If you’ve recently had a baby, we’re betting on a few things: you’ve NEVER felt this tired (and have possibly discovered that microsleeps while walking are totally possible), you now spend more time shush-ing than you do talking, and, er, your hair is falling out. Everywhere!
Yep, just one of the 347 Things About Motherhood that NOBODY tells you about beforehand is that you’ll experience postpartum hair loss. That glorious, thick, lush Pregnancy Hair eventually gives way to thinner, sparser Mum Hair (now the mum bun is starting to make sense!), thanks to a little thing known as postpartum hair loss. Typically, most women experience this from about three months postpartum, and it’s caused by the drop in oestrogen levels that happens at this stage.
But all hope for your hair goals is not lost – here are five things you can do to get your hair back on her A-game after you’ve had a baby…
- Eat Some Spinach
This little bunch of green goodness is bursting with iron, which is essential for your hair to grow and repair. In fact, studies show a deficiency in iron can result in hair loss (yep, the last thing you need right now!). And seeing as many women are low or deficient in iron after having a baby, stocking up on this hair-loving nutrient is especially important for you as a new mama.
Disclaimer: we get it, you’ve just had a baby and your days right now are consumed with feeding, burping, swaddling, and generally keeping said human alive – so we’re not about to suggest you whip up a superfood-packed green smoothie every morning (unless of course, you’re up to that, in which case, props to you!). Simply pop a bag of spinach in the fridge, then grab a handful and sprinkle over everything you eat, from your brekky omelette to your sandwich to your spag bol dinner. Easy peasy.
- Get A Massage
When was the last time you had a little me-time (and no, going to the bathroom doesn’t count)? Well, aside from offering some much-needed time out from mum duties, booking a massage may in fact also help your hair situation. How? Well, according to scientists, head massage, in particular, works to boost blood circulation to the scalp –and this, in turn, can serve to stimulate hair growth. Can’t find someone to watch bub for an hour? Rope in your partner to dish out a DIY version at home by moving their fingers in slow, circular movements around your whole head.
- Use A Targeted Shampoo
Constantly seeing your strands disappearing down the drain while you shower? Make sure that the shampoo you’re using will maximise your chances of a speedy return to good hair days. Using a shampoo and conditioner that has been carefully formulated by industry experts to boost hair growth and help hair feel thicker can be highly beneficial. So, which shampoos will help your hair return to her best self? Look out for ingredients such as argan oil, horsetail extract and rosemary essential oil on the label.
- Get Moving
Now, we know it’s not quite as appealing as booking in for a head massage, but exercise is another wonderful way to boost circulation in your quest to stimulate hair growth. As well as increasing circulation, moving your bod whenever you can help reduce stress, which definitely won’t harm your cause when it comes to chasing healthier, lusher hair. Try a mums ‘n’ bubs boot camp or yoga class – or, if you’d rather take a break from your little cherub, gyms with crèches are a great option (just think of the long, hot, uninterrupted shower afterwards!).
- Consider A Supplement
Did you know there are supplements specially formulated to help with hair health? Yep, and they’re a great (and seriously effortless) addition to your haircare routine. These golden nuggets typically contain hair-loving goodies (like biotin and vitamin C) and can work wonders for hair that needs a little boost from the inside out.
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