In the majority of situations, postpartum hair loss is completely natural and nothing to be concerned about.
On average, a person loses roughly 100 strands of hair per day. Even though these figures may appear alarming, they are quite typical. The postpartum period in women, on the other hand, is a cause for concern. The hair loss process that occurs after pregnancy is called telogen effluvium, and it can cause women to lose up to 300 strands of hair in a single day.
According to scientists, this is a natural process that shouldn’t alarm you. Postpartum hair loss occurs due to a nonregulation in hormone levels (primarily estrogen) when the body starts recovering from the pregnancy phase.
The Beginning of Postpartum Hair Loss
Hair loss after childbirth can begin two to four months after delivery and last for several months. Women with long hair and hair that develops quickly during pregnancy are more likely to experience more severe hair loss.
However, scientists claim that hair loss during pregnancy isn’t necessarily equal to hair growth. The hair-growing process is sped up throughout the pregnancy months due to an increase in estrogen levels. The amount of hair in the resting stage is lower than normal, and fewer hair strands come out, giving your hair a denser appearance.
Women’s estrogen levels drop after pregnancy and the number of hair follicles that enter the resting stage increases.
Postpartum hair loss can begin as soon as your baby is born, and it can last for up to a year. It normally peaks around the 4-month mark, so don’t panic if your baby is a few months old and you’re still losing clumps of hair. This is a transitory condition, and after one year, the hair growth cycle returns to normal. If these symptoms linger for more than a year, you should seek medical care.
If you’re still noticing clumps in your hairbrush after your baby turns one, you should consult any of our Vinci Hair Clinics to ensure that your hair loss isn’t caused by something else.
Hair Loss After Pregnancy
Your hormone levels restore to pre-pregnancy levels after you deliver your baby. The decrease in estrogen causes your hair to return to its normal growth, rest, and fall out cycle. A substantial amount of your hair will immediately enter the resting phase. The hairs have completed their resting period and are beginning to come out some months later.
Postpartum hair loss is obvious since it exceeds the normal daily hair loss of 100 hairs. Telogen effluvium, or excessive shedding, is the technical term for this form of hair loss. Hormone variations in postpartum women cause more strands of hair to reach the resting stage than typical, resulting in baldness and then fall out a few weeks later. You may find that you are losing as many as 300 hairs per day.
Is Postpartum Hair Loss Permanent?
The increased hair loss after having a baby is not a sign that you are losing your hair permanently. Your hair should return to its usual growth patterns over time. By the time your baby is one year old, you can probably expect your hair to be as full as it usually is at the roots. However, the new hairs growing in will be shorter than the other hairs on your head.
If your hair continues to get thinner or doesn’t seem to be growing back, you can discuss it with our hair restoration experts.
Postpartum hair loss makes some women feel uncomfortable with their hair, leading to the use of treatments or conditioners. There’s nothing wrong with trying different methods until you find what helps your hair. However, you should be careful and, if unsure, ask for an expert’s advice.
Vinci Hair Clinic offers a free consultation to all our clients, so if you’re looking for a specific treatment or procedure or simply seeking advice, a Vinci expert can help. Get in touch and book your appointment today.