Post-pregnancy hair loss
Hair loss is one of the most common phenomena occurring in women after they’ve given birth. The good news is that it lasts only a year at most. So instead of panicking that you are getting bald, learn more about the causes leading to postpartum hair loss and what measures to take to ease the process and to reduce the discomfort.
The main reason for hair loss after pregnancy is the “play” of the hormones. Usually, a person loses 100 hairs a day during bathing or grooming – these are the hairs that have undergone a period of rest after the growth period (between 5 and 15%). During pregnancy, however, the estrogen levels in the body are increased, which prolongs the active phase, delaying the phase of rest and actually makes the hair more dense and shiny.
After childbirth, the hormones balance themselves and more hairs go into the resting phase, which increases hair loss, sometimes very drastically. In some cases, the problem occurres after weaning the baby. But that does not mean that you’ll loose all of your hair. Your hair is simply returning to its normal state. And the hairs that you are losing are those that would fall in your daily procedures, anyway. Now, they just fall at once.
What you can do, while waiting for the hair loss to go away, is to make some changes in the care of your hair and scalp, so the problem bothers you as little as possible. Here's what we recommend:
- Monitor the condition of your scalp. If there is peeling, tenderness or itching, take measures, such as using a shampoo with soothing ingredients that provide the necessary amount of moisture, stimulate cell metabolism and the overall skin tone.
- It is very likely that the sebum secretion of the scalp has also been altered under the influence of the hormonal imbalance. Use a product that regulates the production of sebum and prevents the development of fungus – the main cause of dandruff.
- It would be better if your hair care product contains active ingredients, such as quinine, for example, which stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, thereby nourishing and strengthening the hair, accelerating its growth, as well.
- Avoid washing your hair too often. When you do wash it, opt for a shampoo with complex care, containing ingredients that clean and strengthen the hair follicles, in order to eliminate harmful agents that suffocate the hair.
- Try to provide additional dose of zinc and vitamins to your hair not only through food, but through the components of your hair product, too. Thus, you will help your hair form a protective shield against external aggressors that accelerate hair loss.
- When styling your hair, try not to use any styling products, heating appliances and chemicals, which further exhaust and weaken the hair.
- Consider a new haircut. Trimming the hair will refresh it and give it more volume and density. And you'll need less time for styling, too.
- Incorporate hair accessories in your daily looks. Scarves, strips and hats are a great way to conceal thinning hair and will add a colorful touch to your appearance.
Experts recommend taking measures against hair loss immediately after giving birth, and not when the problem is already present. With the use of an appropriate hair care, you have a chance to influence positively the process, as a specialized formula with active ingredients will inevitably reach the follicles and slow their fall. Thus, the imperfections will not be so obvious.