Oh the joy of having a baby~ nothing beats the feeling of meeting your little one for the first time. The tiny hands and feet, the tiny, toothless yawns, and the sweet, little smiles amongst a million other things that you’re just completely obsessed over.
Thank goodness for the extreme infatuation over that adorable bundle of happiness, because without it, you probably would be even more upset over the hair loss you’ve been experiencing!When my hair started shedding around the 3rd month postpartum, it was immediately noticeable in the shower where everything collected at the drain. I noticed my hands my long strands of hair coming out as I shampooed my hair and the amount was just absolutely horrific. Within weeks I felt my hair was thin out significantly and I even developed almost-bald-spots near my hairline. Although I don’t know the exact count of my strands, I estimate that about 1/3 of my hair came out during this period.
Unfortunately, this is a side effect of pregnancy for many people, and there really isn’t too much that can be done to prevent it or to make your hair grow back in faster. Although we feel self-conscious and upset about the hair loss, we really shouldn’t because it’s a completely natural process and is not permanent. It is one more bit of evidence that you just made life and it is a miniscule price to pay for that bundle of joy. Take a moment to breathe in and out, look at your little one, and pat yourself on the back for doing such a wonderful job.
Now that it isn’t as much of an emergency, let’s look at the things I did to try and combat the hair loss.
Many women turn to taking a vitamin that’s specifically made to target the hair, skin, and nails, so I did the same. The reviews on the one I purchased are great and everyone was raving about how effective the vitamin was, so I began to take these daily: Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair Skin & Nails Extra Strength, 150 Softgels, Multivitamin Supplement, with Antioxidants C & E. Although I can’t say 100% that the vitamin helped, it definitely gave me peace of mind and I felt that it couldn’t hurt.
I also considered getting the SugarBearHair Vitamins which are oh so popular on the internet, especially after getting endorsed by many celebrities such as the Kardashians and other influencers. But they are much more pricey so I opted for the Nature’s Bounty first to see how they worked.
I also made sure to not tie my hair very tightly because doing so would put pressure on the strands of hair which, in turn, would cause pulling at the roots. Goodness knows I didn’t want to lose any more than I already did. Also take care when brushing your hair, being extra careful about following the rule about starting from the bottom and working your way up. You don’t want to yank it unnecessarily and weaken the roots more than necessary.
When shampooing, be very gentle when working your fingertips across your scalp. I don’t know if using a special volume shampoo actually works, but whatever you are using, make sure you are not scrubbing hard or using your fingernails. While you are there, massage in circular motions to improve blood flow. Again, this is just what I did and I have no proof that it actually helped.
Eat a good, healthy diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Although I doubt this alone will speed up regrowth, I am sure it will not hurt to replenish your body’s reserves and get it back into tip-top shape.
Now, the one thing I did that I know 100% helped, was I chopping my locks while we were in Okinawa. We were passing a lovely little salon on our way back to our hotel and dropped in to see if the owner was willing to make an exception to the ‘appointment only’ sign outside. He graciously did and I went from lower-back length long hair to shoulder-length hair. This really helped with my hair’s appearance because there wasn’t so much weight pulling at the roots which really accentuates the thinness at the scalp. He also re-did my bangs and pulled in more hair from the middle of my head to make them seem thicker. To this day I am still thankful towards him for that haircut because it really gave me back a lot of confidence during a time when I didn’t have much of it.
Currently my son is 13 months old and I noticed that my hair has felt much more voluminous in the past two months or so. I also see hair that has grown in from the balding areas, which is currently going through a strange stage of being significantly shorter than the rest of my hair. Ladies, do not fear, because the hair does come back! It just takes time and patience. You can try taking the vitamin if you think it will help, and definitely get some pampering at the salon; after all, you just had a baby and deserve an hour or two to yourself.
I truly do hope this post has been helpful. Thanks for stopping by.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am not guaranteeing any method that is listed above. All methods are what I have tried myself, and I cannot vouch for effectiveness. Do not take any medicines or supplements without doing your own due diligence and first consulting your physician. This post contains affiliate links which means this blog will get a small commission if you click through and purchase at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.