Pregnancy can be different for everyone. Some will find it the most joyful time in their life, an easy breezy experience that makes them feel great, and, unfortunately, others will experience the opposite.

It is no secret that pregnancy is hard on the body – it is literally creating another human. It has to go through tremendous stress on the joints, limbs, and organs, and sometimes it can affect other areas of the body, too, such as teeth and hair.

Postpartum hair can be much different from the hair you had before pregnancy and during. The hormonal changes can have a significant impact, along with other factors that could mean getting fewer nutrients in your diet and not enough sleep.

If you are experiencing issues with your hair postpartum, this piece is going to take you through a couple of tips on what you can do to get it and keep it in good condition.

Cut Out Heat Styling

If you are struggling with thin or fine hair, hair that is breaking off, or you are losing your hair, it can be difficult to put the styling products away. They are great for hiding damage temporarily, but they will only add to it in the long run.

Put the hairdryer and curler down, and opt for airdry and protective styles to keep the hair you do have in the best condition possible.

There are now plenty of heatless style ideas you can use to give your hair that oomph without having to cause further harm. If you do have to use heat to style your hair, limit the amount of time you use it during the week, and always use a protectant spray. 

Choose the Right Supplements 

Unsurprisingly, there is a massive shift in the body after pregnancy, and there is a high likelihood that additional supplements will be able to help. Not only should you see a doctor or a healthcare professional for a full blood panel if you are experiencing hair loss, but they should also be able to point you in the right direction of vitamins and minerals that are known to take care of the hair. Supplements such as biotin gummies are a great way to get in the nutrients you need in a fuss-free way – perfect for a new parent on the go!

Of course, this will not replace a healthy, nutritious diet – which is also important.

Nutritious Diet

Your diet is the building block of your health, so if it is made up of low quality, nutritionally poor food, that is exactly what is going to be reflected in your health and wellness. 

While it can be difficult to get in all of your fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats when you become a new parent, it is essential to help your body repair and readjust to only having to look after itself again!

If you are stuck on what you should be eating, there are plenty of postpartum meal plans out there that can help you get in your vitamins and minerals. Or, consider speaking to a nutritionist for a personalized strategy.

Upgrade Your Haircare

Your hair is unique, just like you, so not all haircare is one size fits all. However, if you can afford to swap out your drugstore shampoo for professional haircare, it could help. Some hair does not agree with silicones or parabens. Others tolerate it. You might also want to switch to a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to help support the hair you do have and make it appear more healthy and full. 

Dry shampoo can be an excellent quick fix on the days you need a little more volume, and it does not need to break the bank, either!

Focus On Your Scalp

Your scalp is the more important aspect of haircare because that is where your hair starts at the root. A healthy scalp can equal healthy hair. 

It has been suggested that stimulating the scalp can encourage hair thickness during its growing phase, which can help bulk out your hair if you are having problems with hair loss. 

It is common to use an oil or hair treatment to massage into the scalp, but massages without the additions can also work, as they increase blood flow to the area, and you can do them anywhere! Not to forget the other benefits that also come with a good head rub too.

Reduce Your Stress Levels 

It is common knowledge how bad stress is for the body, which also extends to your hair. Stress can significantly impact hormones, and those imbalances can cause problems, including hair loss. Exercising can be a great way to decrease stress, especially if you can find something you enjoy doing, and meditation, box breathing, and having a moment to yourself can all keep those levels down.

Plus, a glass of wine probably won’t hurt either – but only in moderation! Otherwise, you are just kicking the ‘stress can’ down the road.

By Swati