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Coping with Postpartum Hair Loss

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Postpartum hair loss is the sudden shedding of the hair. This usually occurs within twelve months of giving birth.

We caught up with trichologist Demi Griffiths of Midlands Trichology to get to the root issue of postpartum hair loss and some tips for dealing with it…

On average, we lose around 100 hairs a day. When pregnant, eostrogen levels rise, and so your hair can feel thicker, look healthier and grow faster. After giving birth those levels drop to return to normal, but this can then lead to hair shedding. This can range from mild shedding to excessive for some, and can result in the hair feeling much thinner, losing its density and the scalp becoming more visible in general.

How long does postpartum hair loss last?

The one thing you don’t need to panic about is that postpartum hair loss doesn’t mean you are going bald, it is only a temporary phase. Postpartum hair loss usually corrects itself in time, but some ladies look at treatment to help to replace the hair that has been lost.

 

Tips for dealing with postpartum hair loss…
  • Eat well ensuring the body is receiving plenty of nutrients and protein. For many ladies, nutrient levels can drop particularly iron post childbirth so it may be beneficial to see a Trichologist and have bloods looked at to obtain a tailored supplement plan. This will address any low or deficient levels which will significantly help in slowing down the shedding. 
  • Treat the hair with care, trying to reduce any heat appliances or tight hairstyles to reduce tension. Use good products particularly conditioner if the hair feels dry or brittle.
  • Take a break from chemical-based treatments. Put off any highlights, perms, and straightening sessions until the shedding stops, but do keep on top of regular haircuts.
  • If your hair loss is excessive or concerning, it is important to seek help from a professional trichologist to rule out any other contributing factors or causes.