Hair loss after pregnancy - causes and my care
Hair loss after pregnancy is a very unpleasant ailment that I have encountered again. If you also have this problem, check where it comes from and what I use for hair loss every day.
You may have noticed that during pregnancy your hair was beautiful like never before, but after giving birth every day you ask yourself the question: why are they falling out terribly?
Why does hair fall out just after delivery?
Is it the fault of breastfeeding, weakness or the cause is completely different? How to prevent hair loss?
Have you ever wondered what the hair growth cycle looks like? Why can it not only grow all the time, but also - unfortunately - fall out?
What happens to pregnant hair?
Hormones, hormones and more hormones. It is thanks to them that our hair during pregnancy is thicker and shinier, there is more of it. Not because more of them grows, but because there are fewer of them - this high levels of estrogen mean that our hair constantly remains in the growth phase.
Unfortunately, after giving birth, the hair begins to fall out again - it enters the resting phase, during which no new hair is produced. This process takes several months, and if we are breastfeeding, it may take a little longer because of the high prolactin levels.
Unfortunately, postpartum hair loss is inevitable.
What can we do about hair loss?
Time is your ally, but you can always try to improve the condition of your hair with natural shampoos, conditioners and other preparations.
My proven ways to thin hair, not just after pregnancy
In my case, my hair was thinned after pregnancy so much that although I started growing it before birth, I cut it regularly after delivery, thanks to which it gains volume. I absolutely cut them straight - without any shading that only enhances the effect of fine hair.
Every day I use only natural hair care cosmetics. I wash my hair every day, because freshly styled hair is better reflected and does not look so thinning. With such frequent washing, one-time washing is sufficient - you can use it twice if you wash your hair once every few days, to thoroughly wash off not only styling cosmetics, but above all dust, smog and the like.
The ingredients that I avoid in shampoos and conditioners are:
- mineral oils and silicones - they form a coating on the skin and hair that blocks the proper oxygenation of both the scalp and hair - they stick to the hair, preventing it from breathing; cosmetics containing silicones give a very quick effect of improving the condition of the hair, we have the impression that after one wash, the hair is healthier, unfortunately this is only an apparent impression; Of course, there are people who by nature have strong hair, which even silicone is not afraid of, but thin and delicate should especially avoid this sticking, because our hair is infused and, in addition, nutrients do not penetrate into it,
- SLS and SLES - considered aggressive and potentially irritating agents.
After a year of using Kevin Murphy beauty products, my hair started to stay fresh for a few days for the first time in my adult life - the shampoo has beautifully regulated the secretion of sebum on my head. Unfortunately, after these cosmetics my hair was too soft, difficult to style and lacking volume, which is why I returned to INSIGHT cosmetics. I use two shampoos for a change - the first one is the RESTRUCTURIZING shampoo for damaged hair, visible in the photo, and the second one is from the same brand shampoo against hair loss LOSS CONTROL.
I also use it for a change two masks - for dyed hair COLORED HAIR and daily DAILY USE - both are very light, so they do not weigh down my thin hair, additionally I only apply them from half of their length. I take a longer bath once a week and leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, and I only keep it for about 3 minutes every day - about that time for brushing my teeth and putting on contact lenses. After the mask, the hair is also beautifully combed.
How to hide clearances on your head
In the most critical period, which lasted about 4 months, I used a spray that helped me cover up the translucent skin on the part and curves. My baldness masking spray is nothing but sucker spray Magic Retouch by L'Oreal - it's like a spray paint that settles not only on the hair, but also on the scalp, providing the effect of thicker hair at the roots.
It dries quickly and the effect stays until the next hair wash. If for any reason you suffer from thinning hair, this spray will help you cover up this effect. It is available in many colors, it worked best for me dark blonde, the cool brown was definitely too dark and gave an unnatural effect on my natural hair color that I have on the skin.
My fine hair also requires special care in the coloring process - I have a trusted hairdresser, in whose hands I give my hair. He dyes them with a special technique, applies the dye to the hair with a special sponge, and sombre effect allows me to wear natural regrowth every day, thanks to which I usually dye my hair once every 6-9 monthsso as not to weaken them excessively. The paint he uses is also important - it's the already mentioned Kevin Murphy, i.e. paints based on natural ingredients, jak honey i shea butter - moisturize and nourish hair, there are without ammonia i do not contain PPD - a dye that often irritates and sensitizes.
To add volume, I spray wet hair volume adding spray in a red CHI package, I dry them using a BRAUN Satin Hair 7 curler dryer (I also have a curling brush with a rotating brush Rowenta Brush Activ, but it electrifies my hair so much that it completely deprives it of volume), and finally spray dry spray shampoo BATISTE HEAVENLY VOLUME who fills here texturizing function - my hair, although thin, is very flowing, thanks to the dry shampoo it is duller and gains volume.
Finally, I spray them with my favorite for years hairspray Goldwell Hair Lacquer in a black tube, which I can't change for any other - does not stick your hair together and can be completely combed, so it is also perfect if you don't wash your hair every day.
In addition to taking care of my hair during everyday care, I also periodically serve them with additional specialized care.
I really like the use of products such as shampoos - in contrast to hair oiling, which in my case overloads it and unfortunately reduces its volume. I also don't like the application of oils.
Wcierki affect the scalp, and so for the cause of the problemand not just the effects. To choose the right specifics, the best method is trial and error - it is worth selecting a possible cause, apply an antidote and check if there is improvement, if so - it is very possible that we will permanently improve the condition of our hair.
The most popular pieces are those for self preparation with fenugreek or ready to buy like Kaminamoto.
Causes of hair loss
The most common causes of hair loss are alopecia, telogen and anagen baldness.
Alopecia only affects men. From the age of 40, their hair begins to fall out - irretrievably. It is a natural process, depending on age. So this problem definitely does not concern you.
Telogen alopecia - it is characterized by the fact that most of the hair on the head goes into the resting phase. A perfect example is postpartum alopecia, but it can also be caused by stress, psoriasis or nutritional deficiencies. Telogen effluvium happily resolves itself, so it's worth taking care of a balanced diet and covering up any beauty defects it causes.
Androgenetic alopecia - androgenic hair loss (although, due to its name, commonly associated with men), it affects up to 50% of women struggling with excessive hair loss! Androgenetic alopecia is genetically determined disease, caused by the wrong reaction of the hair follicle to androgen, through which they become thinner and shorter until they fall out, which in women manifests loss of density at the top of the head.
Due to the fact that I have a problem with thin and falling hair since I was a teenager (previously they were thick and thick), I'm not going to stop at hair care alone. Due to the fact that androgenetic alopecia can be treated topically - using minoxidil, which dilates the vessels of the hair follicles, thus stimulating cell division of the follicle, as soon as I finish breastfeeding, I plan to go minoxidil therapy. We can buy it without a prescription as Piloxidil - inexpensive a drug that inhibits hair loss and stimulates its regrowthwhich I read very good reviews about. It has the form of a liquid on the skin, but with a dispenser, which certainly facilitates application. Medicine first stops hair loss (after about 8 weeks), after 4-5, the months begin first hair regrowth process, which after about a year goes into stage of maximum hair regrowth. Perseverance and consistency in treatment are necessary here, but studies have seen an increase in hair regrowth by about 75%. Well-groomed and thick hair give me confidence, so I don't want to miss the chance for such a huge improvement.
Meanwhile, I remember that what we eat has a huge impact on our body, too on our hair. That's why, apart from proper care, I pay attention to what lands on my plate. Vitamins, microelements and macronutrients found in food play an important role in the process of hair growth.
Of the many vitamins, the most important are those from group B (especially biotinriboflavin, niacin). We find them, among others, in animal products - meat, cheese, eggs and legumes, broccoli, cauliflower and nuts, due to the fact that I limit eating meat, cheese, broccoli and cauliflowers, additionally, I supplement with biotin. In the fight for beautiful hair, we are also supported by vitamins A, C, D and E.
In addition to vitamins, minerals are also very important. Iron, zinc and selenium play a very important role in the hair growth process. You will find them in meat, legumes, groats, cereals and nuts. I eat a lot of groats, cereals and nuts, so I don't supplement them.
Hair loss - visit to a trichologist
If severe prolapse persists for a long time or you notice changes in your skin, consider a visit to a trichologist. A doctor who finds out if this hair life cycle is going well with us.