Postpartum Hair Loss: Effective Prevention and Treatment

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By Tracey Cayton,

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Becoming a mother is an incredible blessing but the body goes through severe changes that may be a lot to handle. In addition to hormonal imbalance and weight problems – most women experience significant hair loss. This usually occurs during the period of 2-4 months after giving birth. While you’re pregnant, increased levels of estrogen give you envy-worthy thick hair as they disrupt the natural cycle of hair growth by completely preventing the hairs from falling out. After the labor, estrogen levels suddenly drop which causes excessive hair loss. However, it’s important to keep in mind this is just a temporary phase. Here’s how you can handle it.

Mind the products you use
It’s advisable to switch to a shampoo and conditioner that add volume and are enriched with natural ingredients. Gradually, they will help you achieve a fuller look for your hair and heal its structure. Don’t use conditioning shampoos as they typically contain silicone that tends to pile up and weigh your hair down. Use lighter formulas specifically designed for fine hair. You can also turn to volumizing mousses. Make sure you nourish your hair: at least once a week, treat it with a deep-conditioning mask. You can even turn to home remedies and make your own mixture. Although your hair needs to go through the full cycle and the hair loss cannot be avoided, you can do your best to reduce it to a minimum.

Take supplements to help your hair recover
Treat your hair with helpful vitamins and minerals to support the recovery process and make your hair healthier. After the period of breastfeeding, your body might experience a lack of spirulina and hyaluronic acid – both responsible for mineralization and hydration of your hair. Vitamins B, C, and E are also advisable, as well as zinc and biotin. Try out Hairfinity hair vitamins: they are rich in B12 vitamin which regulates cell reproduction and enhances the hair growth. In addition, it has other health benefits such as strengthening the immune system, boosting your metabolism and memory, and it helps with regulating mood. It also supports weight loss: good news if you’re trying to tone up a bit after pregnancy.

Consider a new haircut
In the context of postpartum hair loss, many women see cutting their hair as a sign of giving up but it doesn’t have to be this way. Changing your hairstyle might freshen you up if you perceive it as a fun makeover instead of a necessity. It might even have incredibly positive psychological effects. A shorter style or a layered cut can help you carry out this period better while encouraging you to try something new. You can even color it to give it more volume and texture: consult with a hairdresser about spicing up your style with a few highlights that will add more depth. Consider using natural hair colors without ammoniac to prevent hair damage.

Stay away from heating tools
When you go through the hair loss experience, it’s tempting to try and give it a bit of glamour through styling. Fight the urge to stress your hair this way: no curling or flattening irons or drying out your hair with long blowouts. Give your hair a chance to recover by letting it air dry. Be careful about tying it too tight in a ponytail or being too rough when rubbing it with a towel. In addition to external stress, manage the one you feel. Don’t let this hair loss period get to you. If you stress about it, you might fall into a vicious circle: it is well known that stress is one the main reasons for hair falling out.

It will take a maximum of one year for your hair to go back to its normal state. Try your best to shorten this period by helping your hair with right care and nutrients: maintain a healthy diet and mind your water intake, and protect your hair from stress caused by heating style tools.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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