When talking about pregnancy and everything that comes with it, people talk about mood swings, stretch marks, nausea, and so forth. But not a lot of people talk about one particular thing that comes after giving birth: postpartum hair loss.
One theAsianparent Community user, alarmed at the rate she was losing hair after giving birth, turned to the community for help.
The community’s response was one of reassurance and understanding: postpartum hair loss is totally normal.
What can you read in this article?
- Postpartum hair fall
- Thinning hair after pregnancy
- Postpartum hair loss treatment
Thinning hair after pregnancy
A few months after having a baby, many new women notice considerable hair loss. This is quite natural, and it isn’t actual hair loss. Excessive hair shedding is the term dermatologists use to describe this condition. Falling estrogen levels cause increased shedding.
The good news is that this excessive shedding is only temporary, and there is little you can do about it. By the first birthday of their kid, most women’s hair has returned to its original fullness. Many women restore normal fullness even before they reach menopause.
If your hair has not returned to its original fullness after a year, you should consult a dermatologist. It’s possible that something else is causing your hair to fall out. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, and an accurate diagnosis is necessary for efficient therapy.
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1. Hormonal changes cause postpartum hair loss
“This is just a phase as your hormones try to regulate back to pre-pregnancy,” Aki K. wrote. “It will be over soon.”
Medical experts agree with Aki: our estrogen levels decline after giving birth, causing hair loss. “This usually starts the third or fourth postpartum and ends by six months,” Dr. Joanne Stone tells Parents. “This temporary hair loss doesn’t mean you’re deficient in nutrition or vitamins, says Dr. Stone. It’s simply hormonal.”
Your hormone levels restore to pre-pregnancy levels after you deliver your kid. The decrease in estrogen causes your hair to return to its normal growth, rest, and fall out cycle.
A substantial amount of your hair will immediately enter the resting phase. The hairs have completed their resting period and are beginning to come out some months later.
Postpartum hair loss is obvious since it exceeds the normal daily hair loss of 100 hairs. Telogen effluvium, or excessive shedding, is the technical term for this form of hair loss.
Hormone variations in postpartum women cause more strands of hair to reach the resting stage than typical, only to fall out a few weeks later. You might notice that you’re losing up to 300 hairs per day.
Postpartum hair loss treatment
If you’re worried about how your thinning hair looks, Parents recommends doing these things to deal with this temporary hair loss:
1. Make your hair look fuller with volumizing products and texture
Hair thickeners or mousse can make your hair look fuller, so you can see if these work for you. Now is also a good time to embrace your curls, if your hair’s naturally curly or wavy. If you have straight hair, try adding texture with rollers or a curling iron.
It’s a case of trial and error when it comes to finding the best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair. There isn’t a single component that distinguishes one volumizing shampoo or conditioner for fine hair from another.
Here’s what dermatologists recommend using and avoiding:
- Use a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.
- Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
- Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.
- Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hair.
- Avoid conditioners labeled “intensive conditioners.” These are too heavy.
2. Get a haircut
Postpartum hair loss is more noticeable if you have longer hair. “You can have a hair cut or style your hair so that the bald spots won’t be too obvious,” wrote Ester E. on theAsianparent Community.
3. Dye your hair
Dark-haired moms can lighten their locks to camouflage their receding hairline. (There hasn’t been a lot of research done on the effects of using hair dye while breastfeeding, but according to NHS, it’s “very unlikely” that the chemicals in hair dye will enter your bloodstream and your breast milk.)
4. Part your hair another way
Changing the way you part your hair is an effective way to hide postpartum hair loss.
Try wearing scarves, headbands, hats, and so forth. This is a quick and easy way to hide thinning hair, and you’ve got tons of options at your disposal.
Postpartum hair fall is not permanent
Hair loss increases after having a baby, however, this does not mean you will lose your hair permanently. Over time, your hair should return to its normal growth patterns. By the time your child is a year old, you can expect your hair to be as full at the roots as it usually is. The new hairs that grow will, however, be shorter than the existing hairs on your head.
You should consult your doctor if your hair continues to thin or does not appear to be growing back. Another health problem, such as anemia or a thyroid problem, could be causing hair loss.
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