5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally

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5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally
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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. Use the Right Products

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 castor oil to gelatin I have tried many DIY hair treatments, most of which I really like! Here’s where I wrote about some of my favorites:

I’ve also found that many natural hair products can actually cause problems with hair! Conventional shampoos and products have problems of their own (like being linked to cancer), but natural ones are often not pH balanced correctly for hair and strip important natural oils.

After many years of dreaming, researching, and creating recipes, I can finally share my own personal care products brand, Wellnesse! I formulated our shampoo to protect and nourish hair with natural ingredients that really work. I recommend the Cleansing Shampoo for all hair types or the Smoothing Shampoo for wavy or curly hair.

Another option is a natural clay-based shampoo like this one. I’ve tried it myself and had great results. They don’t lather like traditional shampoos but get my hair clean, nourish my scalp, and are pH balanced for hair.

Experiment and see what works for you!

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

These tips help improve hair quality and hair growth using natural ingredients, vitamins, and nutrients that support hair growth from the inside out.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


125 responses to “5 Ways to Improve Hair Naturally”

  1. Snezyana Avatar

    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. 🙂

  2. Pranitha Avatar

    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. 🙂

  3. Rubina Avatar

    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

  4. clara Avatar

    Hi, how can I treat bald hair with out spending a lot of money on doctors?

  5. Lea Avatar

    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.

    1. Lea Avatar

      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.

  6. Heather Stokes Avatar
    Heather Stokes

    Sounds like Aveda products, prenatal vitamins, Xanax,& birth control , is the way 2 grow… lovely.

  7. Madhu Avatar

    just a quick query ! applying honey to ur hairs turns hair into white i suppose… is int ?

  8. Megan Avatar

    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 🙂

  9. Dainty Lia Avatar
    Dainty Lia

    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?

  10. Angel Boisa Avatar
    Angel Boisa

    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. 🙁

  11. Artemis Gray Avatar
    Artemis Gray

    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?

  12. Sneha Avatar

    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

  13. Sylvia Huizinga Avatar
    Sylvia Huizinga

    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!

  14. Linda J Solomon Avatar
    Linda J Solomon

    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

  15. Cassie Oglesby Avatar
    Cassie Oglesby

    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 :}

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      For shampooing? I’ve heard of massaging it in to the scalp and leaving on for half an hour as a hair treatment and then washing off…

  16. Michelle Smith Avatar
    Michelle Smith

    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. 🙂

  17. Stephanie Avatar

    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…

    1. Lisa Avatar

      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! 🙂

  18. Laura Philberta Phd Weber Avatar
    Laura Philberta Phd Weber

    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!

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