Your hair is your crown, and if you are contemplating any kind weight loss surgery you may have been dreading the inevitable hair loss which most patients experience. If you are a recent post-op patient then you're probably anxious about shedding that may have already begun. I, myself experienced a significant amount of hair loss after my sleeve gastrectomy and I'm relieved to say there are things that can significantly help strengthen and regrow your beautiful crown. The following truly helped me in treating my hair after weight loss surgery, I used a steady combination of most of these and ended up happy with the results. The best part is how easy all of these tips are!
Hot Oil Treatments
Moisture is your friend! I cannot stress this enough, this is a rule for both skin and hair. Hydration is essential. Drinking lots of water will help your hair follicles but there’s no shame in getting more moisture into those precious locks. Hot oil treatments are a favorite way to express love my crown. The best oils for my hair are definitely coconut and grapeseed oil. I feel very comfortable applying both to my hair. Oils allow your hair to keep its shine and bounce. When heating the oil use a mason jar or glass vial to hold the oil and then set the glass container in a small pot of boiling water. Allow to heat for about 3 to 5 minutes. Be wise and test some oil on your fingertips to avoid burning your scalp. Once the oil has been generously applied to the hair be sure to massage your scalp as it stimulates hair growth. Lastly, cover your hair with a plastic hair cap and let it sit for about 20 minutes. At this stage, you can choose to apply more heat by way of a hairdryer. Finally, rinse your hair with cool water. The cool water will close your hair cuticles, reducing frizz.
As a bonus add cinnamon to the oil treatment. Cinnamon stimulates circulation to the scalp, and as a result, improves the flow of nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles. There are so many benefits in using cinnamon on your hair. It's known for reducing dandruff, hair thinning, and breakage. Cinnamon is natural and safe but beware of any allergies by doing a simple patch test on your arm or hand.
Get Your Hair Trimmed
I know, you’re probably scratching your head rereading the title of this blog but it’s true! Getting a hair trim will help to get rid of the weak hair that may be weighing your hair down. After surgery, your body goes into distress. There are plenty of changes happening in your body at once, getting a hair trim will encourage hair growth by ridding you of any damaged, broken, or split ends. Typically, you should schedule quarterly trims to keep your crown healthy. Personally, I felt great even with my hair loss. I gained the confidence to rock a pixie cut that made me a fan of short hair forever. Don’t be afraid of change it’s inevitable and you might just find a new style you love.
Biotin, Biotin, and more Biotin
Never underestimate the power of vitamins. I’ve met plenty of people who have taken biotin religiously after surgery and experienced minimal hair loss. Never skip your vitamins. You signed up for this new life, so you’ve got to keep the maintenance going. Taking your vitamins is a new normal after surgery, and biotin is essential for strengthening both hair and nails. Please note, biotin will not stop or slow down your hair loss but it has shown to have real benefits for hair growth. Biotin is also part of the vitamin B complex family and helps convert carbs and fats into energy.
These tips worked for me and they may work for you. Regardless of where you are on this journey. Tell us what has worked for you, or feel free to ask away in the comments below. At the end of the day, keep a light attitude when it comes to hair. It will grow back with patience and maintenance. Accept the change and you may even enjoy it.