Will it All Fall Out?
During pregnancy, women get to bask in the thrill of thick and luscious locks of hair, but once baby is born, hair often makes a mass exodus, not one strand at a time, but in clumps and fistfuls.
Fortunately, this alarming trend will not leave most women bald. It is an entirely normal stage in the pregnancy-to-postpartum cycle.
How Does Hair Growth Usually Work?
Hair growth typically follows a very specific cycle for each person, moving through stages of growth, retention, and then falling out after a certain period of time.
During pregnancy, however, the female hormone estrogen is pulsing through women's veins, and this change in hormones somehow delays the falling-out phase, instead keeping hair in the retention phase, often for the duration of pregnancy.
Shrinking Belly, Shrinking Hair
After the birth of a baby, estrogen slowly declines and all that resting hair can finally let go. This process usually begins around the third or fourth week postpartum and can continue for as long as six months. Rarely, it can even continue for a year.
Breastfeeding can slow the process down and minimize the shock by delivering a slower rate of hair loss.
Nurturing and protecting hair can go a long way towards minimizing loss.
How to Have Gorgeous Postpartum Hair
No one can prevent postpartum hair loss entirely, but steps can be taken to minimize it and keep hair amazingly strong and healthy in the interim.
1. Keep hair moist, supple and sealed:
Natural products such as noni shampoo and coconut oil can nourish and sooth hair, seal in essential oils and protect it from irritants. This not only keeps it around a little longer, but also increases hair's volume, body and shine.
2. Consider a new haircut: New moms deserve a trip to the salon. Hairstyles can create instant depth, layers, volume and interest. Shortening in the front with longer hair on the sides can help disguise any hair loss.
3. Color it up: Many women forego hair color during pregnancy. The combination of falling out hair and drab color at once can bring any woman to her knees in despair. Now's the time to get back on the horse. A new, vibrant color can go a long way to make hair look fuller and healthier than ever. Be sure to add a shine or gloss treatment afterwards, such as professional glaze applied by a stylist.
4. Change That Part: What part? The part! It might seem too simple to make any difference, but simply switching out where the hair part lies, creating a side part right before the most obvious thinning hair, can make a quick and dramatic difference.
5. Texturize It: Hair that's straight just looks thinner. Now's the time to think curly oomph. Better than a chemically-harmful perm are overnight rollers or a little curling iron action.
6. Decorate! Consider decorating those gorgeous locks with an ornamental comb, a headband, scarf, barrettes, clips, up bun net, or playful bandanna. Choose something to match the moment and make it happen. Have fun with it, but make it new-Mom easy at the same time.
Remember, postpartum hair loss is really just a return to the pre-pregnancy volume of hair. A little creativity can go a long way to keeping hair looking lush and full.