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Hair loss after pregnancy
To say that pregnancy has a great effect on the female body is an understatement. The body adapts itself to facilitate the pregnancy. And there is a lot involved. The main hormone responsible for these changes is called oestrogen. The rise in oestrogen levels affects everything, including the hair. Some women notice their hair becoming fuller, while others notice hair loss. What is the situation, and can anything be done about this hair loss?
Hormone fluctuations have an effect on hair growth. In a situation of normal hair growth, about 90 percent is actively growing. There are 3 phases of hair growth:
- The growth phase, called the anagen phase, lasts from two to seven years, but the average is about three years.
- The catagen phase is the transitional phase between the growth and rest phases. During this phase, the hair follicle retracts and detaches itself from the subcutaneous layer. On average, this phase lasts one to two weeks.
- The rest of the hair is in the telogen phase. In other words, it is not growing actively and is in the resting phase. With a healthy scalp, this phase lasts three to five months.
Hair loss during pregnancy
The oestrogen level increases enormously during pregnancy. For some women, this means that more hair enters the growth phase (up to 95%), making their hair fuller. For other women, the increase means that hair passes more quickly from the growth phase to the resting phase. During this time, you may experience reduced growth and more hair loss.
Stress, overtiredness and tension can also be a factor in hair loss. And what exactly is an exhausting and stressful period? Indeed, pregnancy. As the body is under extra strain due to stress (and pregnancy), nutrients are often less well absorbed or passed on to the hair roots. This is a difficult period, which you do not want to see aggravated by hair loss. So, it is understandable to look for a solution. What is in any case important and reassuring is that hair loss during pregnancy is in most cases temporary.
Hair loss after pregnancy
Hair loss during pregnancy is not very common, but after childbirth many women experience a difference. The sharp rise in oestrogen levels drops off temporarily and even becomes lower than before pregnancy. A larger proportion of hair now enters the resting phase (telogen phase). It takes about three months after childbirth for these hairs to fall out. This is the reason why around three months you are suddenly confronted with more hair loss than normal. This form of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. In addition, the previously mentioned stress associated with the birth, as well as a possible iron deficiency, can also contribute to accelerated hair loss. Iron deficiency often occurs during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
What can you do about hair loss after pregnancy (post partum)?
Do you want to do something about your hair loss during and after pregnancy? You can, but your options are limited. Many hair growth products have an effect on hormones. Which is precisely the reason for this type of hair loss. You do not want to influence this even more. Breastfeeding is also discouraged. We therefore advise against using products such as minoxidil or nanoxidil. American research has also shown that some regular hair care products can have a negative effect on pregnancy. These include shampoos containing parabens or phthalates.
What we do recommend is using a nourishing keratin shampoo, supplementing your diet with MSM powder or camouflaging.
Keratin shampoo from Beaver
This is a hair thickening and nourishing shampoo that improves the general condition of the scalp, strengthens the hair and cleanses intensively. The shampoo does not contain harmful substances such as silicones, sulphates (SLS), parabens and phosphates. The active ingredient keratin also has no effect on the hormonal balance, so a pregnant woman can use it with confidence.
Methyl sulphonyl methane is a form of sulphur and is a substance found in the body. It is an essential component of our skin, connective tissue, hair, joints and nails, among others. MSM has many positive properties and can promote hair growth, mobility and the maintenance of supple muscles, joints and flawless skin, among other things.
Kmax hair fibres
Hair fibres are a cosmetic solution to camouflage your temporary hair loss or thinning hair. Kmax Concealing Hair Fibres consist of very small keratin fibres that bind to existing hair through static electricity. This allows you to create a thicker head of hair and naturally hide thinner or balding patches on the scalp.
Would you like more information based on your personal situation? Ask for a personal consultation.