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5 Ways New Moms Can Have Healthier Hair 


You can’t avoid postpartum hair loss completely, but you can do a lot to keep your hair healthy and strong.

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When you’re basking in the glow of a newborn—sleep or no sleep—it’s hard to care about anything besides that gorgeous new baby. Still, it’s hard (if not entirely impossible) to ignore postpartum hair loss, which happens when your estrogen levels nosedive after birth. The good news is that not only is this shedding very common, it’s also usually temporary. In the meantime, though, it’s worth taking steps to ensure that the hair you have remains healthy and strong.

Reduce Your Stress

If you’ve ever noticed more loose hair in the shower drain when you’ve had a rough two months at work, you may already know that there’s a connection between stress and hair health. Prolonged stress may disrupt hair’s typical growth cycle. It’s worth enlisting your mom or your partner to take charge of the baby while you indulge in any activities that help you de-stress, like yoga, meditation, or even going for a five-minute walk.

Massage your scalp

A massage stimulates the scalp and enhances blood circulation at the follicle level of hair (plus, it feels pretty nice!). Use coconut oil and take a few extra minutes in the shower to really rub your scalp.

Supplement Your Hair Routine

If you're dealing with a newborn, certain things may fall by the wayside. For instance, you're probably not whipping up a ai smoothie bowls in the mornings. To make sure you're getting your daily nutrients when you're not cooking gourmet, healthy meals, consider taking a vitamin for your hair and skin. A supplement like Centrum MultiGummies Multi+Beauty,which contains a blend of 12 nutrients,including biotin and vitamins A, C, and E, can help support healthy skin, nails and hair. Of course, check with your doctor first, particularly if you're breastfeeding, and i your doctor recommends taking a prenatal vitamin,continue taking that.

Eat a Healthy Diet 

On that note, while you’ve probably resorted to a lot of take out and grab-and-go snacks as you focus on your new little person, it's still important to make sure you’re eating healthy. It’s not only good for you overall—getting all the nutrients you need helps keep your energy up, essential when you're not getting much sleep right now—but it can also benefit your hair, too. Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet may support hair growth and provide protection for hair follicles. And there are a lot of easy and not-so-time-consuming ways to enjoy a healthy meal! Throw pre-cooked chicken into a salad kit for veggies and protein, order a fruit-filled smoothie to be delivered with your sandwich, or ask friends who offer to help out if they can bring by meals or easy groceries. 

Be Careful with Hair Styling 

Be mindful of the hair products you’re using; look for shampoos and conditioners with biotin and silica as added ingredients. Also, because your hair is fragile at this time, be gentle with it. If styling your hair with hair tools, such as a blow dryer, try to use the lowest heat setting possible, or avoid using them altogether. And as tempting as it is to wear your hair in braids and ponytails to get it out of the way while tending to your newborn, it’s best to leave it down. Wearing your hair back can cause pulling and stress.