Hair today, gone tomorrow (postpartum hair shedding and how I got my groove back)

I had two kids 16 months apart and I wore weaves (hair extensions) for about a decade straight. A year after my son was born I decided to ditch the extra tresses and go au naturel. Needless to say I was shocked to see how much my hair had thinned out, especially at the edges. I would brush my hair and it was coming out in clumps. I was mortified and in tears on an almost daily basis. It got so bad that I went to my OBGYN to get my thyroid checked. WebMD told me I had cancer. She assured me that I was perfectly healthy and my situation was completely normal. Even though I was a year postpartum my hormones were still fluctuating and they would most likely continue to do so until I began the weaning process. Jack was only 1 and no where near weaning so I needed natural solutions that would be effective at the core of the problem. I immediately went to my essential oil bible The Essential Life and began looking up hair loss. Their primary recommendations were for arborvitae, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Now I know that hair is dead, and there isn’t really any “magical” hair growth serum, but I knew I wanted to support the hair I did still have and prevent breakage. I wanted oils that were purifying, cleansing, strengthening, and soothing to my scalp.

I wanted to make some type of oil spray that i could use on my hair to keep it moisturized but something that could also benefit my scalp. One thing to consider is something called comedogenic. Comedogenic means pore blocking. In the same vein that you done want makeup that clogs your pores, leading to breakouts, i didn’t want oil that may impede my hair shaft and not promote hair growth. So comedogenic ratings go from 0 (non clogging) to 5 (highly clogging)

  • 0 – Will Not Clog Pores
  • 1 – Low
  • 2 – Moderately Low
  • 3 – Moderate
  • 4 – Fairly High
  • 5 – High

Here is a short list of oils a lot of people use in hair and body products and their ratings

Oils & Butters

  • Almond Oil – 2
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – 2
  • Argan Oil – 0
  • Avocado Oil – 2
  • Borage Oil – 2
  • Calendula Oil – 1
  • Camphor – 2
  • Castor Oil – 1
  • Cocoa Butter – 4
  • Coconut Butter – 4
  • Coconut Oil (from the meat or kernel) – 4
  • Corn Oil – 3
  • Cotton Seed Oil – 3
  • Emu Oil – 1
  • Evening Primrose Oil – 2
  • Flax Seed Oil – 4
  • Grape Seed Oil – 2
  • Hazelnut Oil – 2
  • Hemp Seed Oil – 0
  • Jojoba Oil – 2
  • Jojoba Oil Sulfated – 3
  • Linseed Oil – 4
  • Mango Butter – 0
  • Mineral Oil – 0
  • Mink Oil – 3
  • Neem Oil – 1
  • Olive Oil – 2
  • Palm Oil – 4
  • Peanut Oil – 2
  • Petrolatum – 0
  • Rosehip Oil – 1
  • Safflower Oil (not the cooking oil) – 0
  • Sesame Oil – 2
  • Shea Butter – 0
  • Soybean Oil – 3
  • Sunflower Oil – 2
  • Wheat Germ Oil – 5

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp. It’s comedogenic value is 4 (fairly high clogging). I decided to use hemp seed oil as a catalyst not only because it’s comedogenic value is 0, but because I already had some in my home (I give it to my children daily as their omega vitamin – more on that subject later).

So, looking at that list, you could see why though fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a great oil for the application of essential oils, it’s not such a great option for my scalp.

After further research I decided to add cedarwood, geranium and melaleuca (tea tree) oil to my mix because of their astringent and antibacterial properties. All I did was add drops of each of the oils to a small recycled spray bottle and filled the rest with hemp seed oil and touch of castor oil.

My results have been amazing. Not so thin at the edges and feeling much fuller. I can even keep a curl in my hair now. Even my hair dresser has noticed a difference in the past 6 months. I don’t put anything in my hair besides these oils. I wish I had a before picture but here is where I’m at now:

There is a science to essential oils but their practical use is fairly simple and easy.

Does this apply to you or someone you know? Share your story below and let me know how I can share with you how you can empower yourself with essential oils. Are you already ready to change your life with essential oils, start now here.

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Author: doYOUmamma

I'm a lady, daughter, sister, wife and mother. I share always and in all ways.

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