You’ve just done the most amazing thing in the world. Not only have you grown a human inside you successfully for 9 months you have given birth and are here to tell the tale. Thats no small feat you superwoman you!
Your body has gone through many changes preparing and nurturing your growing bub and the fun doesnt stop there. You body may have changed in ways you couldn’t imagine and these changes can last longer than expected. One big change that most new mums are not prepared for is the amount of hair you loose after giving birth. This can start anywhere from a few days after birth to even a few months. Hormones are the biggest reason for your pregnancy hair changes and postpartum hair loss. So after your baby arrives and your hormone levels drop, your hair makes up for lost time by falling out in much bigger clumps than it normally does. The total volume of your hair loss probably isn’t more than you would have lost over the last nine months, it just seems like it because it’s happening all at once.
Most women will return to their usual hair growth cycle between 6 and 12 months after birth but the hair loss can go on for up to 12 months for some women.
To help you care for your hair during this extra challenging time Naomi from Bare Beauty House recommends,
“Upping your antioxidant intake, this can help protect against postpartum hair loss by nourishing your scalp and hair follicles”
Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E will help provide extra nourishment and Biotin and Zinc will help fortify your hair and help it grow.
As a busy mum you may be thinking, this is in the too hard basket. But I have an easy solution for you. Get your extra antioxidant intake when you wash your hair!
Oway are a biodynamic organic haircare range providing shampoo and conditioners that are rich in antioxidants. Specifically the Moisturising Bath and Mask which contains Vitamin C and the Rebuilding Hair Bath and Mask which contains trace minerals such as iron, magensium, zinc, copper and silicon. Both are perfect ranges to use postpartum depending on your specific haircare needs. You can even mix the two ranges up using the Bath of one and the Mask of the other. (the Bath is your shampoo and the mask is your conditioner)
You can also work these antioxidants into your diet if you dont already and take vitamins to add an extra dose of nourishment.
Another tip Naomi has is to skip the styling. Which your probably doing anyway with having your hands full. If you do have the time, we advise against it for the first few months at least. Give your hair time to heal, after all your whole body has been through something life-changing.