Becoming a mother comes with a lot of changes, one of which includes postpartum hair loss. It is a common condition that has significant impact to a new mothers mental health and physical appearence, but can be managed with the right approach. Here, we explore 8 ways to manage postpartum hair loss.
Use Good Hair and Scalp Hygiene
One of the most effective ways to reduce and even prevent postpartum hair loss is to keep your hair and scalp clean. Use a gentle shampoo that is formulated to repair and strengthen damaged hair. Follow up with a scalp therapy conditioner to strengthen and thicken your hair follicles. You can also try a treatment shampoo that counteracts hair thinning and improves the overall hair density and promotes a healthy scalp.
Diversify Your Hydration
Adequate hydration is crucial for maintaining overall health and preventing postpartum loss. Inadequate water intake can result in the weakening and brittleness of hair follicles, contributing to hair loss. It is imperative to consume a minimum of eight glasses of water daily to ensure optimal hydration levels in the body and hair. For many adhering to this practice can be challenging at times. Explore different ways to hydrate such as drinking teas or infusing water with fruits. One of our favourite teas is the Candy Crush Rejuvenating Loose Black Tea blend and it is an excellent choice to support healthy hair care. This tea blend contains Safflower Oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids that facilitate healthy hair growth and reduce hair loss.
Candy Crush Rejuvenating Loose Tea
Get Creative With Hair Supplements
Hair growth supplements contain a blend of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can help to keep your hair healthy and strong. Some of these supplements may come in the form of delicious cookies, too! The Anti-Inflammatory Cookie is a wholesome snack to support healthy hair, nails and skin – so this treat has great potential to help alleviate hair loss. Packed with ginger and turmeric, this cookie offers potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which may aid hair growth by reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, this cookie contains hydrolyzed collagen peptides and Vitamin C, which support hair health and overall skin vitality. This keto-friendly, low-carb, and non-GMO cookie delivers over 4000 mg of non-GMO Hydrolyzed Collagen Type 1 and 3 Peptides and 63 mg of Vitamin C, representing 97% of the recommended daily intake. Packs quite a punch to combat hair loss!
The Anti-Inflammatory Cookie
Rethink Heat Styling
Heat styling tools like flat irons and curling irons can damage your hair and make it more prone to breakage and hair loss. Try to minimise the use of these tools or use them at a lower heat or the cool setting if your appliance has this. You can also use a heat protectant spray on your hair prior to styling to protect your hair from heat damage.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
When you’re experiencing postpartum hair loss, it’s essential to be gentle with your hair. Avoid brushing or combing your hair when it’s wet, as this can weaken the hair follicles and lead to breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair. Avoid tight hairstyles like braids or ponytails, which can pull on your hair with continued use, weaken the hair follicles and cause damage and breakage.
Argan Oil Before Shampooing
Argan Oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, all of which nourish and strengthen your hair. Our Argan Carrier Oil is a natural oil derived from the kernels of the Argan tree, native to Morocco. Argan Oil is also known for its ability to hydrate and protect hair from damage caused by styling tools and environmental factors. Using your hands, apply 8 to 10 drops of Argan Oil onto your scalp, and work it through your hair with your fingers. Use it as a leave-in treatment by applying it to your hair before bed and shampooing in the morning.
Argan Carrier Oil
Add Sweetness to Your Hair Routine
Maybe Argan Oil isn’t for you? Sweet Almond Oil is also known for its ability to moisturise the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Our Sweet Almond Carrier Oil is a natural oil that’s extracted from the seeds of the Almond Tree. Rich in vitamins A, B, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, all of which nourish and strengthen your hair. Apply a small amount into the palms of your hands, 8 to 10 drops should be enough, and rub the oil between your palms before applying it to your scalp. This warms the oil up and increases absorbency. Massage the Sweet Almond Oil into your scalp and work it through your hair. Leave it in for at least an hour before shampooing your hair. Natural oils like Sweet Almond Oil are an excellent addition to your hair care routine, especially if you’re experiencing postpartum hair loss.
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil
Reduce ‘Hair Anxiety’
The calming and energising properties of Ylang Ylang Oil moisturises the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth. Our Ylang Ylang Pure Essential Oil is helpful for postpartum hair loss in women. Mix 8 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil in 1 tablespoon of either Argan or Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, and massage the scalp gently. Essential oils are very potent and mixing them into a good quality carrier oil is very important to ensure safe use and no damage to your area of application. Leave the Ylang Ylang blend on for an hour and then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. For extra effect, add 5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo to nourish and strengthen your hair. Using Ylang Ylang Oil in a diffuser or burner can also help create a relaxing atmosphere to ease postpartum stress and anxiety. A very versatile essential oil!
Ylang Ylang Pure Essential Oil
Meditate, Meditate, Meditate!
During postpartum, it’s important to remember that stress plays a significant role. Incorporating yoga or other forms of mindful practice into your routine helps to reduce stress levels and promotes relaxation. The Mantra Banana Meditation Mat is ideal for new mothers seeking stress-reducing activities to promote holistic health. Its strong, biodegradable banana fibre provides grip and durability, while cotton threads make it soft and comfortable. Rubberized on the underside for stability, the mat can be used on any surface. Chemical-free and environmentally friendly, it is handwoven in India by skilled craftspeople.
Postpartum hair loss is a common condition that can be managed with the right approach. Keeping your hair and scalp clean, staying hydrated, taking hair growth supplements, minimising heat styling, and being gentle with your hair are all effective ways to prevent hair loss. Also, use essential carrier oils for healthy and shiny tresses!