Knowing about postpartum hair loss treatments would be right for you if you’re looking forward to finally meeting your new baby as your due date approaches. But another there’s one thing you might not want to give up: Your thick, lustrous tresses during pregnancy.
It’s not a figment of your imagination. According to specialists, this is a normal occurrence that you should not be concerned about.
Pregnancy thickens the hair of the majority of women. And it’s not because of the stress of having a baby that your hair is falling out!
What’s up with your pregnancy hair, what to expect postpartum, and what you can do about it are all discussed here.
What Happens to Your Hormones During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Hormones fluctuate considerably throughout pregnancy.
When the body begins to recuperate after the pregnancy phase, hormone levels (mainly estrogen) become unregulated, resulting in
postpartum hair loss.
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is one of the earliest hormones to rise. That’s the hormone that your pregnancy test detected,
and higher levels meant you were expecting. Estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin, and prolactin are just a few of the hormones that surge
during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases significantly, reaching up to 50% more than normal at your due date.
Several of your hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone, decline rapidly after your baby is born. Within 24 hours of giving
delivery, those hormones will be practically back to normal, though prolactin levels will remain high as long as you’re breastfeeding.
Your blood volume drops too, but it happens more gradually. After your baby is born, everything returns to normal after a few weeks.
What impact do hormones have on your hair?
Hormones are the most frequent cause of hair changes during pregnancy and postpartum hair loss.
Because of your elevated estrogen levels throughout pregnancy, you didn’t lose as much hair as typical. Your hair normally falls out in little
volumes throughout the day. Hair loss is reduced during pregnancy. The impact is intensified by your increased blood volume and
circulation, which causes your hair to fall out less than usual. As a result, when your hormone levels drop following the birth of your child,
your hair makes up for lost time by falling out in much larger clumps than usual. Your hair loss is probably no more than you would have
lost during the previous nine months; it only appears that way because it’s all happening at once.
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 kid 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.
How to Treat Postpartum Hair Loss
It’s normal for your hair to thin after you’ve given birth. You don’t need to do something about it if it doesn’t bother you. Unfortunately, no
treatment has been proven to prevent or delay postpartum hair loss. If you’re concerned about your hair loss, there are treatments you
may take to make your hair look fuller and healthier.
1. Skip the styling
Hair that has been heated with a dryer or a curling iron may appear thinner. Hold off on doing anything fancy with your hair and let it air dry until the thinning stops.
Brushing your hair too hard might cause it to fall out in larger clumps, so be gentle while brushing and just brush once a day. You can spend the additional time cuddling your baby or sleeping!
2. Maintain a healthy diet by eating well.
The best method to ensure that your body gets all of the nutrients it needs is to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins
in your diet.
Some people recommend dark leafy greens (for iron and vitamin C), sweet potatoes and carrots (for beta carotene), eggs (for vitamin D),
and crayfish (for omega-3 fatty acids) (for omega-3s and magnesium).
3. Take your vitamins, as much as possible.
Vitamins are essential for preventing postpartum hair loss. Vitamins D, B, C, A, B12, zinc, and iron are all important for postpartum hair
loss, so look for them. These elements help red blood cells grow, which transport oxygen to all of the body’s cells.
Vitamins should not be used to replace a balanced diet, especially if you are a new mother with a newborn to look after. However, if your
diet isn’t well-balanced, it might be useful as a supplement. Although no specific vitamins have been linked to hair loss, they are essential
for overall health. It’s common advice to keep taking prenatal vitamins after your baby is delivered, particularly if you’re breastfeeding.
4. Use a volumising shampoo
Conditioning shampoos can weigh your hair down and make it appear thinner and more limp. Volumizing shampoos, often known as
Volumizers are used to keep hair roots from becoming flat. They nourish and moisturize the skin and hair roots, resulting in increased
flexibility and faster cuticle repair in the hair shafts.
5. Lower Your Stress Levels
Stress damages hair follicles, preventing them from creating new hair strands, resulting in poorer hair density and easier hair fall. Stress
reduction aids in balancing the action of the hormone that influences hair follicles. To keep your stress levels low, incorporate practical
relaxation practices into your daily routine, such as yoga, casual walks, meditation, controlled breathing sessions, and spending time with
6. Try an Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) therapy treatment
A vial of your own blood is used to make autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) therapy (just like a blood test). After blood is drawn from your body, it is spun
at high speeds in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. Proteins and growth factors in the residual
ACP stimulate new cell growth, enhance healing, and initiate hair natural rejuvenation.
This procedure is recommended from 6 months after childbirth. We recommend Vinci’s ACP treatment.
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
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!