Overcome postpartum hair loss
Motherhood changes your hair. While it may be voluminous and glossy during pregnancy, you can experience abundant postpartum hair loss following childbirth.
New mothers can suffer from hair loss after giving birth, but there's no need to panic, this type of postpartum alopecia is completely normal and affects half of all women.
While the effects are reversible, it is best to react quickly so your hair doesn't lose too much volume. Here's our advice.
How does post-partum alopecia happen?
A few weeks after giving birth, or more if you have been breastfeeding, you may suffer quite abrupt hair loss. Quite extensive at first, this hair loss decreases after a month. However, it may persist if not taken seriously. In the most severe cases, women can lose 20 to 30% of their hair.
The area most often affected by postpartum alopecia is the very top of the head, however your entire head of hair can be weakened and look dull. Hair is finer, difficult to style and falls out by the handful when washed.
Causes of this postpartum hair loss
Although strong, thicker and shinier during pregnancy, hair loses its strength after childbirth: a reactive form of hair loss. Several factors cause postpartum alopecia but the main cause is hormonal change. When pregnant, oestrogen hormones surge, stimulating the entire body and prolonging hair life. After giving birth, oestrogen concentrations drop dramatically, causing simultaneous and significant hair loss of those hairs that should have "naturally" fallen out before.
Birth signifies the start of a new life, a stressful time for most mothers. This stress and the exhaustion generated by lack of sleep and returning to work can also cause hair to look devitalised.
If you are prone to iron deficiency, consult your GP or dermatologist as low iron levels can make alopecia worse.
Which treatments are effective against postpartum hair loss?
This type of alopecia is far from irreversible, but your hair can sometimes take up to 8 months to grow back and can remain weaker in the long term. You therefore need to look after your hair to avoid losing too much thickness and volume.
The most effective treatment for rapid hair re-growth is applying a specific lotion directly onto the roots. Your hair needs more vitamins than usual to reinforce the hair's keratin and strength. You also need to stimulate scalp microcirculation in order to accelerate re-growth.
Choose a topical treatment with vitamin B5, B6 and B8 that strengthen hair fibres, including olive to protect the hair root and red cinchona in particular, a peel extract which accelerates cell growth.
The product should be applied, parting-by-parting, directly to scalp and for three months to see effective results providing strengthened hair, reduced hair loss and faster re-growth.
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