There is no greater or more beautiful experience in a woman’s life than being a mother. This is a line we have all heard and most of us have internalized. However, nobody really ever tells you about how hard the mom life actually is which really begins from the moment when the stick turns blue and you are in a committed relationship for the next well, as long as you live. Most women complain of a host of problems like nausea, fatigue and lethargy during the first trimester which nonetheless gets better as your pregnancy progresses.
However, one thing which most women never complain about during their pregnancy is hair fall which seems to miraculously slow down during this time. This is because your hair goes into a state of dormancy during your pregnancy which is known as the telogen phase. This is the reason most women are blessed to have thick locks. The story changes drastically once the baby comes. Then most women complain of finding more hair in the drains than they actually find on their heads.
- From the telogen phase now your hair moves to the telogen effluvium phase which makes you lose big chunks of hair. This mainly happens around the forehead region.
- Many people consider breastfeeding to be one of the primary reasons for hair loss. But whether this is true or not, it is not yet substantially proven.
But this article does not deal with the reasons for hair loss which might be varied. Here we are going to take a look at the preventive measures that can be taken to keep postpartum hair loss at bay:
Oil your hair as often as possible
This might sound cliche but when it comes to battling hair loss then there is no better way to deal with it than slather your locks with sticky goodness. However instead of just using any oil at all for this purpose it is feasible to use a really good healthy hair oil like olive oil or argan oil to make sure that your hair gets the nourishment that they deserve. You could also whip up a simple concoction of organic coconut oil mixed with yin-yan oil or rosemary oil to provide tangle free and healthy locks. Do this at least three times a week.
Invest in a good shampoo and a good conditioner
Once again a very layman tip. But what is really important to understand is, it is very important to have clean hair which is why most dermatologists would recommend shampooing your hair every other day by using a mild sulphate free shampoo to keep your scalp clean to rescue any build up. However, if you are in a dilemma about what to do, it would be best to consult a dermatologist.
Eat those fishes
Your body undergoes a lot when it brings a new miniature human being into this world. And even though your life is all about taking care of the little nugget, please do not forget to fuel up on your nutrients especially food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which gives you strength and luster to your locks. Ask any OBGYN or any mother for example and they will tell you unanimously how important it is to maintain your intake of calcium and iron and especially vitamin C. It will also a good time to include more flax seed, wild salmon, quinoa and kale into your daily diet.
This might induce a lot of eye rolls and “are you serious?” from a lot of you, but whenever wherever you can just drift off. Sleep really does do miracles to your hair follicles. And because new mothers are so sleep deprived hair loss takes a toll on them.
A new hairstyle
This is more common than it sounds really. Postpartum your hairstylist is your best friend. So, ask her or him what should you do? You could try a different parting or a different hairstyle, you could essentially go for shorter hair for some time or simply tie it all up in a good old pony.
This is a great time in your life. Your hair will grow back. Do not worry. Instead, focus on the tiny person you are cradling in your arms.