Everyone has their own version of a streamlined morning routine for busy days, and Christina Milian shared what hers looks like. In a new YouTube video, the actress demonstrated her low-maintenance hair and skin-care routine.
While styling her hair into a bun, Milian shares that since giving birth to her son in January, she's noticed postpartum hair loss — a hard turn from the luxuriously thick hair she says she had during pregnancy. "I was, like, feeling myself [when I was pregnant]," she says. "I had my thick hair coming down to here, and then one day, I woke up and was like [gasp] where's my hair?" (Related: Postpartum Hair Loss Is Real — Here's How to Deal with It)
Milian is far from alone. Postpartum hair loss is a common condition that typically strikes three to four months after giving birth, says Shab Reslan, trichologist and expert for HairClub. "The increase in estrogen during pregnancy causes your hair to shed less as it prolongs the growth phase of the hair cycle, known as anagen," she says. "In most cases, women will notice thicker and fuller hair throughout their pregnancy and barely see any hair fall out. Postpartum, estrogen levels balance out, and the hair will eventually resume its normal cycle as it was before pregnancy."
The brush, which happens to be on sale right now, has boar bristles on one side and plastic bristles on the other. That way, you can rely on the gentler boar bristle side to avoid tugging, but you also have the stiffer, thicker bristles to work through any knots. In her video, Milian uses the boar bristle side when she's smoothing out the hair near her scalp and switches to the plastic bristle side closer to her ends when she wants to detangle knots or create natural volume.
Sounds logical, but if you're dealing with postpartum hair loss, changing your hairbrush out probably won't make a difference. "Brushing habits will not determine how much hair will actually fall out," Reslan says. Instead, if you don't want to just wait it out, Reslan recommends having your doctor perform a full blood panel to check your B vitamin, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin D3, and zinc levels to make sure everything's in balance. Supplementing with ashwagandha might also help with increased cortisol (aka stress) levels that can contribute to hair loss, she adds. (Related: How Khloé Kardashian Tackled Her Postpartum Hair Loss)
That doesn't mean Milian's brush isn't worth picking up for other reasons. Brushing your hair can cause breakage if your habits aren't suited to your hair type, and stylists recommend boar bristle brushes for a variety of textures. Boar bristles are smooth and pliable, so they create less friction against the hair cuticle, resulting in less breakage. Another perk is that boar bristles are great at distributing your scalp's oils throughout the length of your hair. With the Donna Double-Sided Boar Brush, you get all the benefits of a boar bristle brush, with stiffer bristles in case the need arises. (Related: Ashley Graham Has Been Relying On This Scalp Serum to Help with Hair Loss)
With her tutorial, Milian provided two invaluable nuggets: a hidden gem on Amazon and a morning routine that can get you out the door fast.