I’m envious of doctors. Not for their student loan debt, or long grueling hours, but for their potential hero-status. There could be a day when they are on a flight and an emergency situation occurs that calls them into duty. See, forever a hero.
That will never happen to me. I will never be a plane with an announcement from the flight deck asking if there’s a hairstylist on board because one of the passengers has an itchy scalp and they want to know if it merits an emergency landing. But if that were to happen I would proudly stand up, take off my glasses (because in this fantasy I’m wearing glasses) and say, “I’m a hairstylist. Take me to the passenger, I can help”. Nope, never gonna happen.
But recently I have had something happen that makes me feel like all of my knowledge and powers are being called upon, and it (seemingly) is the role I was born to play…
Postpartum Hair Loss
Yup. It’s all falling out.
I have written about this subject before, I have counseled many of my clients thru it, but here I am knocking on that particular door myself with handfuls of my own precious hair. Welcome to 3 months postpartum.
This doesn’t happen to all women, but it does happen to a lot of them. Including me. So what do you do about it in the meantime so you don’t look as bald as you feel?
Step one towards minimizing hairloss is giving it no additional reason to fall out is keeping a healthy scalp. Postpartum hairloss is a bell that can’t be un-rung. The hair that’s falling out is doing so because it should have shed a while ago and didn’t, so your hair is catching up on lost time.
However, you don’t want the trend to continue any longer than it needs to, AND you want to facilitate new hair growing back easily. New little hairs love a clean, nourished scalp, soft scalp. Meaning this is not the time to load up on styling products and skip too many shampoos. Cleansing with a shampoo rich in tea tree oil is a good idea.
Last year I wrote a post on how to alter your diet for fabulous hair. Read this post, and eat those foods. A diet rich in leafy greens and omega-3’s will do wonders for you inside and out. But since I already eat for beauty (yeah, I said that), I also added a Biotin supplement to my routine.
Biotin not only promotes healthy hair growth, but also prevents hair dryness. It increases elasticity of hair, thereby, preventing and minimizing hair breakage. It is usually recommended to take between 500-700 micrograms per day initially. The amount can actually be increased to 1000 micrograms.
The final part of the battle is to treat the hair that’s still on my head lovingly. This means getting regular haircuts and in-salon treatments. A salon treatment is way more effective than anything you can do at home. In this case I’ve begun doing the Kerastase Vita Cement treatments once a month to help make my hair stronger and reduce breakage. If you’re interested, find a salon in your area that has these treatments.
But if you’re one of the lucky ones that never lost her hair after babies, how nice for you. I’m sure your baby also slept thru the night from birth and poops $100 bills. Just remember: Karma doesn’t forget an address, and your good luck will run out someday (insert maniacal laugh here).