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Losing my hair after birth was one of the biggest concerns I had about postpartum. I’ve heard it’s completely normal and most women experience some sort of hair loss or thinning. In my last trimester, I researched the best habits for minimum postpartum hair loss. Today, I’d like to share my postpartum hair journey and what practices I think have been helpful. At the end of my blog, I’ll also share some resources I found valuable.
For my delivery, I rocked a crochet style with a bohemian curl pattern (very big hair). I kept this hairstyle for a couple of weeks after birth and took the crochet out but kept the braid pattern underneath. I ordered a BOMB human hair wig off of amazon to help me transition into my next hairstyle. While wearing my wig, I moisturized my scalp, and, after a couple more weeks, FINALLY decided to wash, condition, and try the calcium bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar treatment. My hair didn’t respond well to the clay mask, and it was a messy process. I lost a decent amount of hair this round.
I wore my wig for another month with my moisturizing routine and decided to do extra-long Marley twists so my scalp could breathe. I would suggest Marley twists for any new mom that can’t find the time to style their hair every day. With the wig, I either had to straighten or curl it, and that’s hard enough to do when you barely have time for a shower. I’m a little over two months postpartum in these photos. At this point, my hair was still thick but more so on the dry side.
I didn’t keep the marley twists for long because I kept seeing curly crochet styles on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. On the left, I tried a gogo curl pattern and loved this style until the curl pattern turned. I was able to keep this style for about 2 weeks and felt it was time to take it out.
My latest hairstyle is crochet with faux locs using the rubber band method (I bought my hair here: https://amzn.to/3bUYXMv). I LOVE this hairstyle because it looks very close to single twists. I’m currently four months postpartum, and I’ve stopped breastfeeding (I’ve read this can play a role in hair loss). In between this style and the gogo curl crochet, I didn’t notice an unusual amount of hair loss. I’m planning my next hairstyle and will update everyone in the next four months.
In the meantime, here are some habits that I’ve found helpful for maintaining healthy hair:
- Continue taking your prenatal vitamins or a multivitamin.
- Eat a balanced diet or at least make sure you are getting enough protein.
- Develop a wash and moisturizing routine. Here are the shampoo and hair mask I’m using and love: https://cremeofnature.com/products/aloe-and-black-castor-oil/.
- Don’t forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! Before wash day, I saturate my hair with oil (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or castor oil will work) to retain all the hydration I can.
- Find low maintenance protective styles.
- Wigs (yes, there’s a way to wear them without them taking your hair out)
- Document your hair journey and talk to a medical professional if you are experiencing severe shedding.
Before you go, leave a comment sharing your journey during postpartum with hair loss.
Resources about Postpartum Hair Loss