Before I had my baby, I had thought I wouldn’t be affected by postpartum hair loss, I was so positive about it that even if it did, the effect won’t be much. Well it didn’t happen that way.
Whenever I detangled my hair, I noticed my hair was shedding a lot from the root. I’m very sure it was shedding because I examined a lot of the hair that came off during the detangling process. She hairs had a little white bulb at the end of each strand, I had less breakage and more shedding.
This shedding affected my edges the most, my edges were receding, I have a deep V hairline which I’m currently trying my best to grow out and then postpartum hair loss decides to come my way. I felt sad about it at first, I’m a hair blogger and when I put up pictures of my hair I knew people were going to say stuff like, “she’s a hair blogger but just look at her edges!” It would look like I wasn’t practicing what I preached but then, they wouldn’t know the whole story so I accepted the fact that postpartum hair loss was absolutely normal and that my hair would definitely grow back.
Before we start going on and on about the medical aspect of this, I need you to give yourself a pat on the back, you’re doing alright, it’s not easy taking care of a baby, healing from the birth process, getting used to your new body and still trying to make yourself look good. I’m guessing you don’t even have time for your hair. I personally paid no special attention to my hair until 3 months post pregnancy.
WHAT CAUSES POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS?
During pregnancy, the hair seems to flourish a lot, if you have a good hair routine, you’ll notice your hair gets thicker, longer and with more volume. The reason for this is because your hormone levels increase, these hormones include estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, prolactin and the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormones. The high level of estrogen prevents the hair from falling off at its normal rate hence the reason for your fuller hair.
After your little one is born, your hormone levels drop and your hair tries to make up for the lost time by falling off in larger clumps than it would normally. The amount of hair you loose during this period is actually the amount you would have lost during the 9 months you were pregnant, I think the reason why it gives us a bit of concern is because it’s falling out at the same time.
Postpartum hair loss usually peaks around 3 to 4 months after you have your baby and may continue until your baby turns one. If the hair loss continues until after a year, then you may have to see a trichologist.
HOW I AM MANAGING MY HAIR WHILE EXPERIENCING POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS
I KEEP MY ROUTINE SIMPLE
If you’ve been following this blog you would have noticed that I’m a minimalist naturalista, I try my best to do very little essential things for my hair so I don’t get overwhelmed hence I my very simple hair routine. The less time I spend manipulating my hair, the better.
I AVOID TIGHT HAIRSTYLES
This is the real natural hair enemy, hair styles that tugs and pulls the hair aren’t for moms dealing with postpartum hair loss. Tight hairstyles can cause receeding hairline and could make the hair loss worse.
I DO SIMPLE PROTECTIVE STYLES
Simple protective styles like twists, flat twists and cornrows are recommended while managing postpartum hair loss. I prefer medium sized twists and jumbo twists as they are easier to take down, moisturise and redo.
I MOISTURISE OFTEN
Natural hair loves moisture, you know that already. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water, moisturise your hair with a good leave-in conditioner and seal in the moisture with your hair oil or butter.
I DO SCALP MASSAGES
When I have some time, I love to massage my scalp especially my edges in order to increase blood circulation to my scalp. Increased blood circulation to the scalp aids hair growth.
I STAY POSITIVE AND YOU SHOULD TOO
While you’re doing all these, stay positive, do not allow yourself to be worried as your hair will definitely grow back and do not forget to take pictures to track your progress.
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