Hair Loss Post Pregnancy
what to expect DURING POSTPARTUM
A stunning pregnancy glow is often accentuated by lustrous, voluminous and shiny locks. Women revel in the glory of their best hair ever, except shortly after they give birth, their hair falls out in excess. The important phases in a woman’s life (puberty, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause) all have one thing in common: hormones play a major role in physical and emotional wellbeing.
Dramatic internal changes in hormones ripple outward and manifest as physical and emotional symptoms. After childbirth, hormone levels drop expeditiously and many women feel like they are powerless to their symptoms.
Postpartum is a critical phase in which women are adjusting to motherhood or the introduction of an additional child. Trying to parent your child or children and feel confident is a hard balancing act. Throw the added pressures and stress from hair loss and it’s natural to feel dispirited.
However, you are not alone, as postpartum hair loss affects 40-50% of women, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
WHAT IS POST PREGNANCY HAIR LOSS?
Women lose approximately 50-150 strands of hair every day, and this is a completely normal function of the hair growth cycle. Following childbirth, you may start to notice clumps of hair falling out or hair shedding in excess of 300+ strands a day. Hair loss is a common symptom of postpartum and generally occurs at the 2-4 month mark post-birth.
The reason you lose more strands than normal is because childbirth can shock your body into Telogen Effluvium, a hair loss issue caused by sudden changes or major life events. Your body sends a large number of hairs into the resting phase, which results in excessive shedding around 2-4 months after the precipitating event.
Symptoms of hair loss from childbirth include:
- Thinning around the temples
- Clumps of hair coming out when you brush
- Excessive strands on your clothing, bedding, pillowcase, and all around you
POST PREGNANCY HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
As unsettling and distressing as hair loss from childbirth is, it’s a temporary issue that should resolve within 6-months to 1-year after giving birth. While you adjust to motherhood and your body gradually resumes its normal functioning, it helps to have cosmetic solutions to enhance the look and feel of your hair.
You can incorporate these solutions to help you adjust during this transitional period and improve self-confidence:
- Incorporate an Anti Hair Shedding Treatment into your washing routine, which will reduce shedding and add volume and shine to your hair.
- Try a new hairstyle, or get a fresh trim to add bounce and volume to your hair. Layers add the illusion of volume and body as hair regrows. Schedule a salon appointment and ask your stylist about deep conditioning and glossing treatments that can bring moisture to hair and add shine.
- Consult with your doctor about incorporating a vitamin supplement formulated to support hair growth.
- Use a hydrating and nourishing shampoo and conditioner that’s fortified with coconut oil, which can hydrate dry and brittle hair.
- Accessorize with hats and scarves, which temporarily conceal hair thinning while your hormones neutralize and hair regrows.