What happens to your hair after giving birth

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With mother’s day on the horizon, we thought we’d turn our attention to all the new mums out there!

There are lots of beautiful things about becoming a new mum. Pregnancy (after the morning sickness) makes you glow, your hormones are gearing up to grow a new person and you’re skin and hair have never looked better!

However, not a lot of people really talk about how your body (and skin and hair) rebuilds itself after giving birth. Hair loss after giving birth can be the sudden shedding (sometimes in clumps) that many new mothers experience between three and six months after they give birth.

Tips to help your hair after giving birth and make you feel more like yourself:

  • Be extra-gentle during your shedding season to prevent excess hair loss after pregnancy. Use a Tangleteezer (special detangling brush – we have them in stock, just ask us) to ease through the tangles
  • Be gentle on your hair – use wide tooth combs, and don’t brush it when it’s wet
  • Use scrunchies to put hair up, instead of rubber bands — and don’t pull hair into tight ponytail or bun
  • Use a thickening shampoo and conditioner like Kevin Murphy’s Plumping range
  • Shampoo only when necessary don’t forget dry shampoos can save you lots of time when you have a little bundle of joy to fawn over, like Delorenzo’s Absorb and Kevin Murphy Fresh hair
  • Avoid using high-heat hair dryers and if you must use straighteners, always use a heat protectant i.e. Delorenzo’s Extinguish plus their Thermal Defence shampoo and conditioner
  • Use volumising spray or mousse products i.e. Kevin Murphy Body Builder, Body Mass, Doo Over for thickness and texture or DeLorenzo Sandstorm

Some natural therapy and good common sense tips we can share:

  • Keep your hair healthy by eating well and asking your support community for help
  • Some mums find that keeping up their prenatal vitamins or taking fish oil tablets helps as well as silica for nails and hair
  • Essential oils like thyme, rosemary and lavender have been known to help with hair loss
  • A few simple mantras for this time to help you may help You through could be “it gets better and better” and “even in the smallest amount of time I thrive in slowing down time and relishing in my resting time”

With all this said, sometimes just not focusing on the hair loss and making it a problem can calm your mind. Keep things simple and remember to breathe and acknowledge the massive feat you’ve accomplished by giving birth is all you need to focus on . Overall it is a short amount of time in perspective. So let’s not sweat the small stuff and use these tips where you can and remember to breathe when you can’t.

Talk to your practitioner if your hair loss is excessive. When it’s accompanied by other symptoms, hair loss after pregnancy could be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis

To all the mums out there – we acknowledge how amazing you are – have a fabulous Mother’s Day!

Need to give the kids a hint for a gift? Get them to gift you a Sogo voucher so we can spoil and pamper you