Many new mums are alarmed to find they are shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, there’s no need to panic this can happen to many new mums, your hair should be back to normal within a year. No amount of supplements will stop this hormonal change.
Here’s what’s happening: Normally, about 80 to 90 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 10 to 20 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out, often while you’re combing or shampooing it is replaced by new growth. On average people shed about 100 hairs a day.
During pregnancy, increased levels of oestrogen extend the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you will have thicker, shinier hair.
After you give birth, your oestrogen levels descend and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you will have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about 6 to 12 months after you give birth.
Incidentally, not all women notice large changes to their hair during pregnancy. Among those who do, it tends to be more apparent among women with longer hair.
What can I do about it?
You won’t be able to stop the hair from falling out, but you can attempt different hairstyles and products to give your hair a fuller look. Alternately you can get a few cleverly positioned hair extensions to mask the area concerned. At New Image Manchester we see a lot of correction jobs which do just this.
Read our ‘Fine Hair’ blog for more information or we can arrange a free private consultation to go through exactly what you want to achieve. It’s perfectly normal but you don’t have to wait to have your full head of hair return. Simply give us a call, we are always on hand to give you advice.
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