Lorissa Nelson

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July 19, 2023

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A Prayer for (postpartum) Hair Shedding + Hair-Loss

“Girl, you pray over your HAIR?!” Yes — in fact I do lol. Nothing is off limits when it comes to prayer! One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:6-7 and it tells us not to be anxious for ANYTHING (including the fact that your hair is falling out), but in EVERYTHING by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with thanksgiving, to let our requests be made known to God. That’s quite literally giving us instruction on how to deal with all of the things we’re anxious/worried about. So yeah girl, that includes your hair!

When I shaved all of my hair off in April of 2022, I set a goal to grow my natural hair as long as I could and made a commitment to the health of it. And for some reason, I thought that since I was consistently taking my prenatals, iron supplement, and postpartum mood support supplements, postpartum hair-loss would evade me this time around. I dealt with postpartum shedding a little after I had my first daughter about 3-4 months postpartum, but it wasn’t extreme because my hair wasn’t long enough for me to notice how much of it was really coming out. When I started noticing the shedding with my second daughter (2 months ago from now), I was HORRIFIED. I went to South Carolina for a work trip with QVC, came back home, and thus the shedding party started. I couldn’t even run my fingers through my hair without seeing a bunch of strands flying around in the air and falling to the surface. There were clumps and clumps of hair that collected in the drain every time I washed it. It got to the point where I started noticing bald spots all throughout my head. I looked in the mirror one day after seeing my biggest bald spot and started crying. Isn’t it crazy how our physical appearance can make or break our confidence? I felt knocked back from my goal of long, healthy hair. I started to feel like I needed to chop all of my hair off, yet again. I felt so defeated and discouraged.

I started researching different methods to get the shedding to stop (even though deep down I knew nothing would work because it was a hormonal issue and I needed the Lord to press the fast-forward button on rebalancing my hormones). When I tell you I tried EVERYTHING?! I went to my favorite place, YouTube University, and found: rice water treatments, rosemary water treatments, green-tea rinses, black tea rinses, garlic rinses and shampoos, ridiculous growth oils… you name it, I saw it and tried it. NONE OF IT WORKED. I started to give up until I pulled myself together and realized that prayer should not be my last resort, but my first stop. I repented for trying everything except for God. Ultimately, it is Him who heals, balances, restores, and corrects. I literally got in His face and told Him, “look, man. You’re the one who created my body. You created it to create, house, birth, and sustain life. You know the ins and outs of this way better than anyone. So Ima need you to do something about it…please?” Lol I had to throw the please in there so I didn’t feel like I was disrespecting my daddy.

One thing about me? I know how to pray. And I know how to pray about…what? Everything. So I did what I know how to do best. I went to scripture, gathered everything I could, and wrote a prayer specific to what I’m going through as it pertains to postpartum shedding. I can run my mouth all day long about prayer, how to pray, how to use scripture to our benefit when it comes to prayer, how to get the Lord to hear and answer us, all of the things! But since this post is not about that and you came here for the prayer, here it is…

“Father, you are Elohim — the creator God. You created me from the crown of my head to the souls of my feet. You made me perfectly, fearfully, wonderfully, and in your image and likeness. You chose the color of my eyes, the size of my nose, my body frame, my height, the density of my hair and the texture of it. You know the exact number of hairs on my head. You are the sovereign God and I thank you that you know me, everything about me, and care about every single detail of my life. You care about the things that I care about as Jehovah, the relational God, and as a good Father. And that includes my hair. You are El Roi, the God who sees me. You know my feelings and thoughts and you understand everything that I go through. Thank you for your desire to be close to me like a good daddy desires to be close to his daughter. You wait for me to come talk to you. 

Lord, you know the depths of my heart and every desire that it holds.  It is your pleasure to give me good gifts. Your will is for me to be perfectly whole internally and externally. Your will is for me to love myself exactly how you created me. Your will is for my hormones to be perfectly balanced. Your will is for my scalp and hair and everything else in and on my body to be healthy. 

Forgive me for failing to see myself as you see me. Forgive me for not accepting myself as you’ve created me. I repent Lord for not coming to you first before I turned to natural methods. I turn from my unbelief in you and renew my faith and confidence in you from this moment forward. I come out of agreement with any word curses that I’ve spoken over myself and my hair in Jesus’ name. I call my hormones back into alignment and declare that they are perfectly balanced in the name of Jesus. I command any shedding from the root to stop now in Jesus’ name. I come out of agreement with the lie that my hair will always be shedding. I come out of agreement with the lie that my hair can only grow to a certain length. I come out of agreement with lie that my hair is even ugly. And I declare that my hair will stop shedding in Jesus’ name. I declare that my hair will grow to the length that I want it to grow. I declare that everything about my hair is beautiful and perfect the way that the Lord created it in Jesus’ name. I declare that my scalp is healthy and I thank you that healthy hair grows from it. I thank you that every gap in my head is being filled in with healthy strands of hair. Thank you that my curls are bouncy and beautiful. Thank you for my beautiful and unique texture that you created and use for your glory. I declare that every strand of hair on my head is wrapped in the blood of Jesus and that my head is covered with the blood in Jesus’ name. I thank you Father that my confidence is rooted solely in you and not in anything superficial. And Lord even if my hair doesn’t grow back, I’ll still love myself anyway because you love me just as I am. I thank you that every time I look in the mirror, I see your goodness and faithfulness. I thank you that you watch over your word to perform it and that you are waiting to bless me. I thank you that you are strengthening me from the inside out and by your power my hair will grow longer and stronger. I decree and declare and believe this to be done in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Note: If you’re filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in unknown tongues, I encourage you to speak in your heavenly language and pray in the Spirit as you’re praying this prayer. When we hit a wall and don’t know how to pray or what to pray anymore, the Spirit prays for us. He’s the only one who can pray perfect prayers! I’ll also note that the growth oil that I’m using on my scalp may have something to do with the growth as well — but I genuinely believe that this prayer is working! 

I have high hopes for my shedding to stop completely and for my hair to grow long, full, and healthy. Faith without works is dead and one does not work without the other. When you pair your faith and prayer with doing everything you can do naturally, the results are insane. Cheers to more prayer, believing bigger, crazy confidence, longer hair, and a healthier you!

By the way, you can watch the tutorial on how I get my curly bang wash and go style on my short TWA (teeny weeny afro) here!

Xo – Riss

  1. LucyR says:

    God Bless You sister and your Beautiful Fam. You are such an Inspiration and I appreciate you and all of your videos. Thanks for sharing your hair growth prayer with me/us. I will definitely be using it.
    Peace and Love. I decree and declare that All your prayers will be answered in Jesus Name. Love Always 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Lucy.

  2. Cami C says:

    This is such a beautiful prayer Lorissa! 💕Thank you so much for sharing and I’ll definitely be using it!💕 God bless!💕

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