My hair is falling out by the second! When I brush my hair, I fill the brush with stray hairs every time. When I do laundry, I have to spend 20 mins after the clothes are clean and dry, taking strands of my hair off of the family’s clothing. It’s disgusting and I want it to be over, it’s hair-assment!
I am currently 5 months postpartum, and I am right in the thick (or more accurately, thin) of postpartum hair loss.
What is Postpartum Hair loss?
Postpartum hair loss isn’t really hair loss at all, more accurately it is hair shedding, caused by falling hormone levels, specifically estrogen. It usually starts between 3 and 4 months postpartum, and peaks a few weeks later. Your hair should return to its normal growth and shedding patterns between 6 and 12 months postpartum. If your hair does not return to normal before your baby’s first birthday, I suggest you consult your Dr. or a Dermatologist.
Everyday the average person loses 50-100 strands of hair per day. This may seem like a large number, but when you think about it; the average person has between 100,000 and 150,000 strands on their head, so 50-100 is a very minimal amount to lose every day.
Due to hormone shifts during pregnancy, many pregnant women notice that their hair changes texture and falls out less.
After pregnancy, the exact opposite happens. Hormone changes during postpartum cause all of that excess hair (plus some it seems) to fall out.
What can I do to Prevent Postpartum Hair Loss?
Although postpartum hair loss is not completely unavoidable, there are a few things you can do to lessen the effects.
Use a Volumizing Shampoo
They usually contain proteins and vitamins that can strengthen your hair.
Condition at the ends of your hair
When you condition your scalp, the extra rubbing can cause extra hairs to fall out which wouldn’t have otherwise. Conditioner can also be very heavy, causing extra strain on your hair.
Take extra vitamins
Vitamins like biotin, vitamin C and D can assist in strengthening your hair postpartum. Here is a great article to help you find a good quality shampoo containing biotin, without spending a fortune.
With your hair falling out at an accelerated rate, hair will be everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE! Including around in baby’s hands and toes, causing a hair tourniquet, which can cut off baby’s circulation. Be sure to remove any hairs from around your baby. If your baby does get a hair tourniquet that you cannot remove, take them to the ER, where a doctor can remove it.
Got any other Postpartum hair loss remedies? Ways to help, tips or tricks to keeping your hair? Leave a comment below!