Postpartum Hair Tips

November 14, 2014

Ask any new mommy and she’ll tell you that having a baby is the best decision she’s ever made. But what’s less likely to garner enthusiasm? Postpartum hair loss. This side effect, annoying as it can be, is actually totally normal.

Here’s how it goes: During pregnancy, you may likely find yourself gaping at your reflection in the mirror, marveling at your shiny, thick, luscious mane. That’s because, during pregnancy your estrogen levels are higher, which causes a significantly smaller percentage of hair to be in the resting stage. Instead, your hair will grow, grow, grow, and you’ll find barely any of it in the drain. Then, once you give birth, your hormones will be all over the place, your estrogen levels will dip, and your hair will begin shedding… a lot. One morning you may even run your hands through your hand and come out with a large clump. Don’t be alarmed! This is totally natural, and you are not going bald. After about a year, your hair will regain its normal thickness, and grow back. But in the meantime, there are some tips and tricks you can use to get over this awkward stage and feel your best. Read on to find out more!

Take a Short Cut – The easiest way to hide some postpartum hair loss is with an adorable new haircut. Not only will the new ‘do usher you into this new stage of life, it’ll be extra convenient in covering up any bald patches around your hair line and hide the baby hairs. Also, a shorter cut will be harder for your newborn to yank on (major plus!) and easier to style and care for. Ask any new mom: shaving a few minutes off your morning routine will be much appreciated when every second of the day will be focused on caring for your new bundle of joy.

Fish Oil – Super hair-friendly, fish oil has the fats your strands need to be their shiniest and healthiest. Consider adding a fish oil pill to your daily regimen to boost hair growth and keep your locks looking their best during this tricky stage of awkward hair loss.

De-stress – Ever notice how your whole body manifests the stress you’re feeling inside? Think about. When you’re not getting enough sleep, feeling overwhelmed, and generally “blah”, you may have noticed more break-outs on your face and body, purple under-eye circles, puffiness, and more. Well ladies, here’s the hard truth: if you are stressed for extended periods of time, your hair can take a beating too. Along with going grey, hair loss can be another symptom that you need to relax and take it easy. If you notice the hair loss setting in, consider taking a bath, doing some deep breathing exercises or trying out yoga, to minimize stress and minimize shedding.

Nutrition – Your hair needs essential nutrients like Biotin, Vitamin B5, Folic Acid and Iron to grow healthy and stay strong. Consider taking a three month supply of hair supplements, like the Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition blend, which has 18 ingredients within that are guaranteed to boost your mane and give it the extra oomph it needs during the postpartum stage.

Go Gentle – Once your hair starts falling out, you really can’t turn the clock around, but you can minimize the damage. Try shampooing every other day and brushing your hair very carefully, never yanking on it or pulling too hard on the strands when they’re wet. Also, try using organic hair products and avoid any products that have harsh chemicals inside. The less stress you put on your strands, the better.

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with postpartum hair loss, you’re not alone. Millions of women go through this stage and it is perfectly natural. When you want to boost your hair health and help it look its best, Aviva’s hair specialists can help you find exactly what you need to do just that. Simply fill out this contact form and one of us will be in touch with you soon. Ladies, remember: we’re in this together. You’ll be back to feeling like your normal self in no time at all!

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