Close Close
Mother and Baby

Hair Loss After Pregnancy: How To Strengthen Your Hair Again

If your hair is falling out in clumps after pregnancy, this is normal! Most women experience hair loss around the third month after birth, or a little later if you’re breastfeeding. There’s not much you can do to stop this, but, with good haircare and dietary habits, you can encourage regrowth. Read on for our top tips.
Expand Image

Don’t stress

When your hairline is creeping further and further back, you’re bound to get stressed about the situation, but this will only exacerbate things. The loss usually continues for 10-12 weeks but, after this, new hair should start to appear. If it’s still falling out, there may be an underlying cause, such as diet, stress or hormonal balance, which needs addressing with a trichologist.
Expand Image

Care For Your Scalp

‘People often forget their scalp, but this is where your hair is “living”. Think of it like the skin on your face. If the pH levels are out of balance, or it’s too dry or oily, your hair won’t be healthy.’ Massage is key to boost blood flow and feed the roots. Use a kneading motion on your scalp for two to three minutes every morning or night. And introduce a nourishing treatment, such as Touché By Flavien Scalp Tonic (£15, into your daily routine.
Expand Image

Boost your diet

Introduce a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure you’re getting a full spectrum of nutrients (but check with your doctor if you’re still breastfeeding). Philip Kingsley PK4 Hair Dietary Supplements (£22/120 capsules, are rich in amino acids to give your hair a lift.
Expand Image

Gently does it

Don’t over brush or excessively blow-dry your hair. This can cause damage if it is more brittle than usual post-pregnancy. A good-quality brush like the Tangle Teezer (£12.25, will ease out knots without pulling. And avoid scraping hair into tight buns or ponytails.
Expand Image

Deep treat

If your hair is very dry, switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, and add a weekly deep-conditioner, such as Kérastase Masquintense (£21.16,
Expand Image

Scalp SOS

A healthy scalp equals fuller locks. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo (£20.50, removes impurities and sebum from the scalp, renews and nourishes dry and tight scalps.
Expand Image

Treat your scalp

Try vitamin-enriched Nioxin Scalp Treatment, £16.05, or Redken Intra Force Kit, £34.42, (both which both encourage hair growth with regular use.
Expand Image

Soften your scalp

If your scalp is tight, switch to a shampoo formulated to soothe and rebalance your scalp, such as Kerastase Biotic Bain Bio-Recharge Hydrating Shampoo for Dry Hair (£14.45, It re-activates the scalp’s natural defences and calms discomfort.
Expand Image

Hydrate from within

‘Once you’ve finished breastfeeding, hyaluronic acid and spirulina supplements will help to promote hydration and mineralisation, leading to thicker, healthier hair,’ says trichologist Ricardo Vila Nova. Try Solgar Hyaluronic Acid 120mg, £30.43, and Spirulina 750mg, £12.27, both
Expand Image

Up your protein

Your hair is made of protein, so eating enough is vital for good hair health. Meat (particularly red meat), fish, eggs, tofu and lentils are all good sources. Ricardo Vila Nova, who offers in-depth trichology services and treatments at Harrods’ Urban Retreat (, also stresses the importance of checking you’re not depleted in vitamins and minerals.


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?