Postpartum Hair Loss: The Ultimate Survival Guide

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Sep. 16
Have you noticed hair loss or thinning after pregnancy? Don’t worry, it happens to many women and is actually super common, but it can be yet another source of anxiety and stress to deal with on top of being a new mum. Here we answer the most common questions asked about post-partum hair loss.
What is post-partum hair loss?
Post-partum is the Latin word for ‘after childbirth’ and is used to refer to the mother’s condition after childbirth. So post-partum hair loss is the loss of hair in a mother after giving birth. You may notice your hair feels thinner and more brittle than usual and you may wake up to clumps of hair on your pillow or find that it sheds more easily when you brush it.
What causes post-partum hair loss?
Post-partum hair loss is caused by the way that hormones change after pregnancy. In particular oestrogen, which prevents hair from falling out naturally. Oestrogen levels actually increase during pregnancy, which is why many women experience thicker, fuller, faster growing hair during pregnancy. However, after birth, oestrogen levels decrease as hormones start to balance out and return to normal.
How can you treat post-partum hair loss?
The good news is that once your hormone levels return to normal a few months after birth, you’ll no longer experience hair loss. But here are some tips for boosting it in the meantime.
Daily scalp massage
As everyone knows, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. Exfoliating and stimulating your scalp helps both to clear away excess oils, dead skin, and product build-up that could be blocking new hair growth, and also helps to boost blood circulation which kickstarts the growth process. Spend time massaging your scalp with your fingers while you shampoo your hair or invest in a scalp massager tool to use while you shower. There are also plenty of products designed specifically for scalp health and hair growth. Look for physically exfoliating shampoos like the Davines Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser and stimulating ingredients like ginger and caffeine.
Use styling products and accessories
Use volumising mousse and hairspray or dry shampoo to prevent roots from falling flat. Backcombing your roots and flipping your hair upside down while you dry it will also help to boost volume and give your roots noticeable lift, and playing with headbands and clips can provide a clever distraction.
Visit the salon
A pro hairdresser will tell you that there are plenty of sneaky tricks you can employ to conceal thinning roots. Getting a trim with a blunt straight finish will help to clear away any thin and straggly ends and create the illusion of thickness and volume. Likewise, try changing your parting to increase the appearance of volume and cover any sparse patches or update your colour with some highlights or balayage to create the appearance of texture and density.
Eat more protein- and iron-rich foods
A well-balanced diet is essential for healthy hair at any stage in life, but especially post-partum. Nourish your body with meals that contains plenty of protein and iron to help achieve strong and healthy hair. Protein-rich foods include chicken, fish, eggs, lentils, and chickpeas, and iron-rich foods include red meat, spinach, and almonds.
Take supplements
Supplements are another quick and easy way to help with hair growth and strength if your diet is a bit lacking in protein and iron. There are plenty of hair growth supplements on the market, but be sure to choose one that contains iron, amino acids, and biotin for best results. You should notice a difference in a few months of daily consumption.
Be gentle
Tugging and pulling at your hair will place undue stress on your roots which can weaken your hair and contribute to further fallout. Avoid tight hairstyles like high ponytails and scraped back buns and be wary of over-brushing (especially when hair is wet) and invest in a soft bristle brush which will smooth hair and remove knows without causing more damage. It’s still important to maintain regular hair washing – ideally 2-3 times a week but dont’ be too vigorous when washing hair, or use too much product. Don’t worry if it appears that you’re losing more hair when you wash it – this is regular hair loss (the average person loses 50-100 a day).
Post-partum hair loss is super comnon following pregnancy but luckily you can follow these helpful tips to minimise the problem and get your hair back on track – and enjoy your life as a new mum!
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