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Pregnancy can change a woman’s hair, and a lot of expectant women report having thicker, shinier, and healthier hair all throughout the stages of their pregnancy. Some may even experience a change in texture, with straight hair becoming curly, and vice versa. But after giving birth, most moms experience different hair conditions, such as excessive hair fall, breakage, dullness, and dry hair. If you just had a baby and you’re coping with these hair problems, having a postpartum hair care routine is essential to restore the health and beauty of your tresses. Here’s a guide to caring for your hair after pregnancy. Read on for A Guide To Hair Care After Pregnancy!
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Use Shampoos and Conditioners Without Harmful Ingredients
Everyone’s hair undergoes the growing, resting, and shedding stages. During pregnancy, most of your hair goes into the resting phase, but after giving birth, your hormones return to normal levels, and this is what causes excessive hair fall. Many moms actually get anxious while washing their hair, as most shedding takes place in the shower. But this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to skip shampoo altogether. All you have to do is replace the products that you own with better, hair-friendly options.
To clean and restore your hair, use a natural or organic shampoo and conditioner, as these types of products contain no harmful ingredients that can affect hair health. Check to see if they’re cruelty-free and sustainable, and if they’re safe enough to give as gifts at a baby shower or use while you’re pregnant: if they are, then they’re fit to use after giving birth. Avoid products that contain parabens, as they can trigger hair loss and allergic reactions, as well as sulfates, which can weaken hair and cause hair fall. Products such as Iles Formula shampoo are free of parabens, silicone, and sulfates. Meanwhile, the Iles Formula Conditioner will heal and nurture hair after pregnancy, revitalizing from the first use, delivering soft, sumptuous, and silky locks.
Skip the Heat and Tight Ponytails
Using a blow dryer, curling iron, or straightening iron can cause further damage to your tresses. After giving birth, give your hair a chance to recover by embracing your natural hair texture and leaving it down. Experiment by changing up your part, and tame frizz and flyaway hair with a lightweight styling product, such as the Iles Formula Finishing Serum. If you have to tie your hair up, skip the tight ponytails, as these can cause further breakage and traction alopecia. Instead, use a soft tie, such as the Iles Formula Twillies – PASSIONNÉE, FRIVOLE and DISTINGUÉE to tie your hair back in a loose ponytail, or wear it as a head band to keep your hair off your face. You can also tie your hair up in a half ponytail, or wear it in a loose bun.
Replace Your Cotton Pillowcase With a Silk One
If you always find lots of hair on your pillowcase when you wake up, it may be time to replace your cotton pillowcase with one made of silk. Because of the fabric’s smooth texture, your hair will slide smoothly over it, and you’ll wake up to better-looking hair. Moreover, your hair is less likely to snag on a silk pillowcase, so there will be a reduced chance of having excessive hair fall, frizzy hair, and tangles while you sleep.
Caring for your hair after having a baby can be a challenge, but by using the right products and a few styling tricks, you can restore the volume, beauty, and shine of your tresses. Try these tips to heal your hair and scalp, and you’ll be on your way to having thicker, stronger hair.
Article by guest writer Isabella Lovett.