How Holistic Wellness Made My Hair Grow Faster, Longer and Stronger
This is definitely one of my favorite transformations when it comes to my health and wellness…my hair. Not just because it’s fun to have healthy, long and strong hair, but because of what the hair represents.
Let’s start from the beginning. Growing up I always had really thick, wild, curly hair that grew pretty fast. When I started experiencing health issues in high school like digestive problems, low immunity, and being underweight from an eating disorder, my hair really started to thin out and break off easily. It was like this all the way through my early 20’s when I began to get a handle on my nutrition and self-care practices.
Healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy internal state. The same goes for healthy skin and nails. It may seem like these things are just about vanity and external appearance or beauty, but in reality they reflect so much more about your overall wellbeing. My long, healthy hair today is a result of many years of healing my digestive tract, strengthening my immune system, and regulating my nervous system.
Stress, inflammation, poor nutrition, hormone imbalance, and malabsorption are all really common reasons why someone might have issues with the health of their hair. And it’s usually a combination of these things. It wasn’t that I started taking miracle hair gummy vitamins or just started wearing extensions to cover up the thinning (my hair is all mine, and the only time I’ve ever worn extensions was on stage for a couple of my fitness competitions - not that there’s anything wrong with extensions, just clarifying!). The solution was much less glamorous and less simple than that.
It took years of combining proper nutrition, supplementation, meditation, stress-management, holistic products, sleep hygiene, hormone balancing and patience before my hair got to a place where it felt really good again. For me that looked like a combination of increasing the fat and protein in my diet, taking gut healing and collagen building supplements, finding the best products for my hair type (natural wherever possible), learning to regulate my emotions and nervous system through self-care practices, and using less heat on my hair as it re-grew (being a teenager in the early 2000’s meant manyyy years of daily flat-ironing to get the straight look…yikes).
And over the past few years I’ve been able to grow it long and cut it short again multiple times without fearing that it won’t grow back (in the past I had become so scared to get it cut because I didn’t know how long it would take to grow back). It may seem insignificant, but I was reflecting the other day on how much this transformation really means to me. Again, it’s not so much about vanity as it is about what my hair represents: a healthier, happier, more balanced version of me that has learned to take really good care of herself. The more I started to focus on my internal state, the more my external appearance reflected that balance and health.
This is such a testament to the power of holistic wellness, and is one of the million reasons why I’ve made this field my life’s work. Your health is about so much more than just diet and exercise…it’s so important to take all of you into account, not just one part of the equation. When you do, everything will begin to change for the better.
It also goes to show how good our bodies are at sending signals when something is off. Had I had a stronger understanding back in my school days that my thin and brittle hair was actually a message for something deeper going on, maybe I would’ve started to address is sooner. Had I understood that my stress levels and lack of adequate nutrition were actually impacting my body on a deep cellular level, I probably would’ve been pretty motivated to make some changes and learn some helpful tools. So if you’ve learned anything here, it’s that you should start to pay attention to the messages your body is sending you so you can address its needs before they escalate.
Finally, learn to embrace that your body, just like life in general, goes through seasons. Everything about your body is completely temporary, so don’t get too attached to it looking or feeling one specific way your whole life. Even with my hair as healthy as it is now, the texture has changed a lot over the past few years for multiple reasons (the main one being that I went under general anesthesia for surgery twice - this can majorly impact hair texture!), and I’ve had to come to terms with losing the natural beachy waves I once had, and more unruly curls taking their place. But you know what? It will most likely change again someday, and all that matters is that I am healthy and taking care of my body as best I can right now. Rather than focus on what your body used to look or feel like, focus on simply making it the best version of it now.
It's also worth noting that my wellness journey took a lot of trial and error. And you can see by the dates on these photos that it certainly didn't happen overnight.
If you are looking for a good place to get started with holistic wellness and to skip a lot of the guess work, I recommend reading my Holistic Habits e-guides (which are both on sale right now!) and chatting with me about one-on-one coaching if you are looking for more personalized support and accountability.
Wishing you not only a great hair day, but all of the internal health and happiness that go along with them!