Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Your newborn baby has just turned three months old and you are just starting to get the hang of motherhood. Your body is starting to feel good, there is just one thing that terrifies you- your hair is falling out in chunks! Don’t worry as unnerving as this is, it is perfectly normal. How can losing hair be normal you may ask? Well while pregnant your body is overflowing with those amazing hormones that help your body care for a baby. During this time period many women say their hair seems fuller and thicker, partly this is due to those hormones which actually prevent hair loss during pregnancy. Following birth and breast-feeding, your body reduces those unneeded hormones as your body returns back to normal postpartum. The down side of that is whatever hair follicles you didn’t lose during nine months (typically you lose 30-100 hairs a day), are all coming out now. What can you do to help prevent so much loss at once? The following three tips are sure to help.
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Don’t deplete your body of needed vitamins

Just as a prenatal vitamin was essential during pregnancy, it is just as essential while breastfeeding and as your body recovers from pregnancy. Typically it takes a woman’s body a complete year to recover from having a baby. So make sure your body doesn’t become deficient nutritionally and continue to take your vitamins. This will help your hair to stay healthy and prevent loss of hair due to being deficient in vitamins and minerals it needs to grow.

Don’t abuse your hair

As your body is balancing itself hormonally postpartum, be especially kind to your hair. Excessive pulling such as wearing your hair up in a ponytail or bun all the time will cause additional pull to the follicles of your hair. This will make them weaker and more likely to fall out or thin where there is pulling or strain. Don’t worry, all will return to normal before pregnancy, but in the meantime be kind to your hair. Avoid brushing multiple times a day and blow drying too.

Take extra time to nourish your hair

Though time may be sparse now while caring for a baby, try to take some time to nourish your hair. Doing a hydrating treatment with oil or conditioner every few weeks will help hydrate your hair and may lessen the fall out of hair. Though tempting avoid any type of chemical treatments such as dying or perming your hair. Instead of preventing fall out, this may encourage it. There are quite a few over the counter hydrating and nourishing treatments found in your local beauty store that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Post-partum hair loss can be devastating. However, you can have peace of mind by taking the time to nourish your hair, resist abusing it and making sure you continue to give your body the vitamins it needs. Yes, take comfort in knowing that though this is normal following having a baby, that there are things that can be done to avoid unnecessary hair loss during this time period.

Natural Hair Growth

Thick, lustrous and healthy. Do these words describe the hair on your head? Most women and even men would like to say yes. Having a healthy head of hair not only attracts but speaks mountains about us just by a glance. The market is flooded with products to help all individuals retain, enhance and produce hair, in the right areas of course! Some of these products cost a fortune and may work, although many do not. However what if I told you that in three easy all natural and organic steps you could enhance the health, thickness and luster of your hair? Yes three organic ways that will not cost you a fortune. They simply adjust your diet slightly, how you clean and care for your hair.

Beautiful young woman looking in the mirrorThough hair is not living, what you put into your body can deeply affect how healthy your hair is when it does grow. If you are struggling with hair loss, analyzing what you are eating is very important. The biomaterial that composes your hair is made up of protein, primarily keratin. So this leads to the question, are you getting enough protein in your diet? Red meat, beans, eggs, nuts, fish and legumes are some of the healthiest proteins one can eat that your hair will love. By adding additional protein to your diet daily you can be confident to see a difference in the abundance and health of your hair.

Next, would be how you clean your hair. Stripping your hair of the needed oils that keep it hydrated doesn’t encourage growth. Is it possible to not wash your hair every single day? Also important to examine is the shampoo and conditioner you use. Not all shampoo is the same. Primarily make sure that your shampoo is sulfate free. The sulfates strip your hair of their natural oils that encourage it to grow. Of course no one wants to have a greasy head of hair, but by using you a sulfate-free shampoo you are cleansing your hair without stripping it of its luster and thickness.

Finally, it is to be noted that stimulating the hair follicles on your scalp encourage hair to grow. It is important to give yourself a good scalp massage every day. Not only does this encourage blood circulation to your scalp but also encourages the growth of new hairs which adds to its thickness. Something to encourage hair growth also when doing the scalp massage is to put a few drops of either tea tree or peppermint essential oil on your finger tips to rub into your scalp. This accomplishes the same thing as the massage by encouraging circulation to your scalp. It’s natural, healthy and smells refreshing.

Yes, we all want that beautiful head of hair that is healthy, lustrous and thick. But by eating more protein in our diet you can ensure that our hair has the nutrients it needs to grow. When cleaning your hair with sulfide free shampoo you are preventing our hair from being stripped by the oils it needs to stay hydrated and healthy. Then by stimulating circulation to your scalp we are encouraging new growth. With these easy, organic tips you are sure to see a difference!

Suggestions for All Natural Hair Coloring

Women and men enjoy many aspects of their self-care routines, including changing hair color. With so much information that has been released in recent years regarding the harmful nature of the chemicals found in conventional hair dyes, more and more women are seeking out natural products to obtain the same look. Fortunately, there are some methods that have been around for hundreds and, sometimes, thousands of years. Utilizing these products has the assurance of time tested safety. Women can feel more free to enjoy their favorite hair colors without risking personal safety.

Shampoo for Corpses by Ken-ichi, on Flickr

For reds, browns, and even blue, you will use henna, indigo, or a combination of the two. You may include additional ingredients to alter the effect. You should know that not all products containing these ingredients are created the same. There are some that are premixed with other chemicals. Others use a variety of leaves in order to obtain consistent results. What is important is that you understand the exact instructions and cautions on any product you choose to put on your body, including your hair.

Henna has been used in the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding areas for thousands of years to create red dye. In addition to the dying effect, it also strengthens hair and provides a natural UV barrier. It provides a natural shine and kills lice and dandruff. Indigo is from the same reason of the world and has a blue dye. You are probably most familiar with it as a coloring product for denim. Both of these are plant based and chemical free dyes. They can be used alone or in varying combinations with each other. Amla can be added to it to provide a cooler look.

The more henna in the mixture, the greater the red tones. In equal parts, the hair will turn out brown. With primarily indigo, it will be a dark brown to black color. Amla can be added to any of these combinations to soften the colors. Some brands and products on the market will suggest using the henna first, followed by the indigo. Others will say to blend and apply together. Make certain to review the directions prior to beginning your application.

Usually, you will need to begin with clean dry hair. The henna will have been mixed with water and/or lemon juice and allowed to sit for a specified amount of time to release the dye. When you are ready, make certain you have all of the supplies you need first. You can apply the mix using a squeeze bottle or simply smearing it into your hair. You need to section your hair off with both methods to make certain you cover the entire length of every hair. You do not want to have uncolored roots when you are done. After covering your hair, the product will need to sit on your hair for a few hours, according to the directions. Make certain that you have something planned that you can do during this wait.

When using indigo, make certain that you are comfortable with the hair being darker for a long period of time. Once the product has had the opportunity to set it, it is very difficult to remove or color over. For best results at removing it, attempts should be made within the first twenty four hours.

If you want to lighten your hair, it is a bit different than creating a darker color. The easiest way is to apply lemon juice to your hair and spend some time in the sun. Hydrogen peroxide can help for some people but, only if their hair is light to begin with. Otherwise, it can turn odd shades of orange. You may also be able to find some natural hair lightening blends at your local health food store that you could spray into your hair in order to gradually lighten it.

Altering hair color is something that humans have enjoyed doing for thousands of years. If you use these products, you will be using the safest and most tested hair color products known to humankind. Now, all you need to do is decide which color you want to make your own hair.