A Utah hairdresser has revealed the true, devastating extent of post-partum hair loss after posting a video onto Instagram. The video, which has gone viral, shocked many women but also spurred others on to share their own experiences of the condition.
While post-partum hair loss is extremely common, few realise just how severe it can be. The good news is, it’s only temporary and will usually clear up within six months to a year.
Why does post-partum hair loss occur?
Post-partum hair loss occurs due to changes with the body’s hormones. During pregnancy, the body starts to produce a lot more estrogen. This results in shiny, thick and healthy-looking hair. It also halts the shedding process, pushing more hair into the resting phase.
After giving birth, the estrogen levels drop back to normal and it’s this change which triggers the hair to start shedding. Depending upon how many hairs were pushed into the resting phase, the hair can fall out in pretty large clumps.
It tends to occur within 2-3 months after giving birth, and the hair loss is only temporary. There is no way to really prevent post-partum hair loss from occurring, but there are ways to treat the condition.
What treatment options are available?
The good news is there are ways you can reduce the severity of post-partum hair loss. Temporary treatments such as Minoxidil and Finasteride can prove extremely effective. They’re easy to use and can really help to minimise the shedding and accelerate new hair growth.
A lot of women also use post-partum hair loss as an excuse to try out a different hairstyle. Have you ever noticed a lot of new mums tend to cut their hair really short after giving birth? Well, that could be down to post-partum hair loss. Cutting the hair shorter gives the hair a thicker, fuller appearance, perfectly disguising the condition.
Before you seek any treatment however, you should always visit your doctor for advice. They will be able to recommend the best possible treatment to clear up post-partum hair loss.