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Ah, 3 months old. Your baby is finally finding a routine, sleeping longer stretches, holding their head up… It’s a beautiful thing. Your fourth trimester is ending, you’re finding a routine, you’re not holding your baby so much, and right when you finallllllly get comfortable with where you’re at and how you’re feeling – BAM! – mother nature hits you like a ton of bricks and gives you ANOTHER hurdle to deal with. Post Partum Hair Loss.
Post Partum Hair Loss is a natural and inevitable thing. Most women get it. Your body holds on to all it’s hair from pregnancy then you gradually (jk, SUDDENLY.) start to lose your hair. My currently hairline is similar to Dracula or Count Chocula. My bathroom floor looks like Cousin It. My hair brush has more hair in it than I do on my head. My shower wall has splats of hair on it because I’m worried that my hair will clog the drain, so I leave it on my shower walls and scoop it all up with a piece of toilet paper and throw it away later. You can imagine the disgust my husband has when he showers after me. Hah!
Anyway. This is my 3rd time dealing with post partum hair loss. It sucks, it will happen, and it's gross. And just like pregnancy, it’s different every time. Here are some things I am doing to prevent further hair loss!
Pick a new hairstyle. Instead of the super trendy, super easy, super convenient, signature top knot -- try something more gentle on your hair that doesn’t pull so much. My go to hair styles are: side braid, half twists, double French braids (or boxer braids), or a hat!
Try a different part in your hair. For me, my hair fell out the most where I parted it. When you switch up your part you can use your hair to “hide” your hair loss but also prevent from so much hair falling out in that one section. It’ll feel weird at first since your hair has been trained to go a certain way for a while, but your hair will get used to it’s new place again.
Dry your hair with a microfiber turban. So apparently using a towel is really bad for your hair. Something about the harsh cotton fibers making your hair frizzy and more prone to breakage. Why did no one tell me this like, 15 years ago?? A microfiber turban will soak up more water (which means less dry time!) AND it's gentler on the shaft of your hair.
Use a wide toothed comb. After the shower (or in the shower with some conditioner) comb through your hair with a wide tooth comb. Wide tooth combs are gentler on hair and they ease through tangles much better than a fine tooth comb.
Try a Volumizing System. I’m using Hask Beauty’s Biotin Boost Thickening Collection – a shampoo, conditioner, and thickening cream. This shampoo and conditioner is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, artificial colors, and a whole bunch of other ingredients that I can’t read or pronounce.
I like this particular system because it doesn’t dry out my ends. The ingredients include biotin to help strengthen and thicken your post partum locks, coffee to “wake up” your hair follicles so they start growing, and collagen to strengthen your hair shaft – this prevents further breakage!
HASK Beauty Biotin Boost
My hair after using the Biotin Boost Thickening and Volumizing Trio. I blow dried my hair just to dry it (I did NOT use a round brush) and ran a straightener through the ends of my hair. You can see my hairline by my part is thinning a little, but my hair looks nice and thick!
Please excuse my non make-up face.
Fake It. Another thing you can do to make it seem like your hair isn’t falling out in clumps is to round brush the roots, put in root pump, curl your hair, or tease your hair a bit to fake the volume.
Take Biotin. Biotin is a supplement found in the vitamin section of your drug store. This supplement helps the growth of your hair and nails and the health of your skin. Warning – when you take this, your hair will grow EVERYWHERE not just your head so while you’re at the drug store pick up a few razors or wax strips. Hah!
Post partum hair loss/shedding normally lasts when your baby is 3 months old and will stop until when your baby is around 6 months old. Your hairline will be crazy. Your growth will be crazy. If you had kids before, your hair growth will be different every time. My middle son just turned two and my hairline is still weird from my postpartum shed from him! Your hair will usually start to grow back when your baby is around the 6 to 9 month period.
I hope these little life hacks will help your during your shedding and regrowth period. Keep reminding yourself that yes, even though its SO GROSS, it’ll be over soon!
In the comments, let me know what your go to hairstyles are when you're in a rush or if your hair is dirty!