Postpartum hair loss is a struggle all new mothers will have to face. Some worst than others. And although it is a normal part of postpartum healing, it can be a little troublesome for some women. You might see posts on how to avoid it but the reality of it is, it is going to happen regardless.
During pregnancy, your body increases estrogen production which happens to freeze your hair in the resting phase. Hair goes through 3 phases (growth, resting and transition) and this resting phase allows for your hair to avoid the shedding cycle giving you a thicker mane.
After birth, your estrogen levels decrease and your hair returns to it’s normal growth cycle. Which means all this extra hair you were holding on to will now fall out.
Although there is not much you can do to stop this from happening, there are a few tips that can help slow down the process or make it seem less frightening. After a few months the hair loss will slow down and return to it’s normal shedding pattern.
In some cases, if the hair loss seems excessive or doesn’t slow down, there could be the potential for underlying issues related to hormone imbalances and thyroid function.
Here are a few tips to help you get through this phase of motherhood:
1. Avoid tight hairdos or ponytails. These can pull on the hair and increase the hair loss. Instead, go for breads or loose buns.
2. Avoid washing your hair everyday
(Like there is time for that anyways haha) The washing itself isn’t the issue, although lengthening the amount of time between wash is beneficial for your scalp, but combing your tangled hair and blow drying will also increase the hair loss rate.
3. When combing your hair, try using a wide tooth comb or your fingers over a brush.
4. Add collagen to your diet. Collagen is known to promote hair and nail growth and skin regeneration. You can find it in bone broth or get a supplement to add yo your smoothies or coffee.
5. Supplement with biotin. Hair loss is often link to biotin deficiency, so supplementation can help thicken hair and stimulate growth.
6. Balancing your hormones! Estrogen dominance, which is super common after birth, can contribute to hair loss. Dietary changes can be made to help your hormones adjusts.
Hopefully these tips can be helpful to make the hair loss seem less frightening and remember it should slow down after a few months.