Last night, as I was going through some old pictures of mine, I came across this one right here. I had freshly colored my hair purple and they looked so glossy, so healthy, and so luscious.. Fast forward to now. I’m going through the worst hair fall phase of my life. Those of you who don’t know, I had my second baby boy born 4 months ago and as soon as he turned 2.5 months, I started noticing that my hair are falling more than the usual amount.
Four weeks later, I was losing hair in bunches. The worst experience was a few days ago when I stepped into the shower and came out with clumps of hair in my hand. They would just keep coming off and it felt like I may have mistakenly shampooed my hair with some hair removing cream. As of today, hair fall is still going strong. I have official bald patches at the temples of my head. The total volume has probably gone down 60% and I am in a situation that wherever I go, I leave a trail of my hair behind me.
Ladies, what I am experiencing is a perfect example of postpartum hair loss. There is a ton of information on the web about what postpartum hair loss is and why it happens so I am not going to go in that area. What I do want to talk about is how you can deal with this crazy hair loss phase. This is my second time going through postpartum hair loss so I am not losing my mind or my sleep because I know it is just a phase that will pass I will regrow my hair and I won’t be bald for the rest of my life. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t know all this the first time. I did go in to a bad depression, did some crazy things to my hair trying to overcome my complexes and made things even worse.
The good thing is I learnt a lot from my first postpartum hair loss experience and this time around when it happened, I was ready for it and I knew how to handle it. I am going to share a few of my tips and proven methods to deal with this temporary horror phase of your life. Trust me on this, you follow these tips, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble, any kind of permanent damage and a peace of mind that all will get better in another 3-4 months time.
- Avoid using styling products, hair dryers, hot irons, curling irons, I mean all kinds of irons, please. Your already weak scalp does not need additional heat damage during this time.
- If you color your hair on regular basis or are now having the temptation to go for balayage, wait another three months and then go for it.
- Get yourself a haircut, preferably a shorter cut. Long hair tend to look more thin and flat during the hair fall phase. Since you will be growing a lot of new hair, short haircut will make your hair look thicker sooner.
- Oil your hair at least once a week and keep them tied up. Be careful not to tie your hair too tight, that can weaken your hair further.
- Gently brush your hair before you step into the shower. This way all your weak hair will come off in the brush and will not make you cry during your shower. Also, no clogging your bathtub.
- Focus on your diet, eat healthy and if you feel like it, go for multi-vitamins as well.