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Why Do New Mothers Experience Hair Loss?

The journey of motherhood is filled with countless joys and challenges, one of which is postpartum hair loss. Many new mothers are taken aback by the significant hair shedding that often occurs a few months after giving birth. While it’s a natural and common phenomenon, postpartum hair loss can be distressing.

What is Postpartum Hair Loss? And What Causes It?

Postpartum hair loss, also known as postpartum telogen effluvium, refers to the shedding of hair that occurs after childbirth. It’s a temporary condition that typically begins around 3 to 6 months postpartum and can last for several months. This shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle, but the dramatic change can be alarming for new mothers.

Postpartum hair loss differs from typical hair loss because it involves shedding the hair retained during pregnancy. Ordinarily, hair grows and sheds in cycles, with an average loss of about 100 strands per day. During pregnancy, elevated estrogen levels prolong the growth phase, resulting in fuller, thicker hair as fewer strands fall out daily.

However, after childbirth, estrogen levels decline sharply, causing the hair that was previously in the growth phase to transition to the resting phase and eventually shed. This sudden shedding of a large amount of hair may appear significant, giving the impression of substantial hair loss.

While losing hair can be distressing, postpartum hair loss is normal and a temporary process. Typically, the shedding phase lasts around six months, and your hair should return to its fullness within one year after giving birth.

Testosterone levels from pregnancy to childbirth

How To Manage Postpartum Hair Loss?

If you’re experiencing hair loss after childbirth, there are several strategies you can take to manage and reduce its effects: 

MAINTAIN A NUTRIENT-RICH DIET 

Ensuring a healthy diet is essential for supporting hair health and minimising shedding. Protein, found in lean meats, fish, eggs, beans and nuts, is the building block of hair, while iron-rich foods like spinach, red meat, lentils and fortified cereals help prevent iron deficiency, which can contribute to hair loss.

Additionally, vitamins A, C, D, E, and B-complex vitamins, especially biotin, as well as minerals like zinc and selenium, are essential for hair health. Including a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet ensures you receive these vital nutrients to support healthy hair growth and minimise hair loss.

ADOPT GENTLE HAIR CARE PRACTICES

To minimise breakage and shedding, it’s important to treat your hair gently.

Opt for mild shampoo and conditioner that are free from harsh chemicals and sulfates. Additionally, reduce the use of heat styling tools such as hair dryers and straighteners, as well as chemical treatments, as these can weaken the hair. When brushing your hair, be gentle to prevent breakage. Opt for a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles. Avoid pulling your hair back into tight ponytails. By following these gentle hair care practices, you can help minimise breakage and shedding, promoting the growth of healthier, stronger hair.

MANAGE STRESS

Stress can exacerbate hair loss, so finding ways to manage it is crucial.

Incorporating exercise into your routine can help reduce stress and enhance overall well-being. Physical activity triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter known as the “happy hormone,” which signals the brain that the activity is enjoyable and worth repeating. In addition to physical exercise, practising relaxation techniques, such as Yin Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help calm the mind.

For new mothers who may find it challenging to fit these activities into their schedule, it’s important to rest as much as possible, even if it means napping when the baby naps. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, just closing your eyes can help. Even a brief rest can reduce stress and help you relax, providing more energy for the day.

When To Seek Medical Help?

There are certain situations where seeking medical help is advisable:

EXCESSIVE HAIR LOSS  If you are losing clumps of hair or experiencing bald spots, it might be more than just standard postpartum shedding.

PROLONGED HAIR LOSS If hair loss continues beyond a year after childbirth, it could indicate an underlying condition that needs medical attention.

Balding Spots on Scalp

Combat Postpartum Hair Loss with In-Clinic Treatments at Radium Medical Aesthetics

At Radium, we understand the emotional and physical toll postpartum hair loss can take on new mothers. We offer a range of scientifically-backed treatments to help you restore and maintain your hair’s health.

Radium Self Defence Scalp Rejuvenation Serum

HAIR CARE PRODUCTS 

Our Self Defence Scalp Rejuvenation Serum is a serum designed to rejuvenate and revitalise your scalp, promoting healthy hair growth. This formula activates micro-circulation, ensuring that your hair follicles receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen. Packed with powerful antioxidants, it works to revive and restore weak hair follicles, combating signs of damage and ageing. Furthermore, it absorbs quickly and does not leave a sticky residue, ensuring a clean, fresh feeling after each application.

MEDISPA SCALP TREATMENTS

Radium Signature Scalp Revive is meticulously crafted to rejuvenate your scalp and reignite the vitality of your hair. This scalp therapy follows a targeted, three-step approach: Firstly, a micronised mist of our potent Radium™ hair serum, fortified with clinically proven ingredients such as Baicaipil and Capixyl, is gently infused into the scalp using delicate electric waves. Next, the scalp undergoes Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), stimulating increased blood flow to the follicles and encouraging the production of thicker, more resilient hair strands.

Hair Laser Treatments

LASER THERAPIES

Laser therapies, such as the Thulium Laser and Combination Laser Therapy, are non-invasive treatments that uses light energy at various wavelengths to stimulate the regeneration of hair follicles, promoting hair growth and improving hair density. Generally, these treatments involve almost no downtime, and have been proven scientifically effective in reducing hair loss and encouraging new hair growth.

Postpartum hair loss can be an unexpected challenge during the early stages of motherhood, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Radium, we are committed to helping you regain your hair’s health and vitality. With our comprehensive range of treatments and personalised care, you can confidently navigate this phase and look forward to having beautiful, healthy hair once again. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you on your journey to hair restoration.

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