Let’s get real. Postpartum hair is the WORST!!! Sorry for the dramatics, but it really does stink. We literally go from having unicorn hair from the heavens during pregnancy to looking like a Barbie doll that’s spent the day at a daycare full of 3-year-olds with safety scissors.
I know it’s normal. I know it will stop. But that doesn’t change the fact that I can’t stand pulling out giant strand after strand, clump after clump, every single time I wash my hair!
Even worse, my hair is already thin. So losing all this hair, even though it is normal, is a mental struggle for me. I’ve gotten upset countless times over my hair not growing ever since I was a teenager and this hasn’t helped a bit.
However, my thin hair woes haven’t been a total loss! Why? Because I already know how to make thin hair appear thicker & now I’m going to share my secrets with you!
Products I Use
You can’t build a house without the proper tools, & the same goes for styling your beautiful hair! I have used so. many. products. through the years geared towards thin hair and honestly, not many of them really follow through with their claims of thicker appearing hair.
I am attempting to move more towards natural products & it seems they do an even worse job. Not everything I’m using is natural, but I’m preparing to transition. If you use a natural product that would replace one of the ones I will be suggesting, let me know!
#1 – L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo
I use this particular shampoo because I have combo hair: oily roots & dry ends. I’ve only been using this particular type of shampoo for about a month, so I can’t testify to the long term results as of yet, but it does seem to help for now. They actually have a 3-step system which includes pre-shampoo clay & conditioner which I haven’t tried yet.
#2 – Wet Brush
#3 – Monat Curl Cream
Honestly, any light-textured curl cream will work. I just happened to get this cream as a gift when I tried out the Monat brand shampoos. I’ll be finding another brand when this runs out. (Side note: Monat shampoo is not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding due to it containing red clover)
But the main takeaway here is curl cream in general! It adds texture without weighing down my hair, which is important in holding a style.
#4 – Dry Shampoo
I have used probably every brand of dry shampoo on the market & most of them work just as well as the other, so I don’t really have a specific recommendation for this one! I tend to just buy whichever brand is on sale or in stock at the time I run out.
However, the Batiste brand does have a line of colored dry shampoo that can do wonders at hiding that little thin patch we tend to get on our hairline during this postpartum stage.
#5 – Salon Grafix Hairspray
I have been using this hairspray since the day I started using hairspray. It was recommended to me by my mom & it’s a terrific hairspray! My hair doesn’t get extremely stiff but still provides great hold.
I’ve attempted to try other brands, but I always go back to this spray.
Hairstyles for Postpartum Hair
Now let’s get to the main point: how to style your postpartum hair! I have six go-to styles that are quick, easy, & attempt to hide the fact that I’m losing hair left & right.
Easy-Peasy No Heat Curls
One thing I’ve learned about thin hair, especially in this touchy postpartum stage, is that heat is a bad idea! This obviously goes for all hair, but heat damage tends to be more obvious in thin hair.
The problem is I love curls! And my hair isn’t exactly naturally curly, but it isn’t stick-straight either. After many trials & many errors, I’ve found a no-heat curl method that not only works, but I can do it in literally 10 seconds! I can’ t even do a good mom bun that quick!
- After washing your hair, put a dab of curl cream on the ends
- Then twist all your hair together while damp
- Twirl it on top of your head into what I lovingly call a poop bun
- Sleep (lol what even is that anymore)
The next morning, TA-DA! You have beautiful curls! You can even vary the type of curls you get depending on how damp your hair is when you twist. However, if you twist while it’s still soaking wet, your hair won’t dry completely and trust me that ain’t cute. I know from experience.
I actually wasn’t able to twist my hair as soon as I like because #momlife, so my curls weren’t as defined as usual.
This is how it normally looks when I twist it earlier.
This helps my postpartum hair by adding much-needed volume without damage from techniques like teasing & also camouflages my thin patches.
The Front Twist
When I discovered this little trick, I styled my hair like this every single day for probably three months. I was just happy to have something other than a plain ole ponytail in my hair arsenal.
Once you get the hang of this, it’s so easy to twist & go! You’ll look like you spent time on your hair even if you were running like a crazed chicken before leaving the house.
- Part hair as usual
- Separate about 4″ of hair from the front
- Start twisting the hair towards the back of the head
- Keep going down the hairline, gathering hair as you go, to the nape of the neck
- Put hair in a ponytail to hold in place
- Go back and “fluff” the twist by gently pulling the hair loose & pin to hold
This is a great postpartum style because since you’re intentionally pulling your hair back, the hairline patch isn’t as noticeable. And it’s easy to boot!
Low Side Bun
This is essentially the mom bun placed on the nape of the neck. I do this style when I need a quick “fancy” style for church or the elusive date night.
- Part hair as usual
- Gather hair into a ponytail behind your ear & twist into a bun
- Gently pull the hair from the part loose to drape over the forehead
- Use a hair pick to lift the hair & spray with hairspray to create volume
- Spread the bun out for fullness & pin to hold
This style works for 3 reasons: the swoop hides hairline issues, it creates the illusion of volume, & it’s out of reach of baby hands!
I’m not going to give a step-by-step for this one simply because I just cannot explain how to braid well at all. I used this tutorial and found it easy to follow even as a braiding beginner.
I will give you the crucial postpartum tip, however! I mean, that’s why you’re here! So here it is: PAN CAKE THAT BRAID!
This just means going to each loop of the braid & gently tugging the hair out to make the braid look fuller! That’s it! So simple but so effective! I found this tip a few years ago (thanks Pinterest!) & I’ve used it many times since.
I love this technique because it gives the illusion that I have thicker hair!
I know, I know! This one is obvious & if you’re reading this post, you probably want to deviate from the mom bun. But if we’re being real, it’s too easy sometimes to just flip, twist, & go.
The problem I find when doing the mom bun is it makes my postpartum hairline painfully obvious. But I didn’t want to give it up altogether.
Enter the headband. I know! So simple, but it works! And as an added bonus, it fancies up that mom bun & you get to sport a cute accessory!
You can grab some great headbands from Walmart as cheap as $3 so stock up, mama!
That’s it! I hope you’re able to incorporate a few of these styles into your everyday routine. Let me know how you’re coping with postpartum hair in the comments! And just remember, you’re not alone in this battle!