Losing your hair hand over fist? Here’s how you can restore your mane to its former thickened glory.
We often hear about men losing their hair but in reality it’s a problem that affects many women too. The main culprit? Lifestyle and hormonal changes. Whether you’re stressed in your new job or you’ve just had a baby it may seem like when you’re not tearing your hair out with exhaustion or frustration – it’s falling out on its own. When I had my baby I noticed my hair was everywhere – not just in my brush and bathroom sink – but on the kitchen bench and sandwiched between the pages of my son’s books. I’d even find fistfuls in his clammy little hands. Hair loss, it seems, is just another of those post-baby side-effects that no one ever tells you about. And even though it’s completely normal, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. The good news is, there are things you can do to help bring your strands back to their former glory. You’re welcome!
- Be Gentle: If you want to keep whatever hair you have left on your head then you’d better start looking after it. Try drying your hair with a t.shirt instead of a towel as it will reduce breakages and while you’re at it, don’t brush your hair while it’s wet as the strands are weaker and more prone to break. Make sure you don’t tie up your hair when wet either, and if you can skip the tight ponytail or bun, opting instead for a loose plait or ditch your usual hair tie for an invisibobble. Also go easy on the hairdryer – if you really must blow dry your hair every day try and let it mostly air dry and then give it a quick blast at the end.
- Pillow Talk: Another great option which works to reduce breakages is to invest in a silk pillowcase. It may sounds like a luxurious option but it will stop your hair getting tangled in your sleep (it’s also good for your skin too!) Try Slip Silk Pillowcase, $109.
- Switch it up: If you’re a creature of habit when it comes to your shampoo and conditioner it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. You’ll need to invest in a hair regime that’s not only going to clean your hair, but promote new growth too. Try: Nioxin which has been leading the hair growth charge for years. Click here to try their online consultation tool. Once you find out the products right for you, you should invest in their Nioxin System Kit, from $59, which gives you a cleanser, a revitalising conditioner and then a hair and scalp treatment that you don’t wash out.
- Supplements: Taking a daily supplement will strengthen your hair from your insides out – and often your nails while you’re at it. If you’re still breastfeeding you’ll need to make sure you check the directions as not all supplements are safe to take. Vegan supplement brand Qsilica have a few good options available – but again remember to check with your healthcare professional. Try: Qsilica One-A-Day Intensive Skin, Hair & Nail, $69.75, which uses colloidal mineral silica to grow connective tissue in the hair, skin and nails to make them stronger.
- Chop chop: The longer your hair is, the more noticeable hair loss is. So it makes sense to bite the bullet and get a haircut. I’m a big fan of the ‘mom chop’ aka ‘the lob’ which sees your hair just grazing your shoulders. However, if you want to keep your long locks then schedule in a ‘micro trim’ with your hairdresser which will help generate growth.
- Me time: Look, we all know new mums have no time to themselves, but if you could possibly steal just two minutes of your day, try indulging in a daily head massage. This will work to increase blood circulation and in turn help with hair growth. Moroccan Oil have a great oil for a dry or an oily scalp that would work well.
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