Motherhood and the postpartum journey definitely open ladies up to a whole new world full of surprises. With sleepless nights, scheduled outings dependent on feeding times and constant nappy changes, there certainly is a lot to get used to when juggling the first few months of motherhood.
Something that many new mums also experience postpartum is hair loss. Seriously, you'd think they'd have enough to deal with (newborn and all), but no. With all the hormones surging through their bodies, hair loss after bub is a thing; it's actually more common than you would think!
If you're currently on a postpartum journey and experiencing hair loss, don't sweat it! The BondiBoost Team are here to help. Keep reading as we lay out the hardcore facts (no sugar coating here ladies), on precisely what postpartum hair loss is and how to best combat it.
What is postpartum hair loss?
The first thing to assure any new mum going through postpartum hair loss is that it is entirely normal and (most importantly) temporary. For many women with newborn babies, hair loss is evident (sometimes quite dramatically) generally three months after giving birth.
Why does postpartum hair loss occur?
One word ladies, one word; hormones. These wild and often unpredictable suspects run rife during pregnancy and continue long after bub is born.
During pregnancy, the combination of heightened estrogen levels + increased blood circulation severely minimises the usual rate of hair loss. Once the baby comes, hormone levels drop almost instantly. Your hair uses this as a kind of 'reminder' to start losing natural amounts of daily hair loss again. However, hair seemingly decides to catch up, with many postpartum women experiencing mass hair loss all at once.
Will postpartum hair loss ever stop?
For the majority, postpartum hair loss will slow before your baby's first year. It is a normal phenomenon and not anything to worry about.
This being said, if you're still experiencing notable amounts of hair loss after your baby hits their 1st birthday, you may want to talk to a dermatologist. They'll be able to determine whether your hair loss is still postpartum related or if additional causes are contributing.
Treatments to minimise the effects/ get hair growing again
The good news for mothers out there is that there is a range of different tips and tricks that can help combat hair loss and aid in promoting hair growth again.
Supplements for anti-hair loss are a fantastic addition to your hair care routine if you're in the market for hair growth. Packed with ingredients that aid in stimulating hair follicles, these little pills of potent goodness can do wonders for women experiencing postpartum hair loss.
An active ingredient to search for in these types of supplements is Biota Orientalis. Biota Orientalis is a herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine believed to increase blood flow and circulation. Increased blood flow, leading to follicle stimulation is a critical player in hair re-growth.
2. Massage the Scalp
You may be wondering how a simple head massage could help accelerate hair growth; seems pretty mundane, right? The science behind this sneaky tip all has to do with stimulating blood circulation.
When the scalp is massaged, blood flow is increased. This increase in blood flow causes a knock-on effect whereby hair follicles are stimulated and promoted to grow as they now have an increase in oxygen (given to them through the blood).
3. Fuel your body with the right type of foods
A healthy body starts in the kitchen, not the gym! Eating a well balanced, nutrient-dense diet will not only benefit your physical body but plays a significant role in hair's health and re-growth.
A curial macronutrient to fuel up on for hair growth is carbohydrates. Carbs are your body's preferred source of energy for growing and replacing cells. So if you're experiencing hair loss, fueling your body with complex carbohydrates will aid in getting those beautiful locks to grow grow grow!
Load up on amazing varieties of complex carbs like brown/ wild rice, quinoa, legumes, sweet potato, oat and wholegrain bread and pasta varieties; #carbsarelife!
For recipes jam-packed with hair-loving (hair growing) ingredients, check out BondiBoost's 'The Healthy-haired Chef' series, on the BB blog.
4. Try Derma Rolling
Also known as micro-needling, the process can be used to reduce hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. When in use, the miniature needles in a Derma Roller create 'micro-injuries' in the skin and hair follicles. When micro-injuries are being repaired, the body automatically increases collagen and stimulates new cell production. All of these bodily processes encourage the growth of new hair.
Note: It's important you select a derma roller from a reputable supplier – we want to make sure you and your scalp are in safe hands! Ours is a class 1 medical listed device, registered with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG 310522). Check it out here.
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