Just when you think you've been through enough between morning sickness, prenatal weight gain, labor and sleepless nights...then handfuls of hair fall out in the shower. Sadly, it's a battle most women inevitably face a few months postpartum. "Is there anything I can do nutrition-wise to help with postnatal hair loss?" I've been asked this question so often I thought I would create a resource to showcase what's worked for me.
Ok before we get into this, I want to be clear. I do not believe it's possible to completely prevent postpartum hair fallout. I'm 3 for 3 personally and every woman I've spoken to about this reports a similar, unavoidable experience. That being said, I do want to share what's helped me during the fallout phase and thereafter to minimize the impact and promote regrowth. I didn't really intervene after having my first 2 babies. I just rode it out because I honestly didn't think there was much I could do. After my third, I did everything I could. I can tell you, the difference between those experiences was night and day. After Kaela and Kendall, I wouldn't pull my hair back into a ponytail for months and after Harlow, I still could. The 3rd time around my focus was to improve the integrity and thickness of the existing hair, which helped mask the appearance of thinning. The plan will be the same when I hit 3 months postpartum with this baby...
TAKE YOUR DAILY MULTI
I’ve been taking Ritual vitamins for some time and switched to their Essential Prenatal last summer when I found out I was pregnant. I love that their multi provides biotin, which is especially needed during pregnancy and is known to promote hair growth. My Ritual daily also has me covered with vitamin e & iron, both key players for healthy hair. I really believe that a quality multivitamin + mineral is crucial to fill in the gaps where your nutrition may fall short, and one with biotin is especially helpful postpartum. Foods high in biotin include eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds, so scramble up an omelet for your breakfast as often as you can.
ADD COLLAGEN TO YOUR ROUTINE
Your body already produces collagen, but it's really beneficial to supplement it for hair, skin & nail health. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, a longevity specialist who practices muscle-centric medicine talks about collagen on the Genius Life Podcast with Max Lugavere. For a great listen, you can find that episode here.
These are my 3 favorite ways to sneak collagen in everyday:
Orange Dream Vitamin C + Collagen shaken into ice water. I sip on it during my morning workout
Unflavored Vital Proteins Collagen in my coffee
Bone broth in many of my recipes like this roasted red pepper and tomato soup
* vitamin c helps promote the production of collagen. It’s pretty easy to consume adequate vitamin c if you’re someone who eats a variety of fruits and vegetables. Bell pepper, citrus fruits, kiwi and strawberries are all rich sources.
These products in and out of the shower have completely transformed my hair. I know some are pretty pricey, but they will last longer than you think and I swear by them.
Once weekly, I use this Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub before shampooing. If you're like me and rely on dry shampoo to float you through weekly workouts and mom life, it works wonders at detoxing product buildup. By deep cleaning the scalp on a weekly basis, you remove the buildup that can weigh hair down, leaving it looking lifeless and thin. I love the cooling sensation of this one too.
This Biotin Thickening Shampoo by R+Co makes a noticeable difference instantly. You can truly feel the hair thicken as you work it into a lather. This shampoo is the best I’ve tried for cleansing and plumping up hair for volume and thickness. I also use the R+Co Dallas conditioner, focusing mostly from mid shaft to ends.
TOWEL DRIED HAIR
This Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray is something I came across for the first time after having Harlow. I honestly think it's been one of the most impactful products I've introduced to my routine. I spray it directly onto my roots while my hair is still damp and work it into the scalp with my fingers. It thickens hair at the base, creating volume and fullness where I need it.
This In Common Magic Myst Universal Elixir nourishes hair and detangles. It’s probably my favorite step when going from damp to dry hair because it smells ridiculously amazing. Seriously, it’s like a bottle of perfumed vitamins for your hair. I spray this myst all over and brush it through with a wet brush.
This Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray is the last step before blow drying. It helps to increase hair volume from root to end, creating a fuller look while acting as a heat protectant.
I hope this helps if you're someone who's going through the postpartum fallout. I know how frustrating and unfair it can feel. I promise, it gets better in time and these strategies do help. As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.