Postpartum Hair loss : 10 Best Tips to prevent hair fall and Thinning

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Postpartum Hair loss : Hair fall after Pregnancy

Controlling hair fall after baby birth

For me, it was too much, the reason was not just the hormones trying to settle but the over stressed out life made it more cumbersome. Handling the work, baby and house all together single handedly took a lot of toll to my health. To me, the hair loss after baby birth was for more than a year. Though now it has stabilised, I really feel lot of hair thinning has already done disaster to my personality. I’m sure many mama’s would have similar problems of hair loss and thinning after baby birth.

Why do new mothers lose hair after Baby birth?

For a first time mom, getting lustrous and thick hair during pregnancy is all the more to boast upon. [This was my case too] . The simple reason can be pointed out to increased levels of “Estrogen/Oestrogen Hormone”. This hormone is responsible for less of hair fall and more growth. This results in thickening and getting beautiful hair while you carry your baby. Further, since we take lot of Iron, folic acid, healthy foods during pregnancy, this all sums up to lustrous hair in return.

What happens after Baby Birth?

That is where the toll takes, lol. Yes, the Estrogen levels after baby birth change and come back to normal levels drastically. This is where many hair follicles enter the resting stage. Even the eating habits go for a toss slowly. And soon the hair strands come out in bulk. Instead of a normal 100 hair strand fall/day, after baby birth a mama can have more than 500 strands fall/day. Yes, I know that’s a quantum, but in some mama’s (like me), it really takes a toll and they give us more of the on going stress.

There is hardly much to do in this phase, but what all we can do is to maintain the best of all nutrition for our hair so that the growth spree fastens up soon.   

Remedies to reduce Hair fall and Thinning after Baby birth :

1. Ditch Straighteners, Dryers, Curlers :

This is my personal experience. I was more on Dryers after every wash, due to no sunlight in winter months just after my baby birth. And it actually blew me out. I stopped using dryers and straighteners after 4-5months and left my hair to dry on a natural course. They were much better actually and I had some less hair fall. I learnt that heated devices on hair cause more of the damage than any betterment. So, try avoiding them unless necessary once in a while.

2. Avoid Colors :

That can be tough for many, but control the temptation for at least a year. Any chemical usage on hair after baby birth will aggravate the fall multiple folds.

3. Be gentle on your hair :

  •  Get hold of better quality brush and wide comb for your hair.
  •  While wet, try not to comb with a thin sharp edged comb, rather use a wide comb.
  • Be gentle and use Hair brush later on to detangle once dry.
  •  Forget those styles which need hair to be woven tightly. Tight hairstyles leads to more hair loss.
  •  Often leave them loose and don’t play with them. Leave any tight clutches, braids, clips during that phase of hair loss and thinning.

4. Biotin Shampoos:

It’s the time to ditch your normal Sulfate and chemical laden shampoos mamas. Get yourself some good quality Biotin and Natural shampoos to pamper your hair. Biotin is known for hair growth. Also if you wish to condition them, just put the conditioner on the hair strands and don’t rub it on the scalp.

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5. Be happy and let the stress go :

Stress is actually a creepy thing. It does no good, we all know, yet a lot of our life gets entangled into it. We need to be reminded often to think of good things and try throwing stress out of the life.

After pregnancy, the responsibility of taking care of baby and mama’s health often gets stressful. Lack of sleep aggravates the condition. But do you know mama’s, that stress causes more hair follicles to enter into resting phase, which means more and more hair fall. Make sure :

  • Get some 20-25 minutes of fresh air by doing Yoga/ meditation. Get some fresh oxygen not just for your body but for the scalp as well to help hair grow.
  • Get help of your better half, sometimes family and try to calm down your life.
  • Have a good 15minutes laugh daily.

6. Supplements :

There is no harm in taking supplements rich in Iron, Biotin, Zinc etc., to keep your hair healthy. But don’t just pick yourself and take doses. Your gynaec or hair specialist should be able to guide you up of the supplements to take along with healthy diet. Supplements with Vitamin B, C, E, Zinc, even folic acid can help counter the hair loss. There are some creams also available containing “Clobetasol propionate”, which can help curtail hair loss after baby birth.

7. Oils :

Various Oils have proven to nourish the scalp in a better way for mama’s struggling with Hair loss and thinning. Read out my post on Hair fall essentials must after baby birth.

8. Diet :

It plays such an important role, along with the other pointers mentioned above. Remember, you need to manage all the points mentioned here to get that hair loss revived and curtail the thinning spree. Hair is made up of Protein, and eating some foods consistently shall help you out immensely.

How to stop hair loss after baby birth

Get some of the foods as :

Protein Rich:

If you eat a protein rich diet, do some body workout as well. Any excessive intake without workout will have other effects on your body. Proteins helps to keep hair strong. Try taking one Raw Amla (Gooseberry) early morning empty stomach for good hair.

Iron :

It is must for the body and hair recovery after baby birth. Include more of Soybeans, spinach, lentils, other beans (Kidney beans, black eyed beans),Tofu, peas, Mulberries. Beans and lentils are full of not just iron, they also have Zinc, folic acid and proteins. Folic acid is responsible for healthy RBC’s to supply optimum oxygen to cells and scalp.

Flavonoids and antioxidants :

They help maintaining the hair follicles, which in turn bind hair more strongly. Get on to foods like, Red Pepper, Strawberry, Oranges, Lemon, Broccoli, mango, papaya , garlic, herbal tea.

Foods loaded with vitamins B &C :

Legumes, leafy vegetables, soya, curd, sprouts, Banana, Broccoli, Dates and Nuts, Potatoes, Green pepper, lemon, Oranges and so on. Apart from taking supplements, get your daily diet have some of these vitamin rich foods. You can even have their non-veg options. [Since, I’m a vegan, hence only Vegan foods which I have focussed on have been mentioned].

9. Other Important foods :

Eggs 

They are a great source of Protein, Zinc, iron and some other minerals as well. It is of utmost importance to have a boiled egg in the breakfast for hair recovery. One can even condition hair with egg yolk (leave the application for 20-30minutes and then wash it off).

Walnuts

Fatty acids are of utmost importance to keep hair lustrous. Walnuts have good amount of omega-3 fatty acids apart from Biotin , Vitamin E, all of which are very important for restoring hair health.

Curd

Apart from including curd in diet, you can also apply curd as a conditioner to your hair. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.

Sweet potatoes

Though they have iron lesser than above mentioned sources, they are rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene helps hair not to turn dry since they stimulate the hair glands to secrete the sebum, which nourishes the hair follicles. 

Fenugreek seeds

This herb is a wonder element. Soak it in the water at night, sieve and apply the strained water on the scalp next day. Leave the application for next 1 -1.30 hour. They make hair healthy and strong if applied consistently.

Flax seeds

These seeds are rich in Omega-3, must for skin and hair.  Essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 are important for healthy hair. Fish oil in diet is also a very good option for non vegans.

Coconut

Not just coconut oil, using pure coconut milk on scalp reduces hair falls. Coconut milk is not coconut water, rather the milk extracted from grated coconut. You can DIY, by adding 4 cups of boiling water to 2 cups of grated coconut. When it cools down, strain the coconut and squeeze extra milk. Store it in the bottle in the refrigerator and apply.

10. Ample sleep and Be Happy :

Well, that can never be ruled out mama’s. We too need a good sleep, find out ways in between your baby’s naps to get your own. Get some happy hormones circulated in your body. This will keep your body, mind and off course hair healthy:)

Hope you found this helpful. Do share some remedies which you tried and worked wonder for your hair. I’ll be glad to know about it!

Till then, BBye!

83 thoughts on “Postpartum Hair loss : 10 Best Tips to prevent hair fall and Thinning

  1. After two kids, I have lost almost half my volume of hair. Hope to try some of these tips to save whatever is left. Thanks for sharing. I know that fenugreek leaves, really do help. so that’s going to be my first experiment.

  2. I know fe friends of mine who are dealing with the same issue post pregnancy. I am definitely going to share these tips with them.

  3. I love your article, I am not a mom yet but definitely struggle with hair lost. Your tips are great, thank you for sharing

  4. I never knew that it was normal for moms to lose their hair post delivery. Is this natural across all races? I ask this Because the hair of many of my friends who have had children seems to grow like wildflowers following delivery. I think it’s the prenatal vitamins. Perhaps.

  5. This is a great post. I had no idea what was happening when I started losing so much hair after my first. Thanks for the extensive list of things that can help.

  6. Being a doctor myself , I can only say that you have covered most of the bases very well and most hairfall unless due to hormonal imbalance would respond to the above guidelines .

  7. I loved reading your article. I have alopezia and my hair grew so much while I was pregnant but afterwards I had again enormous hair loss.

  8. One of the best remedies you mentioned for hair fall, i was having this hair fall issues lately, i tried some home made remedies and i’m taking multi-vit and otehr herbs as well to full-fill nutrition to my hair.

  9. Great tips. I lost a lot of hair after my youngest baby, I had three babies in 2 years so my hair never had a chance to recover. Three years on and it still hasn’t recovered!

  10. Even though this is more targeted towards new moms, I found so much help in this! My hair strands are super fine and so it struggles with breakage from time to time. Thanks for these tips!

  11. My hair thickness is 1/10 th of what it was earlier. I have been trying to take care of it but then let’s say none of that is happening. This post is an inspiration to me to start taking care of it. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  12. I was so nervous about hair loss, but luckily I didn’t experience much. Now that she is a toddler and pulls my hair when she is upset it’s a different story…..

  13. I could only imagine the amount of stress mothers would go through even after child birth… This is such an informative piece even for people who are going through hair loss (like myself 😭)Will keep this for future reference

  14. 500 strands a day! omg! im not a mom yet, and im already worrying if i see hair falls after I shower.
    Thanks for providing tips as well. i think if there are moms who’s experiencingvthis, its good to knw that they can do something about it..

  15. Beautiful post as sometimes we ignore ourselves after child birth. I was not knowing about such tips after child birth. So I lost many hairs. But now I am trying to ge them back through following these tips.

  16. This is a really informative post for mommies-to-be. I am not one yet but I can see myself saving this post for future. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. I’d never heard of hair loss after pregnancy, that is until it happened to my daughter-in-law. Once she started back on her vitamins and cleaned up her diet, things returned to normal after about a year. Crazy what our bodies go through in order for us to have our kids! x

  18. You know the funny part is I didn’t suffer from hair loss post delivery much. But now the hair loss is in pretty bad state. Will try your tips.

    1. Judy, you ought to be lucky that you didn’t lose then.. Ask me, my thinning spree took a toll:(. Try out some of these along with essential oils and shampoos(can read other 2 posts as well).

  19. These are all such great tips for general hair care anyway (gentle treatment w/widetooth comb, not overprocessing/overstressing with treatments or products, etc.). I never knew there were dietary things one could do to help with postpartum hair loss- thx for sharing!

  20. Biotin Shampoo is something I need to try. During pregnancy I had the most beautiful hair but after the birth I faced major hair fall. Thanks for awesome tips!

  21. My hair loss started in the last two months of my pregnancy and did not stopped until I was breasfeeding, no matter what I’ve tried 🙁 I took supplements I was caring for my hair very gently, but the hair loss was shocking. I had bald spots close to my forehead on both sides…. And now? Baby hair is growing CRAZY…I can’t handle how much and how strong the hair that grew back 🙂 If I’ll be pregnant again and experience hair loss, I’ll definitely use all your tips listed!

  22. This is a very nice topic for all the new mommas out there. Hair loss after giving birth is such a stressfull thing. This will help new moms to overcome this situation.

  23. I also experienced hair loss and thinning of hair after child birth.But a Biotene shampoo helped me to stop hair loss.I am not sure whether it helped me to regrow hair or not as I also concentrated on biotene supplements and other food too.

  24. My hair got so thick and full during my pregnancy that the post partum hair loss was not unexpected and never really a problem.

  25. This is such a helpful list! I try to reduce the amount of heat by not using straighteners or blow dryers. However, I’m definitely going to need to rethink my diet in relation to my hair also.

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