If you’ve recently had a baby and you notice that more hair is falling out than usual – don’t panic. It is normal, and the condition is called postpartum hair loss.
You’re not imagining things, and you are definitely not alone. After giving birth, women can lose about 400 strands of hair per day, and this continues until about six months after the child has been born. This affects up to 50% of women after childbirth.
Let’s talk about what causes this condition and what you can do to help reduce your levels of postpartum hair loss:
What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss?
During pregnancy, the rise in your levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones makes your hair thicker and fuller. This is because more hair follicles go into a “resting” phase during pregnancy, so fewer follicles are shedding their hair strands.
The normal (non-pregnancy) hair cycle is growth, resting, shedding, and back to growth again, with various rates and schedules at various areas of your scalp. But while you’re pregnant, you’re likely to have a longer resting phase for many of your hair follicles. They will hold onto their hair strands and not shed them.
Therefore, several months after you give birth to your baby, your hair is likely to go through a greater-than-normal shedding phase that was held up during the pregnancy. This heightened shedding stage may last for a number of months.
How Can I Prevent Hair Loss After Pregnancy?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help minimize postpartum hair loss, such as the following:
Keep Taking Prenatal Vitamins
Even after having your baby, continue to take your prenatal vitamins to keep your hair as healthy as possible. The vitamins you need are vitamin B complex, biotin, vitamin E, iron, vitamin C, and zinc.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
This includes following a nutrient-rich diet and exercising regularly. If you do experience noticeable postpartum hair loss, your hair will eventually leave the shedding phase and enter a new growth phase – so your body will need plenty of nutrients for recovery.
Only Shampoo When Necessary
You can help prevent excessive hair loss during this period by being gentle with your hairstyling products and cleansers. Keep shampoo use at a minimum, and get a good conditioner and condition your hair well.
To detangle, use a wide-tooth comb to minimize pulling at the roots. After washing your hair, refrain from brushing it when wet, and towel-dry your hair as gently as possible.
Use Light Hair Accessories
Instead of using hair ties and rubber bands, switch to silk scrunchies during this period. Avoid putting your hair up in a tight ponytail. If you do tie your hair, aim for a loose tie, and use barrettes to keep stray hairs away from your face.
Avoid Heat-Styling Tools
Heat is very damaging to your hair, so try not to use blow dryers and hair irons. Air drying should be sufficient during this period, and only minimal blow-drying if necessary.
Postpartum Hair Loss Treatment in New Jersey
If you’ve experienced extensive postpartum hair loss, Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey can help restore the thinning areas of your hair. Our team of medical hair restoration experts can use a combination of treatment methods to help restore your hair after you’ve had a baby.
From supplements to PRP injections to robot-assisted hair transplant surgery, we can help you get back a full head of hair. Our goal is to help you have strong, thick, beautiful hair that makes you feel confident!
If you have any questions about our hair restoration services or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our team at (732) 780-9191 or request an appointment via our online form. We look forward to hearing from you!