Your immense joy while expecting a baby can sometimes get slightly marred by the sight of damaged, falling hair. Apart from several other pregnancy changes that your body may undergo such as: stretch marks, swelling of breasts, excessive fatigue and nausea.
Hair fall is another very common aliment with new mothers and mothers-to-be. Several new mothers undergo severe hair fall right after childbirth-often leading to stress. This further leads to even more hair fall.
Hair fall is often observed to spike in the resting phase of pregnancy. Many women try to take minimal medications during pregnancy, fearing side effects. This is why home remedies are deemed the best for hair fall treatment naturally.
Read on to learn more about hair loss in pregnancy and natural home remedies you can use to treat it.
Is Hair fall normal in pregnancy?
Hair loss during pregnancy — while not very common — is a normal case scenario. This is especially true when related to sudden hormonal fluctuations in the body when brought on by certain health upheavals (such as pregnancy). Regular hair growth resumes after some time naturally or after treatment of the underlying cause.
Four months postpartum is when hair shedding peaks. However, normal growth continues within six to nine months of delivery—that is, by your young one’s first birthday.
However, if your hair loss continues undiminished or other symptoms emerge alongside, consult your doctor to check whether other hair ailments might've cropped up, such as androgenic alopecia or alopecia areata.
How can pregnancy affect your hair?
Several women discover noticeable changes in hair growth and texture during their pregnancy. Hormones can induce faster hair grow and lesser fall out too, as opposed to the reverse popular conception. But such changes are far from permanent. Several women lose hair during the postpartum period or immediately after stopping breastfeeding.
Hair texture changes can make hair oilier or drier. Certain women even find their hair changing color during the course of their pregnancy.
Natural ways to take care of your hair during pregnancy
Given below are some tried and tested methods to plug hair fall
A deeply nourishing massage using natural oils such as sesame, castor, coconut, almond, etc., at constant intervals helps improve blood circulation in the scalp.
Regular oil massages, done at least 2-3 times a week, maintain a healthy scalp apart from making hair soft, strong, and lustrous. Oiling is also an amazing way of combating stress built up during and after pregnancy. It strengthens hair root -eventually controlling hair fall and thinning of hair; as long as harsh massages are avoided.
For even greater results:
- Use lukewarm oil to gently massage onto the scalp using the pads of your fingers.
- Next, wrap a dry towel post-massage and keep it like that for some time.
- Finally, rinse off using a chemical-free, organic shampoo.
Regular hair trims
As with your skin, your hair's texture also gets affected during and after pregnancy too. Regular hair trimming prevents damaged shaft as well as split ends. Hair trims at regular intervals combat breakage and thinning, apart from lending a healthy and shiny appearance to your hair. It prevents hair from damage by losing of rough edges and improving its texture and quality for the long term.
Organic hair masks
Natural hair masks containing egg whites, methi paste, amla paste/juice, curry leaves, onion juice, hibiscus flower, and other ingredients have been shown to be effective in strengthening hair and adding shine. Fenugreek/methi seed, for example, is a readily available ingredient that can be added as a paste after soaking the seeds overnight. Fenugreek adds vitality to hair while still restoring its natural shine. Another wonder ingredient that can be used as a paste or directly on the scalp to promote good hair is Indian gooseberry/amla.
Be careful with these:
- Avoid ingredients such as salicylic acid, found most commonly in anti-dandruff shampoos.
- Avoid combing wet hair as well as hairstyles that involve too much strain on your hair; such as tight braids, twisted ponytails, etc. Tight hairstyles are also responsible for headaches during pregnancy.
- Always consult your doctor before purchasing any hair care product or supplement.
- Ensure that you sleep well, eat right, and do not skip any doctor recommended medications or supplements for keeping postpartum hair fall in check.
- Maintain a safe distance from harmful chemicals: Standard Keratin in spas etc. lead to seepage of toxic chemicals through your hair shafts' follicular openings - causing scalp irritation for the long term. Also, avoid artificial hair colors as some of them add harmful chemicals or unnatural aromas, leading to irritant dermatitis over the long term. Furthermore, if grey hair worries you, opt for henna as a natural and harmless colorant, as compared to chemically laced artificial colors.
Home Remedies to Reduce Hair Fall
Natural hair masks inevitably contain one or more of the Ayurveda approved ingredients given below. You can either purchase Ayurveda based haircare products or prepare one for yourself at home, take a look:
#1. Egg White
Egg white can be a wonderful ingredient for your hair since it is packed to the brim with proteins and amino acids, which nourish your hair deeply. You can prepare an all-enriching hair mask by mixing one the white of one egg with a single tablespoon of olive oil. Next, apply this freshly prepared concoction to your scalp, keeping it for half an hour before rinsing with lukewarm water.
#2. Aloe Vera gel
The Aloe vera plant is easily available in most households. The gel extracted from it- dubbed as the 'aloe vera gel' is a magical elixir that keeps the scalp nourished, preventing excessive hair loss. All you would need to do is apply some fresh aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair roots and letting it sit for a couple of hours before rinsing it.
#3. Yogurt (aka "dahi")
Yogurt or curd is one of the best hair conditioners. Loaded with vitamins, it keeps hair healthy, smooth and dandruff-free. You would only need to apply some yogurt to your scalp, allowing it to sit in for 10 minutes before washing off completely. You should also include yogurt in your diet to boost your immunity.
Anxiety and stress enable hair fall in an inescapable vicious circle. The more hair strands you see coming off, the more stress that'll cause you and vice versa.
Normally, women lose nearly 80-100 hair strands daily because of pregnancy, but if you find yourself losing too much hair, try some of the remedies mentioned above. Consult a doctor straightaway if the severity persists despite all efforts to combat it.