Dealing with Hair Loss after Pregnancy

Published On September 22, 2017 | By Paul Petersen | Hair Loss

Many moms experience hair loss after giving birth. This is normal, and not real hair loss. Dermatologists say this is temporary excessive shedding caused by a decline in estrogen levels. Since this is not permanent, you can choose to ignore it until your baby turns one since by that time your hair should have already regained its fullness. If you think that is too long and hair shedding bothers you, you can follow some tips to help you deal with it.

Why it Happens

Not all women experience hair loss after pregnancy, but doctors say it is normal and natural. It happens around three months after delivery or later for breastfeeding moms. Estrogen levels increase while you are still pregnant, and prolong the growth stage of hair. That means less hair falls out at this time, but after giving birth, hormones go back to normal and hair that should have fallen out sheds all at once. Nothing much can be done to stop this, but healthy habits can help regrowth.

Importance of Vitamins

If you notice your hairline receeding, do not be stressed, because this can worsen things. This can continue for up to 12 weeks but new hair should start to grow. If it still falls out, there might be underlying reasons such as hormonal imbalance and poor diet. Doctors emphasise the importance of a healthy, balanced diet in keeping the hair nourished. You should not lack vitamins and minerals, which can be addressed by taking supplements if necessary. Consult your dermatologist or family doctor about what you can do to make sure that your body is sufficiently nourished.

Take Care of your Scalp

Your scalp is where your hair grows, so you should not forget about it. As part of a healthy hair routine, you can massage your scalp to boost blood flow. You can do a kneading motion for two to three minutes in the morning. There are nourishing treatments you can use as part of your daily routine, such as scalp tonics or scalp concentrates. Try hydrating shampoos if your scalp is tight.

Helpful Tips

Since hair loss after pregnancy is supposed to be temporary, there are things you can do to deal with it. Use volumizing shampoo to make your hair look fuller. Avoid conditioning shampoos that tend to make hair look limp. Instead, use a conditioner for fine hair, because it contains a lighter formula. Do not apply conditioner on the hair ends because it can weaken the hair. Try new hairstyles that will make your hair look fuller. Shorter hair is better when dealing with shedding hair because it is easier to manage.

Postpartum hair shedding is normal, but if some other reasons lead to permanent hair loss, there are treatments to help bring back your crowning glory. You might have heard of scalp micropigmentation, which is a medical hairline tattoo that uses safe, natural pigments. These pigments are applied to the second layer of the scalp’s epidermis, replicating and blending with the hair follicles. Skalp is not just for men, but also for women bothered by hair loss.

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