Last year – almost a year ago as a matter of fact – I went through a very rough surgery recovery. What should have taken six weeks took six months due to a hematoma and subsequent infection. Bleah.
It was terrible.
All sorts of things happened to my body during this time, due to the constant courses of strong antibiotics I was taking. The most noticeable and bothersome to me, however, was that my hair started falling out in clumps.
Not just a little hair. Over the course of several months, I lost half of my hair.
Natural Postpartum Hair Loss Remedies
You can call me vain, you can call me whatever you want. I will be completely honest with you – it really bothered me. I would cry in the shower as I gathered clump after clump off of my head and had to dispose of it before it went down the drain – which still ended up happening.
About once a week my husband would have to clean out the drain. Ew, ew. And about twice a week, I would have to clean all the hair out of my large round brush because it had become completely full of hair.
I looked up a good salon in the area and got a short bob cut – I had been trying to let my hair grow long. Before the surgery, I had been following a healthier WAP style of diet and my hair was looking the best it’s ever looked. So thick, I couldn’t wrap a hairband around it twice. That had never happened before.
And now this!
I really felt deep down the hair loss had to do with two things: the stress of what was happening in my life at that time, and the constant courses of antibiotics. So I went into Dr. Google mode and found that there was a connection between stress and hair loss, but also, between your gut health and hair loss.
More Stress = Less Hair
I think it’s pretty common knowledge that hair loss can be attributed to extreme levels of stress. I remember when I was younger, my dear grandmother went through a stressful period in her life and went partially bald.
This article on Livestrong.com says:
Emotional and physical stress can also interfere with hair regrowth, such that follicles can remain dormant for months. This condition, known as telogen effluvium, can extend for years, long past an initial stressful event (pregnancy, surgical recovery, grieving).
I think that’s exactly what happened to me.
I tried to deal with the stress as best as I could, but I had a gaping hole in me and a 5, 4, and 2 year old, as well as an infant to care for. I rested as much as I could and prayed more than I probably ever have, but the stress level seriously plummeted when the infection healed and the hole closed up. Then it was time for a celebration!
Gut Health and Hair Loss
Okay, so it’s pretty easy to establish that my hair was partially falling out due to stress. But there was another factor.
Let’s talk about your gut health and beneficial bacteria.
Beneficial bacteria in your body do incredibly amazing things – tons of things – but one of the biggest, in my humble opinion, is to produce Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a very important nutrient that affects many parts of your body. This particular vitamin is responsible for:
- your dental health and facial structure
- reversing bone loss and osteoporosis
- preventing prostate cancer in men, and other cancers as well
- reducing the risk of diabetes
- and, among others, hair growth
Gut health and hair loss are linked. Without the beneficial bacteria working hard to do their job, my body couldn’t function right and my hair started falling out. (My nails also turned very flimsy as well.)
So what were the two things I did to get my hair to grow back?
I thought you’d never ask!
Aggressive Regrowth Tactic #1: Protein & Vitamin K
Incidentally, I was nursing a baby who was allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts. So I couldn’t have any of those things and had to look for a non-allergenic source of protein. I found it in this powder. Each scoop delivered 21 grams of healthy, sprouted protein, enzymes, and probiotics. I would pour a scoop of this along with some coconut milk, a little cocoa, and two bananas every morning and I can’t tell you what a difference it made in my life. If you are looking for a protein powder but want to stay away from the unhealthy isolates (and why wouldn’t you? 😉 ) then give this one a try.
Another supplement you may like to try is Natto – and this is important – Natto is a fermented food that contains one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin K you can find. I believe this was important to ending my hair loss and beginning hair regrowth.
If you would like to easily up your intake of vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2), you can take it in the form of drops like these. I have these and I love to take them as needed.
Aggressive Regrowth Tactic #2: Diatomaceous Earth
Something else I also began was taking food grade diatomaceous earth daily. I started with 1/2 a tablespoon mixed in water daily and eventually worked up to 1 heaping tablespoon twice daily.
You see, food grade Diatomaceous Earth is high in trace minerals and contains mostly silica. Silica is necessary for so many basic functions of the body. It has been said that silica is the mineral of life!
More specific to this post, though, is that silica is essential for healthy hair growth.
However, I’m not here to try to convince you to take diatomaceous earth; I’m simply telling you what I did to help my problem.
Check For New Growth
Using these two tactics (and I’m sure there are more!), I was seeing immediate hair regrowth. To check for hair regrowth, part your hair and hold each side down flat. Look at your hair in the mirror – if your hair is regrowing, you should be seeing little hairs sprouting up in between.
I’ve stopped taking the protein powder, but I continue to take food grade diatomaceous earth daily. The hair I’ve regrown still has a ways to grow before it reaches the length of my other hair, but it has already grown about three inches, which is fast growth for me. I’ll continue taking it. 🙂
P.S. I found this amazing volumizing tool on Amazon and it REALLY creates the effect of fuller hair. It has been worth every penny to me. Check it out.
Also, a company I work with, Morrocco Method, has a line of high-quality elixirs that are amazing for scalp regeneration and hair regrowth. You might want to give them a look as well.
***Update: I am about to write a longer update to this post. I have started some new methods with my hair and I am experiencing phenomenal hair regrowth. I guess there were still some hairs that were not growing, because now I have tiny little hairs sticking out all over my head. 🙂 I will share my methods with you! I’ll try to get the post up as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can check out my Ultimate Natural Hair Care Directory – it has several resources for hair loss. <3
***Update: Here’s the post where I detail how I increased my hair growth: How to Grow Hair FasterÂ – hope this helps you!!
Here’s to hair regrowth,
P.S. Have you ever had your hair start falling out? Did you do anything to help it regrow?
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