Our hair can break for tons of reasons, but your follicles are particularly vulnerable postpartum. Even though this is normal due to falling estrogen levels, there are ways to stop further shedding. Check out these tips on how to prevent future hair breakage and make your hair full and luxurious once again!
Diet plays a significant role in helping repair your skin and hair health. Certain nutrients like zinc, iron, and folic acid play an integral part in helping your hair and preventing breakage. The best vitamins for healthy hair include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Limiting your stress as a new mom is nearly impossible, but finding just a few minutes a day for some self-care is very beneficial. Evidence shows links between stress causing both hair loss and hair breakage. A type of stress called telogen effluvium makes hair follicles go dormant, causing breakage.
Implementing moments of self-care throughout the day can help to minimize your stress levels.
Another way to stop breakage is to reduce the friction your scalp can undergo. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel and instead pat it dry. Undue rubbing can cause strands to fall out.
Sleeping, believe it or not, can wreak havoc on your hair. Investing in silk or satin pillowcases, or wearing an Ankara bonnet at night, can be very beneficial by protecting your hair.
Try to avoid anything that pulls on your hair. Tight hairstyles like French braids or cornrows can pull on your hairline and cause breakage. Even hair ties can put unnecessary strain on the hair cuticles and scalp. Give your hairline a rest and wear looser styles, use clips, or give your hair a break and wear it down.
Also, don’t overbrush your hair. It’s recommended to only brush or comb when you’re styling your hair—anything more will pull additional strands out. Brushes should only be used on dry hair. If your hair is wet, opt for a wide-tooth comb so you don’t break the strands.
These tips on preventing future hair breakage can help show improvement more quickly than you think. You’ll have healthy hair again in no time!