What’s Up With My Hair? Postpartum Shedding

If you’re one of the moms who notice little to no shedding after having a baby, then we envy you.

Often after giving birth, within three to six months, most mothers find themselves with thinning and shedding hair (a nightmare, especially for those of us on our happy hair journeys). Usually, only about 85-95% of our hair is growing while the remainder stays in a resting stage. The hormone levels during pregnancy makes our growing stage last longer, which makes our tresses thicker and longer.

However, once those levels drop, then so does our hair-boost. It can be uncomfortable, and even frustrating to go through the postpartum shedding stage because we care about our hair and its progress. Sometimes we even wonder if our hair will return to its former glory. So what can we do in the mean time?

  1. Maintain or create your hair regimen. Remember to be gentle when shampooing, brushing and combing. Pamper yourself with deep conditions and alternate with a protein treatment once every four to six weeks.
  2. Protective style. The less manipulation, the better. Simple buns and ponytails, and even a wash n’ go can help with retaining as much length as possible while going through this stage.
  3. Treat your hair inside-out. Nutrition plays a role in your hair health. Remember to keep yourself hydrated, take your prenatals (or multivitamins) and eat protein and nutrient-rich veggies.

Remember, the good news is that your hair will typically return to normal by your baby’s first birthday. Just keep in mind the basics of your personal hair regimen and be patient–and you’ll see your hair thrive again!