Postpartum Hair Loss: 6 Tips for Hair Growth after Pregnancy
Is your hair falling out after pregnancy? You’re not alone! We asked our followers on Instagram if they’ve ever experienced this, and many of them shared their stories in the comments. It turns out, postpartum hair fall is more common than you think!
Because of certain medications and dramatic hormonal imbalances, people experience hair loss during and after pregnancy, which usually peaks ~4 months after childbirth. Your hair growth will most likely go back to normal within 6 to 9 months postpartum (Source: Healthline). However, if you wanna speed up your hair growth, or it has been more than 9 months and your hair is still falling out, here are 6 tips on how to boost your hair growth.
Tip #1: Use Aloe Vera as a leave-in hair treatment
Aloe vera is packed with nutrients that will boost your hair growth. It is rich in antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E), fatty acids, amino acids, and natural enzymes which help maintain healthy hair follicles. You can use it as a leave-in treatment by following these steps (Source: Healthline).
- Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon of Pure Virgin Coconut Oil. Stir until they’re blended.
- Apply the mixture onto your scalp, and spread it down to the tips of your hair.
- Brush through your hair with a wide-toothed comb to spread the mask evenly.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap. You can leave the treatment on from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Shampoo your hair to rinse off the treatment.
- Optional: Replace your conditioner with this treatment as often as once a week.
Check out our blog post on other ways to use Aloe Vera for your hair and skin.
Tip #2: Use our Gugo shampoo, conditioner, and serum
One of our customers, Dominique Louise (@archibat), shared on Instagram that she experienced post-partum hair fall for as long as 4 years. Earlier this year, she found our products. She has been using our gugo products (along with Curls products) for two months only, and she noticed how much it reduced her hair fall. That’s the power of gugo for you!
Tip #3: Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar once a week
Dull, brittle, and frizzy hair tends to be higher on the pH scale. To counteract this, an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse lowers the ph level and brings the health of your hair back into balance. Follow these steps to make your own ACV wash at home (Source: Healthline).
- Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with water. Add a few drops of essential oil if you dislike the smell of ACV.
- After shampooing and conditioning, pour the ACV wash onto your hair and scalp.
- Let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Rinse with water.
- Optional: You can use ACV wash twice a week. If needed, use more tablespoons of ACV (a maximum of 5 tablespoons only is recommended).
Did you know that ACV can be used to treat dandruff as well? Check out our blog post on how to make your own anti-dandruff treatment using ACV.
Tip #4: Massage your scalp
There is limited research on how massaging our scalp boosts hair growth, but the results of those studies have shown promising results so far. It is believed that scalp massages stimulate the hair follicles to produce thicker hair (Source: Healthline). There are several ways to massage your scalp:
- Using your fingertips
Using both hands, apply gentle (way gentler than you would with body massages) pressure to your scalp in circular motions. Make sure to cover all areas of your scalp. Do this several times a day for at least 5 minutes.
Extra Tip: You can also massage Argan Oil-Around into your scalp. Argan oil is full of fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E that help soften hair, lock in moisture and boost shine. If you have split ends, dry hair, or color-treated hair, use Argan Oil-Around to revive your strands.
Check out our blog post on other ways to use Argan Oil for your hair and skin.
2. Using a scalp massage tool
You can also use a massage tool for your scalp. Just like doing it with your
fingertips, work the massage to your scalp in circular motions for at least 5 minutes, several times a day.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll see better results by using a massage tool.
Ultimately, it’s your choice of which works best for you.
Tip #5: Eat healthy food
A healthy diet is important. It doesn’t matter if you’re experiencing postpartum hair fall or not, you should always eat healthily to prevent and treat any health issue. For fuller and healthier hair, eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, iron, vitamin D, and biotin like the following (Source: WebMD).
- Fatty fishes rich in omega-3 and vitamin D (ex. tuna and salmon)
- Biotin- and protein-rich food (ex. eggs, beans)
- Fruits with vitamin C and antioxidants (ex. berries, oranges, grapes, cherries)
- Vegetables full of nutrients (ex. kale, spinach)
Important Note: Consider consulting with a doctor to find out if you have vitamin deficiencies. With their help, you can tailor your diet according to what your body needs.
Tip #6: Take supplements (with your doctor’s approval)
Important Note: Please consult your doctor first before taking any supplements.
Supplements can encourage hair growth. You can take biotin, vitamin C, and iron supplements for fuller hair (Source: Everyday Health).
And that’s it! 6 tips to fight post-partum hair fall! Whichever tip you choose, be consistent in doing it. It’s easy to be discouraged if you don’t see any changes after one try. But remember: it will take time and effort to see your desired results.
Start now and be consistent – you’ll have fuller hair before you know it.