How To Handle Post-partum Hair loss

Did you know around 90% of new mums will report some level of post-partum hair loss within the first 3-6 months?

Although it can be frightening to see more hair loss it is completely normal. Take a deep breath and think about the incredible journey you have just been on; one of the plus points of pregnancy is that you won’t be shedding the 100 or so strands of hair every day that you would do normally! That’s why many women find their hair feeling thicker and fuller, particularly towards the middle and end of their pregnancy.

Levels of oestrogen do drop quite quickly after giving birth and, as such, the hair that has stayed in the growing phase moves into the shedding phase. This is when some women may start to notice that extra hair loss.  Usually, this excessive hair shedding is temporary lasting just a few months, eventually correcting itself. However, sometimes there can be other factors such as diet, tiredness, depletion of stored vitamins and minerals that can lead to a continued and excessive shedding. 

If you think that you may have a depletion of stored vitamins it maybe beneficial to add a multivitamin to your diet. If you're breastfeeding I would use this one, if you are not breastfeeding then these are great as an added bonus you would be able to use these additional supplements to help boost hair growth.

Here's a quick explanation of why I trust and recommend these products:

Pregnacare: A leading brand for supplements during and after pregnancy. Not only do you get a fantastic variety of vitamins that are essential in your diet but you also get your omega which helps brain and vision.

Viridian: These lovely easy to swallow tablets offer a great combination of essential minerals and vitamins from a company that prides itself on natural supplements.

Hubner Silicea: Silica is an essential mineral for hair, skin and nails and I love it. I have used it myself to help with faster, longer, thicker hair growth and recommended it to interior designer Tiggy Butler who also had amazing results with hair and nail growth, she even said her eyelashes were longer.

Although diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair you also need to look after yourself by Giving your hair some R&R: sleep is vital to the health and vitality of hair. As the hair follicle is the second fastest dividing cell in the body, it needs lots of energy, so sleep really is key (admittedly, not always easy with a new-born baby!)

Be kind to yourself: Managing your stress levels will help as well, prioritise time to unwind just 5 minutes of doing something fun or soothing such as listening to music or reading a few pages of your favourite book can have a huge impact on your mental well-being.

Keep your hair hydrated: it’s not just hair loss that those pregnancy hormones can play havoc with. Hormonal changes can also cause a decrease in the production of sebum (the hairs natural moisturiser, produced by the sebaceous glands). 

When less sebum is produced, the hair can actually feel as though it has more ‘body’. However, less sebum can sometimes make the hair feel dry so do make sure that you use a good conditioner that will hydrate the hair (both during pregnancy and afterwards). Glycerine is a good ingredient to look for as it really helps with hydration. If you can find time It may be beneficial to do a weekly oil treatment which will give you a hit of moisture but could also help you feel more relaxed. You don't need to use anything fancy just some virgin olive oil works wonders.

Be gentle with your hair: Although cleansing and moisturising is important, it's also important to be gentle try to avaid washing your daily (I know this can be tricky, especially if you have a sicky baby) but over-washing your hair causes damage as well as using water that is too hot. But even when you are brushing your hair you need to be gentle use a soft bristle brush or wide-tooth comb and brush from the ends of your hair up towards your scalp, this reduces the pull on your hair resulting in less damage and reduces the risk of pulling hair out.

Have a fantastic day.

I hope to see you again soon.

Motivated Mum.

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