When your baby is born, estrogen levels also start declining and all the hair which were in resting phase start falling out. There is not much that can be done to stop hair loss after delivery. We present to you tips on how to prevent postpartum hair loss. Generally, the hair comes back to their pre-pregnancy state after 6-8 months of baby’s birth. But your hair texture might change after pregnancy temporarily or even permanently. It can be extra oily or very dry, limp or broken.
Hair loss after birth is normal and so there is no need to panic you only remind yourself that’s not going to be permanent. The hair should be back around the baby’s first birthday.
When women read about postpartum hair loss, they experience more drastic changes compared to what they read.
Instead of the normal average 80-100 strands per day, the strands lost per day increases to 400 strands per day.
This change is more obvious in women with longer hair, and cannot be prevented but it can be controlled.
Ways to controlled it includes;
- Reduce the use of shampoo and conditioner which would make the hair soft and easy to fall out, instead use hair thickening products.
- Minimize stress as it increases hair loss.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty protein to aid hair growth process.
- Avoid using harsh chemical products like dye during that period.
- Postpartum hair loss does not worsen with subsequent pregnancies.
- The right shampoo Use shampoo and conditioners that contain biotin or silica.
- Tight hair-dos are now on the “hair-don’t list” Refrain from putting your hair up tightly; instead, give it some air to breathe by leaving it loose. Invest in clips and barrettes and leave hair ties in retirement for now.
- Stay away from chemical treatments. This means no perms or coloring unless they are naturally based like Henna.
- Skip hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons.