Having a new baby is a precious time in a mother’s life. But with this new bundle of joy can also bring a lot of new changes all at once. Sleepless nights, round the clock feedings, a body you don’t recognize and unfortunately for many women, hair loss.
As a stylist, how to deal with postpartum hair loss is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive. The good news is, just like the sleepless nights, this too shall pass. Typically, anywhere between three to six months after giving birth, women will begin losing strands of hair. The hair loss will peak around four months postpartum, and in most cases will dramatically slow down by nine months. By your baby’s first birthday your hair should be back to normal.
In the meantime, here are some of my best pro stylist tips for managing the hair loss.
Show your scalp some love
One simple yet effective way to encourage new hair growth is by giving yourself a scalp massage.
Try to massage your scalp each time you wash your hair either with a scalp massager or by using your fingertips. Work in circular motions focusing on each section of the scalp for several seconds before moving on to the next. Massaging the scalp will help to increase circulation, promote healthy blood flow, exfoliate dead skin, and remove excess product buildup. Plus, scalp massages can help to destress and relieve tension, signaling our bodies to relax. And what mom doesn’t need that after a long day!
Additionally, look for shampoos containing rosemary and peppermint essential oils, which are both great for stimulating the hair follicles.
Change up your hairstyle
If your hair is looking thin from the shedding, you can try cutting off a few extra inches and adding in some layers. This will help to create the look of more volume. As a bonus, shorter hair means less hair for baby to yank on during feedings! (IYKYK)
You can also try changing your part line. Typically, a more dramatic side part can help to create a look of fullness at the roots.
Many times, the hair will grow back around the hairline as the dreaded baby hairs, a.k.a baby bangs. One of the best ways to tame these pesky little strands, is by spritzing a clean toothbrush with hairspray and using it to comb the hairs back. This will result in a smooth hairline that should last you all day.
Headbands, bobby pins and barrettes will also be your best friend during this transition phase.
Get the right nutrients
Keep your hair healthy by eating well and continuing to take your prenatal vitamins.
Be gentle on your hair
Always brush your hair with soft gentle strokes, starting by brushing out the ends and then working your way up to the roots. Also try to avoid hairstyles that pull the hair too tight and cause strain on the scalp.
If the hair shedding continues past the first year, talk to your doctor. Other factors like stress, hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, and thyroid issues could also be contributing to your hair loss.