How to Deal with Postpartum Hair Loss

Every woman wants a pregnant woman’s hair. It grows like crazy, it’s full, and it’s shiny. It’s basically the textbook definition of healthy hair. If you’ve ever been pregnant, you have likely experienced this phenomenon. However, you may have experienced a different phenomenon after giving birth: hair loss.

Don’t freak out: you aren’t going bald. You actually lose hair all of the time, although it doesn’t happen as fast. When you are pregnant, your higher estrogen levels mean that you grow more and lose less. This results in thicker-than-normal hair. After you give birth, your estrogen levels go down and you start to lose all of that hair you didn’t lose during pregnancy. It typically begins three to four months after you give birth and ends at the six month. However, some women report hair loss for up to a year. Don’t let this convince you that you’re doing something wrong nutritionally; this is completely normal.

Postpartum hair loss can be different for different women. Some women report hair loss at all areas of the scalp; others say it comes out in clumps when they run their fingers or a brush through it. Typically, women lose hair at the front of their hairlines, which makes their hair look very fine. It may also look as if they are going bald, even though they aren’t.

Post pregnancy hair loss is neither permanent nor out of the ordinary; however, we still don’t like it! There’s not a whole lot you can do to avoid it completely. We do, however, have six tips that can help you make the best of it!

1.  Get a new haircut

You will want to see your hairstylist for suggestions on how to style your hair to hide your hair loss. Ask about styles that will include (and hide) the fine hairs in the front. An ideal cut for someone with previously long hair is one with short hair in the front.

2.  Keep your hair wet

No, this doesn’t mean you should have soaking wet hair all the time. It simply means you should find a leave-in moisturizer for after you shampoo.

3.  Color it

Coloring your hair is a wonderful way to add body to it. Highlights in the front also help to camouflage a receding hair line.

4.  Change your part

If you typically wear a middle part, a side part is a great way to disguise thinning hair.

5.  Wear accessories

Hair accessories like headbands, bandanas, and bows work wonderfully as disguises for your postpartum hair loss. They also work for new mothers who don’t have the time to fuss with fixing their hair.

6.  Add volume

Straight and smooth hair can make thinning hair stand out. If you typically straighten your wavy or curly hair, you might consider leaving it in its natural state. If your hair is straight, try using rollers or a curling iron to add some extra curl.

You don’t have to suffer through postpartum hair loss. The remedies are quick and easy, so you won’t have to sit in front of the mirror for hours when you’ve got a new baby in need of some loving!

Katie Robinson is a former nurse and blog writer.  She actually sought out a doctor for hair loss treatment after her pregnancy; Katie lost so much hair she was sure she would soon be bald!

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6 Comments

  • soniya sharma@hair transplant in delhi October 26, 2012 04.52 am

    Hello Dear

    really very interesting article what a great point hair loss treatment after her pregnancy every women want to be looking very beautiful really thanks for the sharing me great point

    Thanks & Regards
    Soniya

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  • HowLifeHealthy July 04, 2013 03.15 am

    It was very helpful. Thank you for sharing

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  • shelly October 25, 2013 01.37 pm

    Coloring your hair is a wonderful way to add body to it. Highlights in the front also help to camouflage a receding hair line

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  • sina December 23, 2013 11.26 am

    There are lots of cause for hair loss but no effective solution for hair loss treatment that’s why people should try for bio hair treatment for effective solutions

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  • Janet Diaz February 17, 2014 05.34 am

    Interesting post. Nice tips. Yes, coloring you hair is good but instead of using artificial, use natural colors. These can add good look and health to your hair. Regular cuts can make your hair grow and mosque your hair with natural herbs like fo-ti, alfalfa, coconut milk, and juices like onion juice,ginger, garlic. Have a proper diet which can helps your hair to be strong enough and reducing hair loss. Massage your scalp with essential oils, these can pour some more nutrients to your scalp and improves the blood circulation to your scalp.

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