Postpartum Hair Loss And Juggling Natural Hair Care With A New Born
What may appear to be ropes of hair blocking the sink drainage may probably be your worst nightmare when it comes to natural hair care! The feeling that you may be taking 10 steps back in your hair journey feels so real! But be at peace, because this is very normal.
Before we jump into the science of what’s causing it to shed, always remember that you’re a wonderful mother and are doing a great job so far! You literally housed a whole human being inside of you for 9 months; your body, skin, hair and hormones changed just to bring life into this world so congratulations!
After birth, your hair goes back into the resting phase due to the drop in progesterone levels. During pregnancy, your hair remained in the growing phase thus resulting in thicker, fuller curls. You now may be asking, ‘what should I do to care for it and how do I keep it simple as I’m taking care of my newborn?’
Practice low manipulation styling: Not only will this save you time as busy new mum, you also need to rest and heal so make your regimen easy and simple to follow with bi-weekly washes, co-washing and protective styling. Large box braids, twist outs, and crochet styling are great options to keep it tucked away and avoiding the risk of a hair tourniquet on your newborn.
Focus on moisture retention and avoid harsh styles: Since your hair is prone to potential damage, avoid harsh chemicals such as color treatments that can potentially increase the level of hair shedding. Keep it simple and practice moisturizing daily using your natural oils, (castor oil is great for promoting hair growth). Deep conditioning and protein treatments are also essential in infusing any lost moisture and strength. You may think deep treatments? I don’t have time! This is when your family comes in to help, ask them to give you a few hours to yourself away from the baby to relax and self-care; of course remembering to express some milk or breastfeed before leaving your angel!
Finger detangle on the go! : We all know that when your hair is wet, it's at its weakest and because the shedding isn’t doing any justice, keep away from combing it under the shower!! Finger detangle as much as you can at your own pace and definitely work in sections to make it easier to do so.
Patience and positive talk: It’s sometimes really hard to think positive especially when you’re sleep deprived and hormonal but remind yourself that this too shall pass. Remember to take time off to yourself and enjoy the journey because they grow up so fast!