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Dealing with Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss
by Jane Meggitt
After nine months, baby has finally arrived. You expected some sleepless nights and fatigue during the day post-pregnancy, but you didn’t plan on losing large amounts of hair. Don’t panic – your hair loss results from the change of hormones after pregnancy. Your hair will eventually return to its former glory – but for now, you must deal with thinning and possible bald spots.
Postpartum Hair Loss
When you’re pregnant, your body is full of estrogen. This hormone protects against hair loss, so the hair of pregnant women often looks thicker and fuller than usual. Once baby comes, estrogen levels drop off significantly. Within two months of giving birth, many new mothers start shedding. Figure on dealing with this condition for the next several months. By the time you’re celebrating your child’s first birthday, your shedding should stop and your hair returns to its normal state.
New Hair Care Routine
Changing to a different hair care regimen during this phase of your life can help minimize the appearance of hair loss. Use a volumizing shampoo to make your hair appear fuller. Take it easy on conditioner, since these products tend to make hair look less full. If your hair really requires conditioning, just use conditioner on the roots, not the rest of your strands. Wash your hair only when necessary.
If your hair loss is noticeable, temporarily changing your hairstyle can disguise the thinning or bald patches. Ask your hairdresser for recommendations. Layering can add fullness, as can the use of volumizing mousse. Hair loss is usually most apparent when women part their hair in the middle. Try a side part for a while to conceal thinning hair. Since you don’t have the time you formerly did to take care of your hair, consider a short, easy-care cut.
Avoid tying your hair back in a tight ponytail or bun. The constant tension on the hair exacerbates hair loss. Attractive hats or scarves also hide hair loss when you’re out and about. Strategically placed hair ornaments can also help disguise thin areas.
If you aren’t already taking biotin for your hair, skin and nails, now is the time to try it. Also known as vitamin B7, biotin provides nourishment for thinning hair and strengthens brittle, easily broken locks. Ask your doctor about continuing to take our prenatal vitamins during this period. Their high levels of nutrients may help, but stop taking them once your hair starts growing back in.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!