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4 ways to deal with postpartum hair loss
So, you’ve just had a baby, and now your hair is starting to fall out. Rapidly. Firstly, don’t freak out - Telogen Effluvium, aka postpartum hair loss, is completely normal. In fact, it happens to about 50% of women after giving birth. Cue sigh of relief.
Let’s talk about why it happens. Well, during pregnancy, high levels of hormones flood your body, preventing your hair from falling out. When you’re no longer pregnant, your hormones start to go back to their pre-pregnancy state - meaning the hair you should have lost over those nine months all falls out at once.
The important thing to know is that it is temporary (*wipes brow*), and your hair should return to its normal thickness within 12 months. But if you don’t want to wait that long, you can speed up the process.
Here are some ways to deal with postpartum hair loss, starting today...
Wash with quality products
Get your hair back to post-baby normal (or pretty close!) with the help of the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum. The haircare range works to improve the thickness of hair with every wash while simultaneously smoothing its surface for a shiny, silky finish. Wash after wash, the active ingredient Filloxane increases the diameter of individual hair strands, amping up the body, volume and ultimately, thickness. Cue happy, healthy, fuller strands. Sound good to you? Sounds great to us! In fact, bh’s Bree gave them a test run - and she wasn’t disappointed.
Take your vitamins
Our bodies need vitamin C for healthy hair growth, so a deficiency can cause weak, less-than-lustrous hair (i.e. your post-pregnancy strands) to break. Because our bodies can’t naturally produce vitamin C on their own, it’s important to eat foods rich in the vitamin, such as spinach and citrus fruits.
bh tip: If you want to learn more about the best foods to eat for healthy hair, check out this article.
Load up on gelatin
There are many health benefits to consuming gelatin on the reg (bone broth, anyone?), especially where hair is concerned. It’s full of keratin, a very strong protein that is the building block of hair growth. It’s a no-brainer, really, so eat up!
Set your locks loose
Tight hairdos aren’t the best option for hair-loss sufferers, nor is excessive heat, so it might be a good idea to give styling a rest while your locks recuperate. Let your hair air-dry after showering and limit the use of heat stylers (sorry curling wand, we need space). And yep, for the best results, keep up the no-colour ban. Embrace your natural shade a la Blake Lively. Don’t and you might find yourself with no locks to colour at all!
Do you suffer from post-pregnancy hair loss? Would you try any of these tips?
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