid. It is a very popular routine in India. People also use Almond Oil or Olive Oil to massage the scalp 2-3 times a week before going to bed and washing the hair in the morning. Over the years I have been a little lazy and do this just once in two or three weeks. I have also used Black Seed Oil which you can find in most Indian stores. Use a spare towel to prevent your pillow from absorbing the oil if you are planning on leaving it overnight. There is also Shikakai that many Indian women use to cleanse their scalp as it doesn’t strip the scalp of natural oils.

  40. I have short curly hair….. i have tried different methods to increase the length of ma hair…this may my sister’s mariage is waitng and i need to shine well…bt ma hair is nt allowing…:( :( help me plz… i hve jst 4 months left….

  41. Thanks for all this info. I am so seeing what I can do with a three year old who has baby hair? Her hair is very short and grows really slow. I assume your recommendations are for adults. Anything I can do for a kid? Thank you!

  42. This is a great article article. Mainly because i do all of the above. Externally i use a complete hair growth oil from earths purity. But Thank you for me this was confirmation im doing the right thing.

  43. I put coconut oil on the ends of my hair after every shower to keep them “sealed” if you will. I have heard that avocado oil is even better for hair than coconut oil (but doesn’t smell as good). I wasn’t to make a blend of mostly coconut oil, a bit of avocado oil, a bit of raw honey, and an essential oil to leave on the tips of my hair. Is there an essential oil that is best for hair? Also, have you tried anything like this for the ends of your hair? I would love a recipe if you have one or at least recommendations. I am concerned that leaving honey on my hair might cause a problem but I used to have a honey hair treatment from a natural Farmacia in Italy that I would leave on the tips of my hair without issue.

  44. Hello! I don’t remember if I am suscribed to your awesome blog. Mad respect for having a hundred kids AND saving the world. I can only do one at a time. I am in Israel for a few months, orginially from the States. I have suffered brain injury in the past year, and have noticed that my fingernails and toenails seem deficient of some mineral. Putting coco oil on them helped, but that is not available like (everything) in the States. My search brought me to biotin, which I still wasn’t sure on which foods contain it and thought to check your site. I looked at the page you recommended regarding brain injuries (TBI) and was a bit surprised at how it is DEFINITELY more than peeling nails. (Duh). Is there a page where you have a list of foods (preferably not meat, but fish seafood and eggs I will eat) that I could use to see what I can acquire here in the Middle East? My funds are low or I would just order some biotin online or something. It’s not like there is a Whole Foods around every corner! I will continue my google searches, but I am terribly techno-limited (in my brain) and the less time I have in front of anything electrical, the better. Thank you so much!

  45. I’m a big fan of your site and natural remedies, I was wondering have you ever though about including some cruelty free options? this post in particular 4 out of 5 points involve killing animals, there are plenty of plant based foods high in protein, and gelatin is basically boiled up hooves, ligaments and tendons.

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