When it comes to pregnancy, people love to talk about all of the fun perks, like the fuller lips, shiny, commercial-worthy hair, and that gorgeous pregnancy glow. However, what few mention is the very real and particularly scary symptoms that can come after the baby is born, such as postpartum hair loss.
Despite being a seldom-discussed topic, many new moms know this hair loss struggle all too well, including Christina Milian.
The actress and mom of three has been super open and honest about her experiences with the condition, sharing that after the birth of her first two children, she started to notice that her hair was thinning and falling out about three to six months postpartum.
“It’s so overwhelming, on top of having a newborn at home, which is stressful, and all of the hormones that come with postpartum, dealing with the emotional impact of thinning hair,” she says. “It really takes a toll on your confidence.”
Believe it or not, but postpartum hair loss is an extremely common condition that impacts up to 50 percent of women in the U.S., according to statistics from the American Pregnancy Association. As for why women tend to lose their hair so soon after having a baby, Dr. Mona Gohara, a board-certified dermatologist, says that this kind of hair loss (known as telogen effluvium) is our body’s response to the physiological and emotional stress of giving birth.
“Our hair typically goes through a growth and shedding cycle, but after you have a baby, the hair shedding phase out-paces the growing phase, so we experience excessive hair shedding,” she explains.
Usually at this point—the three to four month postpartum period, Milian says that she would have experienced some hair loss, however that hasn’t yet been the case since the birth of her third child, Kenna, who she welcomed back in April. This time around, the star is choosing to get ahead of the dreaded postpartum hair loss by partnering with Nioxin, a leading thinning hair brand.
The actress revealed that she’s been using the Nioxin System 5 Kit throughout her postpartum journey and shares that she’s already noticed less breakage and an increase in her hair’s thickness.
“I love that Nioxin nourishes the scalp first, taking a skincare-inspired approach to hair health with product ingredients that I already love like niacinamide and peppermint oil,” she says. “Each kit comes with three steps — a Cleanser Shampoo, Scalp Therapy Conditioner and Scalp & Hair Treatment — that are so easy to incorporate into my regular routine, which is so important to me, since I can’t spend extra time on my hair right now with the baby.”
Formulated for chemically treated hair with light thinning, the Nioxin System 5 Kit is a full-range set containing a shampoo, conditioner, and scalp and hair treatment, all for $45.00. Like Milian mentioned, each product in the kit contains ingredients like niacinamide and peppermint oil, both of which play a vital role in hair growth thanks to their scalp circulation-boosting properties.
Altogether, this kit will help to reduce hair loss due to breakage and deliver “thicker and 2x fuller hair with zero compromise on color.” It’s no wonder multiple reviewers on Ulta have raved about their hair looking “fuller and healthier” after using the products.
To shop the Nioxin kit from Christina Milian’s postpartum journey, be sure to head over to Ulta.com, Amazon.com, or the Nioxin website to see their full product line. And, for more information about the brand, be sure to follow them @nioxin from Instagram.