Pregnancy And Post Pregnancy Hair Changes – What Can I Do?
Every woman experiences different changes to their hair during pregnancy. While some women get the fullness and volume they’ve always dreamed of, others struggle with hair loss. Unfortunately, pregnancy and post pregnancy hair changes are very common, but can be stressful.
What may feel like a worrying amount of hair loss, is in reality your hair going back to a normal cycle of production and loss.
For those who are experiencing a less than full head of hair, never fear! With the fluctuation of your hormones during and after pregnancy, it’s very likely that your hair is staying in a resting stage for a longer time than normal. This means that instead of shedding the usual 100-150 strands per day, your head is holding on to hair a lot longer. The short-term bonus is that this gives you the maximum volume you’ve always desired, but is followed by a hyperactive period of shedding. What may feel like a worrying amount of hair loss, is in reality your hair going back to a normal cycle of production and loss.
It can take up to 6 months after giving birth for your hormone levels to regulate. Be patient!
It can take up to 6 months after giving birth for your hormone levels to regulate. Be patient! The hair loss is the result of your cells returning to their normal rate and shedding all of that hair that has built up over the last 9 months. You may notice the most hair loss while washing and brushing, and it can be quite alarming.
Tips to ease the post baby hair crisis:
Bangs will help mask baby hair regrowth around your hairline. If you are not a fan of bangs, consider changing your hair part – a side sweep can have the same effect without needing to take scissors to your locks.
Brushing hair in the morning/night will aid in proper shedding.
See your doc
Checking with your family doctor to see if you are anemic. This may cause greater hair loss.
Have a weekly blowout, during this time it can really ease the mind to have a professional help you track your hair loss, and give you a style that makes you feel glamorous.
Use a volumizing mousse or product when styling to maximize your volume.
Speak to your physician about taking Biotin, a natural supplement for hair thinning. This may not be recommended during breast feeding.
Maintain a healthy diet to promote maximum hair growth and strength.
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