Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, especially when it's followed by luxuriously thick and healthy hair. That’s right, many pregnant women experience thicker and fuller hair during pregnancy. This is due to increased blood volume and circulation, coupled with high levels of progesterone, oxytocin, prolactin, and most importantly…estrogen. The high hormone levels in your body prevent your hair from falling out at its normal rate, resulting in fuller hair. This is what would typically be referred to as a hair enthusiast's dream. However, this side effect is usually temporary. In fact, many women suffer from postpartum hair loss shortly after birth.
What is Postpartum Hair Loss?
Postpartum hair loss occurs shortly after a woman’s pregnancy. It happens once high hormone levels start to decrease, causing the hair growth cycle to return to its original state of hair loss. Your hair will have been in a growing phase for the entirety of your pregnancy, which means the number of hairs that you lose once you shift to the postpartum resting phase may be significantly higher than the average 100 or so hairs that you’d normally lose pre-pregnancy. This is due to the fact that your hair is essentially making up for 9 months of lost time. Women can lose as many as 300 hairs a day from postpartum hair loss — also known as telogen effluvium which refers to a disproportionate amount of shedding.
How to Combat Postpartum Hair Loss?
Hair loss after pregnancy is completely normal, and many new mothers go through it! There is nothing that can be done to prevent the last phase of the hair growth cycle that causes hair fallout. However, there are steps you can take to help encourage faster hair growth, strengthening, and overall hair thickness.
1. Maintain a healthy scalp
When it comes to overall hair wellness, your scalp plays a huge role. In fact, one of the many benefits of maintaining a healthy scalp is reduced hair loss. For this reason, Ceremonia has curated a Postpartum Hair Care Kit that specifically targets scalp health via the new Papaya Scalp Scrub, Aceite de Moska Scalp Oil, and Scalp Masajeador, thus enabling the scalp to be a good environment for growth. The postpartum hair care kit satisfies many areas of scalp health, including growth development, oil control, hydration, overall rejuvenation.
2. Use gentle hair care products
Using hair care products that are gentle on the scalp can significantly promote scalp health. Conventional shampoos are known to clean hair to the point of stripping it of its natural oils, which can then lead to dryness and irritation of the scalp. This is why we over at Ceremonia completely steer clear of silicones, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and other not-so-great ingredients.
3. Use a scalp scrub
Scalp scrubs consist of physical exfoliants and are great for exfoliating the scalp just as you would your face. They can help balance the scalp’s natural oils, revitalize hair, and get rid of buildup and dandruff. It's so important to have unclogged pores for hair to grow, and a weekly scalp scrub will make sure that pores are clear and ready for maximum postpartum hair growth.
Our Papaya Scalp Scrub is both a scalp exfoliant and whipped shampoo full of natural ingredients that feature Bolivian Mountain Salt and Papaya Enzymes to infuse the scalp with the moisture it needs while invigorating it for ultimate hair wellness. More than just a delicious fruit, papaya has been used for centuries as a natural home remedy for its numerous antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The papaya fruit extract offers hair conditioning, hair growth, and dandruff control benefits.
4. Shampoo & Massage Gently
Try massaging your hair for 1-2 minutes while shampooing. Aside from the fact that scalp massages are known to ease stress, they can also increase blood flow and circulation which can promote hair growth and hair thickness. Scalp massages are typically done using fingertips or scalp massaging devices like the Scalp Masajeador. Pair your scalp masajeador with your Papaya Scalp Scrub for maximum results!
5. Hair Oil
If you’re experiencing an overwhelming amount of hair fallout, then you may also be experiencing dry and dull-looking hair. Hair oiling is a traditional home practice that has gained popularity in Latin American countries for combating dehydrated and lusterless hair as it provides vitamins and minerals that increase moisture and shine. More specifically, oils can restore lipids in the hair that are responsible for the hair's natural shine and glossy look. Similarly, Aceite de Moska is made with a combination of oils that nourishes and hydrates the scalp while promoting growth and shine. You can pair your Aceite de Moska hair oil with the Scalp Masajeador to target hair growth and shine simultaneously.
If there’s one thing you should take from this, it’s that hair wellness begins at the scalp. Whether you’re dealing with postpartum hair loss or not, scalp health is the absolute key to promoting hair growth, strength, and overall thickness. All in all, if you’re looking for natural ingredients derived from the heart of Latin America, then put your scalp first.