For 9 months you have an amazing glow and thick luscious and shiny hair, fast forward to 3 months post partum. I remember during pregnancy I said I would do anything to avoid losing my hair from using essential oils to shampooing few times etc. I looked up all the tricks in the books ladies and I have to say post partum hair loss is real.
So instead of freaking out I thought I would embrace the hair I have and try to keep it as health
Here are my top tips I have complied from friends, my incredible hair dresser and of course my BFF Google!
- Wash only when necessary. Over washing your hair strips its natural oils and can lead to additional breakage. Also dry shampoos are exactly that. They can dry out your hair if you are not careful. 100% totally fine to use after a workout or not washing your hair for 3 days and you have excessive build up. But don’t get in a habit of using dry shampoo. (So my hairdresser says).
- Long hair tie up in a loose bun at night to protect your hair. This one was life changing for me. As my hair got longer I would find I would get tangled in it or ross over on it and get stuck. Long hair lady problems I guess… One of my favorite companies is Bunhead scrunchies from Vancouver. They are high quality and gorgeous. They transition easily from day to night and work with any outfit. Super cute company.
- See your hairdresser and get your hair trimmed after baby is born. This helps cut off the dead ends and encourage hair growth. Plus who doesn’t love a fresh haircut.
- Bulk up on protein and iron. Your body just grew a baby and is rebuilding give it fuel!
- Take a break from straightening and curling your hair as it can damage your hair and also make it look thinner.
- Use essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, cedar wood, thyme, peppermint, chamomile or clary sage to promote hair regrowth. Obviously use with a carrier oil and test patch first. Also maybe stick to one or two oils, I have listed a variety so you can pick your favorites!
- I use Weleda Rosemary Conditioning oil at night before I shampoo my hair. I absolutely love it! Not only is it all natural, it is deep conditioning, smells amazing and helps to strength my dry and damaged hair. It also conditions my scalp so it works root to tip (not a paid endorsement).
- Skip the expensive hair loss shampoos and choose a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add body. There is no evidence to prove the expensive shampoos even work but with volumizing shampoo you will see the results instantly when you style your hair.
- Keep taking your prenatal vitamins. Personally I never invested in hair vitamins but I take my prenatals, collagen, iron, omega 3,6,9 and a probiotic. I feel like I have all my bases covered this way.
- Obviously see your doctor if you feel like it is excessive or lasts longer than a year! Yes it takes time to rebalance the hormones ladies! This situation won’t just resolve over night sadly! Also according to Google women on average lose 80 strands of hair a day and postpartum we lose 300 give or take! It may seem like a lot but we have close to 100,000 hair follicles, which grow 10-15 strands of hair per. Crazy!
Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear from you!-