Postpartum hair loss can feel brutal. You knew motherhood might make you want to tear your own hair out, but you didn’t expect it to start falling out on its own!
During your pregnancy, the normal hair shedding we all experience a little at a time is prevented and more hair enters the “resting” phase (which is one of the things that contributes to that vibrant pregnancy “glow” some people experience).
But around three to four months after you give birth, your decreased estrogen levels send your hair the signal to start making up for lost time, and the effect can be dramatic! This is actually a hormone thing, and prenatal vitamins are not what gave you a luxurious pregnancy mane. Likewise, breastfeeding is not what’s causing your hair loss now.
With nearly half of women experiencing significant postpartum hair loss, you’re not alone or experiencing anything to be embarrassed about. That said, changes in your hair may require a slight change in routine, so we’ve put together 5 tips for making the transition.
1. Consider trying a new style.
Going shorter and/or adding in layers can increase volume to your hair, giving it the appearance of being thicker than it is. Experiment with the way you style it, too – blow drying may help, or if you’re noticing uneven hair loss, a temporary change in the way you part it can do wonders for covering up new patches.
2. Pick up a texturizing spray.
While you shouldn’t use anything that will weigh your hair down, a texturizing spray, like a sea salt solution, can coat and thicken individual hairs to fill them out more.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of the headband.
It’s common to lose hair most noticeably at the front of your hairline. If you love a pop of color, go find a headband or wrap to easily cover your changing hair while keeping things fun! Postpartum hair loss can be emotional for some women, just like any postpartum change. Brighten your mood by finding something beautiful just for you, and kill two birds with one stone!
4. Make sure your diet is nutritionally complete.
While this is a good idea anyway, the right combination of vitamins also has a positive influence on your hair. While nothing can prevent the hair loss itself, the antioxidants and flavonoids in fruit and veggies help encourage the new growth to come in. You can also ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamins B and C, or a Biotin supplement (that also happen to come in delicious gummy flavors which is excuse enough!).
5. Wash your hair, but go easy on the conditioner.
While washing excess oils out of your hair will keep it from weighing down, the effect will be undone if you use a heavy conditioner. Stick to something light and volumizing, and only apply it to the ends of your hair, never the roots.
The good news is all of this is temporary – by your baby’s birthday, your hair should be back or close to normal once again! If it isn’t, check in with your doctor. They may want to rule out anemia or a thyroid deficiency.