For many women, nothing is more scary than the potential for hair loss and the potential for this to adversely affect their appearance. It is a worrying idea that, coupled with other concerns about their careers, children, hair care routines, and everything in between, it can cause additional stress that increases the likelihood of hair loss.
Therefore, it is important to be a little reassured by dealing with common misconceptions about hair loss and breastfeeding. Simply put, breastfeeding does not cause hair loss. However, hair loss may occur during this period. Postpartum hair loss.. This is due to changes in estrogen levels.
Today, I’ll discuss the factors that cause hair loss during and after pregnancy, and then give you some tips to help you minimize this hair loss.
What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss?
The Australian Breastfeeding Association states that hair loss during the breastfeeding phase has nothing to do with breastfeeding itself. It is pregnancy that affects changes in the levels of hormones associated with hair growth. For example, an increase in estrogen thickens the hair from pregnancy to childbirth.
In the postpartum stage, when estrogen is significantly reduced after childbirth, more hair follicles move to the shedding stage (more on this below). As a result, the hair continues its normal life cycle, but falls slightly more frequently.
The hair that was supposed to have fallen during pregnancy began to fall out. However, this does not need to worry, as this indicates that the hormone is following a normal cycle and that the hair will soon return to the anagen stage.
What is a typical hair cycle?
Before considering possible treatments and methods to deal with this hair loss, it is necessary to understand the normal growth cycle in the “life” of hair follicles. There are three main phases in this cycle.
- Anagen. The follicle grows for 2 to 6 years.Almost anytime 85% Among them, it is at this stage.
- Katagen. Near the end of the growth period, the follicles become club-shaped, smaller in diameter, and slowly fall. This can last for several weeks.
- Rest period.. At any given time, about 15% of hair is in this inactive stage where hair growth has stopped. This is known as the dormant phase. It continues until the anagen phase begins again within a few months, and telogen hair falls.
Normally we lose about 50-100 strands every day, which obviously changes during the postpartum stage. Over 70% of growing hair goes into telogen, which is known by dermatologists as follows: Telogen effluvium..
Is there a cure for postpartum hair loss?
Postpartum hair loss is temporary and returns to a healthy pre-pregnancy cycle within a year, so in most cases you do not need to do anything. However, there are some things you can do to minimize this hair loss and make your hair look thicker and plump.
- Use a voluminous shampoo and conditioner designed for fine hair. Such products place less weight and pressure on the hair than products made for thick hair.
- Use conditioner only on the tips of the hair, not on the scalp and the entire hair. This reduces the pressure and weight that can lead to hair loss.
- Talk to your hair stylist to find a hairstyle that will cover the thinned areas and make your hair look thicker.
- Reduce the use of high temperature heating styling tools as your hair will dry out and fall more easily.
- Rollers, tight hairstyles and strong brushing weaken the hair and make it more vulnerable to hair loss.
A healthy diet and exercise should not be forgotten, as properly nourished hair is stronger, more resistant to external pressure and regenerates faster. Incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet to rehydrate and improve overall health and hair health.
Breastfeeding has nothing to do with hair loss. Changes in hormone levels cause irregular and temporary hair loss after childbirth because it disrupts the normal hair growth cycle. This can be painful, but don’t worry, it will be fixed within a few months.
By nourishing and applying pressure to the hair during styling, hair loss can be significantly minimized. If you continue to have hair loss for more than a year after giving birth, consult a specialist. Vinci Hair Clinic offers free consultation to all new clients. Book your appointment today to end your hair loss concerns!