Most new mothers see noticeable hair loss a few months after the birth. Plus, the usual hair loss delayed during pregnancy may happen all at once.
On average, women lose 100 strands per day from a total of 100,000 follicles – but after giving birth, you might find you’re losing much more than that. Known as postpartum hair loss, this is normal, temporary, and due to falling estrogen levels, plus the fact that normal hair shedding (strands in the “telogen” phase) has been on hold during pregnancy. By the way, watch out for hair tourniquets – when a fallen strand gets tightly wrapped around baby’s fingers.
Your hair should return to normal fullness by your child’s first birthday or earlier. Until then, here are some effective ways to cope with this kind of hair loss:
Wise hair care choices
Finding the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair is vital. Volumizing shampoos are a great idea, but over-application of conditioner may also weigh down the hair so it appears thinner. Home remedies such as olive oil nourish the scalp, yet can often leave your hair feeling greasy.
If you seek more effective results, ask your pharmacist about alternative treatment possibilities. One product they may recommend is Aminexil Clinical 5, a hair loss treatment designed by Vichy. After continued use, 96% of hair-loss sufferers found hair loss minimized. Worth trying?
Avoid styles that pull and stress your hair, such as tight updos or weaves. If you use a blow dryer, flip to the cool setting, and avoid combing wet hair, as it’s more prone to breakage in this state. Just a little more attention during your hair styling routine does wonders !
Nourishment from within
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins, flavonoids and antioxidants to nourish hair follicles and encourage growth. Vitamin B7, along with minerals Zinc and Silica are renowned supplements for boosting hair health and volume, taken in appropriate doses.
De-stress on the go
The lack of sleep and emotional concern for your baby are hugely stressful, which can certainly worsen postpartum hair loss. You may not have time for daily meditative yoga, but check out some Youtube tutorials for abdominal breathing techniques that can be practiced anytime – even while nursing!