I’ve been anxious to write a post about my favorite hair care products for awhile, but really wanted to try out these products for a long length of time before really recommending them to you. That is always so important to me. I am going to go over my postpartum hair loss regimen, how I manage my dry scalp, and share how I get natural volume without tools/products in this blog post. This hair has been on a journey for the last 18 months or so, so tying in all the background dynamics seemed necessary. Hopefully this is helpful 😉
Hair Loss Story + Regimen
Ever since I had Shep, my hair has been growing out and it has gotten so long. Probably the longest it’s ever been. I thought for sure I’d chop it when he was around 8 months old and tugging at my hair non stop, but I figured he was going to tug at it no matter what length it was. Of course it’s been a challenge at times to take care of my hair and style it with a new baby who keeps me busy. I had the record best hair and scalp during Shep’s pregnancy and most of the months that I was nursing him. Truly, it was a breeze and I had to remind myself to wash my hair since it was rarely ever oily or too dry. Boy do I miss whatever magic hormone that was going through my body 😆
One of the concerns for postpartum moms is hair loss after you have your baby. Something no one ever warned me about 7 years ago. It only took me having a third baby to try to understand and manage this issue as best I could. Some women don’t have much of an issue at all and some experience it really bad. I’ve felt like my experiences have all been mild cases, but I definitely experienced hair loss. I had read about hair thinning shampoos and conditioners on several sites, but could never pull the trigger and decide which one to get. I ended up going with this Purador shampoo and conditioner set because of the great price point and amazing reviews. The second time I purchased it, I went with this new label of the Purador shampoo and conditioner set. It really lasts so long which is nice! So far, I have not seen a huge difference in the two sets, but depending on when you buy, one set may be cheaper than the other. So far, I think the label is just different and the gold label may focus a little more on dry hair types, but they are both for hair loss. So, if I were to purchase again, I’d likely do the original gold label since my main issue is dry scalp. I received a lot of questions in my instagram DM’s asking how I wasn’t experiencing hair loss after having Shep. I started using the Purador shampoo set around 3 months postpartum because I knew it was coming around that mark, and honestly I never really got to the point of experiencing hair loss like I did with the other two because I think starting this regimen helped me get my hair healthy and stay ahead of the game. Like I said, something I had never done before. I think it took other people recognizing how healthy and long my hair was for me to actually notice how much this shampoo and conditioner set worked for me. I’ve never delved into this topic, so I figured I’d get a blog post up sharing the success I’ve had with it. I wish I had known about hair thinning products years ago!
Products I used for Hair Loss and Thinning
Dry Scalp Regimen
Now that I am out of the nursing stage and my body has re adjusted again to different hormones I am fighting the dry scalp battle again. I also find that if I mess with my scalp too much it gets oily, which is a combination I try not to aggravate. Personally, I’ve found that using temperature regulating products have been kinder to my scalp. I was using hot tools and not paying much attention to the heat I was putting on my hair and scalp. The goal is to let my hair air dry for a good bit first before I put the hair dryer to it. I recently invested in the Dyson Air Wrap and it has been life changing. It’s so much easier on my scalp and the temperature controls help my hair and scalp from over heating. It’s an investment and took me a long time to decide on, but it’s been amazing. My hair is easier to style, manage, and dry. I cut so many steps in my styling routine because of it.
I was also recently sent a PR box from Derma-E including their new line of shampoo and conditioner and I’ve been using the Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner and really really like it! After washing it leaves my scalp feeling tingly and fresh, it’s been an instant relief when I use it. I have fine and really think hair, so it’s hard for me to find good conditioners that really work, but the one in this set has been really good and I can work it through my hair without having to use a ton. It’s a great price point, too.
I’ve also really come to love the Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub. It’s kind of pricey, but I notice a huge difference in my scalp after using it. I definitely am able to stretch my washes longer when I use this scrub. The only thing with a scrub is just allotting extra time to apply it. So, when I do get to use it, it’s great, but most days Im showering in-between nap time 😉
Products I Use For Dry Scalp
How I get natural volume without any hair products:
When Shep was really little and I was working on little sleep, I really didn’t have the energy to do much with my hair, yet I still wanted it to look presentable, so I perfected a system that allowed my to gradually work on my hair in spurts of my free time. This hair tutorial might be better suited for those with longer hair, but if yours is long enough to pull up and into a twirled bun, you’ll be fine!
The days that I need to wash my hair, I will save my shower for the night. This just helps the volume process sit a little longer. After washing my hair I comb through all the knots and scrunch it up so that it can air dry down for max an hour. If I’m in a rush I’ll do a lower heat setting or cold setting on my dryer just to get all the heavy dampness out. Once it’s about 50% or more dry I flip my head over and comb straight through. Then while still having my head flipped over I twist my hair into one long twist. Take that twist and just wrap it around in a circle over and over until there is no more hair to wrap. I then wrap it up tightly with my satin scrunchie and gently pull the tighter areas a little looser so that Im comfortable sleeping. When I wake up if it’s a school morning I usually just keep my bun up til I get home and have time to pull it down and set it. Now, some days, I just pull it down, brush through it, and pull it back into a half pony and go. But, if I’ve got somewhere to be or am meeting someone I usually like to take the smooth brush tool on my Dyson Air Wrap to soften the ends and pull some of the awkward strands together for a more cohesive style. (side note, I did not own the Dyson until a few months ago and before I would use my Revlon Styler— which would be fine for this sort of styling since my hair would be mostly dry when I used it. I learned the hard way how damaging the Revlon styler can be for your hair since it is not temperature controlled– I just wanted to share this as I have shared I used the Revlon dryer before. I did love it, but it gets extremely hot and I could tell my hair was getting damaged when using it on fully wet hair.)This method of sleeping in a twisted high bun happens almost nightly. I love it and feel like it’s the best mom hack I’ve discovered. My scalp is so sensitive to fragrance and hair product, so I really try not to use any product when I wanting to get volume unless I’m getting ready for something special or an evening out. This is just my everyday go-to mom hack for flouncy hair.