Hair loss after pregnancy is a very common occurrence. As distressing as it can be, especially with the concerns of having a new baby, the hair loss is simply indicating that your hair is slowly but surely returning to it’s normal condition.
Hair Growth Cycle
Let us begin by understanding your hair growth cycle. Under normal circumstances, around 90% of your hair is in the growing phase while 10% is in the resting phase. Every two or three months your resting hair will fall out and new hair will start to grow in its place. Therefore, under normal circumstances it is normal to lose around 100 strands of hair per day.
During pregnancy, women experience high levels of estrogen as a natural chemical reaction. This helps the growth and health of not only the baby inside you, but protects and strengthens you also. This increased level of estrogen sends signals to the follicles for more hair growth.
The most effective (and enjoyable) way to manage hair loss after pregnancy is to treat yourself to an attractive new hairdo. Ask your hairdresser to give you a good cut, and maybe some highlights or new color as well. Ask for a style that is easily managed on your busy schedule, but that also looks great on you.
When using a blow dryer make sure that you are using the lowest setting, as wet hair is very fragile and can be easily damaged. Also make sure that you are not brushing through wet hair with a fine tooth comb as you could be setting yourself up for a lot of hair loss later down the road.
The period of hair regrowth can take up to three months. This can lead hair to be at several different lengths as it grows back, something which is more noticeable if a large amount of hair was lost. Pre-pregnancy thickness may take up to a year to return.
Hair problems come in a few months after pregnancy when estrogen levels begin dropping to the usual levels outside of pregnancy. With less estrogen in the system, hair may start falling. There is no need to worry though. This will only be temporary. In a few months, the rate of hair fall will eventually return to normal.
More often than not, the biggest loss is among women who wear their hair long. There is nothing you can do to stop the natural resting stage. However, many women feel this is a good time to go for a short cut. Mainly the reason for this is they do not have the time to style their coiffure as they did before the baby was born.
The condition is also obviously not life-threatening and is not permanent. After several months, strands will return to their usual volume and rate of growth. This means you may not need to use special products or supplements to remedy the condition.
Regular oil massage helps the scalp to remain conditioned. You can try various relaxing oils for your head massage. There are some essential oils, which can be used when you are expecting. After the massage give your scalp a luxurious steam with a warm towel and relax. This would surely help reduce the loss of hair after pregnancy.
The best thing to do about the situation is to not panic. Actually if a woman panics and creates a lot of heavy stress on herself, the situation may take much longer to reverse. Stress is one of the major causes of hair loss in women that haven’t been pregnant, so she should keep her cool and realize that in time, things will be back to normal.
Don’t forget to eat nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables that contain high antioxidant levels which may protect the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Do forget to worry however, about losing your hair since it will only add more stress that can contribute to further hair loss.