How to take care for your hair and stop hair loss post pregnancy? Follow these tips to restore your healthy hair after baby.
Many new moms experience this: you’re thrilled to welcome your new baby to the world, but now you notice that your beautiful, thick hair – usually courtesy of pregnancy hair growth and prenatal vitamins – is thinning and shedding more than ever. So what can you do? Consider trying hair growth vitamins after pregnancy– there are lots of vitamins on the market today that nourish your hair from within. They will help you get to the root of the problem, starting at the hair follicle.
Effective hair growth vitamins contain a blend of vitamins and minerals such as Biotin, Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron and ingredients derived from marine proteins and extracts. (A few items to note: these vitamins can take around 3-6 months to take effect. And if you’re still breastfeeding, consult a doctor before you begin any vitamin regimen.)
Post Pregnancy Hair Loss & the Hair Growth Cycle
Normally, outside of pregnancy, 85-95% percent of your hair is growing and 5-15% is in the resting phase (Telogen phase) of the hair growth cycle. The average non-pregnant woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.
During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the hair’s growing phase (known as the Anagen phase). During this phase, there are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer hairs falling out each day, so you have thicker, more voluminous, luxuriant locks.
Post pregnancy and post breastfeeding, estrogen levels drop and your hormone fluctuations cause more hair to enter the resting phase than pre pregnancy, which can lead to more hair loss.
For some women, hair may naturally return to its pre pregnancy thickness about 6 to 12 months after giving birth. But for others, hair may not return to its full, original thickness and volume without a little help. Whether you need a long-term solution or simply a short-term hair boost while you wait for your volume and thickness to return to normal, hair growth vitamins have been shown to nourish hair follicles and grow your existing hair thicker and longer.
Instant Styling Solutions for Thinning Hair
Along with nourishment from within, try these quick, external solutions too. Now is the time to try out that cute, short hairstyle you’ve been eyeing. A wash-and-go style is much easier to manage with the minimal time and sleep that comes with a new baby in the house! Also, consider instant hair filler fibers available in Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, or any drugstore or beauty supply store. No need for thicker hair in a can, à la those old late-night infomercials. There are high-tech microscopic fibers on the market today that adhere to every hair strand to instantly make it appear thicker.