post-partumPost-partum hair loss is a common, yet often surprising side effect of giving birth. What makes it even harder to deal with is the fact that throughout the pregnancy, the hair is thicker, healthier and shinier than it’s ever been. So, when it starts to fall out after the birth, it can come as a real shock and often look worse than it really is.

The severity of post-partum hair loss differs from woman to woman, but the good news is it’s not a permanent condition. The hair will start to grow back eventually and in the meantime, there are ways to treat it.

What is it?

Post-partum hair loss is a temporary form of hair loss, triggered by changing hormone levels within the body. Pregnancy causes an increase in Oestrogen levels, which triggers a lot of the hair to enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.

There are three phases in the hair growth cycle including growth, resting and fall-out phases. Usually, you’ll lose up to 100 hairs each day during a normal hair growth cycle. However, the increased Oestrogen forces the hair into the resting phase, while at the same time halting the shedding phase.

When you give birth, the hair cycle starts to return to normal, but first the hairs that were resting enter into the shedding phase. This can result in large clumps of hair falling out at the same time.  It’s the inveitable downside to the healthy glorious hair that most women enjoy throughout the pregnancy.

Treating the problem before it’s even begun

Although post-partum hair loss cannot be prevented, it can successfully be treated. Some hair stylists and hair loss experts even recommend starting treatment before the hair starts to fall out in the first place.

As 90% of women experience some degree of post-partum hair loss, starting treatment before it begins to fall out can be a really effective solution. So what treatment should you opt for? Well, the best solution for post-partum hair loss is a topical treatment known as Minoxidil, or a prescribed medication known as Finasteride; both of which are FDA approved. Cutting the hair into a shorter style can also cover up post-partum hair loss.

Besides the treatments above, you can remind yourself that the hair loss isn’t permanent. It’s also highly unlikely you’ll go completely bald. So, if you’re worried about the condition, seek advice from your doctor or visit a hair specialist to start temporary hair loss treatments as soon as possible.