My journey with Postpartum hair loss started 2 days before the baby turned 3 months. I had just finished a 2 a.m. feeding and went into the bathroom to remove a ponytail from my hair. I was shocked to see quite a bunch of hair attached to the hair tie, but shrugged it off and went back to bed. In the morning I brushed my hair and was horrified at the sight of the hairbrush. It was completely full of my hair.
This picture was taken about 2 weeks before hair loss started
At this point I knew something was wrong and after confirming it with my doctor, I knew that I was going to have to deal with postpartum hair loss. I found a lot of help on the internet, so I wanted to share with you my experiences and what worked best for me.
1 week after hair loss began
Here’s what I suggest :
1. Breathe, have a good cry if need be. This is going to suck!!!
2. If you are not already on them for breastfeeding, get back on your prenatal vitamin.
3. No ponytails or hairdos that pull you hair to tight. I used alligator clips to just keep my hair off my face
4. Wash your hair with with a biotin, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and not everyday.
5. Try to stay away from blowdrying, straighteners and curling irons. They are just to depressing to use.
6. This one is going to hurt, but it really helped my hair and I noticed a lot less hair coming out after I did it. GET A GOOD HAIRCUT! I cut my hair to my shoulders and added some layers. I also darkened it, so it would blend in with the new hair growth that had already started.
7. Stay Positive. As much as you think you are going to be completely bald, you will soon see it is not going to happen.
New hair growth at 9 Weeks
8. My hair completely stopped falling out just when he turned 5 months. He is 8 months now and I am actually starting to have good hair days again.
Going out with the hubby
Postpartum hair loss is what it is and unfortunately you really Just Have To Roll With It.
Hope this helps.