In preparation for the birth of my second child last year, I set out to find ways to keep the hair I had been growing securely on my scalp.
There was no way I was going to be caught off guard by postpartum shedding; no siree! I wanted to keep as much of the lush growth that came as a result of the pregnancy and I was determined to do so come hell or high water.
So I set out to find the secrets, the gems of information that would help me stave off baldness and what do you know, I could scarcely find enough information. What little I had found I had already shared and I couldn’t find articles or tips that told me “do this for healthy hair after giving birth.”
Well if there are any among you in the same dilemma let’s see about hooking you up to the most important things you need to do for healthy hair after giving birth. Don’t panic it will grow back but how quickly depends on how proactive you are, so:
Eat lots of Fruits and Vegetables
I know you’ve heard countless times how fruits are vital to the proper functioning of the body blah blah yada yada…all of it is true! It’s best that the fruits and vegetables are eaten without too much cooking better yet see about eating them raw.
Make smoothies, juices, salads just make sure you get in all that good stuff and be sure to load up on water. The best way to help the follicles remain strong is to nurture them from within.
For the Love of God Let The Hair Be
We love our hair but sometimes we get a little too touchy feely; stretching that, smoothing this, twisting braiding, combing. Stop! Put your hands away this minute.
If you want to keep as much of it on your head as possible, it is vital that you refrain from handling it too much. While it might have been the norm for you to re-twist at night, find a protective or low manipulation style that you can leave in for the entire week yet still be able to moisturize.
I recommend loose twists or loose buns. The emphasis is on loose; it is important that you do not put tension on the roots. Right around this time the hormone levels from the pregnancy are starting to fall, rendering the follicles a little weaker as the body tries to put things back into balance.
For this reason regular preening won’t do the hair any good as you are likely to pull out hair prematurely even with gentle pressure since follicles are more likely to give up hair now that the hormones are out of wack. You may also experience a bit more dryness than usual which can lead to breakage