How to Minimize the Effects of Postpartum Hair Loss

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Postpartum Hair LossPostpartum hair loss is just one of many taboo aspects of pregnancy that people tend to avoid discussing. People usually want to focus on the wonders of childbirth and how amazing it is to have a baby. While this is certainly a very special time in every parent’s life, that does not mean that certain important issues such as hair loss after birth should evaded. In fact, doctors should be responsible for informing expecting mothers of all possible worst-case-scenario side effects that accompany and follow pregnancy, and postpartum hair loss is a major one.

What Is Postpartum Hair Loss?

Most new mothers usually experience severe hair loss approximately three to six months after childbirth. This can be rather startling for women who are not prepared to have their hair fall out in large chunks, but it is a perfectly normal phenomenon.

During pregnancy, hormone levels increase astronomically and this throws the entire biological system out of whack, causing all kinds of bodily changes. There is a huge surplus of estrogen, which not only causes hair to grow at a much faster rate than usual but also slows down the natural hair loss process. In most cases, hair loss can even be ceased altogether for the duration of the pregnancy.

That is why pregnant people usually have fuller heads of hair. Of course, once the baby is born, the estrogen levels drop dramatically within the first three to six months of the child’s life. At this point, all of the hair not lost during the pregnancy period falls out all at once or in large clumps in a short period of time.

Unfortunately, many people are ignorant of this fact and so when they do experience it, they do not know how to react. Mixed in with the horrors of postpartum depression, hair loss after childbirth certainly does not help the situation. The good news is that this hair loss is not permanent and your hair should start growing back at a normal rate by the time the child turns about one year old. Thankfully, there are postpartum hair loss treatments available that you can do yourself at home.

Is Postpartum Hair Loss Preventable?

The bad news is that postpartum hair loss prevention is a myth, and hair loss after birth is just another tumultuous part of pregnancy that must be endured and overcome. While it is impossible to completely prevent or eradicate postpartum hair loss, there are certain methods you can try to at least minimize the appearance of the hair loss until your hormones can fully balance themselves out.

  • Avoid brushing your hair as much as possible
  • Take supplements that promote vitamins with hair growth properties
  • Trim your hair every once in a while to get rid of dead or split ends
  • Try parting your hair differently to cover up bald spots
  • Massage moisturizers into your hair to eliminate dryness
  • Stop styling your hair with curling irons, blow dryers and straighteners
  • Massage your scalp regularly to invigorate your hair follicles

These are just a few things you can do to improve your appearance and even counter postpartum hair loss.

Postpartum Hair Loss Treatment in Toronto

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists has been in business for 30 years and our specialists have extensive experience with hair transplants, replacements, and postpartum hair loss treatments. For a free consultation, please call us at (905) 272-0190 or toll free at 1-800-563-3836.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.