Post pregnancy hair(loss)
During pregnancy your hair will look amazeballs. It’s true. After baby exits your body, your pregnancy hair stays awesome, for a while… Then, all of a sudden (usually after you stop breastfeeding) anywhere between 2-8 months after giving birth, your hair starts shedding like crazy.
Why does this happen?
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 and is replaced by new hairs. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, however, increased levels of estrogen prolong the hair growth stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage, thus fewer hairs will fall out. The result: thicker amazing hair.
After you give birth shit hits the fan: your estrogen levels drop and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage and more hairs will fall out: post pregnancy hairloss. When you have longer and/or darker hair this feels rather alarming. The medical term for this type of hair loss is: Telogen Effluvium.
Obviously there are some lucky bastard exceptions to this rule. Damn you perfect women!
How and when does it stop?
There are all sorts of tips out there (this link sums up the 8 different pointers that are out there), but after trying them all I can assure you that there is no sure fire way to stop this from happening. The key here is patience: the unusual shedding will decrease (slowly mind you) and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about 10 to 12 months after giving birth.
How to get rid of it?
After your new hairs have sprouted, you are left with a fine fringe of new baby hair. That sounds cute, but it’s really not. I have tried every trick in the book to get those bad ass baby hairs back in line, and there were a two things that helped (a little):
1. Hair spray. To make the baby fringe look a little less messy try this trick: while you pull down the little hairs closest to your forehead, spray a little hairspray into your fingers and quickly pat those hairs down.
2. Mini straightener. I’ve taken a photo of the straightener in my hand for size reference. It’s really supertiny and ridiculously cute. But thats besides the point: It also really does help to straighten your baby hairs, because it helps you to get close to your scalp without ending up with a burn-mark your head
I hope this has reassured a mom or two and hopefully these two tips help tame some tresses out there!