Once you have a baby, life changes — not news to anyone who recently became a mom. What does surprise many women is how the hair growth and texture they are used to changes. While hair can feel fuller during pregnancy, it’s not actually getting thicker. Instead, hair loss slows down, so less hair is lost. After birth, as hormones return to normal levels, hair reverts back to more typical daily hair loss. That’s when new moms may start to notice the difference. While shampoos and conditioners promise to enhance the outward appearance, they don’t get to the root of the issue. The real answer is to provide a balance of nutrients proved to support hair from the inside.
How hair grows
Hair is made of keratin, a special protein also found in skin and nails that acts as one of the main building blocks of healthy hair. Each hair strand contains a follicle that goes through a regular cycle of growth and rest. Typical scalp hair grows about half an inch per month. People lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs every day. Although hair isn’t always perceived as part of the living structure of the body, it is. That’s why thick, shiny and lustrous hair needs nourishment at the root and hair shaft for new hair growth.
Healthy hair nutrition
There are herbal ingredients that have been shown to nourish thinning hair and provide the essentials lovely locks need to thrive. To sustain healthy hair growth, it’s a smart idea to supplement with these key nutrients.
- Millet seed. This ancient grain, once more prevalent than rice, is often associated with flour. However, when it comes to hair, millet seed provides minerals and amino acids that have been shown to support the production of keratin — that coveted contributor to shiny, strong hair. Research and preliminary studies have shown great support for hair growth for those using millet seed.* It’s also helpful as a gentle way to maintain hair and scalp vibrancy.
- Biotin. Biotin is a vitamin-like compound that plays an essential role in the renewal process of the follicles and roots of hair that are already growing. For significant results, integrative practitioners recommend up to 5,000 micrograms a day. Another plus? It’s great for nail strength.
- B vitamins. Hair follicles thrive on B vitamins because they support energy production for fast-growing cells. Essential for strong structural support, B vitamins are helpful in creating red blood cells — the cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles.*
- Zinc. Zinc is often associated with strong immunity, but it also helps improve hair quality — especially dry, brittle hair, which can be prone to breakage.* Keeping the oil glands around the follicles working properly is another benefit zinc provides.
These four critical nutrients combined with other supportive ingredients provide a sound solution for healthy hair.
As a new mom, you have a lot on your mind. Now you can cross “beautiful hair” off the list of things you need to think about and get back to concentrating on your new bundle of joy!