6 Ways to Manage Post-pregnancy Hair Loss in Malaysia (Updated 2020)

If you are looking for ways to manage your post-pregnancy hair loss in Malaysia, you are in the right place. Most women find that pregnancy makes their hair thicker. And it’s not the stress of having a newborn that’s making your hair fall out! Here’s what’s up with your pregnancy hair, what you can expect postpartum, and what you can do about it.

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Hormones are the biggest reason for your pregnancy hair changes and postpartum hair loss.

During pregnancy, your high levels of estrogen prevented your usual rate of hair loss. Normally, your hair falls out in small amounts every day. During pregnancy, your hair loss decreases. The effect is compounded by your increased blood volume and circulation, which also causes your hair to fall out less than normal.

So after your baby arrives and your hormone levels drop, your hair makes up for lost time by falling out in much bigger clumps than it normally does. The total volume of your hair loss probably isn’t more than you would have lost over the last nine months, it just seems like it because it’s happening all at once.

Postpartum hair loss can set in any day after your baby arrives, and it sometimes continues as long as a year. It usually peaks around the 4-month mark, so if your baby is a few months old and you’re still losing clumps of hair, that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic! Remember that this is temporary and the postpartum hair loss should stop within 12 months.

If it’s not worrying you, you don’t need to do anything to treat it. But if your hair loss is bothering you, there are things you can do to make your hair appear fuller and healthier.

Here are 6 things you can do to minimize hair loss during this period:

1. Skip the styling

Heating your hair with a dryer or curling iron may make it look thinner. Try to hold off on fancy styling and let your hair air-dry till the thinning tapers out.

Brushing too hard can also cause your hair to fall out in bigger clumps, so be gentle when brushing and don’t brush more than once a day. You can use the extra time to cuddle your baby or catch up on sleep!

2. Wash with a good shampoo (Shampoo for Postpartum hair Loss Malaysia)

The SMIB innaBi Shampoo is a popular shampoo in Korea. In fact, more than 1 million sets have been sold in Korea. Finally, it is now available in Malaysia so that we can enjoy the benefits of an effective shampoo that prevents hair loss.

It was the first brand to introduce calcium into its Innabi range (as a calcium deficiency is thought to contribute to hair fall), and in addition to its Shampoo, Scalp Treatment and Scalp Essence, SMiB also has a really cool Plasma technology comb that helps massage the scalp while also distributing key ingredients like Zinc Phyrithione, Panthenol and Salicylic Acid.

Do check out their raving reviews here.

3. Eat well

Including a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins in your diet is the best way to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.

Foods that are suggested by some to improve hair health include dark leafy greens (for the iron and vitamin C), sweet potatoes and carrots (for the beta carotene), eggs (for the vitamin D), and fish (for omega-3s and magnesium).

4. Take your vitamins

Vitamins shouldn’t be a substitute for a varied diet, especially when you’re a new mom with a baby to take care of. But they may help as a supplement if your diet is not well-balanced. While no specific vitamins have been shown to affect hair loss, they are important for overall health. It is often recommended to continue your prenatal vitamins after your baby is born, especially if you are breast-feeding.

Vitamins (especially B-complex) and Omega-3 fatty acids, nourish hair from within and help it grow thicker and longer. 

5. Use volumizing shampoo

While there’s no evidence for it, conditioning shampoos sometimes weigh your hair down and make it look thinner and more limp. Volumizers may add body to your hair and help you maintain a lustrous look.

6. Get a Short Haircut

There are many valid benefits to get a short haircut:
  • Short hair requires fewer nutrients and may not fall out as much.
  • Difficult for your baby to pull your short hair.
  • A short wash-and-go hairstyle is so much easier to maintain.
  • Short hair makes you look younger – much-needed with all those sleepless nights!
  • Short hair makes you look trendy!
What if your postpartum hair loss is getting worse even after 12 months?

In most cases, your postpartum hair loss is totally normal and not anything to worry about. If you’re still seeing clumps in your hairbrush after your baby hits their 1st birthday, you may want to talk to a dermatologist to make sure there isn’t an additional cause for your hair loss.

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