Did you know that during pregnancy, most women shed little or no hair because the body is suppressing androgens (male hormones), and that has the bizarre side effect of prolonging your hair growth? This hormonal change can make limp hair seem fuller and wavy hair seem curlier and drier. Who knew, right? Once the baby is born, however, androgen production (and hair shedding!) resumes. As a result, hair that normally would have fallen out during the previous nine months begins making up for lost time. But never fear! This process is COMPLETELY NORMAL and your hair will grow back (usually within six months). In the meantime, there are healthy and natural ways to encourage and strengthen your current ‘do.

Pump up Your Protein

Your hair is made of protein, so eating enough of it is vital for good hair health. Meat (particularly red meat), fish, eggs, tofu and lentils are all good sources of protein. Other vitamin-rich foods that help prepare your scalp for new hair growth: sweet potatoes, blueberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, asparagus and spinach.

Don’t Throw Out Your Pre-Natal Vitamins

You took one during pregnancy to nurture your growing baby, so why not take one now? A pre-natal multi is great for nursing mothers, and packed with the vitamins and minerals to grow your hair and nails fast.

DIY Mask (for your hair)

Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, so don’t forget to moisturize! Mix the following ingredients together and rub the mixture on your head: 2 egg yolks, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 4 tbsp mashed avocado. Eggs, avocado and olive oil are not just staple ingredients for a healthy body, they’re also rich in essential minerals that boost hair growth as well as nourish your hair.  Cover your head with saran wrap and let it sit for at least an hour before washing it all out.