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Being a mother is one of the most beautiful and defining moments in every woman's life. It can be intensely gratifying and one of the most challenging experiences you can go through.
One new challenge may be dealing with hair that has changed with pregnancy and post birth. If you are a new mom who’s suffering from postpartum hair loss and trying to figure out how to cope with it, this is the post for you!
We at INH have done the research so that you don’t have to and we’ve got helpful tips on how to combat it. Let's get started with the basics.
Why Does Postpartum Hair Loss Happen In The First Place?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, postpartum hair loss happens for a few months after having a baby. And it's totally normal!
No two people or pregnancies are the same! But generally speaking, in this period many bodies experience excessive hair shedding and hair loss. A big reason is the sudden drop of estrogen levels or pregnancy hormones after delivery.
When you’re pregnant, your body can experience high levels of hormones, leading to a sudden increase in hair growth. But once you've given birth, your hormone levels may then start returning to normal. As a sign, the excess hair you had now starts shedding, leading to postpartum hair loss.
However, the good news is – in most cases this shedding is only temporary & need not have to depend on much to remedy it.
How To Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss
According to the Cleveland Clinic, because the hair loss is caused by hormones, there is no way to prevent postpartum hair loss and the only treatment for post-pregnancy hair loss is patience. However, we have tips to remedy it!
Hair Care Tips for New Moms
If excessive hair loss is taking away the joy of motherhood, we have some tips that can help you. These are tips from certified dermatologists on how to look after your hair post pregnancy.
Washing your hair
Tip 1: Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to get your hair to bounce back. Volumizing products contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair to make it appear fuller, thicker and more voluminous.
Tip 2: Avoid any shampoo labeled as “conditioning shampoo”. Heavy conditioners can weigh down your hair and make it appear limp.
Tip 3: Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair to make your hair appear smooth and voluminous. The lighter formula should not make your hair appear flat. Avoid “intensive conditioners” for your hair. They make your hair fall flat and greasy.
Tip 4: Avoid the scalp while conditioning your hair and focus primarily on the ends of your hair. This keeps your hair looking light and clean for a longer period.
Read our blog post on the 12 Best Shampoos for Fine Hair here!
Importance of a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet can be a blessing when you're going through postpartum hair loss.
Eating a balanced diet can boost hair regrowth by rebalancing hormones.
Add to your shopping list some fresh leafy greens, seasonal fruits, healthy fats and whole grains to grab from the grocery store, or even better, your nearest farmer's market.
These foods are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, Vitamin C, magnesium and Omega-3 that help combat hair loss and improve your hair health.
Read our blog post on the 10 Food to Promote Hair Growth here!
How To Deal With Postpartum Hair Loss
Let's get real. When you have so much going on your mind, hair loss is the last thing you want to worry about. That being said, postpartum hair loss can feel quite overwhelming and stressful. It can impact your self-esteem and confidence levels.
For this reason, we have some simple hacks you can follow to help deal with postpartum hair loss in the best way you can.
- As a hair brand, we recommend keeping the heat styling to a minimum. It can cause unnecessary damage to hair and speed up hair fall & breakage.
If hot tools are your hair’s bae and you can't live without them, we recommend styling at low temperatures (the lower, the better), and using our heat protectant hair spray, the Flame Fighter, before styling to limit the damage.
If you have fine hair and the hair loss makes you feel too uncomfortable to step out, you can try hair extensions. Tip: the extensions with multiple wefts like our half up half down, Remy, or Xtra Inches are best for customizing as you can use a little or a lot extra hair for the look you’re trying to achieve.
Perfect for a quick confidence boost.
- We designed the Filling Fine hairline concealing powder specifically for new moms like you who are recovering from postpartum hair loss. It's a revolutionary tool that's sweat-resistant, water-resistant, non-comedogenic and great to discreetly hide thinning patches and uneven hairlines.
INH Babe @alexandra.g.g using Filling Fine to cover thinning areas successfully
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