Although postpartum hair loss is an alarming discovery for new mothers, it’s completely normal to find clumps of hair tangles in the brush bristles. This condition, also known as postpartum alopecia, affects nearly half the women two to four months following childbirth due to the sudden change of hormones within the body.
These changes are natural and can’t be stopped immediately, but here are a few ways to minimize the effects of postpartum hair loss:
Maintain a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is a crucial factor for optimal wellbeing. Postpartum women should be particular about maintaining a healthy diet to regulate their recovery and prevent postpartum hair loss from progressing. Ideally, a healthy diet must include all vitamins and nutrients found in whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Take supplements regularly
If you’re concerned about your postpartum hair loss, take vitamins and mineral supplements to prevent it. To promote hair regrowth, you should make zinc, vitamin E and C, iron, and biotin a part of your diet. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking any of these supplements, as they may already be a part of your postpartum recovery plan.
To regulate hormone imbalances, you should actively take steps to reduce stress levels. This includes different relaxation techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises. However, if you are feeling angry, anxious, or overwhelmed in the months following pregnancy, you should reach out to your doctor or therapist.
While undergoing postpartum hair loss, it is best to avoid using chemicals for hair treatments such as harsh gels, styling sprays, or artificial hair colors. Instead, you should opt for natural oils (such as castor or almond oil) to strengthen your hair, stop hair loss, and promote regrowth.
Modify your hair care routine
You may also need to modify your hair routine to prevent hair loss. Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet, set your hairdryer to its lowest setting, and stay away from straightening irons and hot rollers to prevent heat damage. You can also consult your dermatologist regarding biotin fortified shampoos and deep-moisture conditioners.
Change your hairstyle
You can resort to a ‘mom haircut’ after the birth of your newborn baby. Although women tend to do so for practical reasons, short hair seems to visibly reduce the stressors of postpartum hair loss.
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