Hair loss after giving birth is quite usual. The high levels of oestrogen that helped to preserve the thickness and luxuriousness of your hair throughout pregnancy decline quickly which then activates the body’s normal procedure of hair shedding.
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What is normal? An average woman loses about 100 hairs each day. However, during the course of pregnancy, the body holds onto all the hair so it appears like there is a lot of shedding when they start to fall out after the baby is born. It is the extra hair falling out in addition to the regular daily shedding as the body goes back to its pre-pregnancy hair growth and hair fall rates. The hair shedding goes to its normal state between 6-12 months after giving birth.
Even though, this process is called normal, it might seem scary to many. Here are a few remedies to reduce your worry.
Handle Your Hair Gently
Do not overburden your hair by tying it in ponytails and tight hairdos. Keep it loose and carefree. Extreme heat causes hair fall so try to let your hair air dry after showers or at least use a cooler setting on your hair dryer. Also limit yourself from using curling irons and avoid using hair dye until after the shedding ends.
Have a Well-Balanced Diet
After giving birth and particularly if you are nursing, your body requires a good combination of nutrients to remain healthy. The antioxidants and flavonoids discovered in fruits and veggies increase hair growth. Nuts, eggs, seeds and fish which are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids can help to provide a healthy scalp. Iron and protein-rich foods have been noted to lessen hair loss. Postpartum is not the period to opt for a diet that has been built on latest food trends and diet fads just in order to lose those pregnancy pounds. Instead, go for daily, balanced meals of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains that will go a long way to improve your hair. Boosting your eating with a plant based multi vitamin such as our Kelp and Spirulina Hair Skin and Nails which is a total in 26 nutrients is a great way to protect your hair during this time and supplement your diet.
Embrace Stress-Reduction Techniques
Stress when specifically from life-changing events like childbirth can play a key role in hair loss. Involve yourself in stress reduction techniques such as; exercise, meditation, laughter, nature walks, or try to adopt a unique hobby or anything else that puts your mind to rest. Your own health should be as important to you as your baby’s, especially in those first few months of childbirth.
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Keep a Trained Eye on Hair Products
Many TV advertised shampoos strip your hair of necessary oils and contain harsh, irritating sulfates. You may wish to try the no-poo method such as baking soda and vinegar or shift to an Organic Shampoo Bar Soap followed with a diluted vinegar rinse. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to 16 oz. water.
Specifically for afro hair types, you can also try applying the SuperFoodLx Illuminism Pomegranate Butter which is soft white oil that has been made from natural ingredients. Consumer trial results have demonstrated it to help to promote hair growth, while reducing itchy scalp. Ingredients include pomegranate seed oil, castor oil and grape seed oil which all work wonderfully for the scalp and hair.
More options for all types, you can try rubbing rosehip oil or coconut oil with lavender, thyme and clary sage essential oils at night to your scalp and rinse in the morning.
SuperFoodLx Bamboo Silica and Biotin Vitamins help to promote and maintain normal hair growth. This superfood vitamin blend will not only assist with only the hair on your head but also the eyebrows, lashes and you nail growth and strength will benefit too. When taking a biotin supplement, always remain adequately hydrated with spring water and herbal decaffeinated teas and lessen your refined sugar intake. Testimonies have noted new hair growth in 6-8 weeks.
If your hair loss seems to be worsening and is accompanied by other symptoms, speak with your doctor about the possibility of a postpartum thyroid disorder. Keep in mind that pregnancy hair loss is nothing to be ashamed of as it is a temporary phase that will go away.
We sincerely hope this post was able to help you on your healthy hair journey. Let us know how following these tips have helped you and feel free to ask us any questions or let us know what to include in our next post!
SuperFoodLx Editorial Team