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The post we’ve all been waiting for! I have compiled for you my list of survival products that I have been using while trying to grow out my postpartum hair.
First let’s address just what is going on with your luscious locks during and after pregnancy (I had no idea that this would happen!)
In the normal cycle of hair growth, some hair is lost every day. But during pregnancy the increased levels of estrogen in your body freezes hair in the growing (or “resting”) phase of the cycle. After you give birth and your estrogen levels decline, however, all that hair that was resting starts to fall out.– Parents.com
Basically, during pregnancy all of those amazing hormones and your prenatal vitamins are going to give you the BEST hair of your life. It’s going to be full, healthy, and growing at rapid pace.
But then after the baby is born…it’s going to start to fall out. For me, it was falling out and breaking off the most right around the frame of my face. I was basically involuntarily giving myself bangs, and that’s just not the look I’m going for.
I have found a few things that have helped me over the last year (yes ladies, it is taking that long for these little hairs to grow back).
There is a ton of Keratin in this shampoo/conditioner combo with helps to repair the damaged hair (keep in mind, your hair is going to be falling out and breaking off…you’re gonna need some repair). Each one is super thick and creamy, you can honestly just feel it working.
This stuff. Y’all this stuff. Warm up a small amount in your palms and rub this on the areas of your hair that are breaking off and need a little bit of love. It will make your hair greasy so I typically sleep with it on the night before I am going to wash my hair. I have tried some more expensive versions of this type of stuff and honestly not much difference. Plus, this smells like heaven.
Stop using traditional hair ties!
The very first thing I did was switch up how I was putting my hair in a bun or ponytail. Traditional ponytail holders are so incredibly tight and if you are a new mom you are constantly throwing your hair up and out of your face. Have you noticed when you pull the hair tie out how much of your hair is coming out with it. Yeah, it’s a lot. I switched to Coil Hair Ties to save some of my locks and I can’t tell you the last time I used a regular hair tie. You can also use satin hair ties if you have thicker hair (these don’t work for me because my hair is so, so thin).
These Satin Hair Ties on Amazon are great and you can get a pack of 24 for $8 (No, these are not actual big scrunchies). These are the Coil Hair Ties I use and they are amazing! The best bang for your buck right here.
Stop washing your hair everyday (if you are a new mom…this won’t be a problem for you, haha)
Keep taking your prenatal vitamins! This is important for more than one reason, but helping your hair is definitely one of them.
Hold off on the heat. That means less hair drying more air drying, less curling iron and more natural waves!
Ladies, I hope this helped you out! These tips might not work for everyone but they certainly helped me. If you have any additional tips, comment on this post and let us know. Have a great day gals!