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12 Highly Recommended Hair Products You Should Use After Childbirth To Resolve Your Postpartum Hair Loss

post partum hair loss

 

After you have given birth, your body will start to recover and regain to pre-pregnancy shape. However, there are many postpartum changes that you’d notice and one of them is hair loss!

 

This is normal because the hormone estrogen have reduced the hair loss during pregnancy and after delivery (and also when breastfeeding stops), your hair loss may seem to be at an alarming rate (known as Telogen Effluvium). The good news is that for most women, the postpartum hair loss is the normal amount of hair loss without the pregnancy. The seemingly faster rate of hair loss is also temporary and within twelve months of childbirth, the thickness of your hair should return to normal.

 

There are some conditions that may exacerbate the postpartum hair loss! These include,

 

1. Stress – Stress can upset hormonal balance and increase the rate of hair loss. Be sure to take enough rest, have a balanced diet and don’t be afraid to ask for help after delivery.

 

2. Vitamin deficiencies – It is important to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and in particular, have enough vitamin B, C and E, zinc and biotin which would help reduce hair loss. Of note is biotin which helps the forming of hair proteins like keratin that keeps the hair strong. There are also shampoos with biotin for postpartum hair treatment (although not all been scientifically proven to reduce hair loss).

 

3. Medications taken postpartum such as pain killers may also increase rate of hair loss. Check with your doctor on whether there are side effects to the medications that you are prescribed.

 

Hair Products

 

These hair products usually contains vitamins, biotin (a B-complex vitamin) and silica as these nutrients promote hair growth and maintains a healthy scalp.

 

#1 Organix Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo

 

This shampoo contains Vitamin B7 biotin, collagen and hydrolyzed wheat proteins to help thicken and texturize hair, giving the hair a fuller look. It retails for S$14.90 at Redmart.

Credits to Redmart

 

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#2 Marc Anthony Volumizing Collagen Bamboo Sulfate Free Conditioners

 

This shampoo contains bamboo, biotin and silicon to thicken the hair and helps expand the hair strand during cleanser to give a healthier and fuller look. It retails for S$17.90 at Watsons.

 

Credits to Watson

 

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#3 Urban Care Natural’s Biotin & Keratin Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

 

Urban Care contains biotin and is paraben-free. It also helps support hair growth and strengthen hair roots. It retails for S$14.90 at Watsons.

 

Credits to Watson

 

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#4 Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo

 

This shampoo contains biotin and helps stimulates scalp for hair growth. It contains organic ingredients, and does not contain parabens or harmful sulfates. It is certified by the American National Standard for Personal Care products to contain organic ingredients (70%). It retails for S$22.90 at Watsons.

 

 

Credits to Watson

 

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#5 L’oreal Fall Repair 3x Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo

 

This shampoo has arginine and protein derivatives that nourishes the hair roots and helps strengthen the hair. It retails for S$13.90 on Guardian online.

 

Credits to Loreal

 

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#6 PHYTO Phytocyane Revitalizing Women Hair Loss Shampoo

 

This shampoo contains botanicals, Gingko biloba and cinchona bark to energize scalp and stimulate micro-circulation. It also contains grapeseed procyanidins to reduce free radicals and protect the hair bulb. It retails for S$33.50 at Redmart.

 

Credits to Redmart

 

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#7 PHYTO Phytostim Fortifying Hair Loss Treatment

 

This hair spray helps to stimulate hair growth and suited for those with varied hair loss conditions. Phyto’s hair treatment product is stated on its website to be applied thrice for the first month, and twice for the second month and once for the third month. It can be sprayed directly onto dry or damp scalp after shampoo, and massage in. It retails for S$74.95 at Redmart.

 

Credits to Redmart

 

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#8 NaturVital Hair Loss Shampoo (Normal)

 

This shampoo contains aloe vera extract and pro vitamin B5, as well as phytoactive wheat, soybean and ginseng extract. It helps to strengthen air growth and reduce hair loss and breakage. It retails for S$23 at Redmart.

 

 

Credits to Redmart

 

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#9 Andalou Naturals Lavender And Biotin Full Volume Shampoo

 

This lavender shampoo also contains biotin B-complex that stimulates hair follicles and improves circulation. It retails for S$15.90 at Redmart.

 

Credits to Redmart

 

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#10 Sebamed Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

 

This shampoo contains botanical extracts which strengthen, activate and improve micro-circulation of the scalp. It is also suitable for those with sensitive scalp and retails for S$29.85 at Guardian.

 

Credits to Guardian

 

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#11 Forticea Stimulating Anti-hair Loss Shampoo

 

This shampoo helps to gently cleanse while microbeads of essential oils increase scalp circulation. It encourages the growth of thicker and healthier hair and stops hair loss. It retails for S$59.90 at Guardian.

 

Credits to Guardian

 

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#12 Nutricap Anti Hair Loss Serum

 

This prpduct contains Prolyteine®, which is a natural plant-based active ingredient that stimulates hair growth and helps delay the hair loss process. It does not contain paraben. It retails for S$69.90 on Redmart.

 

Credits to Redmart

 

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Postpartum Hair Care tips

 

Here are a few postpartum hair care tips that include massages for your scalp.

 

1. Do not wash hair with hot water as it would be drying for the scalp.

 

2. Massage hair with oils that are rich in fatty acids such as almond oil and castor oil. Almond oil is also rich in vitamin E. Try massaging hair with warm almond oil twice a day to prevent excessive hair loss. Caster oil is also rich in fatty acids and can be mixed with almond oil or coconut oil for massage. Massage helps to increase blood flow and a kneading motion on your scalp a few minutes every morning may help to strength the hair roots.

 

3. Use a hypoallergenic mild shampoo to reduce likelihood of sensitivity reaction that leads to further hair loss (or try out a shampoo targeted at reducing hair loss).

 

4. Comb hair with wide-tooth comb and avoid pulling the hair.

 

5. Do not tie your hair too tightly.

 

6. Let the hair air-dry instead of blowing dry and minimize hair treatments such as perming hair postpartum.

 

While it may seem alarming to see an increased rate of hair loss, it is a temporary condition for most women and cumulatively, the hair loss is not more than without the pregnancy. If the hair loss persists six months after delivery, do check with your doctor.

 

Written by Mei

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