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Ask Dr. Breeze: How do I grow my hair back because of postpartum hair loss?

1. High protein diet (70-90g per day if you are lactating)

2. Diet high in the ‘good’ fats, such as avocados, coconut, and walnuts.

4. Maca Root. 1 tsp per day, in the morning, mixed in a smoothie or cooled down hot cereal, or some yogurt. Don’t take on an empty stomach, it could irritate it. Don’t take after 3pm or you may not sleep. Take for 3 days and get off 1 day.

5. Nettles tea. 3 tbsp of nettles leaf to 12 oz of water. Simmer the nettles leaf for 3 minutes in the 12 0z of water to neutralize the stinging component. Drink 2 cups per day, several times per week.

6. Use black and clear castor oil. Rub the oil (mix with a thinner oil to thin it out and make it easier to apply) on thinning parts of your hair. I rubbed it on my hair line. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner. You can put a large amount onto your hair and wear a cap on it for about an hour and then shampoo it out and add conditioner.

Timeline of Hair Loss and Recovery

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November 2011. Lost one whole inch from my hair line. You can see the little bits of fuzzy hair around the edges that will break off completely in the next few weeks. I am 3 months postpartum here.

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November 2012. Hair line has come back. Hair is stronger, shinier, and thicker. I have it pulled back, but it’s actually down to my shoulders.

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March 2013. Hairline fully recovered.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician or practitioner before attempting anything I have suggested.

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8 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Breeze: How do I grow my hair back because of postpartum hair loss?

  1. Pepperpot on said:

    Great info, I would love to learn more about Maca.

  2. Great first hand info. Thanks for sharing this great information. Especially the protein and maca tips. : )

  3. theanthropologycolumn on said:

    I would love to merge these three main topics — Black women + breastfeeding + hair, and see if there are any links in breastfeeding disparities, or find out how hair loss (and the fear of) influences our rates, if at all. It may sound crazy, but I’m serious. I think about the historical politics surrounding Afro-hair, and dealing with the anxiety that we already have as Black women with hair and body image (overall in both areas), and wonder if that interferes with nursing.

  4. OK. I just left the comment about breastfeeding + hair + Black women, and I have NO idea how The Anthropology Column (super duper duper old blog) got inserted as my name. sorry. So please disregard. Acquanda

  5. Simone on said:

    Thank you so much! I am so depressed…I look like a plucked chicken

  6. Michelle Martinez on said:

    Hi Dr. Breeze. I have been doing google searching and it seems that most places say that maca is not good to take during pregnancy. I am in the end of my pregnancy and wanted to start taking it. Did you take maca while you were pregnant?

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