My whole life I have dealt with thin, fragile hair that just never seemed to want to grow. I was always so jealous of the other girls with the long, luscious hair who would chop it all off and have it grown back a couple months later. “This just isn’t fair” is what I always seemed to think to myself. And while my hair still will never be quite like those other girls, I wasn’t given the genetics to have that head of thick hair; I have been able to get to a point where I don't constantly stress every time I lose a hair because I know my hair is healthy and growing.
So what caused the change? I’ll tell you this much, it didn’t come about because of some magical hair mask or spray. Hair growth occurs from the inside out. So if we want long, healthy hair, we must address it from the inside out. Here are some of the top ways I have found to boost hair growth.
1 - Support Digestion
In my opinion this is one of the most important players in hair growth. Actually, digestion is probably the top player in overall health. When digestion suffers, everything else suffers as well. And the truth is, the majority of people are suffering from compromised digestion.
So how do you support your digestion? It can be a long process but I promise it is worth it. The top ways to support digestion are to identify food sensitivities and cut them out of your diet. I know that may seem hard but I promise it will be so worth it. The top food sensitivities are dairy, gluten, corn, soy, eggs and peanuts. Eliminate these top offenders for 4 to 6 weeks and then slowly reintroduce them one by one noting the changes that may occur. In the end you may find your list to be more expansive than these 6 foods, but this is a great place to start.
The next step would be to incorporate some digestion aiding supplements such as HCL, enzymes and a high-quality probiotic. These are all naturally occurring in your body, however because of our diets and lifestyle sometimes we don’t have an optimal level, causing our digestion to suffer. I would then also suggest incorporating gut healing foods such as bone broth and collagen.
Healing digestion and identifying food triggers can be a long, tedious process. This may be something you choose to work with a nutritionist or practitioner on.
I put digestion before supplementing, because it is probably the cause behind any nutrient deficiencies. When your digestion is suffering you are unable to properly absorb optimal levels of essential nutrients. If you heal your digestion, you will probably correct your deficiencies. However, supplementing can be a very supportive way to boost hair growth. Here are some of my top recommendations:
-A high quality Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Also incorporate these in your diet through foods such as salmon and egg yolk.
-B vitamin complex helps improve blood circulation to the scalp
-Magnesium supports healthy hair follicles and aids in protein synthesis which is essential for hair growth(2).
-Vitamin D3 or aim to get at least 30 minutes of sun on your skin each day.
-Zinc - this can also be incorporated in diet through high quality organic meats.
-Saw Palmetto - helps support hormonal pathways and protects against male pattern baldness(1).
3 - Work to balance your hormones
One cause for hair loss on your head and hair growth on unwanted parts of your body such as your face may be higher than normal levels of Androgen Hormones such as Testosterone. Some reasons for this hormone imbalance is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), having taken a birth control with high levels of androgen hormones or when coming off the pill your body may rebound to bounce back from the hormone suppression caused from the birth control and create higher than normal levels of androgens on its own. These high levels may also occur in women having just given birth or women in perimenopause.
If this imbalance is the cause of hair loss and unwanted hair growth for you, you will most likely notice these changes right around ovulation and right before the beginning of your period. You can work to balance hormones and lower levels of androgens through appropriate diet, lifestyle and exercise changes.
4 - Get your thyroid checked
Another important factor when it comes to hair growth and loss is your thyroid. If you have noticed hair thinning or clumps of hair coming out in the shower, then it is time to get your thyroid levels checked. Schedule an appointment with your qualified medical provider.
5 - Other diet and lifestyle factors
-Incorporate collagen into everything! This is one of my favorites for hair growth because hair follicles are almost entirely made of protein.
-Drink a cup of stinging nettle tea everyday. The micronutrients available in this tea can be very beneficial for hair growth.
-Be gentle with your hair. While growth happens from the inside out, it is still very important to take care of what you have. Avoid chemical laden hair products, avoid too much heat on your hair and be gentle when brushing.
You Deserve a Luscious Head of Hair, Beautiful!
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions on hair growth. I would love to assist you on your way to health and beauty.