When becoming a parent, you go through a lot of changes, from your body during pregnancy (and afterwards) to your lifestyle after. One of the main casualties is your hair. During pregnancy your hair grows faster and falls out less, it can often look shinier and generally feel healthier and luxurious . All that changes after pregnancy.
Postpartum hair loss is a thing, it’s something that came as a big shock to me, especially after having really thick hair. It’s not just the usual daily strands that you lose, for me it came out in clumps. Being a hormonal, sleep-deprived new mum, it was quite dramatic and there were tears.
Years later, my hair needs a lot more attention and care than it did pre-pregnancy (although I’m sure that age probably plays a huge part in that too) I opt for your typical ‘mum bun’ look most days because I just don’t have time to style my hair every day and to be honest, I still have that fluffy baby hair regrowth around my face which I struggle with. I’m not getting any younger and I know that I’m not going to have those healthy, youthful locks without intervention on my part. I’ve thrown together a few helpful tips that I have been following religiously to keep my hair as healthy as I can.
1) Lessen the amount of heat used on your hair, things like curling wands, hair dryers and hair straighteners can cause heat damage to your hair. If you do use them regularly, opt for a lower temperature setting and use a heat protection spray and oils to minimise the risk of damaging your hair. I know from experience, growing up through the 2000s where poker straight hair was the goals, frazzling my poor hair was not.
2) Have your hair trimmed regularly, I’m guilty of putting off going to the hair dressers and don’t have my hair trimmed anywhere near as often as I should. Trimming those dry, split ends can help keep your hair in tip-top condition.
3) Try to avoid using at home colour kits and dyes on your hair, I’m speaking from experience of over bleaching my hair so that I could have bright pinks and vivid purples on my hair. My hair is naturally very dark, it took a lot of bleaching and resulted in a lot of damage and regret.
4) Treat your hair to a little TLC. Once a week throw on a deep conditioning treatment or a hair mask for some intensive hair repair. It’s simple and effective, you can even make up our own if you are so inclined. (Not myself though, I’m all about convenience)
5) Avoid over washing your hair, It’s ok to not have fabulous, freshly washed hair every day. I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo products, not only do they make me feel more confident but I also find they add a little more volume and body to my otherwise unstyled lifeless hair.
6) If you aren’t happy with your hair, ask for help. Speak to your hairdresser they will be able to point you in the right direction for your hair goals from treatments to the best ways to care and make the most of your hair. They can advise you on working your way to your perfect colour, adding length and even styling tips. If you are struggling with hair loss and thinning, there are solutions available to you with hair loss procedures such as a hair transplant through your local hair clinic.
7) Take care of your hair. It goes without saying that the more hydrated you are, the healthier you are, that includes your hair too. Drink plenty of water and protect your hair from things like sun damage.