There are so many changes that come with becoming a mother Unfortunately, postpartum hair shedding is one of them! For many of us, our hair is our best accessory and a major way we show our personality through different hair styles. So when chunks of hair start disappearing a few months after giving birth, it can be a lot to handle. With 3 year old of my own, I’m no stranger to postpartum hair loss, so I want to share three things you can try to help you deal with it.
Before we get into it, just know that postpartum hair loss is totally natural and very common so you’re not alone! It all has to do with the changes in hormone levels and the different growth stages of your strands. You can read more about the “why” behind postpartum shedding inthis post. In short, it’s basically inevitable but here are some ways to work with it.
While you may not be able to completely prevent postpartum shedding, you can do what you can to make sure you’re not adding to the problem. The hair loss usually occurs around the hairline and temple area, so now is not the time to pull your hair into those tight ponytails (or any time for that matter!) or installing braids so tight you can’t think. Take care when styling your hair to make sure extra stress is not being put on your edges. Wearing loose styles may be best for you until the hormones level out. If updos are more your thing, try sectioning out the front of your hair and styling it in a bang or a loose roll & tuck faux bang.
Some may go as far as just starting all over with a big chop! This way, any hair loss is less noticeable and everything can grow back at the same time. You may want to give heat-styling a break to be safe but if you do use heat, protect with ourMongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray to help prevent dryness and further damage. Remember, you can’t stop postpartum shedding but you can work on keeping as much hair on your head as possible!
It is said that breastfeeding can slow down the process of postpartum shedding but it may take a year or so before your body is somewhat back to normal. In the meantime, you can do your part by taking a good multivitamin or dietary supplement like ourAdvanced Healthy Hair Vitamins. A balanced diet that includes lots of water, fruits and veggies are important for keeping your body in good health. When your insides are healthy, your hair has a better chance of thriving as you go through these changes.
Scalp massages are great for relaxation but also help stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to help promote and encourage growth. You’ll LOVE ourRosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil! With more than 30 essential oils and nutrients and infused with Biotin, this powerful oil is the perfect mix to help support healthy hair growth as you recover from postpartum hair loss. Massage in the affected areas or use all over as a hot oil treatment. A little goes a long way!