3 Ingredients and Hair Care Habits For Postpartum Hair Loss
Nourish Your Scalp From The Inside Out To Grow Stronger, Fuller Hair
Have you heard of the term “the fourth trimester”?
It refers to the three months after labor in which the new mother should be focused on recovering her body.
Although most of the focus is usually on the newborn, the mother’s physical and mental health is actually foundational to the newborn’s wellbeing.
What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss
While corporate maternity leave policies beg to differ, don’t you feel that 9 months of pregnancy and delivering a baby calls for at least 3 months of rest?
The dual stress of raising a newborn and recovering from pregnancy + labor can trigger negative yet common and reversible postpartum symptoms.
While hair loss under 80 years old is surprising, rest assured that it is a temporary condition as our bodies are recovering from giving birth.
Postpartum hair loss or fall out is a common symptom that with the right TLC can be temporary.
After labor, estrogen and progesterone decline while the stress hormone cortisol rises.
These two factors combined can contribute to more hair fall out than usual and slower hair growth.
3 Natural Ingredients to Help Hair Growth
In the past 2 years we have seen so many hair loss supplements and products rise to the shelves and go viral online.
To help you shop, here are 3 natural ingredients, that are backed by research and my personal experience, to help promote fuller, thicker hair growth.
- Vitamin C + Iron: having healthy levels of iron is important for new mothers, especially right after labor. Try to add natural vitamin C like juice from a wedge of lemon or lime to your iron-rich dish to promote effective iron absorption(1). Enjoy red lentils, kidney beans, quinoa, and organic grass-fed meats.
- Collagen Peptides: collagen peptides in the form of capsules/pills are usually not enough in volume for significant benefits. We recommend getting your vegan, marine, or grass-fed bovine collagen peptides in powder form to easily get 5, 10, or 15 grams of collagen peptides simply added to your beverages.
- MSM: Methylsulfonylmethane aka MSM is a natural form of sulfur found in cruciferous vegetables. A study showed that "MSM appears to benefit hair and nail health”. The women in the study who saw the benefits the fastest were taking 3 mg of MSM daily(2).
In addition to nourishing your body from the inside out, these next hair care habits are also important to restoring your crown.
TLC Hair Care Tips During Postpartum Hair Loss
Whether you’re dealing with postpartum hair loss or damaged hair from hair coloring, perming, etc. these simple hair habits are essential.
- Avoid hot water on the hair and scalp. This can trigger hair fall out and it opens the hair shaft, which leads to frizziness. If you take a warm shower, rinse your hair and scalp with cool water at the end of your shower to help seal in the cuticles and shine.
- Apply conditioner on the ends before you shampoo. Shampooing can cause tangles at the ends of your hair, which can cause pulling and unnecessary hair fall out. By doing this you avoid tangles and give your hair ends an extra dose of moisture.
- Always use a sulfate-free shampoo. More specifically, avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, especially if you have a sensitive scalp. This cleansing ingredient is in laundry detergents and dish soaps. In shampoo products, they’re often too harsh.
If you’re considering investing in a new hair care product brand that is:
- free of harsh sulfates
- nourishing with each wash
- has everything from a scalp scrub to a detangler/leave-in conditioner
- vegan and cruelty-free
See our unsponsored review of Drunk Elephant’s new hair care products, here.
1. The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/
2. Beneficial Effects of a Sulfur-Containing Supplement on Hair and Nail Condition https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2019-11/beneficial-effects-sulfur-containing-supplement-hair-and-nail-condition
3. Healthy, Voluminous, Full Hair Starts At The Scalp. Unsponsored Review of Drunk Elephant's Hair Care Collection. https://www.facingfertility.com/post/drunk-elephant-skin-care-ingredients-for-the-scalp-hair