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For those that truly know me, you know that I have a phobia of hair. I don’t mind it on my head and I don’t mind brushing out my daughters hair. What I do mind is when it falls out, gets wrapped around your fingers, clumps up in the shower or when you can feel the hair on you but can’t figure out for the life of you where it is! You keep grasping for it but it’s just not there!
When I had my first child, the postpartum hair loss was real and started about 2 months after I had her. Literally chunks of it seemed to fall out whenever I had a shower and when I would wake up in the morning my pillow would be full of hair. I finally decided to take the plunge and cut it shorter when I realized my daughter could barely get through a nursing session without being covered with my hair that would just fall from my head. True story!
I have thick hair. Thick to the point where it has taken me years to find a decent hair stylist that has helped me come up with a cut that doesn’t make me look like a sheepdog. Don’t get me wrong, sheepdogs are cute but I just can’t pull off that look!
I recently went back to him and got it cut short because the hair loss is happening again with my second child and I can’t take the clumps of hair falling out anymore. I have been implementing new things into my routine to help combat this. I know it will never help 100% but I have noticed a difference in some of the things I have been doing and wanted to share with you.
5 Ways To Deal With Postpartum Hair Loss
Avoid Touching – I know it can be hard to do but the more you touch your hair, run your fingers through it and brush it, the more that it falls out. If you have long hair, keep it up in a pony tail or hold it back with a headband.
Hair Mask – A good hair treatment will do wonders for your hair and you probably don’t know that you might already have the ingredients in your kitchen. Use 1 ripe avocado which is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids and mix it with a tablespoon of olive oil and apply to your hair and scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water. The avocado helps with frizz, hair breakage and it also has anti inflammatory properties that can help with a dry and red scalp. I have been doing this once a week and I have noticed my hair is smoother and my scalp is not as itchy.
Vitamins and Supplements – Taking your multivitamin is a simple thing to add to your daily routine and will provide you with things you may be missing from your daily diet. Also, try adding something like Biotin or Fish Oil that are all known to help with hair growth. I personally take Natures Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails daily just to give my body that extra boost it needs.
Eating Habits – A new mother needs to eat lots and eat well to help with fatigue, energy levels and breastfeeding. Eating well can also help with hair loss. Incorporating salmon, nuts and seeds, and spinach into your daily eating habits with give you the protein and omega-3 fatty acids that you need for hair health and growth. Not to mention the stamina to keep up with life!
Hair Styling – How you cut your hair and style it can have a big affect. Hair styles with fewer layers or no layers at all are best. Also try different parting techniques. If you are losing hair more on one side of your head, then try parting on the opposite side to cover up any bald spots. For myself, cutting my hair short was the best option and it has most definitely made the clumps of hair coming out of my head less frequent.
I hope you find these tips helpful. What do you do to help with postpartum hair loss?