“It started roughly three months after delivering my baby. There was hair everywhere – on the pillow, bathroom drains, tufts on the comb… just everywhere!” Is this happening with you as well?
What are the causes of hair fall?
Women usually enjoy good hair health during pregnancy. This is because, normally, 90% of our hair grows at a given point in time while the other 10% is resting. After the resting phase, the hair falls off and is replaced by new strands of hair. During pregnancy, the majority of the hair is in the resting phase, resulting in thicker hair. The pregnancy hair fall, to an extent, is much lesser compared to the aftermath of postpartum. After pregnancy, the Estrogen levels come down to normal, and the hair cycle comes out of the resting phase, leading to hair fall. This is known as ‘Telogen Effluvium’ and usually persists for three to six months after delivery. However, certain external factors such as lack of sleep and stress of handling a newborn baby can make it worse.
But, don’t worry, ladies! With some good care and persistent efforts, we are sure you’ll get those beautiful locks back in no time.
What should I eat for thick hair?
A healthy and nutritious diet during and after pregnancy can be really beneficial for preventing hair loss and maintaining good health. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet to replenish all the lost minerals & nutrients from your body. Ensure you include food items from these groups for a healthy diet:
- Fruits and berries
- Green leafy vegetables like Spinach
- Sweet Potatoes
- Nuts and Flax seeds
- Fatty fish, Shrimps and Oysters
- Soya rich food products
Foods rich with antioxidants provide excellent protection to hair follicles. Keeping tonnes of vitamins like A, C, D and E as well as essential proteins like biotin in your diet can help you a lot.
How can we stop hair fall naturally?
Follow these tips to reduce hair fall.
1. Massage your hair regularly
Pick good quality organic hair oil like coconut, almond, castor, or olive oil to massage your hair as part of postpartum hair treatment. Use lukewarm oil to massage the scalp at least one to two times a week. Follow it up by wrapping a wet hot towel on your head for five minutes. Shampoo your hair, thereafter. This hair care routine if followed regularly for at least three months, can get great results.
2. Select the correct postpartum hair loss treatment shampoo
Shampooing your hair has two aspects. First – the selection of your correct shampoo and secondly – the technique of shampooing. Pick a natural shampoo that protects your hair while cleaning your scalp and hair effectively. Check labels to ensure that the ingredients are natural and healthy for your hair. See that the shampoo does not have Parabens, SLS and SLEs, Silicones or any other potentially harmful chemicals. Try The Moms Co.’s Natural, anti hair fall protein shampoo which has Gentle, Low-Lathering Coconut-Based Cleansers to clean your hair with the Natural Proteins from Wheat and Silk strengthen, moisturise and help reduce the damage caused by harsh chemicals and pollution.
Fenugreek is great for treating hair loss during pregnancy. Soak a few Fenugreek seeds in a bowl of water overnight. Apply this fenugreek water to the scalp and leave for a couple of hours. Shampoo your hair. Follow this remedy two-three times a week. Additionally, you can also grind the soaked fenugreek seeds into a paste, apply it on the roots and wash it off after 20 mins. It does wonders for the hair.
An excellent conditioner for the hair, curd has uncountable benefits. Regular curd massage on the scalp and hair will strengthen the hair follicles and help them regain their lost sheen. Apply once or twice a week and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse & shampoo thoroughly.
We recommend adding it to your diet as well as applying it on your mane. Use the white of two eggs and add some olive oil to it. Mix well, apply and leave for half an hour. Once dry, shampoo thoroughly with cool water.
6. Treat your hair gently
Abstain from using hair styling products, hair dyes, and chemical sprays when you are suffering from excessive hair loss. Use a comb with wide bristles and avoid combing when the hair is wet.
7. DIY Hair Mask
Take a ripe Avocado, mash it up well and add a tablespoon of coconut milk to it. Apply on the scalp and leave it to dry. Wash it off with a natural hair shampoo. Avocados are a rich source of Vitamins that boost collagen production. Coconut milk has the goodness of protein which is essential for proper hair growth.
8. Trim! Trim! Trim!
What better time to get a new look! Shorten your hair length by a few inches so that they are easier to style. Now that you are busy with the baby, a shorter hairstyle will be easy to manage and take care of.
9. Take supplements
Check with your doctor for vitamin deficiency and ask them if you should take vitamin supplements. You could start with a multivitamin or a biotin supplement. Biotin boosts hair growth and adds strength to the weak and dull locks of hair.
As per statistics, about 85% of new moms suffer from hair fall after delivery. There is nothing unnatural about it. Follow these simple and effective remedies to treat your hair fall woes. Eat right, drink plenty of water, and avoid all sorts of stress. Stressing about it might do more harm than good. Take a break from the unhealthy foods and unhealthy habits and give it some time, your hair will be back to its former glory.
For more information on postpartum hair loss, check out this beautifully useful guide on how to recognise it, the potential causes and the measures you can take to prevent & manage it.