I had all these plans for how I was going to conquer postpartum shedding — tea rinses (black and green), prenatal vitamins, low manipulation styles, no heat… nothing has worked. It’s hard to not be worried about where my hair will be once this shedding finally levels off because my hair falls out all the time and everywhere. Most of the “research” I’ve done says that I just have to let it run its course, but I’m continuing to do all of the above (and thinking about adding garlic to my deep conditioner or hot oil treatment too) — it certainly couldn’t hurt.
Here’s what I lose when running my fingers through my hair to moisturize my ponytail (top right) and when roller setting (bottom right), which does not include what I lost while detangling while pre-pooing and shampooing.
But as you can see (above) my airdried ponytail still looks alright. It’s been about a month of this madness and I’m just hoping that the end is around the corner.
EDITED TO ADD: Yesterday, I noticed that my edges are thinner, which I’m attributing to this shedding. I’ve started applying Jamaican Black Castor Oil to encourage (re)growth in that area. The picture on the left was yesterday and the right one is from a few months ago.
Have you experienced postpartum shedding?
How long did it last? How did you cope?