This has been one of my popular posts of all time, so today I want to give it a little more love. If you are pregnant or just had a baby, you might be experiencing some massive hair loss. I hope my tips will be useful to you!
As many of you with children know, when you have a baby your body changes. My body went through the ringer, and about 3 months after I had given birth, I thought I was in the clear. The weight was coming off, my skin was clearing back up (after I got my Clarisonic to help with my post pregnancy/hormonal acne flare ups) and I was feeling back to normal. Then I started shedding like none other. I’m not talking just a clump of hair here and there, I’m saying I would run my hands through my hair, and I would take fistfulls of hair out by the root. It’s a normal part of post partum, but still annoying- isn’t having to lose the baby weight a bad enough punishment? Most of the hair I lost was along my hairline and the first few inches back.
The two pictures below were taken right when I noticed I was undergoing rapid hair loss. I had just started focus on finding products to grow my hair. They are kind of my “before” pictures to my hair growth process.
I started brushing my hair every time I went into the bathroom because my hair would come out by the handful. My favorite brush is the Wet Brush. Every time I showered, I would literally have a nest of hair in the shower. I’m not much of a shedder normally, but I would have to take my gross web of hair out of the shower with me each time I bathed or the shower wouldn’t drain. If you brush your hair several times a day, you can gather your shedding hair and toss it out little by little rather than constantly have hair on your shirt, on the floor, in the shower, etc. I also cleaned my hairbrush out at least once a day. It sounds extreme, but it was necessary, believe me. For weeks I couldn’t go anywhere without bringing a trail of shedding hair with me.
Cut back on using a straightener.
I love to straighten my hair, but when I would use my straightener with thinning hair it would just make my hair look even thinner and flat on my head. Instead, I tried to keep a limit on the styling tools I used. No blowdryer, no straightening iron. I slept in braids at night and unraveled them in the morning for a little natural looking wave. I used a curling iron to touch up my hair here and there.
- Queen for a Day- TIGI Bedhead
- Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
- UNITE Eurotherapy 7 Seconds Dry Shampoo
- TIGI Catwalk Root Boost
Direct attention elsewhere.
This is probably my favorite because it’s the easiest. I’m all about easy fixes to my life problems. My favorite ways to distract from my hair loss is to wear a hat, wear sparkly earrings, really bright lipstick, or anything to make a person look somewhere that’s not my hairline. This is also tricky, because just having had a baby 5 months ago, I’ll admit that I’m not in the best shape of my life. I don’t really want to attract attention to my flabby arms, or my big booty, or my sagging deflated beachball looking stomach right now. I need to attract attention upwards to my still oversized chest, and to my face, but not my hair. It can be a real trick some days. I notice I spend a lot of time on my makeup lately, since I know my hair is a little jacked up.
Jonathan Root Touch Up in Brunette is one of my favorite new answers to my thinning hair problem. Check it out! It is a brush on pigment that really helps my thinning hair look more full by powdering my scalp in that area. It can work wonderfully to hide roots that are growing in a different color, or hide thinning spots. The company description is below.
This fabulous root touch up product comes in several colors including blonde, black, red, and brunette. The product is stored in the bottom, and comes out through the top of the brush for easy application.
A natural pigmented loose mineral powder that temporarily disguises roots, covers gray hair and enhances highlights with a professional, natural looking finish. Product blends naturally with your hair color with our exclusive applicator that delivers the perfect amount of product exactly where you want it!
Hides hair loss, thinning hair, bald spots & roots
Covers gray hair
Loose minerals blend color naturally
Increases volume at the root
Gives the illusion of thick full hair
Eliminates shiny spots from exposed scalp
Absorbs oil, dirt, product build-up and pollutants from hair and scalp
Refreshes hair and scalp without the use of water
Formulated to stay on the scalp
Free of petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, parabens, phthalates, gluten and silicone
Vegan: No animal-derived ingredients. No animal testing.
For all hair types
- Repair dry, damaged hair
- Add shine
- Smooth and control frizz
- Seal and protect hair color
- Flat iron spray and thermal protector
- Stops hair breakage
- Creates silkiness
- Enhances natural body
- Prevents split ends
René Furterer’s RF-80 Concentrated Serum can treat sudden or hereditary thinning hair. These little vials of magic contain a double patented and scientifically proven formula that combats thinning hair caused by pregnancy, stress, an unbalanced diet, or medication. The ingredients work to naturally encourage the growth of stronger hair and improve the hair structure for thicker or faster growing hair.
Natural Pfaffia® extract (Brazilian Ginseng): Stimulates and increases the growth of the blood capillaries around the root bulb
Biotin: Promotes stronger hair
Essential oils of Sage and Lemon: Increase blood circulation
Vitamins: A, F, B5, H and PP: Stimulate cell renewal, anti-oxidant
Methionine: Promotes keratin formation
Once a week for twelve weeks, these little glass vials can be broken open and massaged into the scalp. I normally put these on right after a shower, and I wait until my hair has dried. You could probably put it on wet hair, but I like being able to feel my scalp get wet with the serum and know that I have reached every bit of my scalp. I concentrate a lot of the serum on my hair line and where I feel my hair is the patchiest.