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Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

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This post is based on personal experience and not to be taken as medical advice. Consult with your doctor when making medical decisions.

Postpartum hair loss

I did it! I finally got my hair cut and it feels so good to have something short and fresh in time for spring. To not have to throw my hair up into a messy bun, where it would inevitably stay, as soon as my son lunges for the available strands.

Almost since he was born I’ve been terrified to get my hair cut. I was embarrassed about the long strands that were falling out at the slightest touch, which was especially bad when I washed or brushed my hair. Postpartum hair loss is no joke. And I’ve found dealing with postpartum hair loss to be a nerve-wracking experience. But in the last month or so I’ve noticed that the hair loss has nearly stopped, so I finally felt like I could go get my hair cut without nauseating my stylist.

I honestly didn’t expect to experience hair loss like this after having Little Man. Sure, you hear that its something that happens to new moms, but I didn’t think it would happen to me. I didn’t get the gorgeous, voluminous, shiny hair that some pregnant women get that contributes to their “glowing” look (I most definitely did not glow). It wouldn’t be fair for me to lack that lustrous hair and then to lose what I had afterward! Welp, Sarah, in the words of your mother, “no one said life was fair.”

At around 3 months post-partum I was desperate to fix my hair loss issue before I went bald, so I Googled my brains out. I didn’t find a ton that was particularly useful, but I’ll share with you what I tried. Before that, though, I’ll preface this by saying I have no idea if it was the things I have been doing (one, a mixture, or all of them together) that helped me stop losing so much hair, or if it was just that my hair loss had run its course.

Morning Coffee

I take Collagen Peptidesevery day.

Every morning I add a scoop of collagen peptides (you can find the ones I buyhere, but there are a ton of options out there) to my coffee. I feel like it does impact the taste, but only slightly. It’s said to support hair, skin, and nails, as well as support your bones and joints. Even though my main hope in taking it was to slow (and hopefully stop) my postpartum hair loss, my joints seem to be feeling a little better too. Carrying the extra post-baby weight that I’ve been carrying certainly didn’t help my joints, but they definitely don’t ache in the morning anymore. So that seems to be a plus!

Daily ritual of spilling collagen peptides on the table…

I use an anti-breakage and strengthening shampoo and conditioner

Specifically, I use Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner. In the last couple of years I’ve started to do a total over-hall of all of my beauty products, making the move to less toxic ingredients. In this transition I’ve come to really appreciate Shea Moisture products. A lot of them (not all) rank really well on the Think Dirty app that I use to verify my products are less toxic than what I would have previously purchased. They smell great and don’t leave my hair looking stringy – which I’ve had issues with from some of the other “clean” brands.

Since I knew I liked this brand I looked for something that they offered that would strengthen my hair. I found this and love it! It smells nice and the conditioner ranks at a 2 (which is great) on Think Dirty. The shampoo ranks at an 8 (not good). The poor shampoo ranking is because Think Dirty flagged their essential oil blend fragrance as dirty, which they admit that they have not yet vetted manually. Either way, I’ve been happy with my results. Plus, I’ve used and loved other products they produce, so I’m glad this seems to work for me.

I try not to brush my hair while its wet

A friend of mine was told by her hairdresser that brushing her hair when it was wet contributed to hair loss because this is when hair is at its most vulnerable. Fact? Fiction? I don’t know. But I do know that brushing my hair while its dry (not even “brushing” it with my fingers in the shower) has greatly decreased the amount of hair that I found myself losing in the shower and in my hair brush. Huzzah!

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

I hope this helps! Like I said, I have no idea if these little changes actually made a difference or if my hair loss had just run its course, but my stylist didn’t end up with clumps of hair in her hands when doing my hair. I consider that a win!