Many new mothers will notice that after childbirth, their hair will start falling out faster than usual. Many women think this is due to stress, but according to romper.com, there is a scientific reason for this and it’s not something to worry too much about. Quoting the American Academy of Dermatology, the article reports that hair loss in the postpartum period is caused by hormonal changes affecting the growth phase of hair. Essentially, during pregnancy, less hair is shedding and more is growing. This means more hair than usual is growing. After pregnancy, the hormones shift again, and there is more hair falling out than usual and less hair growing. This process is natural. The hair will return to its natural state after about a year.

However, experiencing any hair loss for any reason can be worrying. Even though for most women postpartum hair loss will even itself out after a time with no intervention, there are things you can do to manage your hair during the postpartum hair loss period.

Here are some tips from dermatologists at the American Academy of Dermatology.

Use a volumizing shampoo. They contain ingredients that will make your hair appear fuller, masking any thinning.

Avoid conditioning shampoos and any conditioner labelled as intensive. They contain heavy formulations that can make the hair appear limp. Instead, use conditioners formulated for fine hair. They will have lighter formulas which will not weigh down the hair as much.

Remember to use conditioner primarily on the ends. Applying too much conditioner to your scalp and the length of hair weighs it down and makes it appear like there’s less volume.

And of course, take the opportunity to try a new hairstyle. Many women prefer shorter styles while they’re recovering from pregnancy as it makes the hair appear fuller and is easier to manage.

If your hair does not resume growing normally after some time, it may be a sign that an underlying condition is causing the hair loss.If that is indeed happening, Vinci Hair Clinic offers various hair restoration treatments for women.

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Postpartum Hair Loss – What You Need to Know