Becoming a mother is the most divine of the world which is unmatched and incomparable. This comes along with its own rewards and risks. The reward is definitely giving birth to a new life. While, the risks are many to count such as increased weight, mood swings, poor body shape, and hair loss for some. Many have to give up their sleep during pregnancy and after baby birth. A woman may be ready to face all the other things and she is more or less prepared for all the side-effects but losing hair is definitely on her list and when it comes, it is very stressing and depressing.
What Is Postpartum Hair Loss?
Postpartum hair loss refers to thinning of hair and receding hairline after delivery of the child which results after 2nd, 3rd or 4th month. This is named as telogen gravidarum and telogen effluvium. This affects nearly 40 to 50% of women.
Reasons For Postpartum Hair Loss
There is the presence of excessive estrogens in the woman’s body during pregnancy. When she delivers the child, there is a sudden drop in the estrogen presence and this makes her lose her hair. Other than that, breastfeeding can lead to hair fall.
How To Reverse It?
The postpartum hair loss does not need any special treatment such as hair transplant or others. It reverses on its own. Still, the woman can maintain her hair and give some attention to reduce its intensity.
- Use of a volumizing shampoo: there are many shampoos available in the market today which add volume to the hair. This is because these shampoos contain dimethicone which is a silicon-based polymer. They do not really stop hair from falling but they create an illusion of volume to hair.
- Light conditioning: it is important to condition only the roots and not the entire strand. This makes the hair thin and easier to fall out.
- Stimulating the scalp: massaging the scalp with some essential oils such as jojoba oil or olive oil nourishes the roots and increases the blood circulation of the scalp. Getting a scalp treatment helps in the elimination of dead skin which opens up the hair follicles.
- Do not tie hair too tight: tying hair in a tight ponytail, braid or updo only adds to the damage by causing them to break from the roots due to excess pressure. Thus, hair should be tied loose.
All in all, hair fall is bound to occur after the childbirth to some women but it can be taken care of with some simple hair care routine.