Postpartum Hair Loss: How to tackle
Along with many other bodily changes during the pregnancy phase and giving birth, many women experience what is called postpartum hair loss. This is a surprise for many new mums who start losing their hair while caring for the new baby in the first few months. However, it is totally normal. There is a completely reasonable scientific explanation behind it.
Why Women Experience Hair Fall After Delivery?
During pregnancy increased levels of estrogen (Pregnancy Hormones) make fewer hairs falling out. In fact, during pregnancy, you may find that you have thicker and more luxurious locks of hair. This can make the aftermath all the more dreadful.
Once you have given birth and the estrogen levels plummet, the hair follicles return to what is called the resting stage. In this stage, it is normal for hair strands to fall out more regularly. Again, this phase of hair loss is completely normal and won’t last more than six months usually. Nonetheless, it does cause a lot of women to panic and stress.
Remedies for Controlling Hair Fall
Supplements for Breastfeeding Moms
If you are breastfeeding your baby, it is recommended that you continue your prenatal supplements.
You must consult your doctor for the amount of the doses. Vitamin B, C E and Mineral Zinc is what your body needs to stop hair loss.
Take Fish Oil Tablets
If you are really concerned about the postpartum hair loss, you can take some additional hair strengthening supplements. Fish oil is a natural supplement that helps to increase strength in your hair and has many other benefits for your body. Fish oil is safe to take during pregnancy and will boost your bodily functions in other ways, such as keeping your nails strong and skin glowing as you experience all these changes to your body. (Note: Before taking any kind of supplements, please always consult your doctor)
What Food You Should Eat More?
After giving birth, it is really important to have a healthy diet so that you have plenty of energy to tend to your new baby. Your diet also helps reduce the impact of postpartum hair loss. Enriching your diet with green leafy vegetables such as spinach and bulking up meals with lentils is a good starting place
List of foods to add to Your Diet to help strengthening the loose roots of hair
1. Dry fruits And Seeds: A new mom regardless of hair fall issue must have dry fruits and seeds like Flax Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds and Sesame Seeds. These are full of Omega 3 Fatty acids which are required for a new mother to recover from baby birth, to feed nutritious breast milk to her baby and of course for health hair and skin.
2. Legumes, Peas
3. Leafy Green Vegetables
5. Curd, Buttermilk, Greek Yogurt
6. Whole Grains and Nuts
6. Salmon, Eggs
These foods are safe and healthy for breastfeeding moms.
One of safest remedies for hair fall for new moms is the aromatherapy. Use the blend of below essential oils to massage your hair.
1. Lavender oil
3. Rosemary Oil
4. Cedar wood Oil
Make sure you don’t straight away apply the concentrated blend. Always mix the pure essential oil blend mixed with some base oil.
Natural Homemade Hair Pack of Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek is a blessing for new moms. Taking it orally will help you improve breast milk production and applying its water to your hair will help to keep the roots strong. Here is the method of using it on hair
Fenugreek Seeds Water Massage
1. Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
2. Strain the water and apply it on your scalp in the morning.
3. Leave it for some time (1-2 hours).
4. Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
If the above process works for you in few trials then try applying the paste of soaked fenugreek seeds on your scalp. Applying water first will give you an idea if in case you are allergic to this remedy.
Fenugreek Seeds + Oil
If you are not having enough time for all above packs then simply add the powdered form of roasted-seeds to your base oil and apply to hair scalp for 1-2 hrs.
Egg White + Olive Oil Mask
Take 2 table spoons of Olive Oil and add one egg white. Mix it well and apply the mixture on your scalp.
Leave it for 30-40 mins.
Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
Use Thickening Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner
To prepare your hair for the potential thinning and loss, you can start using specific thickening shampoos and conditioners while you are pregnant. Preferably use the herbal shampoos as pregnant women and breastfeeding woman are recommended to stay away from chemicals.
The herbal thickening shampoos will help give your hair extra volume, strength, and thickness. All of this will lessen the impact that the changing estrogen levels have on your hair.
Do note that this may not fully prevent hair loss and thinning after giving birth. It is just a good way to give your hair some extra strength and resilience.
Be Gentle with Your Hair
Taking some extra care and being gentle with your hair after giving birth will help reduce the impact of postpartum hair loss. It is also a good idea in general to slow yourself down after giving birth and take a few extra minutes to devote some time to self-care. Do this by taking longer to brush your hair, going slowly through the strands.
Basically, you want to avoid yanking the brush through your hair and applying too much pressure to the fragile roots. Also, consider using wide tooth combs rather than thick brushes with the bristles too close together. This will be gentler on your fragile hair. Finally, it is best not to brush your hair when wet. Wait until it is nice and dry, preferably dried naturally.
Wear Loose Hairstyles
A very simple and effective way to lessen the resistance and pressure you put on your hair is to wear your hair in loose styles. A low tied pony tail, or even better wearing your hair out, is the best solution. Really avoid pulling your hair tight into a high pony tail or tight bun. This pulls at the fragility of your hair and increases the amount of strands that fall out.
Things to Avoid
Avoid Hair Straighteners and Dryers
Artificial heat is pretty bad for your hair under any circumstances, let alone when the estrogen levels are wavering around like a rollercoaster in your body. When possible, just avoid using a hair dryer and straightening your hair with a hot iron. This will stop any unnecessary damage and ease the pressure these heated devices put on your hair.
Volumizing Spray or Mousse
Use of volumizing hair spray or mousse may be harsh on your already fragile hair on a daily basis.
Loose Hair Ends Around Your Baby
As you experience more and more strands falling out of your hair, it is really important to clear them up from around your newborn baby’s space. For instance, as you are putting your baby into its crib, some hair strands may fall out. These can be a choking hazard for your newborn bub, or they can get tangled around their fine limbs.
There have been reported cases of hair strands getting tangled around baby’s fingers, toes, wrists, and even penises. A single hair strand can do a lot of damage to a little baby and risk cutting off circulation. Therefore, be sure to check the space around your baby’s sleeping and play area in those first three months to collect any loose hair strands from that annoying postpartum hair loss.
How Long Postpartum Hair Fall is expected?
All in all, the most important thing to note is that this hair loss cycle is not permanent. There are things you can do to minimize the noticeability of your postpartum hair loss and not have it affect your overall images. However, after about 12 weeks, your estrogen levels will balance out and your hair will return to it is regular thickness and cycle of loss. If there is one thing that you don’t need to panic about during the first few months of motherhood, it’s a couple of extra strands of hair in your brush.
Not to Forget
With so many other things to worry about during the first stages of new motherhood, managing your hair loss can be a big shock. This can cause many women to have a lessened self-esteem and other emotional issues regarding their appearance. The most important thing to remember is that there is nothing abnormal about experiencing hair loss, and that your hair cycle will return to normal.
In the meantime, you can try above remedies to manage hair loss after pregnancy. We tried to outline most useful tips that you can instill in your beauty regime to lessen the impact of postpartum hair loss.