Remember when you were pregnant, and everything seemed to glow?
If you, like me, find yourself sweeping up enormous amounts of hair from you floor, or constantly cleaning your shower drains and vacuum cleaners, fear not.
You are NOT alone.
Our hair goes through different cycles. There will be times when your hair is in a state of rest, and then will shed. According to what I've read, when you are not expecting, you loose about 100 hairs a day. However, once you become pregnant, your body slows down the cycles. Thus, keeping those 100 hairs nicely on your head.
Once your beautiful baby is born, and your hormones start to go back to normal... the cycle returns and your hair begins to fall. With all three of my pregnancies, this happened between 3-5 months postpartum. It's quite unfortunate that just about the time I was feeling like a human, and getting the hang of motherhood my hair started falling out.
Now that I've gone through this process three times, I thought I'd share my tips and tricks for handling the postpartum hair loss chapter in your journey through motherhood.
1. Embrace it.
- My mantra for this season of motherhood, is you are not alone. As with many of the unfortunate side effects and experiences with giving birth, this is just for a season. You are not the only one to deal with it, and even though when you look in the mirror you feel like you are going totally bald, just think of the precious child you brought into this world and know you are amazing and to that little one, you are the most perfect and beautiful woman they've ever seen.
2. Brush Gently.
- Treat your hair very gently. Yes, the hair is going to fall - it's part of the cycle. In my experience, my scalp was very sensitive and using a brush just seemed to make the hair fall worse and it didn't grow back any faster! So, I used a wide tooth comb and only brushed it when it was completely dry.
3. Soft hair styles.
- You may find that putting your hair up in a pony tale or bun with elastic or bobby pins pulls on your hair and causes discomfort. So, my go-to hair style in the midst of my hair loss was very loosely clipped into a bun, or loose braids. This seemed to help me not feel like I was going bald, and that I made an effort on my appearance.
4. Stimulate your Scalp
- After my first daughter was born, I used a shampoo infused with tea-tree oil and other oils that are great for stimulating new hair growth. It was one recommended to me at the Salon and I did find that I noticed a tingly sensation, and my hair began to grow back pretty swiftly. After baby three, I turned to essential oils once again and have been seeing success with them. I've been using what I refer to as my "Rapunzel Blend" and have been seeing lots of new hair growth!
Recipe for the Rapunzel Blend
20 Drops Rosemary Essential Oils
20 Drops Lavender Essential Oils
10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oils
The Rosemary and Peppermint are excellent for stimulating the scalp for new growth, and the lavender is a nice calming gentle oil that helps keep your scalp healthy.
How to Apply the Rapunzel Blend
- Add a few drops to your shampoo and massage into the scalp
Pro-Tip: I like to wash my hair in the evening and find that the aroma of peppermint and lavender assist with relaxation and tension.
MOMHACKS: Styling New Hair Growth
Let's face is, new hair growth can be awful to try and style. Here are my favorite tips for feeling put together when you have crazy baby hairs!
- Wear a hat - This is my GO-TO option for play dates and going out doors.
- Coconut Oil - just a TINY little bit smoothed onto the new baby hairs will give them some moisture, and help put them into place without use of product
- Gel and Water
- After baby number two the regrowth was CRAZY, I would put a a tiny little bit of gel in my hands, rub it together then add some water and plaster those baby hairs to my head.