While the hair during pregnancy may become noticeably thick and fine, postpartum hair loss may begin a lot. So what’s going on? How do you treat it if it happened to you?
In the following article, we will review everything related to postpartum hair loss (Postpartum alopecia) in the postpartum stage:
What are the causes of hair loss after childbirth
Hair passes through its life in two stages:
The first stage: the growth stage, which includes approximately 90% of the hair on the head, as these hairs continue to grow without stopping.
The second stage: the stage of hair death, which includes approximately 10% of the hair on the head, where the hair here goes through a resting stage that makes it ready to fall out at any moment.
Each person loses about 100 hairs per day, which is the normal limit, but what happens during pregnancy is that the growth phase of the hair becomes longer, the number of hairs increases in the growth phase, and the number of hairs decreases during the rest period, under the influence of high levels of estrogen.
Therefore, the natural hair loss is significantly reduced during pregnancy, making the hair appear thicker and more vibrant than ever before.
But after childbirth, estrogen levels return to normal, which causes large amounts of follicles to enter the resting phase and thus fall out together and in large quantities after birth.
Usually, hair loss here is temporary, and hair returns to its normal growth after 6-12 months after birth.
Is hair loss after childbirth normal
Yes, usually the mother begins to lose large amounts of her hair after birth, between 2-4 months, and this loss may continue until the twenty-fourth week after birth, but it rarely continues beyond the fifteenth month after birth.
This condition is medically called postpartum hair loss, which involves hair loss particularly from the frontal area.
Ways to prevent hair loss after childbirth and support its growth
There are many natural recipes and methods that may help stop hair loss after childbirth and stimulate its growth:
Check your vitamin and mineral levels
In addition to low estrogen levels, postpartum hair loss may be caused by a deficiency in certain nutrients you have, such as: zinc, iron, niacin, fatty acids, or vitamin D.
Here, the following is recommended:
- Take appropriate nutritional supplements to treat any deficiency under the supervision of a doctor.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, iron and zinc, such as: peas, legumes, oranges, leafy green vegetables, yeast, whole grains, and nuts.
To prevent hair loss after childbirth, you can prepare an egg white hair mask through the following steps:
- Mix one egg white with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil.
- Apply this mask on the hair for 30 minutes, then wash it with warm water and enjoy the results.
Amla oil is known to have wonderful benefits for hair, and it is possible to use amla oil and massage the scalp with it.
You can make the oil yourself by boiling the Indian grape fruit (amla) in almond oil or coconut oil, until the oil becomes dark in color and then leave it to cool before massaging the scalp with it.
Eat dried fruits and flaxseeds
Including flaxseeds and dried fruits in your diet on a regular basis will help you improve the health of your hair, prevent postpartum hair loss and increase its growth, especially since these foods are rich in healthy omega-3 fats.
Use of biotin supplements
Biotin, or the so-called vitamin H, helps in strengthening the keratin hair protein, the deficiency of which causes weakness, imbalance and breakage in the hair.
Constantly massaging the scalp
The increase in blood flow to the scalp helps in strengthening the hair and supporting its growth, so all you need is a daily 5-10 minute scalp massage with coconut, almond or any other oil of your choice.
And if you want to achieve the best results, massage the scalp in particular with rosemary oil.
Use these natural ingredients regularly
Except for what was mentioned above, there are a group of natural ingredients, herbs and oils that are effective in treating postpartum hair loss problems, including:
- Castor oil: Try massaging your scalp regularly with warm castor oil along with coconut oil or almond oil.
- Aloe Vera: Try to massage your scalp with Aloe Vera three times a week, and leave it on the hair 30 minutes before the shower.
Additional tips to prevent hair loss after childbirth
According to doctors and dermatologists, these are some recommendations that will help you prevent postpartum hair loss and its appearance as thick:
- Using a shampoo makes the hair appear thicker, and here we mean the types that contain proteins that surround the hair core to provide it with protection and a healthy appearance.
- Use a conditioner specially formulated for fine hair, and apply it only to the ends of the hair and completely avoid applying it to the scalp.
- Avoid using shampoos that contain conditioner completely.
- Try shortening your hair or getting a layered cut that will give it volume.
- Use a wide tooth comb.
- Stay away from heat styling tools.
- Avoid hot water completely and avoid tying or combing the hair too tightly.