Healthier Hair from the Inside Out

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ever since I had Carter, my hair has just been a mess. Did this happen to any of y'all postpartum? I remember it happening a bit after Caroline, but it seems like this time, my hair is just so fragile. I don't know if nursing has anything to do with it or not, but I pumped exclusively for a year with Carter (he had a tongue tie and couldn't nurse initially, once we clipped it, he refused to nurse since he'd already seen how easy a bottle was) and it seems like the whole time I did, my hair would just come out en masse every time I'd shower or brush it, or it would break off any time I styled it. I've been on a mission to repair it, so I thought I'd share some of the things I've been using/doing. 

Basically, after having Carter and stopping nursing, my hair just feels pretty thin and limp. I know I'm getting good regrowth finally, because when I pull my hair back I have new growth hairs flying out in every possible direction. I have what I call my pony tail mullet at the nape of my neck and bangs growing in that I never cut in the first place, so I feel like what I'm doing as far as growing my healthy hair back is working since regrowth is evident. 

I know a lot of people would just cut their hair off into a shorter do with the postpartum hair loss, but I do not have a face shape that wears shorter lengths well, plus, I prefer my hair long, so cutting it off wasn't an option as far as I'm concerned.With that being said, here's what I have been using that seems to be helping my hair.

What I've been using:

You can click the name of any of the above shampoos to get more info on them or to purchase. I received a free sample of the Maple Holistics shampoo and I just love it. The smell is very ethereal and fresh. I have naturally oily hair and typically need to wash it every day, but when I use the tea tree oil shampoo, I can get away with going 2 days between washing, which in and of itself, helps my hair since I'm not over-washing it and the product I'm using is all-natural, therefore not stripping my hair. I feel like with everything that goes onto or into your body, the less chemical, the better. Well, Maple Holistics products are paraben free, Non GMO and cruelty-free among other great things. Check out their website for more information on this company and you can also sign up for a free sample here
I've used the Lush sea salt shampoo for quite a while now and I still love it. I tend to use this one when washing my hair after I have used products like styling spray, root booster or hairspray in it. I feel like it cleanses my scalp and hair so thoroughly and does the best at removing product. It'another that smells great and is natural. 
The OGX anti-breakage shampoo is one that I picked up more recently. I've been using it for a few months now. I picked it up hoping that it would do what it says and keep my hair from breaking off when I'm brushing and styling it, and it seems to have done just that. I rotate between these three shampoos using each one at some point during the week. I use the Maple Holistics and OGX most frequently since I don't style my hair often. 

What I've been doing:

As far as what I've been doing to help my hair grow and grow stronger, some things are pretty obvious, but worth sharing anyway.

I've been getting my hair trimmed more regularly. I've heard the myth that getting frequent trims makes your hair grow faster, but from the research I've done on that, it's doesn't make your hair grow faster, but it does take off the dead ends which makes it look healthier. I used to get my hair trimmed two, maybe three times a year at most, but I've been trying to get a trim every two and a half months. 

I limit heat use on my hair. I never blow dry my hair, only air dry it (after spraying in leave in conditioner). I only curl or straighten it maybe twice a week. I lean more towards braids these days since it quick, pulled together and keeps my hair from tangling as much as pulling it into a messy bun. 

I either use my Aveda paddle brush or a WetBrush.  Both of these are very gentle on my hair and don't rip and pull when I brush with them. My only complaint with the Wetbrush is that sometimes, I feel like it's not getting it brushed as thoroughly as I like. 

 I've made a more conscious effort to eat the right foods. There are certain foods that are high in vitamin B, which is great for your hair. Some of these foods include:
leafy greens
whole grains

Your hair needs vitamin B, C, protein, iron and biotin among other nutrients to be it's healthiest. The foods listed above are on my list to consume as frequently as possible. I'm a firm believer that your outsides are a reflection of your insides, so if your hair and skin aren't looking their best, odds are you aren't feeding your body what it needs and it's showing outwardly. 

I also take a multi-vitamin each morning. I've thought about adding in a b-12 vitamin as well, but I'm trying to get what I need from my foods first and foremost. I think a multi-vitamin is such an easy step towards healthier hair that anyone can do simply.

Well, there you have it, what I've been using and doing in an effort to get my healthy, shiny, pre-baby hair back. I don't know if everyone deals with postpartum hair issues or not, but if you have, I hope you'll find something useful from the information I've shared today and if you have any tips that have benefited you, please share!

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