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 diaper 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 minimizes 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.
1. 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.
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. Say goodbye to Sulfates!
Sulfates are used in hair products because they are a cheap ingredient to use that removes grime and dead skin cells from the scalp. HOWEVER, to do this, sulfates actually strip hair follicles dry of all the other essential nutrients that are vital for hair health and strength.
By choosing a shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free, you’re still cleaning the dirt and dead cells from your scalp but continue to nourish the living hair cells. This is a super important factor to consider if you’re trying to get your hair to grow; as damaged, nutrient-deficient hair is less likely to regenerate and produce new hair cells.
Pssst! Check out our sulfate-free Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner HERE and get that postpartum hair recovery journey started ASAP!