All Your Questions Answered About Postpartum Hair Loss

During your pregnancy, you may have gotten accustomed to your healthier, faster-growing hair only to be greeted by a mass exodus of said strands postpartum. Loosing your hair after pregnancy is completely normal–but it can be quite jarring especially if you’re someone who didn’t shed hair often before. We tapped Laura Chow, who is a writer for Zwivel, an online resource dedicated to health, skincare, and cosmetic–to tell us all the details on postpartum hair loss and how to promote hair growth. 

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The big question–”will my hair grow back?” Have no fear, your hair will definitely grow back eventually. However sometimes, this hair regrowth process can make your usual styling routine a bit more challenging, as the hairs tend to stick straight up until they’re heavy enough to lay down. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few things you can try.

When your hair starts growing back in, consider getting a new haircut to help tame those wild regrowth pieces. Due to the drastic changes to your hormone levels during pregnancy, you may not have the same hair texture you had prior to having your baby, so be sure to take this into account when considering how much to cut off.

Experiment with new products, especially leave-in conditioners and spray gels that help tame the crazy hairs. Try to avoid using heat styling tools and getting any chemical treatments. Overall, be patient with your new post-baby body.

There are a few things you can do to help your hair grow back quickly without expending a whole lot of effort. For starters though, if you’re breastfeeding, remember to continue taking prenatal vitamins to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs. Once you switch your baby to formula or cow’s milk, you can go back to taking a regular daily multivitamin.

A proper diet is crucial when trying to get your hair to grow back postpartum. As such, experts recommend that you eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein. This will not only help your hair grow back but also provide you with the energy and calories you need while breastfeeding and caring for a newborn.

While this is admittedly easier said than done, try to reduce the amount of stress in your life — as much as you can with the new responsibility of caring for your baby, of course. Stress is well-known to negatively affect the body and, you guessed it, make your hair fall out. Also, avoid shampooing every single day, and when you do wash your hair, try using a volume enhancing shampoo.

If you’re still concerned or have been losing a significant amount of hair, talk to your doctor about hair loss treatments like laser therapy or PRP treatments. But with or without treatment you should rest assured; your hair will grow back and be back to its old self in no time.

Here’s how to prevent your hair from thinning and how stress can affect your strands. 

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