Find out how to put the ‘va va voom’ back into your post pregnancy hair.
Your baby is now three or four months old, you’re finally getting into a bit of a routine and you’re feeling more like your old self. Until one day you start to notice clumps of hair coming out in the shower. What happened to your lovely, thick mane? Do not panic – it’s totally normal, and it’s temporary.
What is the reason behind the hair loss? During pregnancy, most women will shed less hair than normal, due to increased levels of hormones in your body. These hormones tend to freeze your hair in the growing or resting phase of growth, meaning that hair that would normally fall out simply doesn’t.
However, in the postnatal period, when hormone levels begin to fall again, this in turn causes the build up of resting hair to begin to fall out. This can make you feel like you’re losing an awful amount of hair all at once. It’s important to know, that breastfeeding can cause hair loss to increase, or last longer, as these hormone levels are low for longer.
As previously stated, don’t worry as your hair will eventually grow back on its own. In the meantime, there are a few tips and tricks you can try out to combat this hair loss, and restore strength and volume back to your hair.
1 Feed your hair. Firstly, you should continue to take your prenatal supplements or multivitamins, a healthy diet promotes healthy hair. Folic acid is great for adding strength to your hair and nails, so eating fortified cereals or taking it in supplements can also promote healthy hair growth. According to dietitian Aveen Bannon, the best thing you can do for your hair is to eat a balanced diet, ensure protein at each meal and include plenty of fruit and vegetables.
2 Be kind to your hair. After washing your hair you should avoid wrapping it in a towel as this can cause further breakage. Instead use a cotton t-shirt or a microfibre cloth to semi-dry your hair before allowing it to dry naturally. Also avoid using heated styling products whenever possible, as this can also cause further damage to your hair.
3 Hair TLC. Treat yourself a few times a month, or even once a week if you can, to a leave in deep conditioning hair treatment.
4 Don’t stress those tresses. As your hair starts to re-grow, it may appear thinner and more wispy or wirey than before, when it starts to get longer. However, it should blend in better to the rest of your hair. In the meantime, you should avoid pulling your hair back into tight hairstyles, as this will minimise any breakage. Wear it in a loose chignon bun, or get creative with headscarves and hairbands to keep it at bay if it’s getting in the way.
5 A new do. Treat yourself to a new hair-do to help camouflage the hair loss. Go for a fringe to hide those pesky wispy ‘baby’ hairs that now frame your face, or go for the chop and try out a long bob. Getting a new hairstyle that’s long enough to tie up, but shorter than you usually have, can help trick you into feeling as though your hair is shedding less, as the hairs you are now losing will be shorter. It’ll also allow the new growth to blend in easier.
6 Fake it ‘til you make it. Try out a volumising shampoo and conditioner to bring some life back to your locks. Volumising products tend to stimulate the hair follicles and can help make your hair feel thicker and more voluminous after use. You could also try volumising treatments like mousses and hairsprays or gel lotions to add some life to dull looking hair.