Do you suffer from postpartum hair loss?
If you’re a mum, you can probably remember all the beautiful changes your body went through during pregnancy. Glowing skin, stronger nails and healthy looking hair – even if you suffered from other less glamorous pregnancy symptoms, chances are that your skin and hair never looked better. For me, this was perfectly true during both of my pregnancies. Funnily enough, I didn’t feel great, but at least I looked good. However, after giving birth, a few month into my daughter’s infancy it all changed. All of a sudden my hair started to fall out, in chunks. Postpartum hair loss is called telogen effluvium and it occurs four to six months after pregnancy. The hair goes into the shedding stage after you’ve given birth. Bad news is: you can’t prevent it. Good news is: it will grow back. It may take time, but it will. In the mean time, there are a few things you can try if you feel uncomfortable with the hair loss.
Is it just postpartum hair loss or something else?
Little we talk about it, but there can be of course other reasons too. It is always good to find the reason for excessive hair loss and not just writing it off as postpartum hair problems. First on the list: post natal depression and stress. Experts believe that hormonal imbalances due to elevated stress levels could be a probable cause of hair loss in this case. Some medications like antidepressants can cause hair loss too. Some other chronic or acute illnesses can also cause hair damage and loss as well as imbalanced diet.
Try these tips to to counter hair fall and minimize hair loss:
- Have a healthy and balanced diet. This is the good start to everything and the first step to look after your health generally. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3-fatty acids, omega-6-fatty acids and omega-9-fatty acids are necessary for healthy hair. Vegetable oils, flaxseed, canola oil, walnuts, eggs are great source and generally nuts, grains, vegetables and fish too.
- Avoid using too frequent colouring, too much heat whilst blowdrying or combing wet hair. Avoid styling products.
- Massage your scalp. Massaging increases the blood circulation and will also promote the hair growth. It’s also very relaxing! You can try to use almond, arnica or rosemary oils for this – they are all great.
- Vitamin and mineral supplements are useful too. Consult your doctor to see if you suffer from low iron, zinc or any other essential nutrients levels and treat that deficiency.
- Use hair restoration treatments such as hair FUE transplants. This is a cutting-edge method of hair transplantation is highly technical and the most effective way of restoration.
- Yeast, egg yolk, organ oil and other natural remedy masks are always worth to try.
- Change hairstyle. Although the “mummy bun” is the most comfortable and practical hair do a parent to a baby can sport it’s unfortunately quite bad for your hair as its often too tight and can cause hairs to be pulled out. The best is loose hairstyles. You can even try a new haircut!
This is a collaborative post.