Many women have noted that their hair changes quite drastically after pregnancy, most experiencing what seems to be significant hair thinning/loss. I did some research and most article say that, while you are pregnant, your hair loss is almost zero due to an increase in certain hormones. I paid attention during my pregnancy and noticed that my comb barely had any strands in it when I detangled in the shower; this was the case until about four weeks postpartum, then my hair began to shed as it usually would. I would consider the amount of hair I loss when combing to be consistent with the hair I would lose before becoming pregnant last year. But I have noticed a change in my hair; where my hair was shiny and luscious during pregnancy, a bit of dryness has begun to settle in again which is consistent with my strand. I will need to pay attention to the growth going forward to see whether it has slowed down and by how much. So the question is: how am I dealing with the reverting of my postpartum hair? The following tips may help expecting moms to manage the change a little better.
1. STAY HYDRATED
This is true for healthy hair whether you’ve had a baby or not. Water helps with moisture so drink up!
2. CONTINUE TAKING YOUR VITAMINS
My ob/gyn recommended that I keep taking my antenatal vitamins after I’d given birth. It made sense to me because I assume that my body would be instantly deprived of all it was getting, affecting my stores, which has a knock on effect on the appearance of my skin, nails and hair. Continuing taking the vitamins has kept my energy levels up and perhaps it has been responsible for the gradual (and not sudden) hair loss.
3. HAVE A TRIM
This may seem a little scary on top of hair loss but I find that a little dust or re-shaping can make your hair appear fuller and healthier. The last thing you’d want is struggling, wispy hair in a time when you’re having to deal with all the changes that comes with your post-baby body.
4. EAT WELL
Remember that what you put into your body reflects in your appearance. Loads of greens and fresh fruit and vegetables can help with the strength, shine and appearance of your hair. (Try the RushTush Mama Glow diet for a really healthy amount of nutritious food – I have been on the meal plan for a little over four weeks and my skin is amazing!).
5. TREAT YOU HAIR AND SCALP
If you find, like me, that your hair is beginning to dry out or that it appears dull, deep conditioning, oil treatments or a visit to the salon for a treatment of your choice could give your hair that extra boost it needs for it to appear healthy. You may want to treat your scalp to a nightly massage to awaken those follicles and stimulate growth. Remember that healthy hair habits should always be a priority and it may help you feel good that you’ve treated yourself and your head to a little TLC. Your partner could also help with this, encouraging some quality time and much-needed care for mom.
Have you learnt something new/ found this post helpful? Leave a comment and share with a friend who may need a tip or two on their journey.
Until my next post,