Hair hair everywhere!! On the pillow cases, clogging the drain, in the baby’s mouth, on the hairbrush!! Read on if you want to learn how to deal with Post Partum Hair Loss.
At one point you feel that you look at your hair and it falls. It can be overwhelming among all other issues that a mom faces in her postpartum period, like breastfeeding, nappy changes, etc. You would have googled it a gazillion times, read about every possible DIY hair mask there is, to save your mane, but nothing seems to work or isn’t workable, given the fact that such beauty treatments need time which a mommy lacks.
let’s accept it, we are moms and motherhood is a busy job. So trying something but not continuing it for long enough to see if it actually works for you, might the problem with most mommies.
You must be fed up reading over and over again, about the same old remedies, but these are tried and tested methods and rest assured you can reduce as well as control your hair loss with regular use.
First off, lets see why you get hair loss after delivery?
Its hormonal !
You may have noticed that the volume of your hair becomes bigger while you’re pregnant. Smooth, shiny hair. You are also losing less hair. The hormone responsible for reduced hair loss during pregnancy is – estrogen. As soon as you give birth, the level of estrogen starts to drop dramatically and will be back to its normal range within 24 hours after delivery, and hair loss can begin that early.
But it usually begins 3 months after delivery and can continue for up to 6 months to a year. It also depends upon the amount of hair that entered the resting phase during pregnancy. Here I am referring to the cell cycle/growth cycle that a hair follicle undergoes. After resting phase the follicle enters growth phase that’s when all the hair fall starts, think of it as the season of fall, leaves fall only to be replaced with new ones. Except here rate of fall is much more than the rate of replacement/growth.
How much hair loss is normal?
With the decreased hair loss during pregnancy, you will now lose hair in larger quantities than you used to. And, yes, it may seem like you’re losing too much, but in reality it’s not. It’s just that your hair makes up for the lost time by getting rid of those that should have fallen out during pregnancy. Normally, you lose hair in small amounts daily that you usually don’t even notice or pay attention to. After birth, the volume of your hair that you’re losing is raised but it surely isn’t more than you should have lost within the nine months of your pregnancy.
Do i have a medical condition?
One common condition many moms develop after birth is hypothyroidism (which is a low thyroid hormone). Easily treatable one.
Another condition in postpartum moms is iron-deficiency anemia that will also contribute to a greater postpartum hair loss than usual. In clinical practice this is very common cause though easily neglected and correctable too.
Stress plays a huge role in excessive hair loss (not only postpartum). So make sure to eat a healthy nutrient-dense diet, sleep at least eight hours a day (joke of the day) and have some stress-relief activity planned(yet another joke)
Bleaching, dying, excessive heat (using the hairdryer), brushing and washing may all result in damaged hair structure and increased hair loss
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When is it serious/ when do i see a doctor?
Look for these signs or when your hair loss has crossed one year and it’s still everywhere.
Fatigue and weight gain are two main symptoms of hypothyroidism but since you just made a new human, the level of fatigue you have right now is probably over the roof and some extra baby weight is also common in postpartum moms, so self diagnosing this disease is difficult. But can visit your physician with these concerns.
What you can also do is run a blood test for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T4 (thyroxine) hormone levels.
2. Iron-deficiency anemia
Dark coloured stools, pale skin, intestinal worm infestation, easy fatigue, pica (an urge to eat non food items) are all signs
To determine if you have iron-deficiency anemia, you will need to run the following blood tests: CBC, hemoglobin, blood iron levels, MCV, and ferritin
There are a hundred problems that anew mom faces and if you have had a vaginal delivery then pain from the episiotomy sutures is definately one of the top cause of concern. how to promote quicker healing of a perineal tear? read it here
So here i have my top 10 ways to slow down the hair loss
(no you can’t stop it, it will take its course, that’s nature accept it.)
And if anyone else claims otherwise then know that they are lying.
These remedies are quick fixes, can b made in batches and used daily, time savers and best part is, they actually work!
1. Take iron: Iron and biotin are food for hair. Hence most important remedy so if you are starting to freak out with the clumps of hair coming on your brush then get your hands on a pack of iron. Supplements and you already need to be taking those to make up for the blood loss you had during delivery and for providing a steady supply of iron for breastmilk production.
2. Take multivitamins: After your baby is born, your body needs nutrients like Iron, Folate, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin D3, especially for nursing.
3. Take biotin : its great for strengthening the hair, skin and nails when taken on a daily basis.
4. Prevent scalp drying :
Dry scalp, by contrast, occurs when the scalp does not produce or hold enough moisture.A dry scalp occurs when the scalp does not have enough oil for the skin to feel lubricated.
Like other forms of dry skin, this can cause itching, flaking, and irritation. It can also cause the hair to look dry, since oil from the scalp helps condition the hair.
It may be possible to prevent dry scalp by:
using less irritating shampoos
switching to a moisturizing shampoo
shampooing the hair less frequently
drinking more water
5. Hair mask to moisturize your scalp
Moisturize your hair to prevent extra breakage and loss of structure (which inevitably leads to hair loss as well). Especially after the frequent washing, your hair needs to be sealed properly. You can use a nice hair conditioner or hair oil to help your hair stay smooth and moisturized.
6. Scalp massage to stimulate blood supply is pure heaven. Relaxing as well as therapeutic.
Postpartum hair loss can be dramatically reduced by frequent scalp massage.
By massaging your scalp, the blood circulation is increased, thus the hair follicles will get more nutrition to hold on to its root.
7. Prevent growth of baby hair. Baby hair are new twigs of hairs that grow along the hairline and look very irritating and funny
How to prevent baby hair growth?
Tie the hair in a loose bun.
use hairband or bobby clips to stop small hair from irritating you or
Tie hair in a loose plait
8. Regular trimming.
Consider a short haircut. Not only will it save you time as a new mom, it will also help your hair to revive by losing the dead ends. You will also be less shocked by the amount of hair you lose daily.
9. Avoid heat styling and use non toxic products.
While your hair is already fragile, you wouldn’t want to aggravate the situation using heat, like the curling of flat irons or a blow-dryer
10. Use DIY oil mask
Make them in batches and store in glass bottles.
Use it for at least 4 weeks to see the difference and get noticeable results.
1. Coconut Oil + Honey Hair Mask (Repairing)
Coconut Oil for hair keeps it moist and soft and prevents hair breakage because of its high moisture retaining capabilities. Since Coconut Oil is loaded with fatty acids, it penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners, leading to beautiful soft, silky, shiny hair.
honey is great for retaining moisture in your hair as it is a natural humectant. This means that it sucks moisture into the hair and prevents it from escaping.
– 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
– 1 tablespoon of honey
Mix all ingredients into a bowl
Transfer mix into a pot and heat up until melted
Apply to hair from top to bottom and cover with a shower cap
Let it sit for 15-20 mins
Coconut oil is used for its moisturizing and hydrating properties as mentioned above.
2. Coconut Oil + Cinnamon Hair Mask (Hair Growth)
Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that help your hair grow, helps with dandruff, hair loss, and strengthens your hair follicles as well. When applied to your hair, cinnamon stimulates circulation to the scalp, improving blood flow to the hair follicles, and leading to stimulate hair growth.
– 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix these two ingredients in a bowl, and make sure they are mixed well.
Part your hair down the center and start by applying it down the part and on your scalp.
Use your fingertips to massage the product into your scalp. *Bonus Head Massage*
Tie your hair up and cover with a shower cap or a towel
Let this mask sit for 30-45 minutes and then rinse with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
This mask is best and most effective if used one a week.
3. Brown Sugar + Olive Oil Hair Mask (Dry Hair)
Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for the hair that helps get rid of those dead skin cells from your scalp and any other leftover residue buildup.
Olive oil has always been used as a natural conditioner to treat dry hair. It also produces soft and shiny hair by locking in moisture and preventing dryness of the scalp. It’s a great for preventing hair breakage, split ends
– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix the sugar and oil together into a bowl
Apply to your hair from top to bottom
Let the mask sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes