This post was originally published in August 2017, but has been updated with more information and links to resources.
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 getting a bit more confident in your parenting skills, 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: Postpartum Hair Loss.
Postpartum 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. The hair clump after your shower resembles Cousin It and you look like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
This is my FOURTH TIME dealing with postpartum hair loss. It sucks so much and it’s so gross. One of my best friends, a mother and a well known hairstylist in the Vegas area, gave me some tips. With our powers combined let’s hope we can give you the proper resources to navigate these choppy waters of postpartum hair loss.
Keep taking your prenatal vitamins. Its no secret that pregnancy depletes your body of nutrients. A human just traumatically exited your body! Doctors say to keep taking your prenatal vitamin if you’re nursing. Even if you’re not, you still need to take your prenatal to replenish all those vitamins you lost. If someone is malnourished, they will lose hair. Granted, it takes a lot for someone to be malnourished. But vitamins will help!
Drink collagen. Either pill or powder form is fine. Your body breaks down collagen into amino acids that your body needs to build keratin — the stuff that your hair is made of! Collagen is found in your skin. You can help your body replenish its cells by taking a daily collagen supplement. When you have healthy skin, you have healthy hair!
Try Biotin… or a Hair, Skin, and Nails supplement. It helps make your hair stronger and more resistant to falling out.
Eat a diet full of good fats. If you don’t want to take all of those supplements, then you can always make sure to eat a diet full of good fats. Fruits, nuts, veggies, fish, and eggs are all good sources of omega fatty acids, vitamin e, and natural sources of biotin!
Drink enough water. Of course you know there’s a lot of benefits to drinking water. It’s important for you to drink water because it helps all the vitamins and nutrients get absorbed into the body!
Pick a new part. Try parting your hair a different way. Sometimes your hair falls out right where you part it. You can switch up your part and “hide” all that hair loss that’s happening. It will feel weird at first but you can easily train your hair to go to it’s new place with a blow dryer, a brush, hair spray, and some patience!
middle part? side part? how about... NO PART.
Gentle hairstyles. It’s super easy and convenient to throw your hair up in a bun and call it a day. But the pulling and twisting can really damage your hairline and your hair can break away from its roots. Take a break from the messy top knot and pick a gentler style a few days a week — low pony, braids, hair down, or forget doing your hair and hide it under a hat!
Get a haircut. Get bangs. Get fringe. Get layers. Get lots of layers. Fake having lots of hair with lots of layers! A blunt haircut is cute if you have naturally pin straight hair, but if you don’t sometimes your hair will triangle.
Blot and squeeze your hair to dry! If you don't have a microfiber towel, an old t shirt is perfect!
Don’t dry your hair with a bath towel. Using a regular bath towel is really bad for your hair. Something about the harsh cotton fibers making your hair frizzy and more prone to breakage. When you dry your hair BLOT AND SQUEEZE. Don’t rub. If you don’t have a microfiber towel — use an old t shirt! The fibers of a t shirt are much more gentle than the aggressive loopy fibers of a bath towel.
Use high quality shampoo and conditioner. Whichever company you decide to look into for your hair journey, make sure you do some research on the company and google the ingredients. OrganiGrowHairCo is LITERALLY the best product line I’ve ever used. They are a women-owned, black-owned business. There is a hair quiz you can take to figure out the porosity of your hair and the texture and it filters the products to what you need for your hair. They only use plant based and non toxic ingredients.
shampoo and conditioner for organigrowhairco.
Use a wide toothed comb or a wet brush. 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 or a regular hairbrush.
Root Clipping. While your hair is still damp, clip it up at the roots and let your hair air dry. By lifting the hair at the root and letting it dry, it’s a gentler way to fake volume rather than round brushing or teasing at the roots.
root clipping your hair is a gentle way to give your hair some volume
Postpartum hair loss/shedding normally starts when your baby is 3 months old. Your hairline will be wonky. The growth back will resemble a child's drawing of the suns rays (because you're so bright and beautiful, duh.) If you had kids before, your hair growth will be different every time. Sometimes your hair will grow back around the time your baby is 6 months. Sometimes 9 months.
I hope these little life hacks will help your during your shedding and regrowth period!
Keep reminding yourself that yes, even though this shedding period is gross and a little scary... it will not last forever. This is a very common thing among postpartum parents. And there IS something you can do about it! Good luck! You're doing great!