How To Fix Your Postpartum Hair Problems

postpartum hair problems

After pregnancy every new mum looks for ways to improve their postpartum hair problems. You want your body back and to start felling like yourself again.

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What Happens To Your Hair In Pregnancy?

During pregnancy you have higher levels of oestrogen. This hormone prevents your hair from shedding as often, which means you have thick, shiny hair. Your hair can also change colour or texture to become frizzy, curlier or straighter.

Some pregnant women will have hair that becomes very oily and greasy or very dry and brittle. These changes will tend to happen during the second trimester.

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What Happens To My Hair Postpartum?

Around three months postpartum most women will see a change in their hair. Your hormone levels have dropped and your hair has slowly started shedding. This can cause thinning hair or patches of hair loss.

You may also experience dry and brittle hair or a dry itchy scalp. This is temporary and your hair growth should return to normal by the time your baby is one year old.

The first few months postpartum is such a hard time, you are adjusting to having a new baby, you’re exhausted physically and mentally and your body is still recovering from having a baby.

You want to find things that make you feel more like yourself and one of those things is often improving the condition of your hair. Postpartum hair is dry and brittle so it can be a tangled mess most of the time. It can also breaking off easily, as well as going thin. These different suggestions can improve the condition of your postpartum hair and make you feel more like you.

Visit the NHS website for more information on your post pregnancy body

Ways to improve postpartum hair problems

8 Ways To Improve Postpartum Hair

1. Get a haircut

Getting a haircut postpartum will help improve its condition and make it more manageable to style. Some new mums like to get their hair cut shorter, but an alternative is to get a good trim and make sure you get rid of the split ends.

2. Try different hairstyles

Experiment with different hairstyles as using the same one everyday can put stress on the same parts of the hair. Try a different ponytail or plait instead of washing and styling your hair. YouTube have lots of tutorials and Pinterest is full of new hairstyle ideas.

3. Wash it less often

I used to wash and style my hair nearly every day! Now I make sure it is only washed every other day. I can’t quite make it last three days I have tried, but I don’t like how it feels after two days. Dry shampoo is a life saver and I use it on the days inbetween styling to freshen up my hair.

4. Use a good shampoo and conditioner

Try to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner for a few months. Also use a deep conditioner once a week – put it on in the shower or bath and leave it on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it out. Sometimes I just use it on the ends of my hair if they are feeling a bit dry and this really seems to help. For everyday use I always use John Frieda shampoo and conditioner as I find this really suits my hair type.

5. Use less Heat

Try to limit the amount of heat you use on your hair. I love my hairdryer and straighteners and won’t leave the house without straight hair, but I have tried to limit heat styling to every other day. I also a leave-in heat treatment which leaves my frizzy hair much smoother and straighter.

6. Eating Well

A good diet is especially important if you are breastfeeding as you need to make sure your body is getting the right amount of nutrition. I found drinking more water helped both my skin and hair – I think I was getting dehydrated from not drinking enough while breastfeeding.

7. Use a hair oil

There are lots of different hair oils you can try and it is best to experiment until you find a combination that is best for your hair. As I have fine hair if I use any product too much my hair just gets greasy and flat.

It adds shine to dry hair and helps to tame frizz. If my hair is feeling particularly dry at the ends I add a couple of pumps of oil through the mid length to the ends of my hair before I style it.

8. Vitamins

Pregnacare new mum vitamins contain biotin and zinc to strengthen the protein infrastructure in hair, skin and nails. I tried taking vitamins for a few months and I found it does take a while to see a difference and you have to take them consistently. When I am taking them regularly my hair and nails are much stronger and grow quicker. I haven’t been taking them recently and my nails have started snapping off again.

If you are struggling with your hair postpartum, just remember that it will improve with time. But there are things that you can do to improve it and taking care of yourself is so important. Happy mum, happy baby!

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