I really thought I wasn’t going to experience postpartum hair loss. I took my prenatals, I ate well (maybe a little too well), I stayed hydrated, I was 19 when I had my daughter, I thought I was too young to experience postpartum hair loss. I was wrong. By the time my daughter was two weeks old, my hair was coming out in chunks and on top of that, it was constantly stringy and frizzy no matter what I did. I tried everything from different serums and remedies, DIY hair masks, I tried not washing my hair and then I tried washing it every day. Nothing worked. It took me months to find things that actually helped and didn’t just coat my hair in product, making it feel soft until it became so caked up in gunk that it was weighted down and gross looking.
It wasn’t until I was almost 8 months postpartum that I finally found a vitamin and hair product regimen that really helped make – and keep – my hair soft and healthy (even with an entire head of bleached hair).
A little more background about my hair: I am a natural dark brunette living life with blonde hair. I bleach it myself a majority of the time. I also have incredibly thick hair, which is another reason I never thought I would experience hair loss this young. It is currently slightly purple thanks to a color depositing shampoo from Punky Color (https://www.ulta.com/3-in-1-color-depositing-shampoo-conditioner?productId=xlsImpprod17871157), and even with the color thanks to my new hair care regimen, my hair is softer than it’s ever been:
- Invest in a good shampoo: I now use the Redken Extreme shampoo (https://www.redken.com/products/hair-care/extreme/hair-strengthening-shampoo) and I absolutely adore it. It does have sulfates in it and I wish it didn’t, but it is the only thing that has really helped repair the damage done to my hair. Anyway. Investing in a quality shampoo means you’re using the right ingredients and the shampoo/conditioner is not only making your hair feel better, but it is actually repairing it.
- Don’t try to fix it by using oils, keratin, and masks: I tried it. Every couple days I had a new mask or overnight oil treatment, and all this did was make things worse. My scalp started to think it needed to produce less oils and therefore my hair ended up being dryer than before I did the mask or treatment. I am not a big fan of keratin or moroccan oil. I’m sure it has its uses for some people, but all it seems to do for me is weigh my hair down and make it feel gross the longer I use it. If I do use it, it’s every couple of months and I usually use the It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner Plus Keratin (https://www.ulta.com/miracle-leave-in-plus-keratin?productId=xlsImpprod6481240), a spray or two on damp hair.
- Stop washing your hair: I only wash my hair a couple days a week, and in-between I usually don’t brush it. I have curly hair so brushing it typically results in frizz and untameable hair. The day I do shower and brush my hair, I spray a detangler on it and brush through it, making sure I bring the oils from the top of my hair to the tips.
- Vitamins: but not too much. I take some daily vitamin with a small dose of biotin in it. I don’t like the idea of taking too much (mostly because I’m allergic, but also because it has never seemed to work for me), so I typically just make sure the daily vitamins I take contain biotin and folic acid.
- Healthy eating: and drinking water. The better the food you’re putting in your body, the better your entire body is going to look and feel. When I really shifted my diet, I noticed the biggest difference in my hair. I try to drink a gallon or more of water a day, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.
- No heat: I have curly, frizzy hair. I love straightening it, but when I stopped straightening and curling my hair it got so much healthier. It sucks, but it really does work.
- Heat protectant: Ion is my favorite heat protectant, but if you’re not a fan of the oily finish it has, I have some other ones linked below. I spray it on my hair every other day, especially the day after I wash my hair. The sun is so harsh on your skin and your hair and just like you use sunscreen on your face, you need to use something to protect your hair. When I started doing this, I noticed a drastic difference in my hair within the week.
- Chi Iron Guard
- Not Your Mother’s
- Tresemee Thermal Creations Heat Spray
- Redken Iron Shape 11 Heat Protectant Spray
These are the things that worked for me, and I really hope they can help you out too.