Postpartum hair fall looks and feels scary. After having the voluminous and lustrous dream hair during pregnancy, the postpartum hair fall comes like a blow!
Postpartum hair fall is normal and temporary postpartum change where new moms notice hair fall. It happens between 2 to 6 months of pregnancy and most women get back to their normal hair cycle between 6 and 12 months.
What causes postpartum hair fall?
According to research about hair,
All hair has a growth phase, termed anagen, and a resting phase, telogen. On the scalp, anagen lasts approximately 3 years, while telogen lasts roughly 3 months, although there can be wide variation in these times between individuals. During telogen, the resting hair remains in the follicle until it is pushed out by growth of a new anagen hair.
– Telogen Effluvium by Elizabeth CW Hughes, MD
During pregnancy, the high prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone hormone levels shift all of our hair into the growing phase (anagen phase). The hairs do not shed at all and thus women have thick, voluminous hair during the pregnancy.
After pregnancy, as the hormone levels normalize, a lot of those hairs that had shifted into the growing phase now are shifted into the falling (telogen phase), which allows the hair to shed and return to its normal cycle. The normal hair loss that was halted during pregnancy occurs all at once, resulting in the massive shedding that moms experience.
How to deal with it?
Fortunately, postpartum hair fall is temporary and the hair will get back to its normal cycle in a few months. But if it is bothering you so much you can try a few tips to maintain your hair locks.
1. Maintain a healthy diet
Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet including plenty of proteins, fruits and vegetables. You can also take your prenatal vitamins for an extra boost of nutrition.
2. Be gentle with your hair
Skip hairstyling till this hair fall phase passes. Also, be gentle while brushing and washing your hair. Use good quality hair shampoo and conditioner.
3. Do not stress
Stressing over hair fall makes the shedding worse. So stop worrying about the hair fall and give it some time. The hair cycle will eventually normalize.
4. Use DIY hair masks
Eggs and curd have proteins good for hair. Castor oil promotes hair growth. Try DIY hair masks to promote hair growth and stop hair fall. I used a mixture of 1 egg, curd and castor oil for my hair and it showed great results.
5. Talk to your practitioner
If you think that the hair fall is worsening, you can always consult your practitioner about the same. Excessive hairless can be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis.
So if you are a new mommy and experiencing the hair fall, do not worry! This is just a postpartum thingy and would be normalized in a few months. But as a precautionary measure be gentle with your hair and use good quality shampoo and conditioner.