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.
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.
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, touchebyflavien.com) into your daily routine.
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, philipkingsley.co.uk) are rich in amino acids to give your hair a lift.
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, feelunique.com) will ease out knots without pulling. And avoid scraping hair into tight buns or ponytails.
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, lookfantastic.com).
A healthy scalp equals fuller locks. Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo (£20.50, aveda.co.uk) removes impurities and sebum from the scalp, renews and nourishes dry and tight scalps.
Treat your scalp
Try vitamin-enriched Nioxin Scalp Treatment, £16.05, or Redken Intra Force Kit, £34.42, (both lookfantastic.com) which both encourage hair growth with regular use.
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, feelunique.com). It re-activates the scalp’s natural defences and calms discomfort.
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 solgaronline.co.uk.
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 (urbanretreat.co.uk), also stresses the importance of checking you’re not depleted in vitamins and minerals.