The Hair Loss Issue New Moms Face

Published on July 17th, 2016

It is common for a new mother to experience noticeable hair loss shortly after giving birth. This phenomenon is known as excessive hair shedding and is different from true hair loss. This excessive hair coming off is temporary, while it is due to the decrease in estrogen levels. In most cases, a woman will find that her hair returns to normal within a year or sooner. In the meantime, the following tips can help make your hair appear fuller.

Use a Volumizing Shampoo

These shampoos contain protein and other ingredients that coat the hair and add fullness and body. It is best to avoid “conditioning” shampoos since they can make hair appear heavy and limp.

Choose a Formula for Fine Hair

These shampoos and conditioners are lighter, so they will not weigh down the hair. It is best to steer clear of anything labeled “extra-moisturizing” or “intensive conditioning” as they tend to be extremely heavy.

Use the Right Technique

Applying conditioner to the scalp and the entire length of the hair can weigh down the hair and make it appear limp. Try to apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair.

Opt for a New Haircut

A short hairstyle can add body and volume to the hair. A short style is also easier to manage, which can be a plus for a busy mom. An experienced hairstylist can offer tips for choosing a cut that will be both flattering and easy to manage.

A Word of Caution

Although rare, a stray strand of hair can cause a hair tourniquet. This occurs when a strand of hair falls out and becomes wrapped around a baby’s body part such as the newborn’s finger, toe, or foot. This can cut off circulation and even cause infection. If this should happen, try to find the loose end and unwind the hair. In some cases, it may be necessary to use a small pair of scissors to carefully cut the hair away.