Hair loss after pregnancy is a very unpleasant ailment that I have encountered again. If you also have this problem, check where it comes from and what I use for hair loss every day.
You may have noticed that during pregnancy your hair was beautiful like never before, but after delivery you ask yourself every day: why are they falling out terribly?
Why does hair fall after delivery?
Is it the fault of breastfeeding, weakness or the cause is completely different? How to prevent hair loss?
Have you ever wondered what the hair growth cycle looks like? Why can't it just grow all the time, but also - unfortunately - falls out?
What happens to pregnant hair?
Hormones, hormones and hormones again. It is thanks to them that our hair during pregnancy is more thick and shiny, there are more of them. Not because more of them grow, but because they fall out less - it's the high level of estrogen that makes our hair stay in the growth phase.
Unfortunately, after delivery, the hair begins to fall out again - they enter a resting phase, during which no new hair is produced. This process takes several months, and if we are breastfeeding, it may take a little longer due to high prolactin levels.
Unfortunately, hair loss after birth is inevitable.
What can we do about hair loss?
Time is your ally, but you can always try to improve the condition of your hair with natural shampoos, conditioners and other preparations.
My proven ways to thin hair, not just after pregnancyundercut
In my case, my hair was thinned after pregnancy so much that although I started to grow it before delivery, I cut it regularly after delivery, thanks to which they gain volume. Be sure to cut them straight - without any shading that only deepens the effect of thin hair.Proper care
Every day I use only natural cosmetics for hair care. I wash my hair every day because freshly styled hair is better reflected and does not look thinner. With such frequent washing, one-time washing is quite enough - you can apply it twice, if you wash your hair once every few days to thoroughly wash not only styling cosmetics from them, but above all dust, smog and the like.
The ingredients that I avoid in shampoos and conditioners are:
mineral oils and silicones - on the skin and hair they create a coating that blocks proper oxygenation of both the scalp and hair - stick to the hair, preventing them from breathing; cosmetics containing silicones give a very quick effect of improving the condition of the hair, we have the impression that after just one wash the hair is healthier, unfortunately it is only an apparent impression; of course there are people who by nature have strong hair, which even fearless silicone, but thin and delicate should especially avoid this sticking, because the hair is brewed by us and additionally no nutrients penetrate itSLS and SLES - considered aggressive and potentially irritating agents.
After one year with Kevin Murphy skincare cosmetics, for the first time in my adult life, my hair began to stay fresh for several days - that is, the shampoo beautifully adjusted the secretion of sebum on my head. Unfortunately, after these cosmetics my hair was, however, too soft, difficult to style and devoid of volume, which is why I returned to INSIGHT cosmetics. I use two shampoos for change - the first one is the RESTRUCTURIZING shampoo for damaged hair visible in the photo, and the second is the LOSS CONTROL shampoo from the same brand.
For the set I also use two masks for change - COLORED HAIR dyed hair and DAILY USE daily - both are very light, thanks to which they do not burden my thin hair, additionally I apply them only from half their length. Once a week, I take a longer bath and leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, and every day I hold only 3 minutes - it takes about the same time brushing my teeth and putting on contact lenses. The mask also combs hair beautifully.
How to hide clearances on your head
In the most critical period, which lasted about 4 months, I used a spray that helped me cover the translucent skin on the parting and bends. My baldness spray is nothing but Magic Retouch suckers spray from L'Oreal - it's like a spray paint that settles not only on the hair, but also on the scalp, providing the effect of thicker hair at the roots.
It dries quickly and the effect remains until the next hair wash. If for any reason you suffer from thinning hair, this spray will help you cover up this effect. It is available in many colors, dark blond worked best for me, cool brown was definitely too dark and gave an unnatural effect with my natural hair color that I have on the skin.
My thin hair requires special care also in the process of coloring - I have a trusted hairdresser, in whose hands I put my hair. He dyes them with a special technique, puts the paint on the hair with a special sponge, and the sombre effect allows me to wear natural regrowth every day, so I dye my hair usually every 6-9 months so as not to weaken them too much. The paint he uses is also significant - the already mentioned Kevin Murphy, i.e. paints based on natural ingredients, such as honey and shea butter - moisturize and nourish the hair, are free of ammonia and do not contain PPD - a dye that often irritates and sensitizes.
To add volume, I spray wet hair with a volumizing spray in a red CHI package, I dry it using a BRAUN Satin Hair 7 curler dryer (I also have a curling brush with a Rotating Brush Rowenta Brush Activ, but it electrifies my hair so much deprives them of volume), and finally I spray with dry BATISTE HEAVENLY VOLUME spray shampoo, which has a texturizing function here - my hair, although thin, is very flowing, thanks to dry shampoo they are more blunt and gain volume.
Finally, I spray them with my favorite Goldwell Hair Lacquer hairspray for years in a black tube that I can't replace with any other - I can't stick my hair together and can be combed completely, so it's also great if you don't wash your hair every day.
In addition to taking care of my hair during daily care, I also periodically serve them with additional specialized care.
I really like the use of products, which are fine - as opposed to hair oiling, which in my case is much too heavy and unfortunately reduces the volume. I also don't like applying oils.
It affect the scalp, and therefore the cause of the problem, not just the effects. In order to choose the right specifics, the trial and error method works best here - it is worth selecting a possible cause, applying an antidote and checking if there is improvement, if so - it is very possible that we will permanently improve the condition of our hair.
The most popular ingredients are those for self-preparation with fenugreek or ready to buy like Kaminamoto.
Causes of hair loss
The most common causes of hair loss are alopecia, telogen and anagen baldness.
Alopecia vulgaris only affects men. From around the age of 40, their hair begins to fall out - irretrievably. It is a natural process, depending on age. So this problem definitely doesn't concern you.Telogen alopecia - characterized by the fact that most of the hair on the head goes into the resting phase. A great example is postpartum alopecia, but the causes can also be e.g. stress, psoriasis or nutritional deficiencies. Telogen baldness is happily self-healing, so it's worth taking care of a balanced diet and concealing any beauty shortcomings it causes. Androgenetic alopecia - androgenic hair loss (although due to its name commonly associated with men), it affects up to 50% of women struggling with excessive hair loss! Androgenetic alopecia is a genetically determined disease, caused by an inappropriate reaction of the hair follicle to androgen, through which they become thinner and shorter until they fall out, which in women manifests as a loss of density on the top of the head.
Due to the fact that I have a problem with thin and falling hair since I was a teenager (they were thick and thick before), I am not going to stop at just hair care. Due to the fact that androgenetic alopecia can be treated locally - using minoxidil, which dilates the hair follicles, thereby stimulating the division of the cells of the follicles, as soon as I finish breastfeeding I plan to undergo minoxidil therapy. We can buy it without a prescription as Piloxidil - inexpensive drug inhibiting hair loss and stimulating regrowth of them, which I read very good reviews. It is a liquid on the skin, but with the dispenser, which certainly facilitates application. Drug will first stop hair loss (approximately 8 weeks) after 4-5 months process begins a first hair regrowth which, after about a year goes to the step of hair regrowth maximum. Perseverance and consistency in treatment are necessary here, but studies have seen an increase in hair regrowth by about 75%. Well-groomed and thick hair give me confidence, so I don't want to miss the chance for such a huge improvement.
Meanwhile, I remember that what we eat has a huge impact on our body, including our hair. That's why, apart from proper care, I pay attention to what lands on my plate. Vitamins, microelements and macronutrients found in food play an important role in the process of hair growth.
Among many vitamins, the most important are those from group B (especially biotin, riboflavin, niacin). We find them, among others, in animal products - meat, cheese, eggs and legumes, broccoli, cauliflower and nuts, and due to the fact that I limit the eating of meat, cheese, broccoli and cauliflowers, I additionally supplement biotin. Vitamins A, C, D and E also support us in the fight for beautiful hair.
In addition to vitamins, minerals are also very important. Iron, zinc and selenium play a very important role in the hair growth process. You will find them in meat, legumes, groats, cereals and nuts. I eat a lot of groats, cereals and nuts, so I don't supplement them anymore.
Hair loss - a visit to a trichologist
If severe prolapse persists for a long time or you notice changes in your skin, think about visiting a trichologist. A doctor who finds out if this hair life cycle is going well with us.