Postpartum Hair Loss: Causes & Treatment

Motherhood is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. But when a woman enters motherhood, she has to face many challenges, one of which is postpartum hair loss. This common condition affects many women after giving birth and can be a source of stress and uncertainty. Among the several reasons why women experience loss of hair post-pregnancy- hormonal changes and increased stress levels are the primary reasons. But fear not; this hair loss is usually temporary, and with the right hair loss treatment, you can promote hair growth and combat hair fall. Experts term this condition as hair shedding, in which a new mother experiences hair loss due to a fall in estrogen level. This article will dive into the causes of postpartum hair fall and explore the various hair loss treatments available to help bring back your luscious locks.

What Is Postpartum Hair Loss?

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Postpartum hair loss is medically termed ‘Telogen effluvium’, or ‘Postpartum alopecia’. It is a condition in which women experience hair shedding a few months after childbirth. This is mainly due to hormonal imbalances in the body. Besides hormonal imbalance, stress, lack of sleep and thyroid problems are a few common factors responsible for postpartum hair loss. As per experts, it’s completely normal to experience hair fall post-pregnancy.

What Are The Causes Of Postpartum Hair Loss?

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During pregnancy, high levels of hormones such as estrogen cause an increase in the number of hairs in the growth phase, leading to dense, thicker and healthier hair. However, post-delivery, these hormone levels drop, causing an increased number of hairs to enter the shedding phase and leading to loss of hair.

When Does Postpartum Hair Loss Start, and How Long Does It Exist?

The adjustments and challenges of a new mother take a toll on hair health, leading to severe hair fall. Postpartum hair loss usually starts three to four months after childbirth and may continue up to eight to twelve months. The normal hair growth cycle is resumed after experiencing about three to six months of postpartum hair fall. Thankfully, many hair fall treatments are available to control hair shedding.

Postpartum Hair Loss Treatment

Postpartum hair loss can be distressing for new mothers, but the good news is that several treatments are available to help reduce hair shedding and support healthy hair growth. From topical hair fall treatments and supplements to changes in hair care routine, there are several options for women to consider.

1. Time 

In most cases, hair loss will resolve independently within 6-12 months.

2. Healthy Diet

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A well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, protein and minerals provides your hair with vital nutrients required to support hair growth. Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 are vital in maintaining scalp and hair health.

3. Topical Treatments

During the hair shedding phase, your hair is fragile and needs hair strengthening, nourishing and conditioning products, which will help to maintain your hair in good shape. You can fight postpartum hair loss with Anveya’s Ban The Fall Hair Serum, which has a powerful combination of potent hair care ingredients such as basil extracts, onion oil and chamomile oil. A number of my friends told me about how the serum helped them regain hair health in a short while. You should give it a try!

4. Tone Down The Stress Level 

High-stress levels can increase the cortisol level in the body, resulting in hair shedding. Manage stress by indulging in activities like yoga, meditation, jogging, gardening, swimming etc. 

5. Haircare 

Follow healthy hair-care practices such as warm oil massage once or twice weekly. Keeping your scalp clean by washing your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner. Don’t brush your hair when it is damp. Avoid harsh chemicals and heat on your hair, and consider using gentle hair care products. Be more gentle towards your hair, especially while shampooing, brushing and heat styling your hair.

6. Volumizing Hair Care Products 

You can use instant volumizing hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners and serums to add life to your dull, limp and lifeless hair. Avoid deep conditioners which can weigh down your hair. Try Anveya’s Instant Volumizing Hair Serum to add volume, repair and protect your hair. From my experience, the serum added instant volume to my hair in just 1 minute, which was mind boggling! I always carry it wherever I go, because you never know when your hair decides to act up and embarrass you, right? 

7. Supplements 

Taking a biotin supplement may also help support healthy hair growth.

A little about Anveya’s Ban-The-Fall Hair Serum 

The number of people who have talked highly about ban-the-fall serum is truly impressive. So, here’s a brief about the product that is making a lot of noise in the hair-care industry for all the right reasons. This hair serum is hailed as India’s first anti-hair fall Serum which is specially formulated only to cater to women’s hair care needs. , promoting scalp health and adding shine to the strands.

Ban-The-Fall hair serum is the perfect remedy for hair fall as it nourishes the scalp and is considered to be a one-stop solution for all your hair care needs. Rich in botanical extracts like basil extract, onion oil and chamomile oil, it strengthens hair from roots, boosts scalp health, preventing hair issues such as hair fall, breakage and split ends. It helps increase follicle quality to promote the growth of healthier-looking tresses, making you feel beautiful inside out! This lightweight serum penetrates easily into the scalp, providing deep nourishment to vulnerable areas. It improves the texture of your tresses, making them look vibrant and radiant.

It is always advisable to speak with a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions contributing to the loss of hair and determine the best course of action.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’
hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla
in collaboration with Zariya Healings.

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  1. That’s good information on how to control hair loss. I did face it for some years, however it wasn’t due to baby, as am single. But regular oil massages, multi-vitamins and change in haircare products helped. You have also suggested a good serum by Anveya.

  2. So many women I know suffer from hair loss n its not only cuz of pregnancy. I’m sure your post will help them battle it Manisha, irrespective of what the reason is. I will recommend the serum to them.

  3. This is a common problem and there are so many posts about them however its less cause different persons body reacts differently hence more knowledge more experience and more post on this topic will help 1 understand the problem. Good post.

  4. I’m not a mother but have dealt with hair loss. I checked out the Anveya serum and it seems godsend for me without the usual allergens. I will give it a try for sure.

  5. Postpartum hair loss is indeed a common concern for many new mothers, and it can be quite distressing to experience. It’s great to hear that there are various treatments available to help reduce hair shedding and promote healthy hair growth during this period. Taking a proactive approach by considering options like topical hair fall treatments, supplements, and adjusting hair care routines can make a significant difference in managing postpartum hair loss. Thanks for sharing about the serum with us..
    Following the birth of my second baby, I also faced the challenge of hair loss. During that time, I discovered an effective solution for my hair, which I have shared on my website as a homemade hair oil recipe specifically designed to combat hair fall.

  6. In the old days, we were given gond ladoos when our kids were born. Those really helped with the hair loss. A good diet is extremely important too. The serum looks like the best option now.

  7. Oh dear Manisha I am a good example of severe hair loss and I tried every thing possible for my problem….. But nothing so far managed to give me the desired result. Some doctor say this can be the issue, other doctor says that can be a reason but sadly none can point out what exactly is the reason. So this hair loss problem is quite confusing issue. I will try out the serum you recommended and will get back to you.

  8. I went through severe postpartum hairfall too and wondered if I was going bald! Too bad I didn’t know about these products then. Anveya is one brand that has some unique products for women.

  9. Thank God I was blessed with thick hair which I’ve hated when I was young. Fast forward to present, I’m totally loving it being thick as without it and the amount of hair fall I have daily, I must be bald by now. Eating the right diet and getting all the nutrients you need is important as well.

  10. I know of so many women, including my sister who suffered from heavy hairfall postpartum. Thank you for the great tips. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is imperative to get your fluctuating hormones back to normal, post delivery.

  11. This is so true that we all have gone through this postpartum phase, along with depression, hairfall to sleepless nights. This is such an amazing post which will help in post partum hairfall and to overcome the same.

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