Don’t forget to look after you (and your hair) too…
It is not uncommon to experience postnatal hair loss. When this happens, it can be very disconcerting, but it is important to remember it is very normal.
Many postnatal women will notice a sudden shedding — sometimes in clumps — in the six months after birth. To put this into context, the average person loses approximately 100 hairs per day, but not all at once. Because this hair loss happens gradually, we don’t normally notice.
When you’re expecting, your pregnancy hormones can cause faster hair growth, and less hair loss. But when hormones go back to normal, these extra hairs drop.
When a woman gives birth, the levels of oestrogen in her bloodstream decrease dramatically. As a result of this, some new mums may experience postpartum hair loss that is quite dramatic. Shedding hair at a noticeable rate during the first two to six months after having a baby is not unusual, but some may experience significant, or noticeable hair loss. During an already busy and challenging time, many women find these changes to their hair have a real impact on their self-confidence. In combination with other physical changes to their body, new mothers can be left feeling self-conscious. It is also important to note that breastfeeding is not proven to contribute to hair loss.
When a new-born arrives, it is all too easy for a mother to be swept up in their every need, and to forget about looking after herself. So here are some tips to help guide postnatal women in supporting their hair during this challenging and exciting time:
As difficult as it can be to adapt to a new routine with interrupted sleep patterns and constant feeding, reducing stress as much as possible is key. Try to avoid doing everything – being super mum, washing, cooking, socialising, cleaning and even working! You can’t do it all at once, compartmentalise tasks where you can, and go easy on yourself and life. Enjoy this special time.
Take Hair Growth Supplements*
Taking natural hair growth supplements during the postpartum phase (especially if you are experiencing postnatal hair loss), can be an excellent way to maintain the quality and health of the hair. Chemical and preservative free hair supplements can benefit your overall health, as well as giving your locks that all-important boost.
Sleep (as well as you can!)
Easier said than done with a new-born. But, where you can, snatch sleep. When baby sleeps forget about the tidying and try to grab some shut eye too. Every minute will help, and your hair will appreciate that too.
However, take comfort in the fact that by the time you are blowing out the candle on that first birthday cake, your hair will more than likely be back to how it was pre-pregnancy!
Take time and take stock. Don’t let your hair suffer during this new phase in your life – do your best to look after you (and your hair) too.
*Hair Divine contains no ingredients or nutrients that would be harmful to your baby’s development or wellbeing. However, as with any changes to your diet or supplements you take during pregnancy, we advise you consult with your doctor before you start taking Hair Divine.