So ladies. Living and owning a salon in such a picturesque area like Barnes, in South West London ( nappy valley ) I am always asked various post baby questions over and over again, one of those being about post pregnancy hair loss! With the Royal Baby being the most talked about topic at the moment, I thought I would do a series of posts about post baby hair, skin, emotions and diet tips. All of this will come from my own personal experience and the challenges I have faced over the last 12 months.
Since becoming a Mum I have found there is a lot of subjects that women don’t talk about. They tend to just ignore things and suffer in silence. I have also found, especially in the early days of motherhood, that it was extremely lonely and you feel that you are the only woman in the country feeling low and unconfident in this new found role. Coming from a family predominantly made up of women I have always been taught to confide in a friend, Sister or your Mum. But after having the baby I found it difficult to do this. I can’t honestly tell you why, I suppose it could have been the whole thing about ‘I will not fail, I can manage everything myself!!!’. But my advice to new Mums is that you are not alone, everything you are physically or mentally feeling you are guaranteed that there is another 100 women feeling the same way or possibly feeling even worse.
So to start my “Post Baby Blog Posts” off I am going to start with the number one topic I get asked about………. hair loss! Many women enjoy full, thick hair whilst being pregnant, but find they experience hair loss after pregnancy. Female hair loss as a result of pregnacy is a very real and emotional reality during the postpartum period. Whether you notice your hair thinning a bit or are experiencing actual bald spots around your temple area, my tips and advice below will tell you how to treat hair loss after pregnancy.
I found that after about 3 months from the birth that I started to feel my hair get duller, dryer and more limp from the amount of hair I was losing. Not only when washing my hair but also when I would just run my hands through. Even as a hairdresser myself and my knowledge of hair, this upset me. Having never experienced this before I decided it was time to do some research. What I found out was there are three main reasons why some women may experience hair loss;
Hormones: Throughout pregnancy women experience significant fluctuations in their hormone levels, a contributing factor!
Physical Stress: There is a significant physical stress a women goes through during the entire birthing process. Not only this but I found the general lack of sleep quite draining and stressful.
Exhaustion: This is a 3rd possible cause, and often takes place when bringing a newborn child into a womans life!
‘When will the hair grow back?’ I hear you ask. What I found was that around month 10 I started to see my hair come back to it’s normal state or should I say close to. I have found that my hair just around the temple area which is commonly referred to as baby hair is finally gaining some length and strength. Here are some things that I would recommend doing to help keep your hair healthy.
I used a new product on the market called Kerastase Initialiste from the 2nd month. Initialiste is Kerastases’ first hair and scalp serum that reveals hair to feel and look shinier plus helping it become more resistant to breakage. I used this three times a week as part of my regular routine of using Kerastase Age Recharge shampoo and masque, the reason I opted for that range is beacuse I felt my scalp was quite tight and sore with my hair feeling like it had lost its shine and vitality. I would highly recommend all three of these products whilst building back up your strength and growth in your hair. The price tag is on the expensive side but when you see results you won’t be disappointed plus, you dont need to use that much with each wash meaning it will last longer than your standard products.
Handle your hair gently and avoid harsh and over brushing. One of my gifts from a colleague was a tangle teaser, I have found this comb/brush to be an absolute life saver. You can use it on dry or wet hair and it allows you to brush your hair in a way that helps prevent breakages and tangles.
Maintain a healthy diet.
Focus on activities that help you relax and de-stress.
Add protein rich foods to your diet.
Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Very importantly, take enough omega-3 fatty acids, this can promote a healty scalp and results in better hair growth.
I would also suggest trying not to use too much heat on your hair. Try limiting the use of things like dryers and tongs etc, to twice a week. This will allow the hair time to get it’s strength back.
Finally, I would suggest that you go to your regular hairdresser or me (if local) for your first cut post baby and have a really intensive conditioning treatment and if possible have a couple of inches off at least. I know this sounds alot but to be honest, the ends of the hair will have become wispy and so having a nice haircut will give a revived appearance and stimulate hair growth. After your first cut I would suggest having a tiny trim every 8 weeks, this will help continually adding strength to your hair on the ends as all of the above tips will stimulate new strong hair but it won’t do much to the ends, and its the ends that would have looked and felt thinner.
So MIW & MIWMUMS I hope you enjoyed reading my post. If you have any request on what posts and videos you would like to see me do in the future or maybe you are looking for advice, you can tweet me on @SineadKellyLDN or follow my Facebook page www.facebook.com/sineadkellylondon. Alternatively you can email me on Sinead@SineadKellyLondon.com
I look forward to hearing from you MIW and hope you enjoyed my post!
Love ya’s xxxx