Postpartum hair loss is an unfortunate effect, during a time when the last thing you need is to worry about your hair.
Imagine…it’s been nine months, and you’re now enjoying your little bundle of joy. You have barely any time for showers, but when you do, you see an awful lot of hair in the drain. You might be wondering if this postpartum hair loss is temporary, and what you can do about it.
Hair Loss After Pregnancy
Your pregnancy hormones have split. Your once lush hair is now sparse. You are finding clumps of hair in your drain, and it seems excessive, so what is wrong?
It’s called postpartum hair loss – the sudden shedding of hair that new mothers sometimes experience three to six months after giving birth.
Is There Something That Can be Done?
You will inevitably shed your hair to a point, but you can prevent further hair loss with these eight steps:
1. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
Supplement your diet with a supplement for hair that includes Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc.
2. Wash your hair less
Shampoo your hair about three times a week for the best results. Use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner when you do wash your hair. Be sure to use a wide-toothed comb to reduce tangles.
3. The right shampoo
Use shampoo and conditioners that contain biotin or silica.
4. Tight hair-dos are now on the “hair-don’t list”
Refrain from putting your hair up tightly; instead, give it some air to breathe by leaving it loose. Invest in clips and barrettes and leave hair ties in retirement for now.
5. Stay away from chemical treatments.
This means no perms or coloring, unless they are naturally based like Henna.
6. Skip hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons.
If you need to use them, use the cool setting instead.
7. See a doctor if your hair loss is excessive.
Sometimes there are underlying problems at play in addition to the hair loss.
8. Discuss a form of hormonal birth control with your doctor.
Certain types of birth control can help boost estrogen levels and may help with hair loss.
Home Remedies to Help Recover After Postpartum Hair Loss
Try an egg white hair mask by blending one egg white and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Then rinse it well with lukewarm water.
Fenugreek Seed Water
Soak Fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Strain the water into a bowl in the morning and apply the strained water to your scalp, leave it on for 1 to 2 hours. Repeat the process once or twice a week for best results.
Massage Your Scalp
This helps with blood circulation in your scalp. Use your favorite oil and move your fingers in gentle circular motions. Massage for 5 to 10 minutes per day. Use this same technique when shampooing.
Coconut Oil Overnight Mask
Coconut oil can be used on your scalp as a mask or shampoo. When using as a mask, apply to your hair and put on a shower cap. Leave in overnight. Wash out in the morning.
Get the Vitamins and Hydration Needed
Eat flaxseed, dried fruit, and drink plenty of water. Taking a vitamin that supports healthy hair growth can also be very helpful in reducing postpartum hair loss.
Adding yoga, meditation, and other relaxing activities into your everyday routine can make a huge impact on your stress levels, which in turn promotes healthy hair.
Hair loss after pregnancy is normal, and usually temporary. While it can last up to 12 months, your hair will most likely go back to its normal thickness and eventually stop excessively falling out.