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Postpartum Hair Loss

WHAT IS POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS?

You are a mother, and your body has just conducted life’s most organic and evolutionary biological impulse: to create life. But along with that miracle may come a hair loss condition new moms don't want - Postpartum Alopecia. Excessive hair shedding can come as a shock after enjoying your glorious, thick, and shiny pregnancy hair. After childbirth, you may start to notice clumps of hair falling out, thinning around the temples, dulled shine, and less-than-desirable volume. Why does hair transition from maximum health, bounciness, and shine into a thin, stringy variation of its former glory? Postpartum Alopecia is the condition of hair loss after having a baby and is due to significant adjustments or imbalances of hormones. 

what causes postpartum hair loss?

During pregnancy, your body secretes high levels of the pregnancy hormone, hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), along with estrogen, oxytocin, prolactin, and progesterone. This hormone cocktail creates that signature “pregnancy glow,” when women experience dewy, soft skin and luxurious locks. Unfortunately, this phase is short-lived and most of these remarkable features dissipate after giving birth. Hormone levels rapidly drop, and a side effect of this catastrophic shift is postpartum hair loss. This contrast is especially disheartening, considering that many women experience less daily shedding during pregnancy. The result of preserved strands over a 9-month pregnancy is sizable, clumpy hair loss around 2-4 months after delivering your child.

As a mother, one thing you don’t have time to worry about is hair loss. Still, Postpartum Alopecia is troubling and stressful. With the right answers, solutions, and time, your hair will reclaim its natural shape and body.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS

Not all women will experience hair shedding after pregnancy. Additionally, you may experience hair loss after one pregnancy and have no trouble after another. Women with hair loss after childbirth encounter large clumps of hair falling out while washing or brushing hair. You may also notice an accumulation of hair strands on your pillow. One of the surest signs of postpartum hair loss is hair thinning around the temples. If you’re unsure if your hair loss is from childbirth or other reasons, consult with your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options.

POSTPARTUM ALOPECIA DIAGNOSIS

There are two conditions associated with post pregnancy hair loss, and your medical doctor can diagnose either one.

Postpartum Alopecia

A form of excessive hair shedding affecting women 2-4 months after childbirth, caused by extreme shifts in the secretion of hormones that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle.

Telogen Alopecia

A hair loss condition triggered by major life events, including childbirth. Physical trauma shocks the body, drops estrogen levels, and shifts hair into Telogen Effluvium, the sudden onset of excessive hair shedding.

POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS TREATMENT

It is challenging to prevent postpartum hair shedding because hormonal changes are completely natural. Fortunately, there are many options to help your hair transition back to its bouncy, healthy form. Hair should return to its normal growth cycle within 6-12 months after childbirth. However, the waiting game can diminish self-esteem and confidence. While your hormones recalibrate, postpartum shedding will slowly subside. In the meantime, the following solutions can help you retain hair and boost volume, body and shine.

In the meantime, the following solutions can help you retain hair and boost volume, body and shine.

Use an anti hair shedding treatment, like INTACT, before washing to reduce hair shedding by 77%, and add volume and shine.

Use a hydrating and nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Products fortified with coconut oil can provide much-needed hydration to hair follicles.

• Get a trim to rejuvenate hair strands with bouncy life. Layers add the illusion of volume and body as hair regrows.

Maintain a healthy diet full of antioxidants and nutrient-rich proteins, vegetables, fruits, and omega fatty acids. You can also consult with your doctor about adding a supplement formulated to support healthier hair.

Play around with scarves and hats that temporarily hide hair thinning while your hormones neutralize and hair regrows.

Consult with your stylist about natural styling options, deep conditioning, and glossing treatments that will rehydrate hair and enhance shine.