Pregnancy causes quite a few changes in our bodies. First and foremost, there’s a little person growing inside you! Your weight fluctuates. Your moods change more rapidly. It’s a pretty turbulent time in your body. Your hair is also effected by a pregnancy. While you’re pregnant, your hair will be luscious. It’ll grow faster and it’ll be healthier looking and feeling. But that doesn’t last forever. Postpartum hair loss is an extremely common thing for women to grow through. After all the changes that come with having a baby, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair falling out! Don’t worry, this is one of many temporary changes that will even out as you return to your pre-baby body. It can be pretty frustrating though. When you lose hair, it comes back in the same follicles, which means it’ll be much different for a few months. We’ve got a few tips on how to handle your postpartum hair changes that’ll keep you looking gorgeous for all those baby pics!
Try Some New Products
This is something we’d be happy to help you with. Our stylists can make suggestions on what products would be best for your hair style during the transition period. There are tons of great options like leave-in conditioner and spray gels that can help tame the wild hairs you’re gonna have as they grow in. They’ll probably want to stand straight up when they’re short, so you’re gonna want some product to keep them in line! Oh and feel free to moisturize a bit more often than you usually do. That’s a solid way to keep your hair strong and healthy.
Avoid Using Heat Styling Tools
Heat styling tools can do so much damage to your hair. If used often, the hair can essentially become burned and it’ll be that much harder to keep it healthy as your body attempts to replace the hair you’ve lost postpartum. Plus, your hair may be more fragile in the weeks after your pregnancy, so the damage could be even more severe.
Come In For a Trim
Longer hair has more of a tendency to tangle, and with the fragility of postpartum hair that means it’s more likely to fall out during combing and styling. If we can take off some of your extra length, it can help to avoid unnecessary tangles. Adding some texture to your existing length is another thing we can try to level out some of the mismatched lengths.
Or Just Get a New Haircut!
Since there are so many changes going on with your hair, why not just make a change? We can help you find the right length and style to accomodate the changes in texture and volume of you hair. With a cut, we can help make sure that everything grows back in a controlled way. When the replacement hair comes back in, it won’t be playing catchup quite as much as it would with longer hair.
Continue Taking Those Prenatal Vitamins
If you’re breastfeeding you can continue taking those prenatal vitamins until your baby is onto formula or another milk source. In addition to providing your body the nutrients it needs to provide for your baby, prenatal vitamins can really help expedite the process of regrowing the hair you lose after birth.
Stick With a Healthy Diet
It can be pretty tempting to pig out a little after your baby comes, and that’s fine! Just make sure you’re able to return to a normal diet within a reasonable amount of Cheez-Its. A healthy diet absolutely helps your hair grow faster and stronger. Good stuff in, good stuff out.
Avoid Shampooing Every Day
This goes for anyone, not just new mothers. Our stylist Heather Hardesty recently wrote an article about proper shampooing methods. Check that out and remember, shampoo doesn’t clean your hair, it cleans your scalp. Washing everyday can strip your hair of its natural oils and damage it. Additionally, massage when your wash. It won’t be quite as good as when you’re in the salon, but it helps stimulate your pores and accelerate hair growth.
Don’t worry! You’re not alone if you experience hair loss after your little one arrives! Plenty of women go through the exact same thing. There’s plenty we can do to help you get back to that healthy hair you had during your pregnancy! Feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment to see if we can help!