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.
Look how patchy everything is along my hairline! Yikes, not a good look on me. The tips I’m going to give you are just what I did, not necessarily what is going to work for you. I naturally have extremely thick hair and lots of it, so my hair thinning out was not the worst thing that could have happened for me. It’s annoying, yes, but I still have tons of hair left over. I have some tips to grow your hair back, and some tips to make your hair a little more tolerable to deal with in the meantime.
First of all, let’s talk about making hair a little more tolerable to deal with. If you’re anything like me, once you started noticing that you are losing hair, you don’t even care about getting to the root of the problem right away, (haha I made a funny!) you just want it to look better stat! I didn’t even notice I was losing hair until about 3 months after I gave birth. I was so busy taking care of my new baby that I was kind of floating through days and not paying attention to much of anything, because of my lack of sleep.
The left most picture is when I really started to notice that I was missing hair. I literally parted my hair that day and took a picture and thought, hmm that’s funny, my hair is really thinning there. I don’t remember it looking like that. I asked my husband to confirm, and sure enough he said that I usually had hair there. Have I mentioned yet how tired new moms are? I’m sure my hair had been coming out like crazy to have thinned THAT much on the side of my forehead and I literally didn’t even notice for three months.
The middle picture also shows evidence of thinning. The way the picture is taken, the exposure really pales out my face but you get the idea. Where my hair had thinned out in the front is totally bleached out in the picture. Crazy! My hairline is all janky. This was a far cry from my hair during pregnancy. Normally, hair sheds every day, but while you’re pregnant, your hair that you would normally shed clings on. In the months following your pregnancy, all that hair lets go and falls out, so you have your normal shedding AND your hair that would’ve been shedding before.
In the picture on the far right, I am about 4.5 months post partum. You can see where the short little hairs are coming in. It’s still thinned out, but growing back. Read on for my tips!
Brush your hair multiple times a day.
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.
Cut some bangs.
This one’s a tricky one, depending on where your hair is thinning. I had bangs before giving birth and I was in the process of growing them out when I noticed my bald patches. I thought, “Well, duh! I’ll just do a bang trim to disguise my weird balding spots!” I got a bang trim, but of course, the thinning patterns of my hair were not the same all over my head or my hairline. In fact, the left side was much thinner than the right. No matter how they shaped my bangs, they wouldn’t look good because they were so much thicker on the right side. How did they solve this? The stylist took a chunk of hair from my left side and chopped it to create more bang on that side. I didn’t really realize what she was doing and now it looks really dumb. Below, you can see how much farther to the side the hanging chunk is than the rest of my hair. The rest of my bangs are pulled back in the picture.
So yes, this method can backfire. In the past, if I haven’t had time for a regular bang trim (once every 3 weeks is pretty standard for me) I will just pull my bangs back with a headband. You can’t really do that when you have a strange hanging piece. Or you can, but it sticks out funny.
Hairspray your flyaways.
Even though it doesn’t feel like it will, your hair will start to grow back. Ironically, it’s even more annoying when it grows in than when it falls out. Can you tell in the picture below that my hairline is growing back in with tiny little hairs that go whichever direction they want? Hairspray will be your best friend while the stragglers grow back in. I recommend something that has firm hold to it so there is really lasting staying power. You may even choose to use a toothbrush to tame the little flyaways.
Dye your hair a darker color.
If you can afford it and keep up with a darker color, it really does make the hair look fuller. I love the way my hair looks dark but realistically, I can’t make it to the salon very often- once every 2-3 months if I’m lucky. I don’t trust myself to dye it at home either, but if I did, I would switch to a darker color. You could also try one of those new ombre kits to add a little dimension to your hair. I wouldn’t recommend putting any bleach in your hair if it’s thinning, because you want to protect the strands you still have left without adding further damage to your hair. Ultimately, do what makes you comfortable. I opted not to switch my hair color up because it would’ve caused me more stress to keep it dyed. Natural is easier for me right now.
Use a volumizing product and a dry shampoo.
Queen for a Day by Tigi Bedhead
is one of my favorite thickening products for the hair. There are many other volumizing mousses out there and I suggest finding one to give your hair a little extra oomph. Dry shampoo sprayed at the roots will also help with volume. Here are links to a few of my favorite volumizing products and dry shampoos:
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.
Bright lipstick, pretty sparkly hat…who would know that this woman is balding like a 90 year old with a bad toupee?
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.
As described by the company:
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
This is what it looks like up close. As you can see, I have put it on my problem spot and it is really covering my bare scalp nicely. I have been toting this product around with me everywhere lately and it has been a lifesaver! I have a hair appointment to dye my hair tomorrow so I already have a backup in a different shade available for me when I need it.
Don’t mind my look here. I’m not wearing any makeup! But you get the picture. From far away, it looks good. And from close up it looks good. Winning product all around!!
Ok, now that you know some tricks to getting your hair to look a little better while it’s growing in, how can you speed the growing process up? This is the easy part in my opinion. I use minimal products but the aim is to get my hair strong, shiny, and healthy. I don’t use very many products but they are GOOD and the real deal. High quality products are key to my routine.
is one of my favorite haircare brands, PERIOD, hands down, game over. When I started trying to frantically find products to grow my hair back, I turned to the highest quality, nicest stuff I could find, and MoroccanOil’s products were high on my list. I have been using their Treatment serum
for years, and was pleased to find that they started carrying it with a pump top. Now we have the convenience of pumping product into our hand, rather than pouring it into our hand! It comes with a cap too, so if you need to travel with it, you won’t risk it pumping out everywhere. The Treatment serum is something I use daily that makes an enormous difference to my hair health. I apply it starting at the ends and work my way up to my roots, being careful not too apply too much to my roots so I don’t look greasy. It infuses a ton of moisture and shine into my hair and I can ALWAYS tell if I forget to use it because my hair is not as soft.
I have been using their Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
as well and they have completely transformed my hair from dry and brittle to soft and lush. In fact, no lie, I had already purchased hair dye to try and get my hair to look fuller that way, and the night before I was going to use it, I tried the Moisture Repair on my hair in the shower. I changed my mind and didn’t dye it after all. That’s how much it transformed my hair! I have been using it constantly, and it has been restoring my hair back to being soft and shiny.
Using hair masks can also help- MoroccanOil’s Intense Hydrating Mask
has restored moisture and shine to my hair, and used once a week really makes a difference in the overall texture of my hair. Hair that is healthy of grows faster, longer, and thicker. These oil products leave hair shiny and feel fabulous! They also smell divine.
After washing my hair every day and using MoroccanOil’s treatment serum, I always use it’s a 10 miracle leave-in product.
I’ve been using this for about a month every single day, and I can tell it has strengthened my hair a lot. The product gets its name for its ability to do 10 things instantly:
- 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
Obviously, I like everything this product does…who wouldn’t?! The one thing I’m most interested from on this list is “stops hair breakage.” Every last piece of the hair that grows back in I want to continue growing, and not break off. I want all my hair that grows back to be in perfect health so that it grows fast and gets me back to normal sooner! I spray this everywhere, but also concentrate a bit on my hairline.
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.
I have used 4 vials so far and have noticed that the hair around my hairline is growing in thicker than it normally did before I was pregnant, so I am pretty pleased with the results. Hair is normally supposed to grow about 1/2 inch per month, but I’ve noticed since using this over the span of one month, my hair on my hairline has grown about 1.5 inches. I’d call that success!
The picture below shows what my hairline currently looks like. As you can see, I have a lot of flyaway little wispies in the front, but on the sides where I used to be balding, the hair is growing in quite thick!
I would love to hear any stories you might have to share with me on how you got your hair to grow back! Thank you for reading and I hope my tips have helped you in your hair growth journey!
*Some of these products were provided for review and others were purchased on my own. That does not change my honest review. Affiliate links in use