HAIR LOSS AFTER PREGNANCY
At VIVANDI Trichology Center, we receive many women suffering from hair loss post pregnancy or what is called as Post-Partum Hair Loss. First of all if you are experiencing hair loss, please don’t panic as you are no different than millions of other women all around the globe. During pregnancy your hormones behave erratically and one of the best things about pregnancy is that many women experience thicker hair. This is primarily because the hair does not normally shed during pregnancy so your hair will feel and look thicker than usual because it is. Now, keep reading to find out what causes hair loss after pregnancy, what you can do about it, and how long to expect it to last.
At any given time, 90% of your hair is growing, and 10% of your hair is in what is known as the resting phase or telogen phase. The decline in hormones as your body returns to normal after giving birth will likely cause you to experience hair loss after pregnancy. This hair loss should not be enough to produce any bald spots or create any unwanted issues with appearance. Even when not pregnant or post-partum, we lose a lot of hair as a normal part of our daily life. We shed around 50-150 strands of hair per day. However, if you experience excessive hair loss beyond the normal rate, it’s always advisable to get it checked and diagnosed by a specialist or a Hair Expert promptly. If you lose a lot of hair during pregnancy, this is most possibly due to a vitamin deficiency. Any hair loss after pregnancy should decrease and return to normal within three to four months, when your body resumes a normal hormone cycle. Remember, the hair you would normally lose during your pregnancy (that your body is holding on to as a result of the hormones) may fall out all at once after pregnancy as the hormones work to return to their normal levels.
In the meantime, if you are having difficulty coping with any hair loss post pregnancy, try keep these important things in mind.
Eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables that are packed with vitamins to promote hair growth and healthy follicles. Foods rich in fiber and antioxidants encourage and promote healthy hair growth.
If you must absolutely blow dry your hair, make sure that your hair is about 80% dry before you start– never blow dry wet hair as it will cause more heat damage and always use the cooler setting.
Be gentle when your hair is wet, because this is the most fragile state your hair can be in. Using brushes or combing the hair vigorously will lead to breakage. Using products such as leave in mist on your wet hair before brushing will help decrease any tension and knotting.
If possible, wear your hair down and loose, rather than up in a tight ponytail or any style that pulls on the hair and creates stress and tension on it. Traction alopecia is caused by this.
Supplement your diet with good vitamins like A, B6, B12, and zinc to promote the health of the hair follicle.
Use shampoos and conditioners that are mild and contain ingredients like biotin and silica to strengthen your hair. Book yourself in for a scalp detoxification – like a scalp facial – to thoroughly cleanse the scalp that will encourage healthy hair growth.
The important to remember is that most cases of hair loss after pregnancy are not uncommon and you should not try to worry, as stress can be a contributing factor to hair loss. Enjoy your time with your new baby, eat well, get as much sleep as possible and enjoy being a mother – your hair will return back to normal in a few months after. A bit of patience and extra care can help you get through this unpleasant time.
If you are suffering from post-partum hair loss and needs to get it checked, you can call 04-335 3336 to speak to our clinic about a consultation with our board certified Hair Expert. You may also email info@VIVANDI Trichology.com for inquiries.