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. Jennie Avatar

    My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some extensions. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my natural hair. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

  2. Belenn Avatar

    I’m vegan and use only cruelty free vegan /vegetarian products, and my problem is that my hair grows too fast! It’s always super shiny, bouncy, and lightweight. I eat a lot of coconut oil, creamer, and milk. I suppose fast hair growth is a good problem to have. 😉

  3. Daphne Avatar

    Thanks for your recommendations and your information about why there is a common hair loss phase after pregnancy. I have always had a large amount of hair loss about 3 months after my pregnancies. I just had my 4th child two months ago and want to give a few things a try and see if I can decrease or stop the amount of hair that I loose. I am excited to try your gelatin hair treatment. I am also consuming much more gelatin in my diet these days. I have also encapsulated my placenta to aid in my milk production for breastfeeding but thought it might also minimize a bit of my hair loss if I were to take it periodically during the phase that I typically go through hair loss since the placenta contains the hormones which are shifting and diminishing after pregnancy. I will post again if I have success with this. Fingers crossed. 😉

  4. Emma Avatar

    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.

  5. Elizabeth Avatar

    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!

  6. Sara K Avatar
    Sara K

    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.

  7. Rylee moore Avatar
    Rylee moore

    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.

  8. Belton Avatar

    Thanks for post this article. I really like it. this is really informative knowledge for all girls.

  9. elana Avatar

    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!

  10. cathy Avatar

    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….

  11. Naziali Avatar

    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.

  12. Jennifer Avatar

    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.

  13. Nikki Avatar

    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? : )

  14. Marie Mead Avatar
    Marie Mead

    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.

  15. Quinn Avatar

    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

    1. Sasha Avatar

      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.

  16. sandy Avatar

    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.

    1. Sasha Avatar

      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.

    2. Rhonda Avatar

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

  17. Sarah Avatar

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

  18. Marisa Avatar

    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.

  19. Monchou Avatar

    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.

  20. Philicia Avatar

    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!

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