What is postpartum hair loss?
Isn't it amazing to give birth to a child of your own? Well, childbirth presents good news to the mother, but sometimes this joy never lasts for long because of the postpartum hair loss. So what exactly is postpartum hair loss? Let's dive into a little bit of science here to help you understand the underlying concepts of this issue.
In many ways, pregnancy causes some hormonal imbalance in the body of the mother. During pregnancy, your hair will remain in a continuous state of growth or transition thus it becomes much thicker because it doesn't fall at this time. About 2-3 months after delivery, your hair will resume falling out quite suddenly, and all the hair that hadn't fallen during pregnancy will fall at this stage. Be assured that this is normal and most importantly, a temporary situation, although you should take care of your hair as you wait for the normal hair growth sequence to kick off again.
What you need to know about postpartum hair loss
You should not freak out. This is not going to make you bald. Whatever happens, take comfort throughout this period, keeping in mind that by the time the baby blows his first candle of birthday all your catch-up hair loss will be finished.
Helpful tips to help you deal with postpartum hair loss
These tips can help you prevent extensive hair loss or in some way, help you maintain your good look while waiting on the transition hair to fall out altogether
- Get a new haircut
Why don't you pay a visit to a professional stylist? Cutting your hair a little bit can help incorporate those fine hairs in the front. Many hair stylists have argued that if you had a long hair or locks that came down to the chin in the front, you may consider shortening it in the front. You can add a few more styles to it like making it short in the front, longer in the sides and also short in the middle.
- Try hair ornaments
This is the ultimate time you would want to use those headbands, scarves, and bandanas that you wouldn't use the other times. The trick here is to disguise hair loss. Make it look like a normal hair style. And besides, these beautiful ornaments are usually popular with most new mothers who don't have much time devoted to the hair care.
- Maintain the hair in a moist condition
Trying specific right hair products will give you the illusion of fullness. Rush to the drugstore and get a mousse. Use products that leave the hair moisturized and for a long time. Make sure that you use a leave-in hair moisturizer after shampooing.
- Dye the hair
Coloring the hair is always a great idea in making it look uniform and unchanged. If you feel that your hairline is drawing back then highlighting the front can act as a disguise to it.
- Put in some more texture
Ordinary straight hairstyles make thinning of the hair more obvious. If you are the type that has to blow out their curly hair, this can be the time you go a bit natural. Instead, use rollers that can give the locks some oomph.
- Be gentle with the hair
The hair is super delicate in this period of time and vulnerable to almost anything that you will use on it. Be gentler to prevent excessive hair loss. Shampoo only when necessary, use wide-toothed comb to minimize tangling and of course, don't pull your hair so tight.
- Keep the ends trimmed
Hair loss starts at the ends. Keeping them trimmed makes the rest of the hair healthier. However, don't overdo the trimming! This makes the situation even worse.
- Avoid heating your hair
You can sacrifice many hairstyles in this period of time so as to achieve your fullness in a few months’ time. Using heating tools on your hair like dryers can cause damage and increase the hair loss.
- Stay stress-free
That's right! Stress can actually increase the rate of hair loss. This is because stress causes the hair follicles to go into a resting state.
- Check on your diet
We are what we eat. Make sure your diet has the right foods. For instance, eat much of proteins (hair is made up of protein by the way), iron, fruits and vegetables since they help with the maintenance of hair follicles.
Postpartum hair loss is a normal thing. It will soon pass and your normal hair growth will start again. So observe the tips above to ensure that the rate of the hair loss is kept in the right proportions. However, talk to your practitioner if the hair loss is at an alarming rate. It could even be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis if it is accompanied by other symptoms.