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Postpartum Shedding Q&A

Hey chica’s, I’ve been getting a to of questions asking if I have experienced any extreme hair loss after giving birth. So I thought I would make a post about Postpartum Shedding.

What is Postpartum Shedding?

Hair loss after pregnancy is the sudden shedding (sometimes in clumps) that many new mothers experience between three and six months after they give birth.

This is a temporary phase. In the normal cycle of hair growth, some hair is lost every day. But during pregnancy the increased levels of estrogen in your body freezes hair in the growing (or “resting”) phase of the cycle. Hair that would normally fall out stays put, resulting in thicker hair.

My experience has been pretty good. I won’t say normal because a lot of what I read about on  Postpartum shedding has been mix opinions 

During my pregnancy, my hair did not shed at all. My hair was super manageable. For example: if I had a single strand knot, I could untangle the knot with no problem. WHOA! 

Currently my hair has been the same as before my pregnancy. My routine hasn’t changed much.

  • I still henna once a month, (sleep in my henna overnight)
  • ACV and Aloe Vera juice rinse after henna

I haven’t been doing any twist outs, lately. I don’t have much time on my hands. LOL So mini twist have been my best friend. 

 

 

Am I breastfeeding?

Yes! I am fully breastfeeding.

Has breastfeeding changed your hair?

Not sure. Could breastfeeding be helping minimizing my hair shed? Maybe. I’ve researched breastfeeding and postpartum hair loss, and read mix reviews.

What do you suggested to help reduce postpartum shedding?

  • Avoid using a brush or comb that pulls or stresses the hair.
  • A good quality hair cleansers may help.
  • protective styling
  • Continue take your prenatal vitamins

 

 

                                           🙂 Thanks for visiting!

-HKF

 

 

 

 

Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed High Porosity Moisture Seal Styling Gel

 

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Hola Chica’s, hope all is well! 

I want start by screaming.. SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER! WOOT WOOT!!! Although spring can sometimes be a pain on the hair. I think..HOPE I found a product that will keep my hair styles in tact. My latest hair product discovery is by Shea Moisture. I know, I know, I vow never to trying another thing from Shea Moisture, because in the past I’ve had some pretty bad luck with them. But some things change. My hair has changed. I’m not sure if its due to age or pregnancy, but my hair has gotten thicker, and doesn’t hold a style for more then a 3 hours, sometimes less. The Bantu Knots have been my saving grace.

In my last post I styled with a gel product from Aveda: https://happykinksforever.com/2017/01/18/styling-with-aveda-flaxseed-aloe/   It’s a good product, just a bit expensive for me. I looked into making my own gel, but right now with a 6 week old baby.. it ain’t likely. So coming across the Shea Moisture gel was awesome. I bought this product in a Walgreens it runs between $8-10. 

Here’s what you need to know.

What’s in it?

Water, MaltodextrinNP Copolymer, Glycerin (Vegetable), Dehydroxanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Methylcellulose, Citric Acid, Vinegar, Pullulan, Panthenol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol.

Benefits?

Defines perfect curls and coils while sealing cuticles to block humidity and frizz. Delivers soft hold and healthy shine. Enriched with ultra-hydrating Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils together with certified organic Shea Butter and fortifying Baobab Protein to strengthen damaged or highly porous hair. Irish Moss helps condition hair and enhance shine.

How to use it?

Squeeze a small amount into hands, and apply to damp hair, paying special attention to ends. Air dry or blow dry as usual.

I use this product on damp hair. Although you may not have to depending on the style. For better results I prefer damping my hair with Rosewater, adding a little bit of vitamin e oil on my hair, then applying the gel. 

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I actually prefer this gel over Aveda’s. Not only does the Mongongo & Hemp gel hold my style, my hair is left soft, shiny and so bouncy. The scent is very light, but has a soft sweet flower like smell. Its not overpowering. This might be my go-to product. I will keep you all updated. 

Please leave me questions/comments below.

 

Thanks for visiting again! Mwah!

 

 

Styling with Aveda Flaxseed Aloe

What to do? What to do? What to do? When you’re 40 weeks pregnant and 3 days? I suppose staaaaay busy, busy, busy!

Yo, my due date has come and gone. Now I’m hoping for a natural miracle. COME ON!!! I decided to entertain myself, by cleaning, laundry, exercising and playing with hair ideas.

In my last post I did a Bantu Knot out. Its was a very defined Bantu. This time I did a fairly loose one, with thicker sections and less knots. Also I want my style to last a week, if possible. So I used a firm holding gel by Aveda.

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Aveda Flaxseed Aloe Gel


  • A strong hold gel that offers maximum control for sculpting and molding hair. Made with certified organic flax seed and aloe, it adds body and enhances shine.
    For medium to coarse hair types

Ingredients: Water, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Alcohol Denat., PVP/VA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-11, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Oryzanol, Tocopherol, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-7, Glycerin, Fragrance, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Maltodextrin, Diazolidinyl Urea

  • I’ve used Aveda products in the past. The ingredients are not terrible. Their products do work some magic. I wasn’t disappointed in my Bantu knot out results.

 

 

I recently revisited a blogger site that helped me through the tough times of transitioning: Mop Top Maven. The link: http://moptopmaven.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-hair-now-bed-head.html

In her post her bantu is done on straight hair. I used no heat.

My Method:


 

  • Rosewater (mixed with jojoba oil, vitamin e, olive oil, and lavender oil)

Spray rosewater on each section you are about to twist. (I also use the rosewater as a facial toner)

  • A bit of shea butter (for softness)
  • Aveda Flaxseed Gel

Thats it!

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I love this style. Its so easy. So fast to do. Keeps my ends super sleek. One BIG tip, is to keep those ends trimmed. The better trimmed, the better the style looks, and behaves.

 

Give it a try, and tell me what you think!  🙂

Love, HKF