I didn’t lose one strand of hair during my entire pregnancy. Maybe a sacrificial stray ventured off my scalp now and again due to a poor style choice or a very aggressive scunchie, but as far as spontaneous hair loss – the seas basically parted because it just did not happen for 9 months. Now that I am in the “fourth trimester” I have noticed a shift, but luckily, it’s nothing compared to the time a stylist took a lunch break while processing my color. Here’s what I’m experiencing, what I’ve learned, and how I’m keeping my hair on my head.
Unfortunately, I’m no stranger to hair loss. After the aforementioned incident with the colorist, I saw a dermatologist who shot me up with cortisone and suggested I gather all the hair I lost in baggie, a celeb doctor who injected vitamins directly (painfully) into my scalp, and about 100 stylists who suggested everything from hair masks to cuts to keto to meditation. Turns out, all it took was getting pregnant.
Cherish Your Pregnancy Hair
I’m sure all stylists will cringe at this, but my mane piece of advice would be to not significantly cut your hair when pregnant and only go for trims. Who knows the next time you’ll be able to wear your hair down to there (the baby is already pulling at my curls like he’s the next Vidal Sassoon) so let it grow until it starts falling out. That way, even when you’re a hot frazzled mess you can remember your long locks fondly.
Take Your Hair Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are pretty much required while you’re pregnant and are definitely recommended when nursing. I’ve been sure to keep up with my specific hair vitamin as well, not only because it’s a way to eat a gummy minus the guilt, but because I want to keep my prego hair going. I pop HUM Hair Sweet Hair: $26 as a little treat to myself.
Opt for Premium Heat Styling
Having your hair done makes you feel great on any given day – and this is completely magnified when you’re postpartum. Good or bad hair can mean the difference between feeling like a happy, functioning human being or a slave robot who exists only for your baby. I may be somewhat exaggerating but in all seriousness, time for yourself and feeling your best is truly key to your well-being. Since hair is in such a fragile state, you want to go easy on your mane even though you have to heat style, which is why the Dyson Corrale: $499 and Dyson Supersonic: $399 are totally heaven sent.
“Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient, and make a racket. By looking at them further, we realized that they can also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop our version of a hair dryer, which we think solves these problems,” notes James Dyson.
I start with a speedy, non-damaging blowout via the Supersonic and continue to style with the Corrale, which is perfect for getting hair slick and straight, pumping up the volume, and/or creating an S-curl. “The Dyson Corrale straightener elevates styling results, while dramatically reducing the heat damage on hair,” James explains.
Don’t Stress Your Hair
The joys of motherhood include being far too busy dealing with a tiny human to care about your hair. There’s a lot to potentially stress about right now, and your hair shouldn’t be at the top of that list. Even if your tresses start coming out in clumps, remember that this is your hair returning to pre-preg levels and you have 9 months of shedding to catch up on. It can be disappointing, but it’s normal and not that big of a deal in the scheme of things. While that’s potentially easier said than done, remember stress never made anyone’s hair grow in thicker.
Stick to Natural Products
As nice as it is to be able to freely use chemicals again (I was a stickler about avoiding almost everything while preg), opt for less toxic, more natural products when possible. It’s counterintuitive to pump a bunch of toxins into your scalp and expect a long term, sustainable result. Read the ingredients on your products and if you recognize nearly none of them, shelve it. I recommend Glammed Naturally Oil Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner: $39.99 each with Whipped Coco Shea: $29.99 after the shower. The line was started by a woman who was dealing with postpartum alopecia and frustrated by the lack of available options, so she decided to create products in her kitchen.
I run on fumes most days but that’s really something I’m trying to correct. A balanced diet works wonders for the body (and hair) so remember to not only feed the baby but also yourself.