I stood in the mirror (4 months postpartum) and large plugs of hair started coming out. As I finger detangled, I watched bald spots form around the front edges of my hair. I raked my fingers through the length of my hair and hair clumped in my hands in large amounts. I was terrified that I was going bald! Sound familiar? Or at least similar? If you’re experiencing postpartum shedding please don’t be alarmed. This is normal. However, you don’t have to go bald. In this post I’m going to tell you how I overcame postpartum shedding in one week (7days).
First, let me start this off by saying my hair is unprocessed. So, I don’t color, perm, or use any special chemical treatments on my hair. Also, I make most of the products I use and they are all really basic mixes.
Postpartum Shedding: Back story
So, after having my munchkin, 4 months ago now, I experienced some intense postpartum shedding. Because I had a set of braids in my head (pictured below) for a few months and didn’t take them down, I didn’t notice any shedding for months. So, I expected to get some shedding upon removal of my braids. Though, nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced during the take down. Entire braids came out around the edges and I lost so much volume from the crown of my hair.
Postpartum Shedding: Before and After Take down Photos
I was mortified! I couldn’t believe I had bald spots! It was only at my front edges, though, fortunately—-and well—-unfortunately.
After it was all said and done I had lost what looked like a full set of hair!
So, what did I do? What did I use!?!
Here’s a complete product list with links, just in case you’re interested:
2. Mango butter
3. Castor oil
Then, I washed my hair with Castile soap as usual but I DID NOT condition. Whaaaatt!?!? Yes, I did not condition. Instead I soaked my hair in water and massaged mango butter into my hair and sealed the butter in with a castor oil, vitamin e oil, and rosemary oil mix that I make. I then re-braided my hair in large sections. Each day I re-wet my hair, re-applied the butter, and being very generous with product massaged my perimeter. That’s it!
After 7 days of TLC I noticed the “fuzz”. I had growth! My bald spots had filled in with little curly hairs. I removed my braids, detangled, re-applied the butter and oils then rebraided my hair in slightly smaller sections (I didn’t have to hide large gaps anymore so I could now do smaller braids—winning! Lol).
I think I was able to get the results I did because I did not manipulate my hair over the course of the week. I wore those chunky braids for the entire week and just pinned them in an updo to make them presentable. Any butter with castor oil should work as long as you are consistent and massage daily. I plan to continue to work on getting the volume back in my hair and will keep you guys updated on my progress. Would you try this? If you do let me know how it worked for you or if you have any tips for me, please share them in the comments below. Until next time, see you soon.