One of the seldom talked about hair issues amongst women especially as it relates to postpartum symptoms is postpartum hair loss, known in extreme cases as postpartum alopecia. A condition that attacks the hair follicles and causes excessive hair loss. While it is a relatively common condition affecting between 40-50% of women in the months following childbirth, it has always been an issue that takes a jab at the confidence and mental health of new moms.
A woman’s hair is her crown and strength and dealing with dramatic hair loss and body changes at the same time can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. There exists, however, a certain crop of women who not only face challenges with an audacious and adventurous spirit but also take lemons and turn them into lemonade.
One such remarkable woman is Vicktesha cuningham, a mental health nurse and the founder of Vtessia Cosmetics, a sustainable plant-based haircare brand with solution-focused products to help women embrace their natural beauty with confidence. Vtessia Cosmetics was birthed after Vicktesha dealt with postpartum alopecia. She told me;
“Losing my hair had affected my confidence in ways I cannot describe. Everything I tried didn’t work so as a cry for help, I started blending until I found the perfect solution to regrow my hair. This solution was then turned into a brand because I wanted to help other women like me. I was inspired by my pain to prevent other women from experiencing the same demoralizing issue as I did.
I created these products for women with dry, thinning and damaged hair. I would like them to know that I was there too. That’s why I aim for Vtessia cosmetics to be a community, not just a business to help unite women because we all are unique in our own special way.”
Talk about beauty from ashes! Vtessia Cosmetics currently boasts a vast product range that is practical and effective, with consistent quality to repair, heal, stimulate, replenish, restore and soothe the hair.
Here are our favourites and all you need to know about them:
- Ultra-Repair Hair Oil: Dealing with dry and brittle hair? Then this ultra-repair hair care oil is the perfect solution! A 100% natural and vegan oil, this hair-care essential helps to relieve dry and itchy scalp. It also provides hair with the natural nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong hair. It is best for repairing, replenishing and restoring and soothing hair.
- Vtessia Beard oil: This is for the men! The Vtessia beard oil is Infused with 12 nourishing and effective oils to help protect and seal in moisture for dry and coarse beards.
- Replenishing Hydrating Hair Seal: Two words that best describe this must-have hair essential are irresistibly nourishing and effective!
- Replenishing Hair Mask: This works to improve scalp health by ‘feeding’ your hair follicles and skin cells with essential vitamins and nutrients, creating the optimum environment for hair growth. If your scalp is feeling particularly under the weather, then this replenishing hair scalp mask is the ultimate scalp care redeemer.
All products from Vtessia Cosmetics are handmade, naturally derived, vegan, cruelty-free, recyclable and sustainable with a low- carbon footprint. Vicktesha hopes to create more sustainable and solution-focused products to help women embrace their natural beauty with confidence.