During pregnancy, placental estrogen surges can make your hair grow thicker. Bonus! That is until three months into being a mom when the hormones start to normalise and all that new hair tends to fall out, leaving you with very fine, often lackluster hair. All this at a time when styling is a distant memory. Annoyingly, you can’t stop this natural shedding process, and worst of all, your hair can become really lank and greasy if you try loading up with products.
Here’s 5 ways to make the most of your natural hair with natural products:
1. DIET. Postnatal supplements and a balanced diet will go some way towards boosting your hair (fill your plate with zinc; pulses; green, leafy vegetables; avocado; nuts; seeds; and coconut oil), but really you’ve got to bide your time, and indulge in a little smoke-and-mirrors action.
2. HAIRDRESSER. There are two things that will help your lackluster hair: a good cut and some fine highlights. The cut will lop off any split ends which only serve to make hair look even thinner, and a little color will swell the hair at the root, making it appear more voluminous. Don’t go crazy with color – having super-fine highlights will keep it fairly low maintenance, whereas a block colour will require at least six-weekly appointments for the foreseeable future!
3. SHAMPOO. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo ($27) definitely boosts your roots; it’s almost as if it swells each hair, so that with a barrel brush, you can create a gentle lift. The consistency might be a little surprising at first – it’s very light and doesn’t lather – but the scent will win you over moments later.
4. CONDITIONER. It’s worth cutting out any conditioners that contain artificial silicones to add shine as they leave a heavy deposit on the hair, weighing it down and encouraging that greasy texture to develop. My favorites are Nine Naturals Citrus & Mint Nourishing Pregnancy Conditioner ($20) and Rahua Voluminous Conditioner ($34). And don’t apply conditioner to your roots. EVER!
5. STYLING. Keep it very simple. Before you dry your hair, tip your head upside down and spray a little Original & Mineral Atonic Thickening Spritz ($26) sparingly across your crown and throughout the length. It’s not sticky or stick-in-your-throat smelly like some styling sprays, but it will protect your hair from heat damage and add a bit of oomph to fine locks.