Best vegan remedies and vegan supplements to combat post pregnancy hair loss!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I cannot prevent, cure or diagnose any illness. Also be sure to consult your doctor before taking any kind of supplements—especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Hair loss is unpleasant whether it’s postpartum or not. And for first time moms, the experience can be terrifying!
Imagine having a gorgeous head of thick hair for nearly a year, and then one day feeling massive clumps of hair slithering down your backside as you wash your hair in the shower. Been there myself, and it’s traumatizing!
But, I’ll tell you from experience that hair loss is an inevitable part of the fourth trimester.
I have had two babies, and experienced the “hair loss phase” each and every time. Only, each pregnancy was unique, and I lost more hair with my first pregnancy than I did with my second.
Pregnancy hormones play a major role when it comes to the shedding of the hair post-pregnancy, and it can’t be completely stopped. However, you can manipulate the process a little and minimize the shedding with some tips and tricks.
Because I had lost so much hair with my first baby, I knew that I wanted to prevent it from occurring the second time around.
So when I became pregnant with my second baby, I immediately implemented a plan of action and changed my diet. I also invested in good shampoo, and took supplements in addition to my prenatal vitamins—all of which I’ll talk about in this article!
You’ll also notice that these key supplements and diet tips are vegan. Why? Because vegan products are safe, healthy and all natural—perfect for pregnancy and beyond!
But first, let’s find out why hair loss happens, when it begins, and when it ends.
When Does Postpartum Hair Loss begin?
During pregnancy, women are blessed with thick, luscious hair.
Then we give birth, and a few weeks later, (anywhere from one to three months) it becomes flat, dull, and comes out in clumps so massive, that you’d think Sasquatch just used your shower.
It may not be that extreme for everyone, but for a majority of new moms, it’s very much a reality.
Why Does Postpartum Hair Loss Occur?
Hair requires blood, oxygen and nutrients in order to thrive and grow. During pregnancy, our bodies experience an increase in blood volume and circulation. So it makes sense that our scalp retains hair during this time, rather than letting it out. Afterall, the typical human being loses up to 100 strands a day.
When we are no longer pregnant, and our blood volume returns to normal, our scalp doesn’t receive the same amount of oxygen and nutrients that it was getting for those nine wonderful months of being pregnant.
Add a drop in estrogen levels and you’ve got the perfect formula for hair loss.
Another way of looking at it, is that our body has to play “catch up” and gets rid of twice as much hair. I always found this piece of information comforting.
How Long Does Postpartum Hair Loss Last?
Postpartum hair loss can last anywhere from six to 15 months after delivery. It can also peak and fall out the most around the fifth or sixth month postpartum.
But, don’t panic! It’s totally normal and expected.
In a way, it’s kind of like having a period. It’s caused by hormones and your body sheds it in order to replace it.
How To Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss
While hair loss can not be entirely prevented, there are things you can do to minimize the process and also prepare your scalp for a great “come back” once the shedding is done.
Eat A High Protein Diet
Try to incorporate a good amount of protein into your diet. Protein is crucial for hair growth and hair health in general because hair follicles are made up mostly of protein.
So whether you’re a vegan or meat lover, protein should be incorporated in every meal for optimum hair health.
Vegan Sources of Protein: seitan, tofu, edamame, tempe, lentils, chickpeas, hempseed, quinoa, wild rice, oats, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, and peanut butter.
Eat Healthy Fats
Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids are also important for hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids are the “good fat” that you may have heard about, and exist in meat, like fatty fish (salmon), fruits like avocados, seeds like flax and chia, and nuts likes walnuts.
Studies have shown that those who were more likely to consume omega-3 fatty acids, had far more healthier scalps.
I ate a ton of avocados during my second pregnancy and not only did I have less hair loss this time around, my baby had acquired a thick head of long hair as well!
Add Collagen To Your Diet
Collagen is vital for skin health. So it makes sense that adding collagen supplements to our diets is a great strategy to minimize hair loss. After all, our hair roots are embedded in skin.
Think about it—as we age, our skin becomes thinner and hair loss occurs as a result. That’s why it’s so important to increase our collagen intake through food and supplements in order to strengthen our epidermis, which houses the hair follicles.
If you’d like to give collagen supplements a try, I recommend the Vegan Collagen builder by Happy Healthy Hippie. This brand uses all natural, plant based ingredients and supports the production of collagen, elastin and keratin. So not only will you have soft, shiny hair, you’ll also have gorgeous rock hard nails.
Don’t Like Swallowing Pills? Try Gummies!
If you don’t like taking tablets or pills, and prefer gummies, check out Sugarbearhair multivitamins—collagen booster blend. I used to see these all over Instagram, and when my hair loss didn’t ease up, I gave in! No regrets!
These gummies contain Vitamin C, Vitamin D-2, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Omega-3, and a Vegan Collagen Booster Blend as the active vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste heavenly.
Consider Postnatal Vitamins
Vitamins, particularly prenatal vitamins, are pretty much a necessity throughout your entire pregnancy—even beyond.
And postnatal vitamins, made specifically for the fourth trimester are even more awesome.
Pregnancy depletes a vast amount of nutrients from the female body. So it makes sense that fueling our body with vitamins tailored specifically for the fourth trimester is so crucial.
Vitamins allow our bodies to recharge, refuel and regenerate all of those lost nutrients. It also helps with milk supply and DHA, which is crucial for brain development.
Below are two excellent vegan brands that I highly recommend. They do so much more than just provide nutrients—they help increase energy levels, replenish your body with antioxidants, and encourage hair growth.
HAIRtamin Mom is a complete prenatal and postnatal vegan multivitamin with many benefits—including a focus on hair health. In addition to promoting hair growth, it boosts energy levels and contains a super antioxidant complex.
Mom Boss—postnatal and beyond, is another great brand that provides the necessary nutrients during the fourth trimester. It promotes hair growth, lactation, and aids digestion! And because it is plant based, non GMO and gluten free, it’s perfectly safe for both mom and baby!
Consider A Hair Thickening Shampoo or Serum
Let me just say, that volumizing shampoos and serums DO work!
There are a ton of shampoos and serums out on the market that specialize in hair volume, BUT, that doesn’t mean that all of them are safe to use.
Many are full of harsh chemicals and ingredients that can damage your hair even more—even cause scalp issues.
So, when looking for a hair cleansing product or serum that specializes in thickening the strands, it’s best to go for plant based, vegan formulas that are gentle on hair and the scalp, while getting the job done.
The OMM Collection hair thickening serum contains a green apple stem cell extract that works by rejuvenating, regenerating and strengthening the hair shaft, while stimulating and promoting blood flow to the hair follicles to promote growth.
One of my favorite natural remedies for any health issue is apple cider vinegar. I literally swear by it from personal experience. Not only has it played a crucial role in curing my gastritis a year ago, I’ve also used it to soothe skin inflammation.
So yes! It’s awesome for scalp and hair health! And I’m so excited that there’s a shampoo with apple cider vinegar as a main ingredient.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps control and restore the natural pH balance of the scalp to help prevent loss and lack of moisture. The Pura D’or shampoo and conditioner both contain apple cider vinegar plus biotin, keratin, DHT blockers, caffeine and castor oil—a coctail of the most effective nutrients to really nourish the hair and pump up that volume.
Hair loss in the fourth trimester is inevitable. It happens to everyone, but each person experiences a different intensity. You can experience multiple pregnancies and experience different levels of hair loss with each one.
And as frightening as it is, it’s temporary. And it’s a sign that our bodies are returning to their normal, pre-baby state.
But, definitely give these tips a go, and you’ll see an improvement in hair health!
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