post partum hair blues

hi all,
i'm a 2c with slightly curlier hair than before this last pregnancy. that part is great! the frustrating part is that my hair is also A LOT more dry than it used to be. i'm using SLS free organic poos (avalon organics and kiss my face) and have been for a few years, so i don't *think* that's the problem. i think i've been rinsing too hot (i love a hot shower), so i'm going to start being more careful with that. i'm all up for going totally no poo, and am thinking about trying devacurl's no poo solution, but i'm thinking maybe i need a deep conditioning session or two first (or concomitantly). any recommendations for a good deep conditioner? or any other regime you would recommend/have found useful in a similar situation? i wash my hair about every 7-10 days, comb it about once a month (otherwise finger comb or not at all), only occasionally condition (don't like how most conditioners make my hair feel, too soft, no body). but especially since this pregnancy, it's been feeling super dry and generally just gross. i occasionally use a curl cream.
i had my first 3 years ago and breastfed him for almost 3 years and then had my second a few months after that (he's breastfeeding now too, and i'll be breastfeeding him for at least another 10 months).
any tips about where to go from here would be MUCH appreciated! my hair is driving me crazy!
As someone who is nursing a toddler, I want to jump in here...

maybe the nutrients are being pulled away from your hair to give to the baby? Try adding some fats to your diet, maybe taking a fish oil pill or something. IMO, nursing wreaks havoc on a mothers body, so we need to replace the nutrients that the munchkins are taking out. FATS FATS FATS. Good fats. Coconut oil, tuna, fish oil pills, maybe evening primrose oil. And i always check out kellymom.com before trying anything, its such an awesome site.
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ooh i like this idea, thank you! i hadn't considered that. good excuse to get some coconut oil into my diet.
Definitely look into a quality fish oil like Nordic Naturals. You want high levels of eha/dpa... good for you and baby.
Pregnancy and nursing is so hard the body.

I think you should look at your routine and products too. Pregnancy and nursing are definitely playing into your hair's problems.

Conditioner should add moisture to your hair.. not make it limp and soft unless you're overconditioned which is unlikely since you hate conditioner.
The "too soft, no body" sounds like you need some protein.

I try to deep condition weekly and do a protein treatment weekly. Plus I use protein in some of my products.

What conditioner and curl cream are you using? What type is your hair, porosity? 2C (that's curl pattern)
As someone who is nursing a toddler, I want to jump in here...

maybe the nutrients are being pulled away from your hair to give to the baby? Try adding some fats to your diet, maybe taking a fish oil pill or something. IMO, nursing wreaks havoc on a mothers body, so we need to replace the nutrients that the munchkins are taking out. FATS FATS FATS. Good fats. Coconut oil, tuna, fish oil pills, maybe evening primrose oil. And i always check out kellymom.com before trying anything, its such an awesome site.
Originally Posted by rileysmama32208
I just stopped breastfeeding in May when my son turned 1 year old and I COMPLETELY agree.

Also, continue to take your prenatals. That's what my OB recommended for me while nursing. I'm sure it made allt he difference. My hair stayed strong and healthy throughout out.
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