Postpartum hair loss is no joke. Hormones and prenatal vitamins do wonders for your hair during pregnancy, but those same hormones can turn those luscious locks into wads of hair clumping in the shower drain once baby is born. Gross.
My hair is very thin to begin with, so when I started to notice my hair shedding in massive amounts 5 months postpartum, I began to panic. If I didn’t do anything, I was going to be bald by spring. I had to do something. I’m still shedding a little bit, but my hair has improved greatly by trying the following solutions.
Washing Your Hair Less
Washing my hair was really the worst. I was seeing clumps at the drain every time, so I decided to avoid exacerbating the situation by washing my hair less. I know that a lot of beauty bloggers and magazines already recommend washing your hair infrequently, but with thin blonde hair, I always feel that if I don’t wash my hair every day, it looks dark, oily, and just plain dirty. A hair stylist friend recommended washing twice with shampoo, the first wash to loosen up the oils and the second wash to strip more away and really get it clean, which would make the wash itself last longer. This technique helped me go between washes longer without oil accumulation and I was not losing as much hair to the drain.
Leave-in Hair Care Solutions
Basically, everything I put in my hair (masks, styling spray, anything) was making more of my hair fall out whenever I brushed it (which I was doing far less frequently) and even whenever I ran my hands through my hair. It was also feeling coarser and more easily tangled after washes when it was usually very fine and smooth, which made brushing an even bigger problem.
I had been receiving the monthly Sephora subscription box, and fortuitously, in one of my boxes, they included a leave-in conditioner mist that made my hair way easier to brush without weighing it down. The Verb Leave-In Conditioner Mist has helped me avoid rough brushing and tangles that were leading to more hair loss without weighing my hair down (this last part being key to why this product is better than the rest). Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter was another product that did not make the problem worse and helped with volume.
A Trim Can Do Wonders
I found that getting a quick haircut stopped the hemorrhaging of hair from my head for a few days at least, while I worked on the health of my hair in other ways. It also helped with the tangling and any fraying that was occurring at the ends. I also have been avoiding blow drying to keep from making the problem worse.
Don’t Underestimate Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins (I’ve linked to my favorites), in addition to the hormones, were making my hair shiny and full during pregnancy, so I became more vigilant about taking them while breastfeeding and continued to take them after the baby was weaned off of breast milk this past month. I hadn’t been taking them every day after his birth, but once I started taking them again routinely, I could tell the difference in my hair.
Biotin and gelatin have also been suggested for better hair and nail growth. The research is rather thin on whether these two supplements actually work. Some doctors say yes, and others think it’s overkill. I do tend to feel that biotin helps, but I have no actual scientific data to back that up. I take it and feel like I see a difference in my hair and nails, but that is as far as my recommendation goes. I did not feel that gelatin did much for me at all, so I stopped taking that one. I may have to do a more rigorous post digging into actual data at a later date. I am curious.
To help with shine, I used two products: purple shampoo and John Frieda’s Beach Blonde Lightening Spray. Purple shampoo is really a clarifying shampoo that helps maintain bright color. As a clarifying shampoo, you don’t need a lot of product and it also helps with washing less in general. As for the lightening spray, I love just John Frieda products, especially his products for blonde hair. If I highlight my hair, using this spray keeps me from having to highlight my hair as frequently because it really does lighten up the roots and hides where the highlights have grown out a bit.
These methods have worked really well for me, but my hair loss was never at a point that I would need to see a doctor to correct it. If you are far more concerned by hair loss than trying a few simple solutions at home would solve, I would consult your doctor.
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