By Brooklyn Reader

February 11, 2014, 8:43 am

 

I dread washing my hair! After detangling and washing my hair, I look around on the floor at all of the hair that has shed and pull the hair out of the drain and I swear I there is enough to donate to two small children.

However as much as I complain there are others that have it way worse.  I have had several conversations with moms about postpartum shedding and who knew?!?

My mouth literally dropped open when one mom told me that when taking out her braids and entire braid came off her scalp! (I would have passed out right there in the bathroom).  In her situation, she was breastfeeding and normally shedding is held at bay until the baby is weaned from nursing, but everyone is different and reacts to the whole process differently.

Shedding Hair after your baby is born.

Shedding Hair after your baby is born.

One of the first things to know about postpartum shedding is that it is normal and is only temporary. You may notice sheading around three months after the birth of your baby. Though your hair loss may seem dramatic, you are not going bald (though some have ended up with bald spots).

During pregnancy the hormones our bodies produce cause the growth stage to be prolonged.  After the birth of your baby and the drop in hormones more of your hair goes into the resting phase and sheds. This shedding phase usually last from three to six months. You can expect to have your normal hair cycle back by twelve months after birth.

Here are some tips that can help you through your loss:

  • If possible, temporarily stop using harsh chemicals and dyes that can cause further breakage (Light ponytails or hair clips are best during this phase)
  • Prior to shampooing, try finger detangling with coconut oil or olive oil. Finger detangling allows you to be extra gentle with your hair. If you must use a comb, use a wide toothcomb.
  • Deep conditioning is key. Moisture should be a part of each step of your hair regimen.
  • If you notice more than normal hair loss, consult your doctor or dermatologist.

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6 Responses

  1. Charisse

    7 years after the birth of my only child and I swear my hair is still not growing the same. I lost 2 chunks of hair after I stopped breastfeeding my son and in that area, the hair is still thin; not to mention the fact that the hair that did grow back came in gray! I shouldn’t complain, I do have a lot of hair still, however, by comparison to the rest of my head, its horrible and I dread puling my hair back. I found that brushing and parting my hair in a different direction/area helped, also not pulling my hair back, or if I had to, not pulling it tight as to prevent further damage and breakage to the sensitive area.

    Thanks for the blog, when I mention hair loss to other moms, they look at me as if I am crazy – “who loses their hair?” but my sister and I did. I thought we were alone. Thanks again for bringing this to light.

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    • Dawn

      Charisse, if I tell you every mom I know has experienced hair loss. I am starting to see that I shed less and less but I have been using the finger detangling method and incorporating moisture in every step of my hair regimen. Using natural hair products and laying off of the heat has really helped me. If you ever have any questions or things that you would like for me to discuss please feel free to send me a message at [email protected]

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  2. Anarnia

    Three things that helped me when the temples of my head of hair decided to leave my scalp only 3 months after the birth of my daughter.

    1- Organic Castor Oil (for deep conditioning and nourishment of the scalp)

    2- The use of Mommy & Me brand Organic Pre-natal vitamins

    3- LOTS of Patience and the occasional comb over method!

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  3. Jason Neman

    Thank you so much for sharing your post partum experience, and your tips for hair loss. Now I know that post partum shedding is only temporary, will tell my friends about this. Hope to read more of your blogs. Again, thanks for sharing.

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