I’m in the midst of losing my hair. Lots and lots of it. Handfuls. Every single day.
Since this is the third time this has happened to me, I’m not upset anymore. I know losing hair after giving birth is normal and temporary. You see, we all lose hair every day but when we’re pregnant, our increased estrogen levels stop this daily shedding. That’s one of the few things I love about pregnancy—my extra thick, super lush hair!
After we give birth and our estrogen levels drop back to normal, however, all the hair that we should’ve lost now fall out. So if we lose 100 strands a day, then multiply that by 365 days (shedding starts at 3 months postpartum so 9 months of pregnancy plus 3 months postpartum), that means we’re suddenly shedding 36,500 strands! It’s so scary! Nothing we do will make that hair stay put, so let it go. Say this again and again: “This is temporary!”
Anyway, new hair grows to replace the loss so you’ll just have to be patient. Right now, I’m 6 months postpartum as I type this and I can already see half an inch of new baby hair all over my scalp. Hooray! While I wait for all my hair to grow back, let me share with you how I’m dealing with postpartum hair loss:
1. Eat healthy.
While postpartum hair loss is normal, don’t neglect your health. Eat food rich in iron, protein, Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. You can’t do anything to keep your extra hair, but you can help new growth by eating a healthy diet.
2. Be extra gentle.
Now is not the time to style heavily. Skip blowdrying, teasing, curling, straightening, coloring and, if you can help it, even brushing! When you do need to tame your locks, use a wide-toothed comb and comb gently starting from the tips then going higher with each stroke.
3. Use products that control hair fall or care for your roots.
You’re already losing hair from the roots so use products that strengthen the hair shaft. This way, you won’t lose even more hair from breakage. I also use products that care for the scalp and encourage hair growth to help the new baby hairs growing.
4. Use conditioner.
I seem to lose more hair when I brush it or when my hair is full of tangles. So conditioner helps by lessening tangles and hair that breaks off. I also like using leave-on conditioners because rinsing means more hair down the drain.
5. No to tight ponytails.
Wrapping your hair tight in a pony or in a bun puts stress on the roots. Try to keep hair loose. I know this is hard to do especially when you’re taking care of a baby so…
6. Get a haircut.
Believe me when I say that 100 short strands look a lot less than 100 long strands. Plus, a short cut will help your hair look thick. If you can’t say good-bye to long hair, ask your stylist to create layers so that your hair will have body and bounce.
7. Clean every day!
What’s actually so alarming about postpartum hair loss is the amount of hair everywhere. It’s in the shower drain, your hairbrush, your pillow, your bed, and your floors. If you only clean once a week, you’re going to be collecting a LOT of hair. So clean every day! After you shower, gather up the hair in the drain and throw it away. After you brush your hair, clean the brush. Use a lint roller or plain old masking tape (I use the wide one) to pick up all the hair on your bed. Sweep floors daily. This way, the amount of hair scattered everywhere is controlled.
Don’t worry about your hair, mommy Bellas! Postpartum hair loss is temporary. It doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy or sick. Just be very patient (hair growth might take about 12-18 months!), try all my tips and a few products that I’m currently loving (see below), and you’ll be enjoying fab hair days again.
Frances is a mommy to three little boys but she doesn’t let the busyness of motherhood stop her from trying to look pretty! For more on her stylish adventures as a mom, visit Topaz Mommy or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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