If you experienced hair loss after your pregnancy there is no need to worry. When you are pregnant, it is common to notice a lot of changes happening to your body. While you might be expecting changes, maybe you never expected hair loss after giving birth to be one of them.
Allow me to walk you through these changes.
Pregnancy usually leads to a change in the secretion of the gonadal hormones oestrogen and progesterone from your ovaries. When fertilisation takes place, secretion of these hormones is increased because they are important in the development of your baby. The secretion of these hormones continues during your pregnancy period, with the placenta also contributing to the increase of the hormones in your bloodstream.
When you deliver your baby the production of these hormones decreases drastically, causing a lot of physiological changes in your system. These biological processes are responsible for your hair loss after your bundle of joy has arrived.
No Cause for Alarm
Don’t worry if you experience hair loss after your pregnancy because that is normal and only temporary. And hormonal imbalance might not be the only reason for your hair loss. If you were using contraceptives and you stopped, that is likely to have the same effect.
There is no cause for alarm because very soon, your hair will grow back as normal. However, to conceal the loss, use your imagination. You can opt to cut your thinning hair to improve your looks as you wait for it to grow back. Some styles do give the impression of a fuller looking crown to give you that extra boost of confidence a new mother should have.
Eat healthy food, get plenty of quality sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle is all you need to do. And within a short while your hair will stop falling out and it will grow back normally.
Do Not Dye Your Hair
If you are experiencing hair loss right after your pregnancy, you do not need to dye your hair to conceal the loss. Sometimes the loss might be too minimal to be noticed. However, dying hair will lead to an increased loss. This is because the dye can cause more damage to your follicles, making your hair fall out more.
However, if you must colour your hair, use a rinse instead of a dye. This is because it is less harmful to your mane since the chemicals are milder. You can wash your hair every day if you want to, since some experts say it doesn’t cause hair loss and maybe it can stimulate your follicles to grow faster.
If you experience loss of your goldilocks after pregnancy due to a hormonal imbalance, all you need to do is help your body recover naturally.
Eating right, exercising and spending quality time sunbathing (making sure you use a sunscreen) can help your body to relieve stress and help your body to heal faster.
You will also need to boost your social life. Reduce your stress levels by laughing more and thinking positively.
Since hair loss during and after pregnancy is just temporary, you do not need to seek medical attention. It is beyond your powers to control the hair loss during this period; you only need to be extra careful when you manage this condition to avoid any further hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss, you need to take care, especially when combing, teasing or brushing. Try to avoid using a hairstyle that pulls your hair very tightly because this can lead to further hair damage. Also, if you have extra locks like weaves, braids, pigtails, cornrows or hair rollers, ensure that you remove them. Loosen your long mane to help it become as free as possible; your scalp needs to breathe too.
It will take only six to twelve weeks after giving birth and your hormones will go back to normal, your hair growth will resume, leaving you with lovely locks again.