Hair grows gloriously during pregnancy. We often get to enjoy fuller, longer tresses. But in the months following birth, the hair we’ve been fawning over seems to turn on us. The texture may change, dryness that wasn’t there before may become a problem, and seemingly excess shedding may occur. Only women who have actually experienced pregnancy can understand how much their bodies, hormones, and systems changed in preparation for giving birth. Hormone levels decrease, your body starts resuming its previous shape, and things that were put on hold while you were pregnant get back to normal operation. This includes your hair. Inevitably, about 75% of women who give birth will notice hair loss about 3-4 months later. The added stress and sleepless nights can, of course, cause the loss of even more hair fall. If you’re experiencing the same thing, you may consider getting hair extensions to add length and volume to your hair.
About Postpartum Hair Loss
During pregnancy, various hormones like estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin and prolactin increase quite a bit. Immediately after birth, those hormones levels drop drastically including estrogen and progesterone which are hormones that play a role in hair growth and hair loss. High levels of estrogen during pregnancy prevented your usual rate of hair loss of about 80-100 hairs a day. Because of a sudden drop in hormone levels after birth, your hair is making up for lost time and falling out faster and in much bigger clumps than normal. Often this problem is misdiagnosed and stated to be related to breast feeding. Based on the clients served by Luxe Micro, they say that the real cause for post pregnancy hair loss lies with a pregnancy hormone and hair growth schedule.
Shedding and breakage are the most commonly experienced issues postpartum. It is important to know that some shedding is normal and cannot be prevented. This is because your hair did not shed as much during your pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Once those hormones settle back to normal, some of that hair must be shed. Shedding can be minimized, by frequent scalp massages and tea rinses. Both increase blood circulation to the scalp which creates healthy hair follicles. For most women, the hair loss should be back to normal shedding amounts by about 6 months postpartum but could take until the 12-month mark.
Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss
There are a few things you can do to minimize the hair loss.
Drink more water
Drinking water will help make your hair stronger and grow faster, which is especially helpful when you keep losing so dang much every day. Plus there are like 1,000 other benefits to drinking more water, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
Use a Natural, Toxin-Free Shampoo
Choose your shampoo and other hair products carefully. Shampoos that have an abundance of chemicals and harmful toxins can be harsh on your scalp and actually accelerate hair loss after pregnancy. To avoid such a scenario, it’s best to use a shampoo that’s natural and free of toxic chemicals. Shampoos containing biotin or silica can help your hair health to grow along with stimulating follicle growth.
Just because you aren’t pregnant anymore, don’t stop taking prenatal vitamins or, at the very least, take a multivitamin every day. Think about taking fish oil, flax seed oil or through the consumption of seafood. Eating enough protein, iron, Vitamin C, Omega-3 and other vitamins and minerals will help your hair be stronger, less likely to break, and even grow faster. And you’ll feel better, too. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables, which contain flavonoids and antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth. You should read this great Juara Skinare post on aging hands and skin to understand the right products that can be used.
Having a baby takes it’s toll on both the body and mind. After child birth the mother becomes exposed to various stress and depression related feelings. Stress causes major hair fall and reduction in thickness.
Be Gentle to Your Hair
Use a wide-toothed comb to untangle your hair extra-gently instead of a brush. Also, avoid blow dryers, straighteners, and curlers as much as possible. Let your hair air dry instead. Also, hair is fragile when wet so do not wrap your wet hair in a towel on top of your head.
Take a Biotin Supplement
Biotin is famous for making hair and nails grow faster and stronger, so taking a little every day can help with postpartum hair loss. If you’re breastfeeding, check with your doctor first.
During pregnancy the scalp gets quite delicate. So, avoid keeping long hair or any hair style that cause any downward pull or stretch on the hair. So, go for short hair cuts. Also trim the split ends which are responsible for unhealthy hair.
If you think you have excessive postpartum hair loss, you should totally go see a medical professional. It’s rare for it to be severe, but if you really are seeing massive bald spots or massive clumps of hair every day for months. Seek a medical opinion on your hair loss. Pregnancy puts lots of hormones out of whack and it may be affecting your thyroid or be a symptom of anemia. So ask to have blood tests done.