What Is Postpartum Hair Fall? Know Tips To Treat By Expert

Postpartum hair fall can be very irritating, here are some tips by expert to control your problem.

Written by: Puru Bansal Updated at: 2022-03-15 18:15

Did you just start losing your hair after pregnancy? Don’t worry, this is common, hair fall seems to increase after the birth of the child and even at different stages. Time when you have strand of hair, it is called anagen and other is known as exogen. Active growth of hair lasts for around 7 years straight and then it tends to lose more. The hair follicle enters such a transition phase that it sheds it all over again. It happens because of change in hormonal levels of the body that is common in postpartum stage. Today we are here to look at ways and tips to prevent postpartum hair fall in women.  

What is Postpartum Hair Fall? 

During pregnancy or after pregnancy, the hormone levels tend to be very unstable. Dr. Kavita Gulati, Dermatologist Consultant at Sahara Hospital, Lucknow explained that because of child birth, the body tries to adjust itself according to the situation and thus has a few symptoms as side-effects. Postpartum hair fall is one such side-effect of low levels of estrogen in the body that makes follicles enter declining phase. This means that you will notice your hair falling more significantly post childbirth. It usually happens 100 days prior to resting phase, that means you may have heavy hair fall after 3 months of childbirth.  

Tips to Control Postpartum Hair Fall 

1. Do not style your hair 

Hair styling can increase your hair fall because heat is involved in styling your hair. Try to keep your hair in the natural shape. Comb your hair smoothly without giving too many jerks. Curling iron and hair dryer can particularly be demons for your hair at this moment. Brushing too hard can cause hair to fall out in bigger clumps. Avoid any special products on your hair and consult a dermatologist for hair care products and usage.  

2. Take a healthy diet 

Diet is linked to the strength of the hair, good food and nutrition can lower down your hair fall. It can also be linked to higher levels of protein in the scalp. Better blood circulation in the scalp can prevent hair fall and recover your lost hair in minimal time. Healthy diet needs to have balance of vitamins and minerals, along with good fats as well as proteins. Try to eat more vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and improve your hair health. You may also take some natural supplements containing- 

  • Zinc 
  • Vitamin E 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B Complex 

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3. Reduce your Stress 

Stress plays a big factor in knowing about the increase in hair fall, stress also lowers your hormonal balance and thus could contribute to hair fall. By practicing some good habits, keeping yourself engaged in things you love and caring about your baby, you might be able to relieve stress. Also take out time for some regular exercise and techniques, this makes your stress levels go down and support mindfulness. Ask your friends or expert to take a few sessions about self-care. 

4. Modify your hair care routine 

Hair care routine plays a significant role in shedding of hair in general. In the postpartum period, it is possible that the products that were suiting you earlier might not suit you now. This also happens because of hormonal changes in the body. Try using some postpartum hair loss shampoo that contains biotin and silica in it. Deep moisturizing conditioners are also beneficial but try to be aware of extra chemicals. 

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Brush your hair gently and wash your hair with Luke warm water. Set your hairdryer to cool breeze option so that it does not cause any harm to your health. Straighten up your hair with just hot rollers and prevent any excessive heat.

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