Postpartum Hair Loss

hair loss griefHave you been experiencing hair loss after your pregnancy? Do you have thin, baby hairs around your hairline? Are you noticing clumps of hair on your pillow, hairbrush, and in the shower drain? If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, then take a deep breath and read these words: hair loss after pregnancy is normal and not permanent.

Joanne Stone, MD, an ob-gyn at Mount Sinai Medical Center and coauthor of Pregnancy for Dummies, explains the medical reason behind this phenomenon that many women experience. There is a three-stage cycle that occurs for hair as it grows. When the stages are complete, the hair falls out and then a new hair starts to grow. Due to the increased amount of estrogen during pregnancy, the hair cycle is stopped at the “resting” phase.

This explains why women report having fuller, thicker hair during pregnancy. None of it is falling out! The increased amount of estrogen keeps the hair at the point in the hair growth cycle where it remains implanted in the scalp. However, after Moms give birth, their estrogen levels decrease, which results in hair loss. Most women report that hair loss continues for three to four months, but some say it can last for up to a year.

Now that you know that postpartum female hair loss is normal and likely not permanent, your stress and anxiety have probably decreased a bit. But, you still have to cope with the impact of hair loss during the few months after pregnancy. Not only do you have to juggle the demands of caring for an infant but also you have to figure out how to cope with your hair loss. If you’re not sure how to hide thinning hair, a receding hairline, or patches of baldness, you’re not alone. Many women with infants are asking the same questions and searching online for answers. There are many options from which you can choose that will fit with your busy schedule and preferred hairstyle and maintenance routine.

Step number one is to pay a visit to your hair stylist. Consider layering your hair, which gives it fullness and body. If you’ve developed a receding hairline, side bangs may be a good option for you. Next, you can try switching to a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to give your hair an extra boost. Purchase a high quality round brush and use it while you’re blowing your hair dry to give it some extra curl and wave. If you’re still unsatisfied, hair extensions are another option. Hair extensions are a great fit for women with postpartum hair loss because there is still a sufficient amount of hair with which to work.

Hair Extensions for Women

Hair extensions will help make your hair look thicker and fuller by adding length and layers to your existing hair. There are several different types of hair, which range in quality and price. I personally prefer 100% natural human hair extensions because they look the most natural, and can be styled and colored. You can’t do that with synthetic hair. (Also, if you take a curling iron to synthetic hair, you will melt it). There are also different methods for extending your hair, which can vary depending on your budget and beauty expectations. Depending upon your hair type, you may want to seek out the advice of a trained hair loss professional to determine which type of hair extensions would be best for you.

Spending time with your new baby is the most important part of your life as a Mom. Don’t let thinning hair get the better of you in these precious first months of motherhood. There are many options to help you retain the radiant glow and a full head of hair that you had prior to and during your pregnancy.