I have struggled with thinning hair since the birth of my child, 15 + yrs ago, followed immediately by peri-menopause.
Interestingly, this time line also coincides with my experiment in less frequent washing. More on that in a minute.
Let’s take a closer look at what was going on with me, and what shifted my perspective forever.
1st Postpartum Hair Loss
Your hair normally grows in cycles (growing phase, resting phase, shedding phase: repeat). But during pregnancy, most of the hair stays in the growth phase due to those big changes in your body’s hormones.
But after your hormones begin to change (again) after baby arrives, estrogen levels fall, causing your beautiful, thick head of pregnancy hair to begin the shedding phase.
the hot-flashes that started during pregnancy never stopped
When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner. A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Hormones. [quiet sigh]
To add insult to injury, I also had a buildup of products, dead skin, and free radicals from pollutants, clogging and inflaming my poor scalp, adding to the follicle shrinking over time. This also shortened my hairs’ life cycle, so my postpartum new growth wouldn’t “live” longer than three inches before shedding.
Hair needs good nutrition, ample blood flow, and a healthy environment to flourish, and be productive.
Just as I was starting to get really insecure about my thinning hair, I was introduced to Harklinikken, by a colleague, also client.
Lars, the founder, and the main brain behind the brand, absolutely blew my mind. Harklinikken’s focus is on scalp care, which supports hair growth.
Originally, Lars was looking for a calming solution to treat scalp irritation from hair loss treatments on the market at the time. By chance he discovered that his Extract, was growing hair without the added “hair loss treatments” he was trying to support. So long as the follicle is still viable.
In my case my follicles were clogged & my hormones were fluctuating like mad. So I made the changes Harklinikken recommends to everyone for good scalp care, and added the Elixir because I really needed it!
All those years of weekly washes, trying to save my curls, was the worst thing to do!
So what can we do to support optimal conditions for hair growth?
- I seriously upped my wash/style game.
- No more than 1 day between washes (GAME CHANGER)
- Gentle scalp brushing with paddle brush before wash (skip if you are in an acute stage of hair loss)
- I am pickier than ever about what products I use, and recommend
- Curls need protection before cleansing
- Pre-Condition ends, leave it in, while focusing on cleansing scalp
- I use cooler water and rinse ALL product off my skin/scalp
- I avoid getting anything, especially styling products on my scalp other than shampoo and any treatments
- I use Harklinikken Extract at night
The Extract has really made a visible difference. Hair that would never live past two inches before shedding grow length again! I’ve clearly extended my hairs’ life cycle. I’d not seen that in over a decade. That creeping hairline spun a U-Turn, and went back where it started.
I am certain, had I been more focused on my scalp than my curls, I could have prevented a lot of heartache.
I lost a bunch of hair again after Covid infection, Harklinniken advised to wait a while before resuming, no treatment during acute stage of loss. And then I went back in for a new formula to start over again.
I’ve since recommended Harklinikken to several of my hair friends, and have seen remarkable results. Lars turned my curly method thinking brain, on its head.
It did take some serious searching to find products that make happy curls, and support scalp health, and support the planet. You can read my product selection criteria and recommendations here.
If you are, genuinely, interested in pursuing, I have a very limited number of Complimentary Consultation Gift Cards ($150 value), existing guests & friends only, hit me up.
Visit Harklinikken to learn more.