A few years ago after a period of stress in my life, I started having major hair loss. It was so upsetting to run fingers through my hair and practically see clumps falling out.
Unfortunately, hair loss will happen to 1 in 3 women in their lifetime for a multitude of reasons. If you’re currently experiencing hair loss - don’t freak out! It’s not uncommon and although it feels stressful and embarrassing, there are solutions for treating it.
First of all, what causes hair loss to happen?
A hormonal imbalance: such as going off birth control or experiencing the symptoms/effects of PCOS and endometriosis
Postpartum hair loss after pregnancy or (sometimes) when you quit nursing
Stress and physical trauma: having a major surgery, experiencing an emotionally stressful or traumatic event, enduring a physical accident (like breaking a bone, being in a car accident, etc). This type of hair loss usually happens 3 to 6 months after the event.
Making major changes in diet or after significant weight loss
What can help your hair recover after hair loss?
Incorporate supplements into your diet: supplements have mega doses of the nutrients your body needs to grow healthy hair. I personally love using a protein powder in a daily smoothie instead of swallowing capsules. I have also heard amazing things about the supplment Viviscal.
Use topical products specifically created for hair loss, such as Nioxin: I personally used the Nioxin Scalp Treatment (a leave in spray that you apply to your scalp) and saw great results. It immediately stopped my excessive shedding and encouraged thicker and fuller hair to grow in. I highly recommend taking the Nioxin Consultation Tool on to see which products work best for your specific case.
Use styling products specifically created for volume: These will plump up your strands and give an overall effect of more fullness and body. Some of my favorites are: BODY.BUILDER, PLUMPING.WASH and PLUMPING.RINSE, FULL.AGAIN, and DOO.OVER from KEVIN.MUPRHY. Ask your hairstylist for their product recommendations and how to use them!
Use a root touch up spray (a pigmented aerosol spray) similar to your hair color to fill in any sparse areas (like when you pull your hair up and want to fill in around your temples). This will give the appearance of thicker hair!
Be EXTRA gentle on your hair: this means using a Wet Brush to brush out your hair, not wearing tight ponytails or buns, and forgoing extreme haircolor changes. And DO NOT sleep with your hair in a ponytail!
And once again, please consult a doctor if you believe your hair loss is beyond “normal” and may be something more problematic.
RemeMber: be patient and consistent with these remedies. It can take anywhere from six weeks and beyond to start seeing any major progress. Take a deep breath, tell yourself you’re still beautiful, and don’t get too stressed about it. This is totally common and your hair WILL recover.
If this information was helpful for you, I’d love to hear! Shoot me a DM over on Instagram and let me know!