I thought I would share my postpartum hair loss journey so far with you. I’m 9 months and a couple of weeks postpartum. This week is the first time I have been feeling almost good with my hair again. I say almost because it isn’t where it used to be. But do keep reading if you want to learn something I did about keeping my hair healthy and luscious again. You’ll learn how to deal with postpartum hair loss and 5 products that help regrowth.
If you know my hair from Instagram, then you know I’ve always had thick luscious hair. I never imagined it falling out so much! The day my daughter Aiyana Honey turned 4 months, I started losing hair. I didn’t think too much of it at that time. Thinking I was one of the lucky ones, haha. Well, within a couple of weeks, I was shedding like crazy. Every shower for months end, our shower drained look like something died there. Yikes. It was bad, but I can say that with past-tense now. Around 7 months postpartum, the hair loss slowed down. Now, 9 months postpartum, I don’t have to clean out my hairbrush every time I use it. Although I still do because that’s the type of person I am, haha.
What have I learned from this experience? – How to deal with postpartum hair loss
Just another crazy pregnancy thing…
Not all women lose their hair postpartum, but most do. Science says basically you grow all this extra hair during pregnancy, thanks hormones, giving you that beautiful pregnancy hair, but you lose all that hair afterward. In my personal opinion, I think I’ve lost far more than the extra I grew. 🙁 They do say you grow it back though! 😉
Keep your scalp and hair clean
I’ve read some women stop washing their hair frequently as they get scared each time they shower. I personally cannot stand having dirty hair, so I washed it as usual. From research, I’ve read that it’s important to keep your hair and scalp clean, as it boosts hair growth. A clogged and unhealthy scalp can considerably slow down hair growth.
I personally don’t use a lot of product in my hair, because I’m not styling it as much, and I’ve never been one to use dry shampoo. However, you may be using more product, either way, you want to cleanse your hair and scalp from build-up.
Detox your scalp
Basically you want to detox your scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. From build-up and exposure to toxic chemicals that are in hair products, it can damage and close hair follicles. Hair growing from these damaged hair follicles can be dry and brittle. Closed hair follicles can mean thinning hair and bald spots. So you want to stimulate the hair follicles for growth and thickness.
Creating a healthy scalp means creating beautiful hair
Okay now I feel like I’m that crazy lady yelling the word “scalp”, haha. But honestly, I’ve learned so much about hair and scalp health throughout this journey. There’s a lot of interesting articles out there, and here’s an excerpt from one.
According to Anabel Kingsley, director of communications and trichologist at Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, replacing true shampoo with a dry formula creates an unhealthy scalp environment. “The health of the hair is strongly reliant on the health of the scalp, and frequent shampooing is vital for this. If oils, dead skin cells and sweat are left to sit and build up on the scalp, they can negatively impact the function of hair follicles. If you leave more than 3 days between washes, the scalp can get itchy and flaky. Flakes are known to worsen hair shedding in certain individuals.”Check out this article “The Horrifying Connection Between Dry Shampoo and Hair Loss“.
For those dealing with dandruff
I found this great article that tells you how to deal with dandruff, like changing your diet, washing your hair more often, exfoliating your scalp, trying a hot-oil mask, etc. I personally haven’t experienced dandruff, but I’ve been reading that dandruff, scalp acne, scabbing can contribute to hair loss.
Choosing products that are cleaner
Since my pregnancy I’ve become such a conscious consumer. I read all the ingredients, check up on them, before I let myself or anyone in my household use them. I want all our products that we use to be as clean as possible. However, I do have to say this is a little bit more tricky living in Norway, as there aren’t so many brands to choose from here. So we have to order from overseas a lot. I usually purchase from England, or the USA. Sometimes it is just easier to go to the store and buy, so that’s why I say I try to buy as clean as possible.
Have good hair routines
- Like I mentioned above exposure to toxic chemicals. Wash your hair, instead of using dry shampoo. Or using unnecessary hair products. Take a look at the products you are using and ask yourself if it’s helping you deal with postpartum hair loss, or is it damaging?
- Control the heat. You should try not to apply too much heat from heat tools on your hair. Use a heating tool that has a temperature gauge. I would limit how much you’re fixing your hair with heating tools.
- Brush your hair. Invest in a good hairbrush, try a wet brush as well. You want to promote new hair growth, so you should brush away the loose hairs that are going to fall out anyway.
- Take a vitamin deficiency test. Okay, so this isn’t a hair routine. But I totally recommend going to the doctors and taking a vitamin/minerals test. I did a couple of times, to see my levels, and I can then know what kind of supplements I need. And what kind of foods I should eat more of.
- Take a break from hair dyeing and bleaching. Seriously, don’t do it. Instead, go to the salon for a hair cut, get rid of those split ends.
My hair 9.5 months postpartum
Products I’ve been using on my hair – 5 products helped me deal with postpartum hair loss
Lush shampoo bar
Since the birth of our daughter, I’ve been a conscious consumer, both for the environment and for our health. I’ve been using lush shampoo bars since around the time my hair loss started. I enjoy using them, and I think I’ve found my favorite one.
My dearest friend Monica who introduced me to shampoo bars (thank you babe) has tried even more than I have. Her favorite is the Honey I’ve Washed My Hair. Apparently it smells so good! I’m still using the soak and float, but I’ll be trying out the Honey I’ve Washed My Hair next. I do also have a big block of Trichomania left. It’s Lush’s most hydrating shampoo bar, but my hair is so healthy right now, I felt it was too hydrating for me now. If you know what I mean. But I’m going to test it out again, since I’ve started to use a hair scrub as well, my hair might appreciate the extra moisture. I will let you know of any updates!
Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub
I will have to mention that the first time I used this was 2 summers ago, before I was pregnant, and I abused this thing haha. I LOVED the squeaky clean feeling, and the store seller told me I could use it once a week. I used it like every other wash, and it was a big mistake. It completely dried my hair out. OOPS. So don’t do that! Haha. Although it does say on the Norwegian website that you can use 2-3 times a week. I honestly think that will strip your hair of all its oil, so use it more sparingly. I’m testing it out now again. I will use it more like every 2-3 weeks instead. I will update you on this. ♥
I love that my hair feels so clean and the hair is voluminous and poofy(?) in a nice way haha. I’m going on day 3 or 4 since I last used it/washed my hair, and my hair still looks super clean and nice.
It’s surprisingly really easy to use. You just take a small teaspoon amount in your hands, put a little water, and lather it up. Never scrub your scalp hard though. You don’t really feel the little scrub particles though, it nicely turns into this lather, but still cleans your scalp.
A good conditioner
We all have our go-to conditioners. So choose one that is for you. I will mention what I have been using as it’s been working for my hair. If you have really healthy hair like mine, you can go for a lighter conditioner, which is what I have been using on most days. It’s called Mother Hair Softener from Babylife Clinic. It’s a real shame that this brand closed down, their products are discontinued. The products are organic, clean, and I believe it was an actual clinic in Oslo of midwives helping mothers. I’ve tried other products of theirs and I wish I could keep purchasing. I would love to support a company like this, as 10% of their proceeds were going to their foundation that helps women.
On other days I use Weleda Oat Replenishing Conditioner, which I love. I use it for Aiyana Honey as well. It’s the cleanest conditioner I could find here in Norway. If you live outside of Norway, you can get it from lookfantastic. Both our hairs feel so soft and hydrated from it. It smells good as well.
Including to a conditioner, you should have a good hair mask. You should do a hair mask after the scrub to rehydrate your hair. I like The Body Shop’s Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask, and Shea Moisture, they have different masks for different hair types.
You really should continue your prenatals after giving birth as well. Especially if you are breastfeeding. I took ones that are targeted for breastfeeding mothers after giving birth, but it’s the same as prenatals. I did switch to hair vitamin gummies, Hair Lust, when Aiyana was 7 months old. This is only because I finished all the prenatals I had purchased, and I saw that these hair gummies my friend was taking for her postpartum hair loss really worked for her.
It’s been almost 2 months since I took them, but to be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference yet in my hair. I will finish the bottle I have now and then another bottle that I haven’t opened yet. After I will just go back to taking regular vitamin and omega supplements. I will do a review on the hair gummies after I finish them.
And if you’re a mother-to-be and wondering about prenatal vitamins. Please do take them during your pregnancy! I was really surprised to find some women here didn’t take prenatals, only folic acid, during their pregnancy.
And if you’re not dealing with postpartum hair loss, not a mother, just someone who is trying to get healthy regrowth. Test out some vitamins. I’d recommend doing some research, there are ones that are better than others. I know Suplex B for hair is a popular one. They sell it at health stores here. For an organic choice, there’s Super B-Complex from Pure Synergy that’s made from organic veggies & fruits, for example. Personally, I would go for one that’s organic. Which I plan to do when I finish the hair gummies I am taking now.
A good hair brush
There is evidence to suggest that there are many benefits of brushing hair. First off, brushing your hair with the right kind of hair brush helps to evenly distribute the natural oils created by your scalp. Brushing these nutrient-rich oils through your lengths and ends gives them an injection of moisture that has an amazing range of benefits for your hair health, including anti-frizz, sleekness, and shine. Not only that, but the oils also nourish the roots and keep the scalp moisturised which promotes healthy hair growth.
Secondly, when we brush our hair the bristles gently massage the scalp, which in turn increases blood flow. More blood to the scalp means more nutrients and oxygen to stimulate hair follicles, making them healthier and improving their ability to grow healthy hair.
Although brushing hair does not regrow hair, it does boost hair growth. Who would have thought there would be so many pros of brushing hair? Now the question of how to stimulate hair growth seems far more simple.Check out this article on stimulating hair growth.
There are tons of hairbrushes out there, so find one for your hair type as well. I have a few different ones, but I use my wet brush the most. Wet hair is much more delicate than dry hair, that’s why it’s important to have one for wet hair. You could also use a detangler and a comb. For a regular brush, this Spornette brush is a good one. And just in case you’re asking what detangler I recommend, I like Shea Moisture.
So what do you think of how I deal with postpartum hair loss? Let me know what has worked for you! I’d love to hear others’ hair loss and regrowth experience, and how you deal with postpartum hair loss. You can check out my other posts on hair care & products, as well as for baby hair care. Leave a comment. ♥