Post-Pregnancy Hair

Happy Monday!

Back to The Grind

Are you off today for the Holiday? I get to stay home and workout, sew, blog, play with Quinn and maybe I will get a small nap with her as well. I’m for sure guzzling the coffee.

biggby coffee

 

As you already know, having a baby makes your hair fall out like crazy. I can’t tell you how many clumps I have cleaned out of my shower drain.  I would guess enough to knit myself a sweater.  If I could estimate by feeling the size of my ponytail, I would say I have lost HALF of my hair.

coconut oil for hair

It’s especially thin on the hairline around my face because I lost the most there, but I finally have enough new hair growth to tell what it looks like and keep it from sticking straight up!

Before:

new hair growth

Now:

hair growth

The last time I got my hair cut, I asked Jamie to let me know if the new growth looked healthy. She said it was looking great; shiny, strong, and smooth! She asked me what I was eating to make it grow so healthy and strong.

Just like every other part of your body, vibrant hair also depends on a balanced diet. Unlike skin, which can show changes in just a few days, hair can take a few months to notice the effects of a crash diet or nutritional deficiency.

I’m going to share my top foods for health post-partum hair growth!

foods for hair

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, an antioxidant which your body turns into vitamin A. This helps every cell function and produces oils that help your scalp. Healthier scalp = healthier hair. You can also eat: carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricots and mangoes.  Too little= dry, itchy scalp.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain Vitamin C which is necessary for circulation to the scalp. It also supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Healthier follicles = healthier hair. You can also eat: tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi, sweet potatoes, and red peppers.  Too little= hair breakage.

Sunflower Seeds

These delicious little seeds pack a punch of Vitamin E.  This vitamin is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent breakage by helping the body manufacture keratin within hair strands to reduce breakage.  You can also eat: almonds, pine nuts, dried apricots, olives and cooked spinach.  Too little= hair breakage

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is extremely important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Quit skipping the yolks! They are loaded with these nutrients! You can also eat: chicken, fish, and beef.  Too little (anemia)= hair loss

Beans

Beans and lentils are loaded with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin which are all essential for healthy hair and scalp.  You can also eat: edamame, kidney beans, lima beans, and pinto beans.   Too little= brittle hair.

Walnuts

Walnuts have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage.  Walnuts also have the mineral, copper, that keeps your hair color rich.  You can also eat: flaxseeds, nut or seed oils, fish, and avocado.  Too little= hair loss.

Asparagus

Asparagus contains the minerals silica and zinc which are critical for hair growth.  Silica is one of the most essential nutrients because it helps hair retain its elasticity and also repairs damaged hair and follicles.  For silica, you can also eat: cucumber, mango, leafy greens and celery.  Zinc aids the body in repairing and growing hair and it keeps the oil glands of the hair working properly.   For zinc, you can also eat: oysters, brazil nuts, eggs, pecans, chickpeas, and pumpkin seeds.  Too little: dry, brittle hair.

Spinach

The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.  You can also eat: Cashews, leeks, dried fruits and leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.  Too little: dry scalp

Make sure you pin it for a reminder.  This doesn’t only apply to moms who have lost hair.  These foods are great for you ANYTIME!

hair loss foods

Start adding some of these in to foods you are already eating.  Try seeds or beans on a salad or cooking with coconut oil.  I will do a post next Monday about how I use coconut oil every single day!

Do you eat these foods?

Did you notice hair loss after having a baby?

What keeps your hair so healthy?

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