Natural Hair: How To Cope With Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss is real. I know because I am experiencing it now. To be honest, I don’t know if I have experienced this with my other two babies but it is REAL. During my pregnancy, my hair grew A LOT. It was fuller, thicker, and shinier than it had been in a long time. Of course, I knew it was because of the pregnancy hormones.
Flash forward to 5 months postpartum and I barely have any edges. Yes, you read that correctly.
The first couple of wash days after having Baby E I didn’t notice a big change. It wasn’t until about 2 months postpartum when I noticed my hair shedding like crazy. so much so, I was scared. I completely forget that some women will go through this process after having a baby. I guess I didn’t think that I would be one of them. If you think I was overreacting, I am sharing pictures of how much hair I was losing on wash day.
When I wear my hair straight, I can literally pull strands of hair out at a time. So much hair it really does concern me. The hardest part about this process is accepting it and knowing that things will return to normal soon. I just have to learn to be patient. Moving forward I have been incorporating a few tips that are helping me cope with postpartum hair loss. Be sure to check out Natural Hair: Postpartum Hair Loss Video.
Tips For Coping With Postpartum Hair Loss
- Try to choose healthy food options and drink plenty of water.
- Continue to take your prenatal/postnatal vitamins.
- Avoid high manipulation of your hair. Try not to pull to tight or use rubber bands or hair ties that are too tight. Instead, use hair clips or scrunchies to style your hair. Keep the tension at a minimum while you go through this process.
- When washing your hair use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush that won’t pull on your hair as much
- If you can, try to avoid heat. flat-irons, blow dryers, or a lot of heat on your hair until the shedding stops.
- Talk to your practitioner if you feel that the shedding is excessive.
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Mama, you are not alone. I know pregnancy is one thing, but postpartum also has its challenges, and hair loss is one of them. I hope these tips are helpful for you if you are trying to cope with this like me. Remember this too shall pass, try not to stress, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.
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