How to heal or prevent postpartum hair loss (or simply just grow your hair!)

Ok, real friends talk about these things, so we’re going to go there…

Postpartum hair loss?  Trying to grow your stubborn locks?  Or trying to heal hair loss in general?  Oh friend, we’re talking about it!

This is a post I’ve been SO excited to chat about, mostly because my postpartum hair loss was horrific after my first baby.  Broken, frail, felt like straw, and cowlicks galore.  It was anything but pretty.  And in the many years since then my hair never seemed to recover.  In fact, I was set to get extensions right after I had this baby because I expected the same to happen after Greyson was born!

This time around I just knew I wanted to act proactively and arm myself with all of the things necessary to prevent hair loss after this baby, all while doing it WITHOUT the toxins and harmful chemicals.  The result?  My hair is BETTER THAN EVER.  Stronger, healthier, and longer. I’m still stunned most days, and I’m sharing my exact routine with you below!  Whether you’re dealing with postpartum hair loss, trying to prevent it, or want to grow your hair in general, check out these tips below:

1. Proper vitamins: if you’re nursing, you’ll want to continue taking your prenatal as long as you’re feeding baby, or according to whatever advice your OB/midwife gives your.  If not, make sure you’re taking a quality vitamin, preferably with biotin.  I personally love Garden of Life prenatal or check out Mary Ruth Organics multivitamin and biotin gummies if not pregnant/nursing.

2. Ditch the toxic hair products: I CANNOT stress this one enough.  What so many of us don’t realize is that while we are trying the latest and greatest hair care products on the market, they are actually causing MORE damage to our hair due to the toxins…yet, finding a quality hair care line that’s natural and WORKS is so hard.  I could squeal with excitement after falling in love with Evolvh! I ONLY ever recommend what I use myself and after a full year of use, my hair is transformed 🙂 They have everything from shampoos, conditioners, masques, leave-in shampoos, curl/blow dry serums, hairspray…all completely toxin-free. Even better? They smell AMAZING without synthetic and dangerous fragrances. I’m so happy to say that they’ve generously gifted me a discount for 15% off everything on their site for all you friends of mine, any time you order! Simply use the code “NATURALLYMODERN” at checkout! I recommend trying one of their Discovery Kits to try a full system and find what’s right for you.

3. Collagen: I know, it seems like the latest buzzword in beauty, BUT I’m not referring to the trendy brand you’re seeing all over social media. I’m talking about true collagen that really makes a difference. Not only is collagen amazing for skin and joints, using it is when I TRULY started seeing rapid growth in my hair and what I believe greatly prevented my hair loss after baby.

While there are several healthier brands out there, I personally prefer marine collagen from Vital Proteins. This collagen is sustainably sourced, unflavored, only one ingredient, and mixes into virtually anything! I definitely prefer marine over bovine (cow). While there is no such thing as plant-based collagen, if you are vegan, you can try the collagen boosting gummies from Mary Ruth Organics. While this is not collagen, it’s a supplement that helps your own body naturally boost its own production of collagen.

4. Mermaid Spray: THIS. Oh friend, THIS spray is magical. Not only is the name fun, this DIY spray is made up of rosewater and some incredibly powerful oils that speed up hair growth. Lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary essential oils are famous for promoting hair growth. When you put these together into a spray, the magic happens. Bonus? They act as frizz control! I also use rosewater in the recipe rather than regular water as it restores the pH of the hair and also helps prevent frizz.

To make this spray, simply add 5 drops of each essential oil (lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood) into a 2 oz. glass spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with organic rosewater. Shake before use and spray on wet hair after a shower, concentrating on the roots. You can also reapply at night and comb through, allowing to dry. Interested in the most pure, oils? The only ones I trust are available here.

5. Quality heat tools: this makes a big difference as well! Do your research and choose heat tools that will be gentle on your hair. I know it’s such common advice, but put as little heat to your hair as you can. I’ve found that a great curling iron will help my curls last for days and I only have to touch up in the mornings!

6. Proper nutrition: while hormones and genetics play a factor in hair health, so does nutrition…good nutrition will greatly help your hair health while a deficient diet will do the opposite. A diet including health fats, vitamin C, and protein (even plant based) will make a difference. Recommended foods include eggs, spinach, berries, fatty fish, avocados, and nuts. Do some of your own research to find recommended foods that best fit your dietary needs.

Ok my friends, there you have it! Just my experience on preventing and avoiding postpartum hair loss after this sweet baby. Please note that none of this is to be taken as medical advice. Always, always, always, consult your healthcare provider before starting anything new, especially if pregnant or nursing. I’m just one mama sharing her experience. As always, let me know if you have any questions or come connect with my on Instagram @naturallysarahwilt 🙂

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