Updated: Jul 28, 2019
AH! So, like me you are experiencing postpartum hair loss. As hairdresser, I want to share some tips with you on how I will be trying to combat this issue.
First, some background on the hair growth cycle and why we experience postpartum hair loss. I feel this article from Baby Center sums it up best:
"Many new moms are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it's perfectly normal. And there's no need to panic: You won't go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby's first birthday. Here's what's going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair."
The article continues to say that there are some hair products or hair styles that can help but does not go into detail, here is where I come in.
Supplements: First, be sure that you are continuing to take either your pre-natal vitamins or a multi vitamin with folic acid. In addition to this you can take a hair, skin and nail supplement. We have recently started carrying Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Supplements at the salon. One of our stylists, Amanda, has been taking it for a few weeks and has had great results. We will be doing a blog about her results after she finishes her three month supply.
Diet: As a new busy mom I sometimes have to remind myself to even drink water, let alone get a complete meal. However, diet is so crucial to to hair growth we need to try to make sure we get in enough protein. Hair is made out of protein, thus healthy hair growth starts with a healthy diet. One of the best and easiest ways to get some quick protein in your day is drinking a protein shake or meal replacement shake. Most good shakes will even contain vitamins and minerals that you need, so double win!
One key thing to remember is, we cannot stop postpartum hair loss from happening, but what we can do is make sure that the new hair that returns is the healthiest hair we have ever had. One other article I have written, Stronger, Healthier Hair Growth, goes into more detail about supplements and diet to achieve healthy hair.
Hair Products: There are a ton of shampoos, conditioners and styling products on the market that are aimed at volumizing fine hair. What works for one person may not work for another so it may take a few tries to get the right hair care routine. Here are my top picks for volumizing products:
One of my favorite lines is Moroccanoil. They have a volume collection that should get you right direction to fuller hair. It includes a volume shampoo and conditioner, volume mousee, root boost and thickening lotion, just to name a few (aka my favorites and best sellers).
One product that they do not have in their line is a volume powder. To use a volume powder, you sprinkle the powder onto the root area of dry hair. It is like back combing in a shaker. Here is my favorite by Keune.
Hair Styles: So compare to all the suggestions above, changing your hair style is really the only one you have full control over. Ladies, especially with long hair, may not want to hear it but one thing you can do is give yourself a good haircut to add fullness and refresh your hair. Think about it, all of those hairs that are falling out now are going to restart their growth process from the top down, meaning at some point you are going to have a lot of short hairs all over your head. So going a bit shorter with your cut will essentially help them all play catch-up. Now I am not saying you have to go pixie short, but if you haven't yet tried the bob or the lob, now might be the time.
I want to hear from you! Are combating postpartum hair loss? What has been working for you?