Hair Loss after Pregnancy – 5 ways to regain hair growth
Isn’t it heart breaking when you notice hair loss after pregnancy even when you’re not pulling it out, right after an unusual and overwhelming hair growth for a span of 9 months? Well, you can always ignore the worse that happens post pregnancy, for which it is important to get your facts right.
Why there is hair loss after pregnancy?
Generally, an average woman sheds around 100 strands of hair. About 5-15 percent of the hair on your head is in a resting stage and the other 85-95 percent is growing. Hair, after the resting period, naturally falls out (mostly while shampooing or brushing) and new hair replaces them. Whereas during pregnancy, the estrogen levels increase that prolongs the growth stage, as a result of which lesser hair is found in the resting stage, leading to lesser falling out of hair and growing of thicker and lustrous hair. However, after pregnancy, the reverse may happen. The estrogen levels go back to normal (maybe even get worse than normal levels) and comparatively more hair follicles get into the resting stage, meaning more hair loss. However, not all women go through such dramatic changes in their hair.
5 tips for postpartum hair loss/hair loss after pregnancy
Here’s what you can do tackle postpartum hair loss:
1. Consult your doctor: First things first, tell your doctor. Nobody can guide you better than your doctor. Let him know about the drastic changes in your hair growing pattern. Follow his prescribed routine to experience excellent results.
2. Be gentle with your hair: Keep it as simple as possible and avoid styling your hair tightly. The tighter it is, the more it will pull your hair contributing to hair loss due to strain. Resort to loose hairstyles. Using barrettes and scrunchies are advisable; avoid rubber bands. Stop fidgeting with your hair.
3. Massage: Stimulate your scalp with a massage. Massaging your hair in small circular motions is beneficial as it augments blood circulation to hair follicles which provides more nutrients to your hair. Homemade treatments do wonders to your hair. Take coconut oil or almond oil as base oil and add few drops of tea tree oil, motia rosha oil, jojoba oil or any other oil you’d like to, heat it until lukewarm and give yourself a refreshing head massage.
4. Avoid harsh treatments: Do not use any heated tool on your hair for it will only cause further damage to your hair. Excessive heat producing hair tools like hair dryers and curling iron will make your hair rough and weak.
5. Proper diet and supplements: Internal health care has a direct effect on your hair. Your hair is what you eat. It’s important to consume healthy food to make sure your hair gets all the nutrients they require. Monitor your diet for various nutrients like proteins (it strengthens hair follicles), iron, vitamins and essential minerals. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet as it contains flavonoids and antioxidants. You can also take supplements for omega 3 fatty acids as it boosts hair growth and has no side effects.
In conclusion, postpartum hair loss is normal, especially in new moms. DO NOT WORRY; it will only boost hair loss. Follow the aforementioned tips religiously and I assure you it will not leave you astray. You’ve given birth to a child or two (or three, just in case). If you can do that, you can definitely fight tooth and nail and emerge a winner!