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My Postpartum Hair Loss Journey
So, I’m finally finished with the 4th Trimester and all of the chaos that ensues. Dealing with my mental health in postpartum, having a crazy labor and delivery, experiencing a 4th-degree tear, and trying to get into a good sleep groove with a newborn and then sleep training have all been mastered. Seriously, please give me a trophy, because I am so exhausted but happy to be entering into a happier stage of babyhood. So what’s my reward? Postpartum hair loss.
It’s like a switch went off at about 3.5 months postpartum. It started in the shower, where GIGANTIC clumps of hair would come out in my fingers. After the first week, the bathtub wouldn’t even drain. Then I would go to style my hair and another clump of hair would come out.
I have thick, dark, curly hair. So voluminous that it is usually the envy of all my friends. Birds could nest in there. Now, it’s sad and thin and stringy. I can see parts of my scalp no matter how I try to tactically style it!
Time to Deal With It!
On about the third week of this hair exodus, I decided to go to my stylist, Deb, to give my poor tattered hair a much-needed makeover. We cut off about 7 inches of hair for a fresh look and she left me with some great tips to deal with my postpartum hair loss.
Side note: is there anything better than a good old therapy session with your stylist? I think not.
After almost a month of postpartum hair loss, I think this affliction is here to stay for a while. I’m beginning to come to terms with it, and have found some great advice as well as hacks to keep afloat and look gorgeous while my body tries to get into yet another new groove.
How to Manage Postpartum Hair Loss
Some great advice mixed with some great products make up today’s list to help your postpartum hair loss along:
1. STOP BRUSHING YOUR HAIR! Switch to a wide-toothed comb, or if you can, use your fingers. This one is similar to the one I have owned for years and it does a fantastic job on wet hair. With my hair so short now, I can get away with just using my fingers.
2. LESS STRESS. Seriously, stress is a factor with the hormones that are swirling around in our bodies.
3. Deep condition often. This helps the remaining hair feel fabulous and healthy. This is the one that my stylist recommended. I’ve been using it for years and love it.
4. Use a microfiber towel to gently dry your hair instead of wringing it out. The microfiber is more absorbent than the average terrycloth.
5. Continue your daily multivitamin. This one was recommended by my doctor for both pre and postnatal use. It’s high in iron and was pretty easy to stomach during those pesky morning sickness days.
6. Consider taking a hair growth vitamin or vitamin E.
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7. Eat a balanced diet. If you haven’t learned from your pregnancy that eating well really helps you in all areas of life, this could be your wake-up call. You don’t have to go clean, paleo or whole30 (though you might want to give it a try!), but eating balanced meals that are nutrient-rich is like putting high-octane fuel in your tank. You get optimal performance when you put in good fuel!
8. Get a trim so that your remaining hair looks healthy. It will give your hair some renewal, and give your confidence a boost!
9. Put your hair in a loose bun or ponytail if your baby likes to pull at it.
Managing the Mess
If you had long, thick, luscious pregnancy hair like me, you’ll soon notice the hair tumbleweeds all over your house. They get everywhere! In the laundry, the carpet, the sink, your baby’s hands… I’ve even found hairs in my clean dish towels! Here are a few things I’ve been doing to manage the hair everywhere!
1. Clean your bathroom drains often. I found this little zip thing on Amazon and it works wonders! Cheap and easy- I don’t have to take apart the drains to get all of the hair out. I’ve been doing my shower drain twice a week and my sink drains every other week.
2. Vacuum your carpets, clean your vacuum filters, comb out the vacuum brush.
3. SWEEP! Especially your bathroom floor. Then comb out your broom. And then set the little hair tumbleweeds on fire because you feel like you are constantly sweeping up hair.
If you have long hair, you might be finding little hairballs all over the place for the next several months. Just try your best to keep on top of the cleanup and take good care of yourself! It happens to most of us during the postpartum period. Thanks, nature!
Now tell me…
How did you deal with your postpartum hair loss? Was it extreme? What are your favorite hacks? Let me know in the comments below!