Have you ever seen a pregnant woman with a luscious set of locks only to lose a chunk of it after delivery? This is what’s called postpartum hair loss after pregnancy. Many moms and moms-to-be pray and hope to skip the whole postpartum hair loss journey. Some would go great lengths to avoid it altogether, and others are lucky not to experience it at all. We know postpartum hair loss and hair shedding isn’t easy to deal with. It’s hard not to panic at the sight of clumps of hair (that aren’t on your head!), especially if you don’t know when it’s going to stop or how to deal with it. Here we’ve explained the causes of hair loss after pregnancy, and how to prevent and treat it post-baby.
How to Treat and Prevent Hair Loss After Pregnancy
Causes of postpartum hair loss
During pregnancy, your hormones prolong the anagen phase—a hair growth phase also known as the “growing phase”—which lasts about two to seven years and determines the overall length of your hair. Since pregnancy extends the anagen phase, the hair that you’re supposed to transition to the catagen stage is held up (and sorry this is without ransom, no negotiations here). To put it briefly, instead of losing the average amount of 100 hair strands per day, the lovely anagen phase holds onto your hair, which is why some women experience thicker hair during pregnancy. Sounds lovely, right? After delivery, the hair from the anagen phase goes directly to the telogen phase, which results in a gnarly amount of shedding. Hair loss after pregnancy can last up to a year, which sounds very stressful to deal with mentally. Luckily, there are ways to prevent the extreme casualties and treat this issue.
Preventing postpartum hair loss
As always, prevention is better than cure, right? But how does one actually prevent postpartum hair loss? While you must keep in mind that this is strictly hormonal; preventing having to deal with the worst of it may be simpler than you think. For one, you can avoid wearing your hair in tight hairstyles which can create tension on your scalp, and you can also employ vitamins to support hair growth. Supplements such as zinc, Vitamin E and biotin can help maintain healthy hair growth, but as always, consult with your physician first before using.
Regrowing hair after postpartum hair loss
After your beautiful baby arrives, you may experience postpartum hair loss. As mentioned previously, this can last for up to a year. To promote proper regrowth of hair, get an adequate amount of rest whenever possible, maintain a healthy diet and employ nutritional or prenatal supplements into your wellness routine to prevent any further shedding. You should also try some scalp massages help relieve stress which is also a culprit of postpartum hair loss.
Postpartum hair loss hairstyles
Keep your hair loosely styled and easy to manage. As busy as you may be at this point with your new bundle of joy, this will work in your favor. Try not to brush too frequently and stay away from chemical treatments, as these can tug hair out even more. Loose braid hairstyles like French braids or loose tousled buns are easy to do and require little to no styling commitment on a day-to-day basis from a new mom. And not to mention, babies love to pull hair, don’t they? These hairstyles are pulled away from the face, and won’t be the center of attention for the oh-so-curious kiddo!
Have you experienced postpartum hair loss? How are you preventing hair loss after pregnancy?