6 Must-Know Postpartum Hair Tips for New Moms (PHOTOS)

6 Must-Know Postpartum Hair Tips for New Moms (PHOTOS)

Our celeb stylist reveals his best hair hints for the months after delivery (and beyond)!

By: Heather Chaet

After 40 weeks, you’ve finally arrived at this one amazing moment: You’re holding your new little one in your arms! Though it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, in between feedings and naptime, diaper changes and cuddles, you are slowly finding your way to a new normal. Everything is falling into a rhythm. Everything, that is, but your hair.

It is falling OUT.

Postpartum hair loss is a common woe for many new moms. “Postpartum hair blues can leave new mothers crying like a baby,” says celebrity stylist Brandon Liberati. “The gorgeous, thick hair that pregnancy gave you usually only lasts a few months after giving birth.” Some 40 to 50 percent of women experience hair loss, starting around one to five months after giving birth, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

The good thing is that the hair loss is only temporary. However, as you stare at those clumps of hair on the bathroom floor, you may wonder just how you can make your thinning mane look semi-decent when you are, just now, barely, able to change clothes once in the past week. Lucky for us, Liberati shared his best postpartum hair tips.

1. Avoid drastic changes to your hairstyle. As tempting as it is to go get that sassy new look everyone is sporting, avoid any major changes to your look for a while. “Remember that you will be looking down at that little bundle of joy for several months,” explains Liberati. “Unless you have the help and the time to get into your stylist every six weeks, which is highly improbable, I do not recommend going for new bangs or a trendy new haircut.”

2. Keep up that healthy diet.
Growing that baby required a strong and healthy diet. All of the vitamins and nutrients you focused on during pregnancy are just as essential for your post-pregnancy health. Staying hydrated, eating fruits and veggies, and taking those vitamin supplements will all make a huge difference for your hair (and overall health) when your baby is here.

3. Products are your BFFs.
Regularly shampooing and conditioning is key, not just to keep your hair healthy, but also to feel refreshed overall, a fabulous mood booster for new moms. “I love to give every new mother a basket of postpartum hair care products at baby showers,” says Liberati. “Depending on your hair texture, there are some must-haves for any new mom, like a great moisturizing or thickening shampoo and conditioner, smoothing serum or finishing crème, thickening spray, styling cream, and bobby pins.”

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4. Ponytails aren’t just for the gym anymore.
“Keep your hair at a length that is easy to manage. Your new best friend is the ponytail,” says Liberati. “Just apply some finishing products in your hair to tame it, and then throw it up in a cute pony. Not only will you look very current, it will save you much needed time!”

5. It’s all about the accessories.
“Hair accessories are fashionable and make hiding any hair trouble very easy,” reminds Liberati. “Get a jeweled comb or a big beautiful barrette, which were all over the runways this year. A fabulous headband is an easy and stylish option -- and keeps the hair out of your face.” Another secret new mom accessory trick? “Try wrapping a scarf around your bun or wearing it like a modern turban,” says Liberati.

6. Speaking of buns, they are always classy.
Since it’s a great look for any time of the day and can easily disguise hair loss, Liberati suggests the never-out-of-style bun as a perfect go-to for new moms. “Try teasing your ponytail, then twist the tail around, and secure the messy ends under with a bobby pin, or braid your hair, then wrap it around, and pin it in with the ends sticking out. It’s boho chic!”

How did your hair change after giving birth?

Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.


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These are some great tips. It's never a great idea to change your hairstyle drastically unless you're prepared to make sacrifices to make it work. It's important to make sure that you're willing to take care of the upkeep before you dive in! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com/category/hairstyles/diy-hairstyles/mom-hairstyles/

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