Postpartum Hair Loss: causes and solutions

Postpartum hair loss

“After I had my first baby, I started getting postpartum hair shedding, which is totally normal. When you’re pregnant you retain all your hair and it’s shiny and thick and lovely, and then once you give birth it starts to shed. It can seem quite extreme because you haven’t been shedding your hair naturally over time like you would when you’re not pregnant, but it’s totally normal.

I was expecting the shedding, but after three to four months, the hair loss was becoming really concentrated in certain areas. The crown of my head and the sides of my hair had fallen out and it was very noticeable when I went to the doctors, they assumed that because I’d had a baby that it was just the usual shedding.

I saw three or four doctors because I wasn’t happy with their diagnosis. Because I’m black, doctors assumed my hair was falling out because of bad hair practices like wearing tight braids or a weave which couldn’t have been more off the mark. At the time I was a hair blogger and really into holistic hair treatments, not to mention I’d never had braids or a weave”.

Gina Knight, Professional Musician

American actress, Selma Blair also began to experience postpartum hair loss after she gave birth to her son, Arthur, in 2011. “This is so not glamorous, but it’s true: I need to take longer showers so that I can collect the hair that falls out and throw it away so I don’t clog the drain. Why do actresses never talk about that?” Blair told People. “It just started falling out at the three-month mark. And I’m not a girl who likes extensions, so Selma’s going to be bald!”

Selma Blair, Actress

How the Hair Growth Cycle works:

“All hair has a growth phase, termed anagen, and a resting phase, telogen.

On the scalp, anagen lasts approximately 3 years, while telogen lasts roughly 3 months, although there can be wide variation in these times between individuals. During telogen, the resting hair remains in the follicle until it is pushed out by the growth of a new anagen hair”.

Normally, around 85-95% of your hair is in the growth phase at any point in time, but the hormonal changes during pregnancy stimulate an increase in the percentage of hairs in the growth phase. As a result, many women enjoy thicker hair during pregnancy, as more hairs than normal are growing and fewer than normal are resting/shedding.

With the birth of your baby (and the hormonal changes that accompany birth), a larger number of hairs than normal enter the resting phase. Since the resting phase is followed by hair shedding (and regrowth), new mothers will experience greater than normal hair loss once the resting phase ends.

Postpartum hair loss commonly starts around three months after birth. The amount of time between childbirth and the onset of shedding corresponds to the length of the resting phase of hair growth (between 1 and 6 months, with an average of three months). The hair loss can seem more extreme if your hair grew much more than normal during pregnancy, or if you have long hair. Most women will return to their usual hair growth cycle within six months, or between 6 and 12 months after birth.

If you feel that your hair loss is greater than the norm, or if things are not back to normal by the time your baby is 12 months old, then see your doctor. Excessive hair loss can be caused by common and easy-to-remedy postpartum conditions such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) or iron-deficiency anemia.

What can you do while you wait for your hair to return to its normal growth cycle?

Postpartum hair loss: solutions

It’s normal for your hair to thin out after pregnancy. Unfortunately, there is nothing that has been shown to prevent or slow postpartum hair loss. If your hair loss is bothering you, there are treatments you can try to make your hair appear fuller and healthier.

Skip the styling

Eat well

Take your vitamins

Regrow Hair Centre uses HR23+ as its main supplier of vitamins designed to regrow hair which includes all of the vital ingredients like Biotin, Vitamin C, and Saw Palmento – in fact, HR23+ uses 23 key ingredients designed to help with your hair loss, 90% of users noticed visible results.

Some studies suggest that biotin or vitamin H could be useful in treating hair loss. Biotin is used to build hair, skin, and nails and the study says that if combined with zinc, it can help lower DHT.

Use volumizing shampoo

The Regrow Centre has its own branded hair loss shampoo and conditioner that help clean the scalp effectively, cleanse hair thoroughly, and restore its natural beauty.

Shampoo 250ml Key ingredients:

Conditioner 250ml Key ingredients:

Written by Khuram Abbas Raja for The Regrow Hair Centre.

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