Have you ever looked down into the water drainage after you have washed your hair? What did you see? If you have recently given birth like me you might have been surprised to see what looks like another head of hair growing out of the drain! Believe me I did a double and triple take because I had never lost this much hair before.
I swear I must have looked at that big ball of hair for several minutes even after I got out of the shower. Then, it happened again the next week and the next week…now you know the panic was setting in and it was getting real!
I found out that this was normal and that many women have or will experience this about three to six months after giving birth. I’ve heard it called “postpartum hair shedding.” Even so, this was not normal for me! I have had two other kids and I’d never experienced this kind of hair loss before. So what was the deal? I know I’m getting older, but the lawd! It seemed like my edges were running to the back of my neck in fury…
My hair shedding was made worse by the fact that I’d stopped my prenatal vitamins without really thinking about it…you know how it is with a new baby…if you remember anything it is a miracle after all the sleepless nights and your unmentionable tender parts! It’s been almost eight months and my hair has finally stopped shedding. So here’s a list of some things that worked to help reduce my hair shedding:
- Drink plenty…did I say plenty…like a gallon of water! Well maybe not that much but keep yourself hydrated. Water helps keeps your hair moisturized and brings all those absolutely necessary vitamins and minerals to your hair follicles. I tried to drink as much as I could each day.
- Eat your fruits and veggies! You may see some changes in your waistline, but remember, the vitamins and nutrients in these foods helps to support your head of hair.
- Take a multivitamin. About a week after I got back on my prenatal/multivitamin I feel like my hair shedding seemed to slow down or at least what I saw in the drain appeared way less.
- Get your hair trimmed. I got a professional trim about three months after giving birth. I don’t think there is a specific time, but the shedding usually starts around month three to six postpartum.
- Give your hair a break. Get a protective style that will last for a few days at a time. Let’s face it, after having a baby, our hair is probably not the first priority! But we aren’t trying to look totally busted either and protective styles are dope ways to take care of all of that.
Congratulations to you if you have recently had a baby! If you have not had to experience postpartum hair shedding I am happy for you! But to all of you who have experienced this particular issue you know how disturbing it can be especially if you didn’t know it would happen…hang in there! Your hair will bounce back if you take care of it and take care of yourself!
As always naturals…be dope!