WHY THO: HAIR LOSS POSTPARTUM
SPOILER ALERT: YOUR PREGNANCY HAIR WILL FALL OUT (SRY!)
The goddess-like image of a pregnant woman with mermaid locks would be pinned to every “Pregnancy Goals” Pinterest board (if they were a thing). And for many lucky women, the myth becomes the reality—hair does get thicker and more voluminous. For the really lucky, it also looks really shiny in this ‘90s-supermodel state. For others, hormones can make strands unpredictable and unruly. Either way, you’re likely going to see some changes and more often than not, they’ll be welcomed. But then the baby comes. And with it, your hair starts to shed. Here’s what you can do.
Hormones. Pregnancy causes estrogen levels to dramatically spike which inhibits the normal shedding process. You’re usually losing around 50 – 100 strands a day. When this number staggers, you really see the difference! Postpartum your estrogen levels plummet and with it, the hair you’ve been holding onto for nine to ten months prior. It usually hits its peak around 3 months postpartum and can feel dramatic because all that hair is falling out in a much shorter timeframe than it grew. Hair usually resumes its natural cycle 6 to 12 months after giving birth.
Keep taking your prenatal vitamins post-baby. This’ll help healthy hair growth (and might mitigate baby bangs, and wispy regrowth).
Use a wet brush and no-tear hair elastics to protect what you’ve got.
Light pomades can help tame flyaways (but don’t go nuts with product, let your hair do its thing).
Expect changes: Curly hair could become straighter (and vice versa) and hair might take color differently than before (it’s more porous).
Hydrate your strands: This’ll help them look shinier and help the cuticle lie flat. Avocado oil is known to be one of the few natural oils that can penetrate strands.
Exfoliate the scalp—certain ingredients in hair products can help remove build-up like nettle seed and pea sprout.
NEUROTIC QUESTION OF THE DAY
Can I skip the part where I lose hair altogether?
Sadly, for most of us, no. But by caring for your hair you can definitely lessen the loss.
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