Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

Many new mums are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. And there’s no need to panic – you won’t go bald! Even the most extreme cases of post-pregnancy hair loss should be back to normal within a year.

What’s going on?

Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out – often while you’re brushing or washing it – and is replaced by new growth.

During pregnancy, increased levels of the hormone estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. This means you’ll see more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. Gradually the increased rate of shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness six to 12 months after you give birth.

What can I do about it?

While you can’t stop hair fall after pregnancy, your Reds stylist is professionally trained to create bespoke solutions for your hair loss concerns.

We stock products such as Kerastase Bain Stimulus and the Nioxin range, which will keep your scalp in optimum condition and ensure your hair will look and feel fuller.

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Cutting a long, heavy swept fringe can also help to blend the unwanted short hairs that have popped up after birth. Cutting a fringe will not only blend the short hairs, but will also weigh them down helping to hide wispy new growth.

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