So…Pregnancy is a glowing time…. Right… RIGHT!? Other than your body changing into something you are not used to; your hair is completely INCREDIBLE! Long lush locks that seem to shine all the time (and I am not talking about that greasy shine either 😉)
In case you aren’t clear what postpartum hair loss is, or it’s been a while since you’ve experienced postpartum hair loss for yourself. Here is what you may expect:
Postpartum hair loss is having hair tumble weeds blow across your bathroom and bedroom floors when a fan is on. It is noticing tiny mini hairs growing into your hairline like really bad 40’s bangs. Postpartum hair loss is constantly pulling hair off your clothes, child, pets and partner… it is also wondering how you still have any hair on top of your head.
So… why does this “Crappy” thing happen to us and what can we do about it?
First off, we need to think about nutrients… When we experience the last trimester and prep for labor all of our nutrients go to straight to our baby… Lack of nutrients is the key to remember… your body is completely depleted after baby arrives (everything goes to baby) Think about it, from milk production to those post labor cramps making your insides “workout” to go back to it’s post baby place (think bladder that has been pushed into the corner all of a sudden has ALLLL the space… Experts say that it can take up to 3 years to full recover (inside) from making a cute little human.
What can we say…. Hair loss and ALL it’s glory is in fact…. NORMAL ☹ However, here are a few tips to help you heal, deal and even partially prevent it:
- Take your vitamins every day. You should be doing this anyways.
- Think about taking an omega/ fish oils well. (see link at the bottom for what we personally use)
- Be gentle to your hair. Avoid blow dryers, straighteners, and curlers as much as possible. Let your hair air dry instead
- Moisturise! Use a deep conditioner, leave in treatment or coconut oil
- Part your hair differently, to the side, or somewhere other than you usually do.
- Eat a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables, which contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth
- Take fewer showers(which isn’t that challenging as a new mummy!) or if you shower, don’t wash your hair as often. (bathe with your babe 😊)
- Wear scrunchies, clips or barrettes to put hair up, try and avoid tight up-dos. Hello Pineapple bun!
- Try and limit getting your hair coloured, OR…. Try bangs 😉
- Try to reduce your stress– do some yoga, meditate, exercise, go on a nature walk, write in a journal, work on a hobby, or whatever it is that helps you reduce stress. Stress will just make the hair loss greater.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to de-tangle your hair instead of a brush.
- Hair is fragile when wet so do not wrap your wet hair in a towel on top of your head, this can be uber hard however try and do a soft towel dry if possible instead
- Never brush your hair when it is wet, try brushing it dry BEFORE you wash it to save those hairs
- Hats and headbands ARE fashion forward 😊
- I promise you right now…. It WILL grow back! (we don’t loose the same volume of hair while we are pregnant, another reason it feels so dramatic… it unfairly hangs on till our tiny human makes an appearance and then…)
- Snuggle that tiny human! This may very well be the “hug threshold” that allows your body to produce ample amounts of oxytocin, which is released in response to physical touch. The oxytocin, released by your pituitary gland, is a naturally occurring hormone in your body with incredibly powerful, health-giving properties.
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
Interested in what vitamins we use? Click here: http://www.amway.ca/smarrello/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/Nutrilite-Women-s-Pack?itemno=105481&dsNav=N:4294967183