Coping With Postpartum Hair Loss

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve probably experienced the common (but dreaded) postpartum hair loss. It affects most new mothers, generally occurring between three and six months after giving birth. Postpartum hair loss is temporary, but can be significant. And, at a time when many bodily and hormonal changes are occurring, it can be difficult to deal with.

 

We’ll share a few tips for recognizing and dealing with postpartum hair loss below.

 

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, postpartum hair loss is not true hair loss, but instead is something called excessive hair shedding, which is caused primarily by hormonal shifts.

 

When a woman is pregnant, increased estrogen levels halt the normal hair growth and loss cycle. Specifically, the telogen phase – a normal resting phase in the hair growth cycle, in which hair is released and subsequently falls out – is skipped. Then, after birth, estrogen levels fall, and all of the hair that was not lost during pregnancy begins to fall out.

 

Once the hair shedding occurs, hair loss generally stops. Most women regain their normal hair fullness within a year of giving birth, barring any additional issues. But in the meantime, women can experience bald spots, widened parts and general thinning of hair, which can be difficult to manage.

 

Postpartum hair loss can’t be prevented, but there are a few things new moms can do to minimize the effects.

 

First, use shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for thin and limp hair, and use conditioner only on the ends of the hair. This will prevent the hair from being weighted down. Thickening hair sprays or products can also minimize the appearance of hair loss.

 

Second, continue taking prenatal vitamins, eat a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and Omega-3 fatty acids, and drink plenty of water. Boosting nutrition to the skin and scalp can help hair regrow more quickly.

 

Third, try a new hairstyle! If your hair is getting especially thin at the ends, consider a hefty trim to make it look and feel fuller.

 

If your hair loss continues past the postpartum period, it may have another, more serious cause. Contact your doctor, then call DK International to discuss our innovative line of hairsystems, extensions and wigs. Our compassionate hair loss professionals can help you find a hair solution that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Hair Loss vs. Hair Shedding

Adults generally lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair every day, so it’s not uncommon to see a decent amount of hair in your brush or on your pillow. But if you’re losing more hair than normal, that may be a sign of hair shedding or hair loss. But what’s the difference?

 

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Although both share similar symptoms, hair loss and hair shedding are unique afflictions, with time being the main difference between the two. Hair shedding usually has a set duration, while hair loss is a much longer-term issue. This is because hair shedding is usually connected to a life change, event or stressor, while hair loss can have many potential causes.

 

So, when that stressing event ends, the shedding stops. (Of course, if the stressor continues, the shedding will likely continue as well, and can be a long-term affliction in some cases.) Hair will likely regain its normal fullness in 6 to 9 months after the shedding ends.

 

Hair shedding is often connected to:

  • The birth of a child
  • Significant weight loss
  • A high fever or surgical operation, or recovering from an illness
  • Significant stress

In comparison, hair loss can have a variety of causes, including:

  • Chemotherapy, radiation or another medical treatment or drug
  • Diseases, such as alopecia, thyroid disease and lupus, among others
  • Mental disorders, such as trichotillomania
  • Genetics
  • Overly harsh hair treatment

If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing hair shedding or hair loss, visit your doctor or see a dermatologist to get a diagnosis. There may be a way to treat either your hair or the underlying cause.

 

At DK International, we offer a variety of hair replacement services, including hairsystems, hair extensions, wigs and hair solutions. If you’re facing long-term hair shedding or loss, give our Minneapolis hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation. We can customize a solution to fit your budget and needs.