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10 Ways in Which I am Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss


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10 Ways in Which I am Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss - Baby & Beyond

One of the amazing things about being pregnant was the effect it had on my hair! I have never in my life had such long, thick, lustrous, shiny locks as when I was pregnant. Then when Baby N was about 5 months old, I was shocked to see that I had started shedding all that gorgeous hair. Every time I washed or even brushed my hair, a huge clump of it would just fall off. Alarmed that I was started to go bald, I did some research and found out that this phenomenon of postpartum hair loss is not uncommon.

 

During pregnancy, our bodies have increased levels of the hormones estrogen and androgen which promote the health of hair and even nails. Hair normally has 3 stages of its life – growth, resting and shedding. The extra estrogen during pregnancy prolongs the growth and resting stage and therefore shedding gets delayed. Post delivery, estrogen levels start returning to normal and the hair that has been due to shed starts falling off. This continues for a few months and then the hair starts regrowing again. One way to look at it is that this hair would have fallen off anyway, so there is no reason to worry. However the transition can sometimes be so dramatic, it is difficult to ignore. 

 

In my case, the hair fall reduced at about 1 year postpartum, but the new hair was much thinner and finer than before. So I am going to share some of the things I have been doing in order to deal with postpartum hair loss and regrowth.

 

1. Going short:

The number one suggestion everyone gave me was to cut my hair short, so that the stress on the roots would be lesser. So i kept going shorter and shorter, but still the lost volume of hair was making it look flat and unhealthy. So here are some of the other ways in which I have been dealing with postpartum hair loss.

 

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1. My beautiful, straightened pregnancy hair
2. 5 months postpartum, the thickest and longest my hair has ever been in my life
3. Time to go short
4. Time to go even shorter. Notice how thin and flat my hair had become and the thinning around the temples. Where did all that hair go?! 🙁

 

2. Including foods in my diet that boost hair growth:

I am including in my diet food items that are rich in protein, iron, citrus, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, zinc and vitamins B and E. These include eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, amla, oranges, walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, avocado, salmon, sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, coconut, cinnamon etc.

 

3. Treating deficiencies:

After consulting with my doctor for deficiencies in essential nutrients such as zinc, iron, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C, I have been taking prescribed supplements in addition to the natural sources listed above.

 

4. Layering and texturing:

I changed my hairstyle to add layers. Layering the hair still gives a fuller and more voluminous look, as compared to straight hair. You can see the layers in picture 3.

 

5. Staying away from heating and styling:

I used to straighten my hair after every wash, but now I avoid heating and styling tools altogether. You can see how straight my hair is in my pregnancy picture, and then in later pictures it is back to its natural wavy self. I would also suggest staying away from artificial colouring and other chemical treatments as well. These can damage the hair and cause breakage.

 

6. Accessorizing:

I wear fancy headbands, clips and statement barrettes that are stylish ways to hide and take the attention away from the thinning .

 

7. Oiling and massaging the scalp regularly (at least twice a week):

Massaging the scalp in a circular motion with the fingertips increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth. Also using an oil for massage helps strengthen the roots and nourish the scalp as well. Choose an oil that is rich in the nutrients discussed above and contains natural sources of these nutrients. Personally I prefer MamaEarth Root Retore Hair Oil because it is a blend of 8 herbal oils in one. It is also a very light and non-sticky oil with a very mild fragrance.

 

MamaEarth Anti Hair Fall Kit - Baby & Beyond

MamaEarth Anti Hair Fall Kit is full of natural and organic bioactives which help promote hair fall control & hair regrowth

8. Changing my shampoo:

I was always using shampoos suited for normal-to-dry hair, but once the hair fall started, I have switched to shampoos that are formulated specifically to treat weak and falling hair, so that my hair can get the extra nutrition it needs post delivery. One shampoo I have recently tried is the MamaEarth Happy Heads Shampoo which contains natural hair strengtheners and growth stimulators.

 

9. Keeping my hair moisturized:

Moisturizing hair reduces frizz and tangles which can cause breakage. Moisturizing needs to be done right from root to tip of the hair. I have been using MamaEarth No More Tangles Conditioner and noticed that my hair is visibly healthier as well as softer and smoother to touch.

 

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MamaEarth Anti Hair Fall Kit:
1. Root Restore Oil: Bhringraj, Jojoba, Almond, Olive, Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E
2. Happy Heads Shampoo: Biotin, Horse Chestnut, Amla
3. No More Tangles Conditioner: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Amla Extract, Fenugreek Extract, Tea Tree Oil
4. Hair ReGrowth Tonic: Korean Red Ginseng, Caffeine

 

10. Using a natural leave-in tonic:

Instead of using chemical-based gels, mousses, leave-in conditioners that can damage the hair, I have been using a natural leave-in tonic. MamaEarth Hair ReGrowth Tonic comes with a spray nozzle so it is really easy and mess-free to spray it directly onto the scalp. It gives the hair a shiny, glossy look. I love this tonic because it doesn’t leave an oily feel like some other tonics I have tried. Also it contains scalp stimulators and conditioners which nourish the hair follicles and and promote hair growth.

 

Do you have any other tips to deal with postpartum hair loss? Do share in the comments below.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. MamaEarth sent me the Anti Hairfall Kit for my honest and independent review.

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Comments
  1. manveen said on October 27, 2017 11:31 pm:

    I’m so glad I stopped by your post. I had no idea that mamma earth had an anti-hair fall kit. Thanks for your review.

  2. anupriya said on October 28, 2017 12:11 am:

    this mamaearth kit looks like a blessing to all mothers struggling with post partum hair loss. Hope its working well for you with desired results.

  3. Charu Sareen said on October 29, 2017 12:46 am:

    Hairfall has been my constant problem post pregnancy. Mamaearth’s anti-hairfall kit is like the wonder product for me. It surely is super effective.

  4. Nayantara said on October 29, 2017 1:48 am:

    This is so useful. I must remember to take my vitamins. Losing clumps of hair was really shocking. 😑

  5. Haajra Fareen said on October 29, 2017 2:40 pm:

    I cant wait to try this. look very promising to me.

  6. Deepa said on October 29, 2017 6:16 pm:

    Pregnancy and delivery leads to hair loss. You shared some great tips for hair care.

  7. Anchal said on October 29, 2017 9:25 pm:

    I went through the same and got a hair cute around 4 months post partum. This range from mamaearth is great to combat hair loss.

  8. Soumya Rajpal said on October 29, 2017 10:23 pm:

    You’ve mentioned some really good suggestions.. A silicone, sulfate and mineral oil free hair care kit is amazing!

  9. Renu Vashishta said on October 30, 2017 4:16 am:

    Wonderful tips.Checking ones vitamin levels is something that is forgotten.

  10. Nikita @beingmammabear said on November 6, 2017 10:28 am:

    Oh man! This is just what I needed to read. I am horrified at the thinning and the frizzing makes it worse. Will definitely try the natural diet tips and consult my doctor for supplements. And I think I will give this kit a try too. Sounds too tempting.