Hey mama, I see you, I feel you and I know exactly what you are going through. So I’m going to share a little back story with you before we get into the real gist. Sit tight and grab your coffee sis, We are in for a lovely ride.
So, in 2019 when I gave birth to my daughter, I never ever expected I would start going bald and in high speed. Wheeew. I had thick full hair during pregnancy and with my little knowledge of natural hair at the time I thought I got it all covered. Little did I know that I was about to be hit by a trailer of hair loss. In Nigeria at this point we would say “OMO” Just like the African Americans will say “Child” lol. It was a rude shock and trust me it was a painful experience. There were days I cried cause I’d just touch my hair and it kept falling off.
Well, fast forward two months later, I wasn’t taking it anymore. I went ahead to do a lot of reading and research and I discovered I was having “Postpartum Hair loss” and mine was one of the worse kind. I had all the effects of postpartum hair loss, Balding, Thinning, Spongy hair, Sensitive Scalp and of course dull looking hair.
I was finally able to overcome it and I’m here to share with you what I learnt and how to deal with it when you get to this phase. Don’t forget, some women are lucky not to have any form of postpartum hair loss. However, if you are like me then lets roll.
WHAT IS POST PARTRUM HAIR LOSS?
A typical problem that starts about three months after childbirth and can persist up to six months is postpartum hair loss. It is a typical and transient aspect of pregnancy. Your hair will often regrow to its previous fullness.
A few months after having a baby, many new mothers experience noticeable hair loss. This is typical behavior, not actual hair loss. This disorder is known as excessive hair shedding by dermatologists. Falling levels of estrogen are the reason of the excessive shedding.
What I’m about to share with you can be helpful till your hair regains its regular fullness if the excessive hair shedding worries you.
The good news is that you can ignore this excessive shedding because it is just temporary. By the first birthday of their kid, the majority of mothers notice a return to their hair’s typical fullness. Even early for many women, fullness returns to normal.
After pregnancy, a lot of new mothers report substantial hair loss. In most cases, hair loss peaks four months after having birth. Most mothers restore their regular hair growth by the first birthday of their child. After a year, if your hair still hasn’t grown back full, make sure to be consistent with what I’d be sharing with you and you might wish to also consult a dermatologist. Your hair loss could be brought on by another factor. There are numerous causes for hair loss, and a precise diagnosis is necessary for successful therapy.
So How does postpartum hair loss occur and what are the signs?
Many hairs in the anagen phase (the growth phase) abruptly enter the resting phase as a result of pregnancy hormones (telogen). You lose the hair a few months later.
On average, your scalp has 80,000 to 120,000 hairs, and you can lose up to 100 of them per day. You lose more than 100 hairs every day when you have postpartum hair loss.
Finding more loose hair than usual on your brush, pillow, or shower floor is the biggest indicator. More stray hair may be adhered to your clothing, as well.
Postpartum hair loss is brought on by changes in the hormone estrogen during and after pregnancy. The last trimester of pregnancy sees an increase in estrogen levels. This stops the usual hair shedding. During this time, you could notice that your hair is thick and luxuriant.
After childbirth, estrogen levels drop. This causes a large number of hairs to enter the resting phase of hair growth. After a few months, this hair starts to shed.
How can postpartum hair loss be treated?
These steps can help your hair beoome fuller and prevent further hair loss and damage and using the right products can also help in getting your desired results in no time:
- Opt for a Moisturising and Volumizing shampoo and conditioner
Your hair might gain body using lighter conditioners and volumizing shampoos. You also want to use products that would deal with the dryness and spongy feeling of your hair. You can of course try out the products I used. Ewoma organics Adult hair kit.
- Take good care of your hair.
When washing and combing your hair, use caution. To avoid damage, If you in anycase need to use styling tools, use the styling irons’ and blow dryers’ lower heat settings. Avoid pulling your hair tight in braids and ponytails because this might cause greater hair loss.
- Massage your scalp and edges often
Using a good hair growth oil like the Ewoma Organics Mult-Action hair growth oil to massage your scalp and edges daily, you are sure to see results in a short time. Thicker hair, new hair growth, bald spots filled up and hair fall radically stops.
And last but not the least, make sure you’re eating a healthy diet and obtaining the nutrients you need for hair development.
I hope you found this article helpful?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and if you’ve had this same experience please do well to share your story.
See you next time
C.e.o Ewoma Organics
Certified Cosmetologist, Natural Hair Enthusiast
I’m Passionate about healthy natural hair and
I do my best at all times to ensure I pass on my knowledge
so we are all aware and informed rightly on proper natural hair care.