Yes, yes, we know — pregnancy is beautiful and pregnant women walk around happily, illuminated by the glow of carrying a new life. But let’s get real for a second—even though these women may be glowing, we all know that the reality of pregnancy and giving birth is very different. Pregnancy can be very painful. A baby crushing your ribs, swollen ankles, contractions, constant pressure on the bladder, hormonal changes, and whatnot.

So now that you’ve spent 12 hours in labor (or 4—if you’re one of the lucky ones), you’re spending tired, sleepless days and nights attending to a crying baby. On top of all that—you’re losing your hair!

Don’t worry though; whether you’re a new mother, or a mother of 4, postpartum hair loss is completely normal. During pregnancy, your body produces high levels of estrogen, which makes your hair grow faster and look thicker than before. After giving birth, your hormone levels return to normal, and you may notice dramatic hair loss.

Here are some ways to help you combat post-partum hair loss.

Rub Your Scalp

A healthy scalp means healthy hair. Stimulating your scalp regularly can help with hair regrowth, and can prevent a dry, itchy scalp. A daily scalp massage for as long as 10 minutes to an hour is enough to increase blood circulation, promoting hair growth.

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Use A Gentle Brush

Using a softer brush that doesn’t tug at your scalp and snap your hair can go a long way. If your hair is weak or dry, we recommend using a soft comb and brushing through your hair gently to avoid accidentally pulling on more hair than you should. Tie your hair up in softer styles that don’t put too much pressure on your scalp, such as low buns.

Maintain a healthy diet

Eating nutrient-dense foods is essential when it comes to taking care of your hair.  Some doctors recommend red meat, which contains high levels of iron, as the best food for hair growth. Vitamin B complex or biotin (B7), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and zinc are essential nutrients that you should be taking either in their natural form or as supplements. Berries, spinach, fatty fish, avocados, nuts, sweet potatoes, beans, and eggs are all foods from which you can get these nutrients, so try to incorporate them into your lifestyle and diet as much as possible.

If you’re looking for serious surgical solutions regarding your hair loss, try Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) treatment. SMP is one of the most effective means to combat hair loss and promote hair regrowth, and is safe to undergo after the breastfeeding cycle has been completed. SMP treatment involves replicating hair follicles through micropigmentation, which results in a fuller, thicker-looking head of hair.

For appointments, you can contact us or visit our clinic. We’re experienced professionals with a high success rate of making people happier and more confident with their hair. Call us at 302-292-0380 for more information and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way that we can.