Women go through a lot of transformations during pregnancy and right after having a baby. One odd transformation is our mane glory – from firm, luscious hair during pregnancy to a heart-wrenching hair loss post baby.
You might think “Well, it’s just hair. It’ll grow back.” Nope. You can’t say this to women who are having one of the baddest of bad hair days in her lifetime! We’re talking about shedding hundreds of hairs per day! It is personal.
So who can we blame? The truth is, it’s our metabolisms! Our metabolism is increased during pregnancy to provide the right amount of nourishment for the baby. This increase has another benefit during pregnancy: rapid hair growth. Hello, thicker hair!
Since these copious amounts of strands mature at the same time, they shed at the same time too. Shedding starts once your metabolism goes back to normal, which is right after giving birth.
The good news is that there are things that you can do to handle post baby hair loss properly. Here are some important tips that will help you deal with this postpartum dilemma:
Get a cut
This won’t probably sit well with many of you, but when you’re in need of a post baby hair loss solution you should at least consider getting a shorter ‘do. What’s the rationale behind this? Having short hair means less rough handling. Since you don’t have to tie it or style it all that much, further unnecessary hair loss is prevented.
Loosen that ponytail
Ponytails are a busy mom’s go-to hairstyle. It’s easy, fast, and convenient. However, having one that’s too tight all the time will not only make your post baby hair loss worse, it may also lead to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a permanent hair loss problem due to consistent strain placed on hair follicles. Keep your ponytails loose and use snag-free elastics when you do.
Ditch the hair dryer
Yes, it’s true that blow drying your hair all the time leads to breakage due to the stripping of necessary moisture. It’s important to note that pulling your strands while blow drying causes further post baby hair shedding. Pair that with the damaging high heat and you’ve got the perfect recipe for hair loss. Ditch that dryer and air-dry your hair instead! You can also cut the drying time in half by using an extra absorbent bath towel and by flipping your hair forward to shake off excess water.
Use baby shampoo
With your baby’s permission, of course. Baby shampoos are kinder to your hair and scalp, so if you are suffering from post baby hair loss be sure to buy yourself an extra bottle. Baby shampoos are free from harmful chemicals such as sodium laureth sulfate and polyethylene glycol that can break down the essential protein for healthy hair and impede growth. Gently massaging the scalp while you shampoo your hair is a must, too. It stimulates hair growth by improving circulation on your scalp.
You can try all the products in the world to hasten the growth of your hair, but if you don’t follow a well-balanced diet, the outcome will still be questionable. When experiencing post baby hair loss, you need to amp up your intake of two nutritional elements: protein and iron.
Around 90% of hair is composed of protein, so it’s logical to provide it with its natural composition. When your hair is in anagen phase (growing period) and you lack protein, hair growth will be reduced. A sufficient intake of protein-rich foods such as salmon, eggs, milk, yogurt, chicken, and pistachios is crucial.
Experts say that iron also aids in halting hair shedding and in expediting the growth of hair. Meat (lean meat as well as organ meat) is the best source of iron. Some new moms take iron supplements. You need to consult your doctor for this first. A blood test will be done to check if you need supplement or not.
As we’ve mentioned above, post baby hair loss is temporary. It usually resolves within six months to a year after giving birth. Take a few of these steps to avoid what feels like excessive hair loss, but also treat yourself to a spa session or an extra long shower to make yourself feel better about your new look as a new mama.
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