The postpartum period can be tough for new moms, as many challenges come with it. Here are some tips that may help with postpartum hair loss.
It happens without warning. Just when you begin to feel more like yourself after giving birth, large tufts of hair begin making their way into your hairbrush. The drains clog, you shed all over your new baby—the postpartum hair loss has begun. Here’s a list of creative ways to combat postpartum hair loss to help you stay on top of the sudden change.
Mask With Extensions
Some of us already have naturally fine or thin hair, so hair loss can be intensely frustrating. If you begin to notice signs of losing hair, consider investing in extensions. A variety of extensions is available, including options that don’t require a ton of upkeep. Understandably, your hands are now busier than ever, so something with simple maintenance is probably best.
Use Pro-Hair Nutrition
As exhausting as those first weeks or months the postpartum period can be, eating a “pro-hair” diet can double as a way to fight fatigue and hair loss. An easy way to make this happen for yourself is to set aside one to two hours a week to dedicate to meal prep. This way, you can eat nutritionally dense food and curb that dreaded hair loss. Foods to consider include:
- Kefir or yogurt
- Grass-fed red meats such as beef or lamb
- Soy-free eggs
Switch Hair Products
Sometimes, our hair products are existing factors in our overall hair health, and then the postpartum period amplifies the situation. Consider reading the labels on your hair products and switching products, if necessary. Something that may have worked before may no longer work due to the drastically different lifestyle factors in play.
However, be wary that many products that claim to promote hair growth contain harmful chemicals that can counteract your primary goal. A few all-natural solutions that may promote hair health are castor oil masks, avocado hydration treatments, and egg masks.
Avoid Harsh Hair Treatments
Avoiding certain hair treatments can help you maintain overall hair health. It’s no secret that excessive heat and poor brushing can increase damage. Add in postpartum hormone imbalances, and you’re fighting an uphill battle. Consider avoiding heat tools as much as possible, trying looser ponytails to minimize hairline breakage, and washing your hair less often. Let the natural oils build before you strip them away.
Unique challenges call for even more unique solutions. Don’t be afraid to try some of these creative ways to combat postpartum hair loss. And if you find something that works, pass it along, as many new moms are undoubtedly facing the same challenge.