Tag Archives: pregnancy

Hair Loss in Women: 3 Causes of Extreme Hair Shedding & Thinning Edges

3Unforseen (1)

[ad#ad3]

There are countless contributors to hair loss in women; extreme hair shedding, thinning edges and other forms of hair loss. In many cases, we were given warning signs that went unnoticed. But, either way, they should be made known especially considering the high percentage of women affected by hair loss. Though so many, I wanted to address the most popular ones that I encounter daily as a natural hairstylist.

Before you read on, you may want to learn and understand the difference between breakage and hair loss. You can read that here.

Postpartum Hair Loss

During pregnancy, the high levels of hormones (estrogen) causes your hair to remain in the resting stage longer, leaving you with thicker, fuller, longer hair and intact, versus shedding normally. Once levels begin to decrease – return to normal, which takes approximately 4 months after delivery, you will begin noticing massive amounts of hair shedding. During this period, you can go from the average shedding of 150 strands a day, to 500! Because your body is attempting to return to normal and have undergone childbirth, there is little that can be done about the shedding.

But, continue to be healthy, avoid tension, excessive brushing and tugging, and heat styling, and try exercising to reduce stress levels. Alternatively, you can opt for hair thickening products and protein treatments, which plump the strand (careful not to overdo it) and just be patient. You may attempt switching up your style to conceal edges, such as bangs. Check out How I Grew Back My Edges

This process differs for each individual and can last 6 months or longer. If persists, visit a physician to have your levels checked and to rule out anemia (iron deficiencies). Due to the hormonal changes, it is possible for the hair to return finer than before or even a different texture altogether, so don’t be alarmed.

Menopause or Other Hormonal Imbalances

Hair loss resulting from menopause affects nearly 40% of women. Just as high levels of hormones during pregnancy cause less hair to shed, the decline of hormone levels can cause increasing hair loss.  And though menopause is the most common hormonal cause of hair loss, it is far from the only.

Thyroid, unusual levels of stress (causes hormone fluctuations), PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which is very common and diabetes, just to name a few, are other diseases that are directly or indirectly connected to hormonal imbalances.

To treat, see a physician, and as stated before, achieve a healthy lifestyle consisting of a daily balanced diet, avoiding crash diets, exercise and the elimination of as much stress as humanly possible. It may not be possible to stop the shedding or thinning, but by maintaining overall health you may be able to slow the process.

See Also: The Connection Between Hormones and Hair Loss

Genetic Predisposition

Just as men suffer from Male Pattern Baldness, a lot of women experience the same hair loss. Caused by the presence of androgens, Woman Pattern Baldness, also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss or Androgenic Alopecia, affects approximately 40% women by the age of 50, leaving less than 45% women to reach age 80 with a full head of hair.

I encounter daily, various women who come in inquiring about possibilities of thickening their hair. But, my first question is always geared towards the female history in the family. “How is your mother’s hair in relation to fullness/thickness?” or “How is your grandmother’s hair? Is it full?” A lot of times, the answer to these simple questions is “NO”.

5 Shampoos Guaranteed to Give You Fuller Hair

Usually, history proves a pattern, which without complete diagnosis, points to genetic predisposition. If by chance the answer is yes, then, I follow up with questions related to high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, PCOS, and so on. In my case, my mother had a lovely head of hair, taken after her father who didn’t start losing hair until 70 years of age. But, because I was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance, taken after my grandmother, I began thinning in my 20s. Because of the predisposition for hair loss determined genetically, I went natural.

Would this stop the process?

Highly unlikely… But, because I stopped the use of chemical relaxers, I slowed the process, or at least allowed my hair to appear fuller by rocking it in its natural state. When straightened, it is obvious that my hair is thin, but can be quickly disguised by its natural curl. When in a hormonal crisis, my hair sheds profusely.

To help slow it, I exercise, drink LOTS of water, and eat lots of fruits and veggies. You can also ask your physician for a hormone replacement drug or visit a holistic doctor that can supply a natural form of progesterone or hormone that closely resembles that in which we should produce naturally, and lastly pick up a hormone supporting supplement from your local GNC or Vitamin World such as DHEA, B-Complex, Magnesium, just to name a few.

Read: Benefits of B-Complex Vitamin

All of these can affect the edges, the crown or the entire head depending upon the severity of the condition. But, by maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle/diet, getting plenty sleep (allowing the body to regenerate and rejuvenate) and exercising (relieving stress and increasing blood flow), can increase chances of slowing and maybe reversing – depending on the condition (diabetes, high blood pressure).

Remember, if you are thinning, always avoid extreme and excessive tension, continual wearing of ponytails, puffs and buns, and sleeping without satin scarves (protects edges from rubbing – leading to hair loss as seen in infants – called crib hair). Don’t force your edges to go in a direction they do not naturally grow, and attempt to utilize castor oil in your regimen daily, concentrating on your edges and other thinner areas.

See Also: Not-so-common Hair Growth Treatments

Read: What to do if Castor Oil Stops Working for Your Hair?

Advertisements

13 Reasons I’m Choosing a Home Birth

13 Reasons to Chose a Home BirthIn Why I’m Choosing a Home Birth, I mentioned that I made a list of why. That list was originally only supposed to have 3 reasons, maybe 5 at the most. But as I started to list each reason, the list grew. Here are the 13 Reasons I’m Choosing a Home birth

*In the picture, I think I was about 34 weeks. It was before the baby had his last growth spurt. More pics on my Instagram.

1. It’s one of the best ways to prevent a repeat c-section. I live in Las Vegas, few doctors and hospitals are qualified to do or encourage VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Sections).

2. I just have this gut feeling that if I go with the traditional hospital route, I will end up with a repeat c-section which ultimately lead me to pursuing a midwife for pre-natal care.

3. There are no birthing centers in the state of Nevada.

4. I want to be free to move around. When I had my son, I was attached to an IV, external monitor and then internal monitor and this was early in labor which was very restricting and annoying! You can be monitored without being tied to a bed.

5. I would still receive the same amount of fetal monitoring that I would at a hospital whether its continuous or intermittent. This is something that I was really concerned about because I had a previous c-section.

6. I wanna be in my own space. Hospitals are kinda scary to me. And from my experience the hospital staff can be impersonal. The nurses in my last birth were borderline rude which is me being nice. I wrote about this in 3 Ways To Make Peace With Your Birth Story.

7. I want to be able to eat if I’m feeling up to it especially during early labor… Labor takes hours and you wouldn’t run a marathon on an empty stomach; labor isn’t any different.

8. The hospital is always there as a back-up. Luckily, the hospitals aren’t going anywhere just because I chose a home birth. My midwife is very experienced but also has some of the best OBs on-call in the event that they are needed or that I need to be transported to a hospital.

9. My midwife is certified to do newborn check-ups including administer Hep-B Vaccine, Vitamin K, and perform PKU testing. We won’t have to rush out to the pediatrician the next day. My midwife will come back the next day to check on both of us.

10. Its cheaper… I’m paying a flat rate of about $2000 for pre-natal care and delivery with the midwife practice. And I was surprised but our health insurance DOES cover midwife service, but at a higher deductible of $3,000. But with my insurance, we had to deal with the fact that our deductible resets annually. Although, we started paying towards our deductible last year for pre-natal care, it would not count toward our 2015 deductible. In addition to that cost there are fees outside of your deductible such as the physician’s costs and whatever the percentage of the hospital fees that you’re expected to cover.

11. There is less pressure or temptation to ask for drugs. I told one of my friends if you want to stay away from the drugs, don’t go where the drugs are…

12. The risk of unnecessary medical intervention is eliminated. Midwives specialize in natural childbirth in low risk mothers, they are not surgeons. They don’t perform assisted births.

13.If I have any questions or concerns, I can just call or text my midwife.

I’m Having A Baby- Staying home with baby two and loving it!

Baby No. 2 AnnouncementThis month spouse/ baby daddy and I will celebrate 9 yrs of marriage & we are pregnant with our second bambino. We are truly blessed!

The first time I was pregnant I was so terrified. Any excitement I felt was ladened by worry, fear, and anxiety. I was scared of so many things.

Like most first time parents, I wasn’t sure that we could afford a new baby. I was scared that life as I knew it was completely over. I have had so many mothers tell me to forget about my dreams and aspirations. “You become almost non-existent once the baby gets here”, they would say. Oh, and the  “I don’t even what to get started on labor and delivery”. Why is it that every Baby Story on TLC ends in an emergency c-section?

As my husband and I celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary, we are expecting our 2nd baby in March 2015. He is hoping for a girl. But I wouldn’t mind another little boy. Boys are so precious. I’m not saying girls aren’t, but my son has spoiled me.

16 Weeks Baby No. 2Thankfully, I got all my pregnancy jitters out with the first baby, my son. I can fully enjoy the pregnancy without the anxiety. Of course, there is still a little fear… My first pregnancy ended with an induction and emergency c-section. My Prince was almost 42 weeks and not ready to meet me. Once in labor his umbilical cord would tighten around his neck with each contraction and causing his heart rate to drop. Fortunately, both him and I were fine after the delivery. But there’s an emotional healing that takes place after the physical scars of a c-section heal.

Trying to stay positive or looking on the bright side, I will tell you I’m thankful that I’m a good candidate for V-BAC with this baby. This puts my mind a little bit at ease.

OMG… I was so worried about the money the first time around. The hubby was working full-time, but I was just starting my business and working more freelance. Money was consistent, but I knew I would’t have the energy to hustle and grind once the baby got here. I talked about that here

I could never imagine that God would provide through this site. Shortly after my son was born I started to do freelance writing. That brought in about $2000 a month; and all from the comfort of my home office. It has always been my desire to work from home. I’ve done the 9 to 5 with a family; it turns more into a 7 to 7 with the commute. I would only get to see my baby for a couple hours a day. This definitely wasn’t the life I wanted; I wanted to stay home with baby no. one, and now baby no. 2.

After I started doing freelance writing, I was even more determined to figure out ways to make more money. I launched new t-shirt designs in the Natural Hair Rules Store, I experimented with affiliate marketing, but what has been the most profitable is ad revenue for networks like Google Adsense, Yahoo and a few others. (BTW if you have a blog or website, you could be leaving money on the table if you don’t have ads.) I previously shared some resources here.

In regards to my life completely changing, it has… But change is good, right? I couldn’t imagine life without my son. Before having my son, my husband and I were married for 7 years. Our son really brought us even closer together. We are a real family now (if that makes any sense).  I still have many things I want to do like travel internationally, go back to school, and open other businesses. I know I will! Its just a matter of time.

I understand more and more that things happen that are beyond my control; good and bad. I mean, life happens. And that’s ok. Things always work out for the best.

Feel free to leave any questions or congrats in the Comments Section below

Pregnant and Frustrated

[ad#ad1]

This time last year I was pregnant with my Prince and oh was I frustrated.  He was almost two weeks post due date.  I was anxious for my labor to start spontaneously. I hated the thought of induction. And if labor didn’t start naturally that was the path we would have to take. You can read my induction story.

I was doing everything I could. I was trying to walk and roll the baby out. One to two walks around the neighborhood and rolling on a fitness ball each day for weeks.  I ate pineapples and did the grown up but nothing. Nothing was working. I was exhausted. But I still tried to remain calm.  My membrane had be stripped twice. I had lost my mucous plug almost two week earlier. I was 3 cm dilute but still no contractions what so ever.

It was also my birthday weekend. I wanted nothing more than to see my Prince’s sweet face.  This weekend we are celebrating his 1st birthday. I can hardly believe a whole year has past.

Do you remember what you were doing this time last year?

Postpartum Hair Loss

[ad#horizontal-banner]

My little prince is two weeks.  During the pregnancy, I noticed my hair was NOT shedding at all.  I already knew that I would lose that hair in postpartum.  Hair loss is a common part of the postpartum process.  Some of the NHR readers as well as myself wanted to know what can you do to avoid or minimize the postpartum natural hair loss.

Below are some links

Postpartum Hair Loss via What to Expect

Postpartum Hair Loss via BabyCenter

More pics of my prince.

[ad#horizontal-banner]

Comment below if you have any recommendations or tips to minimize postpartum hair loss.