Updated: Mar 9
First and foremost CONGRATULATIONS on your new bundle of joy! Child birth can bring on more than your new mommy duties. Take a stroll with me to the side of motherhood that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The first time I learned about postpartum hair loss was right after I launched QueensMagicHair.com when I was approached by a young lady who had recently gave birth to her first child. With only one child birth under my belt by this time, I had developed an interest in this condition because I had yet to experience it. After careful research I learned that the condition is temporary. This was comforting. But what is actually happening that ‘triggers’ the hair loss?
The medical term for postpartum hair loss is telogen effluvium. The condition, which is also referred to as postpartum alopecia, is relatively common, affecting between 40-50% of women in the months following childbirth.
Your body has elevated levels of estrogen during pregnancy and this signals a lot of hair follicles to go into the growth phase of their cycle. You may notice your hair is thicker, fuller and lustrous during pregnancy. After child birth this elevated level of estrogen goes back to the pre-pregnancy level. This is the trigger. The hair follicles go into the resting phase of their cycle and after about 100 days begin to shed.
We normally shed about 100 strands per day but after pregnancy this number can go up to 400 strands per day! Still postpartum hair loss can become worse in some cases (everyone’s body is different).
My first suggestion would be to see your doctor and talk to them about your hair loss and request tests be done to check your ferritin levels as well as your thyroids as these are directly correlated with one another and could make post hair loss worse. Upon getting your test results back this would be a good place to start when navigating postpartum hair loss.
If everything is normal then here are some best practices that will help you as you get through this frustrating time:
•Continue to keep a healthy diet. I’d even recommend continuing your prenatal vitamin. What we put in our bodies has a direct impact on how our bodies look and feel.
•Continue to drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated always has a positive impact on your hair and hair growth.
•Low manipulation is a key here as well because the more we stay out of our hair the better. This will minimize clumps of hair to shed at a time. No excessive shampooing, brushing, styling etc.
•Prepoo with our Crown Growth Oil Almond Edition as well as scalp massage. Prepooing is one of my favorite treatments because it stimulates the scalp and encourages healthy and strong hair growth by providing the necessary nutrients your hair requires. Scalp massaging helps to generate optimal blood flow which is another way to bring nutrients from within. I recommend scalp massaging right before bed at least 3x per week.
•Most importantly, try not to stress. This is a temporary occurrence and in most cases, by your little one’s first birthday you’ll see that your hair is going back to its normal pre-pregnancy look. But also keep in mind that it may take up to two years for your hormones to settle. This happened to me with both pregnancies only I didn’t experience postpartum hair loss until my second pregnancy. Consistency is what got me through it and that is my biggest takeaway.
Have you experienced postpartum hair loss? Share your experience and what helped in the comments!