BABIES – Help reduce post partum hair loss
Pregnancy certainly wasn’t a breeze for me, but certainly one of the joys was having thicker fuller hair and lovely strong nails. Little did I know my joy wasn’t to last, as a few months after giving birth my hair came out in clumps! Every time I brushed it, my hair would literally fall out and was thinner than before pregnancy. That wouldn’t have been so bad if I had thick hair to start with, but unfortunately I didn’t inherit my mothers lovely thick hair. So I went in search of ways that anyone suffering from this can help improve the condition.
Trichologist Iain Sallis
We consulted with a professional that could help ease minds and suggest a solution, Trichologist Iain Sallis shared: “The problem is called ‘Post-Partum hair loss’ and it is quite temporary in itself, a percentage of the hair is shocked into an early shedding phase which after a few weeks falls out…this is when the panic sets in!
Fortunately, the hair starts to grow back immediately, you just don’t see the ‘new’ hair for several months down the line! The only caveat to this is if there is an underlying issue that has been triggered by the birth, that can cause the hair to thin chronically until this issue has been rectified (e.g.: if you have a very low Iron level after child birth, the hairmay carry on thinning until the Iron level has been rectified).
Common issues after child birth are:
- Low Iron
- Low Vit B12
- Low Zinc
- Low Vit D
- Not eating properly (low calorie or low protein diets*)
- Hormonal imbalances
- medication due to complications
He created a product called Hairjelly, the perfect resolution for a diet that is lacking the essential sulphur rich Amino-acids which is required for healthy hair growth http://www.hairjelly.co.uk“.
Hairmedic Solutions ‘Hairjelly’
Our regular readers will know that we don’t recommend anything without testing it first, so a few months ago I began taking Hairjelly. After a couple of weeks I saw a little improvement in the thickness of my hair, but it was after a month that I really noticed an improvement and now in my second month, I am no longer panicking. My hair is getting thicker and looking healthier, what I didn’t expect is for my nails to improve as well. Hair jelly is a great solution for fine hair or to help improve hair loss, one that we would fully recommend. It is recommend to take two tablets a day and costs £29.99 for 60 tablets. This is worth every penny, especially for women who feel conscious about their fine or thinning hair.
Available at Hairjelly for £29.99
Trichologist Tony Maleedy
Trichologist Tony Maleedy has more than 25 years’ experience, was mentored by Philip Kingsley and is available for comment, advice and information on all hair care and scalp-related problems.
“It is your scalp that mainly determines what your hair is like, whether it is dry or greasy, dull or shiny, thick or thin. Your scalp is the starting point and its health determines the quality of the hair.”
Tony Maleedy Juniper Scalp Therapy Shampoo – Conditioner also available
I also turned to Tricologist Tony Malady, who is a hair specialist, cosmetic scientist, expert on hair products and the founder of Tony Maleedy Hair, a company dedicated to creating high-quality treatments, using therapeutic and natural oils. He has worked as a trichologist for more than twenty-five years in London and New York. In that time he has treated tens of thousands of people with hair and scalp disorders, including many celebrities and members of the Royal Family.
He shared: “It is your scalp that mainly determines what your hair is like, whether it is dry or greasy, dull or shiny, thick or thin. Your scalp is the starting point and its health determines the quality of the hair.” To help tackle this he created the Juniper Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner.
This is a product you can actually feel working, as your scalp tingles as you massage it into your head. The Juniper Scalp Therapy Shampoo is clinically developed to eliminate a range of problematic scalp symptoms such as dryness, dandruff, irritation and inflammation. This formula greatly improves the health of the scalp, helps to reduce hair loss and optimises conditions for better hair growth. It smells divine and is made from therapeutic plant oils including tea tree oil and corn mint oil, for me this definitely improved my hair growth and as an added bonus, it comes in a sexy bottle too.
Available at Tony Malady Hair for £17.99
Regrowz for Women
Regrowz is a newer product on the market which helps initiate hair growth, it is an all natural hair growth and thickening solution to female hair loss. Designed to give the user fuller, thicker hair, Regrowz for Women has been trialed by over 30 female case studies for the last six months.
Although this product takes a little longer to use, as you have to leave it on for a few hours, which can be tricky when you have a baby, although the results are worth it. I love that it is made with natural ingredients, so you are putting a safe product onto your already thinning or damaged hair.
There are two steps, one is to apply the scalp stimulant and gently comb it through the effected areas and wait thirty minutes for it to absorb. For step two apply the restoration serum and massage it into the hair for a minute, then leave the serum on for 60 minutes and wash it off.
Available at Regrowz for £39.95 for one month
Toppik Hair Building Fibers
Whilst we fully recommend all of the previous products, they don’t work overnight. For a quick fix to help you feel good and give the impression of fuller hair, try the Toppik Hair Fibers. Toppik is available in 9 different colours and cosmetically enhances any available hair. You simply shake or spray the fibres onto your hair and style as usual, if you pop on some hair spray I found it tends to stay on longer. It gives immediate results and blended well with my own hair, making my hair appear thicker and fuller. The hair fibres have a strong natural static charge that creates a magnetic effect, tightly binding Toppik Hair Building Fibers to even the finest strands of human hair. I love this product!
Toppik can also:
- Ability to conceal hair loss.
- Works as a root-touch up or can be added in between colorings.
- Makes even thin hairs appear thicker and fuller.
- Can cover up extensions, part lines, and resists against losing its form.
Available from £6.95 at Toppik
Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver
To really understand the isssue and give you some comfort, read what Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver from The Cotswold Trichology Centre has to say: “Post-natal hair shedding is a normal part of having a baby and most women make a full recovery within 12 months. However, for some women their hair becomes increasingly thin over time and worse with each pregnancy. It is normal to lose some hair after having a baby, post partum hair loss usually begins around two months after birth (or after cessation of breast feeding) and continues for two to three months. During pregnancy the natural level of hair loss reduces significantly so we have more hair in the growth phase than normal and less in the resting phase, hence many women report thick lovely hair by the third trimester. Hair which did not fall out during this time is lost later and termed ‘post partum’ hair loss. Often it will grow back without needing any treatment but for some women it is never the same again.”
For many women pregnancy is the time when their hair will look and feel the most amazing. Here is a breakdown of the stages you hair will go through during and after pregnancy:
“During the early months of pregnancy, changes happen with your hair and scalp, as well as every other part of your body. You may notice your skin becomes more oily, whilst your hair is more lank and needs more frequent washing. This is due to the increase in the hormone Progesterone. Fear not, as with some of the other unpleasant symptoms you may be suffering, it should subside within a few months. Washing your hair more frequently does not stimulate sebum production; so to manage the problem just shampoo your hair more often with a mild shampoo until it subsides. Some women report hair shedding in the early stages of pregnancy and are shocked, as normally thicker hair is known to be one of the more pleasant side effects of pregnancy. If you notice you are losing more hair rather than less during the first three months, hormones are the likely culprit again. Any drastic change in hormone levels can cause an increase in hair shedding a couple of months later. This could include the sudden hormonal change associated with pregnancy and if you came off the pill and became pregnant quite quickly this is certain to compound it. Stopping the contraception pill causes an increase in hair shedding around 2-3 months later. There is no treatment for this unfortunately you just have to wait it out.
This is where things start to get good! Normally we lose around 50 – 100 hairs a day but during the third trimester, normal loss can drop by up to 75%. This means that there is more hair in the growth phase and less in the resting phase than normal, hence more hair on the head at any one time, which leads to considerably thicker hair. Sebum production begins to normalize also and hair starts to feel like it has more volume. Some of the normal causes of hair loss, such as low iron and stress have less of an impact on your hair than they would without the support from your higher level of hormones.
By this point your hair should feel thicker, have more volume and shine. It might be taking longer to dry than normal, as there is more of it. If you colour your hair your regrowth may need attending to slightly sooner than usual due to the increased hair growth rate. Make the most of it, this is the best your hair will ever look.
The Postnatal 12 months
You should retain most of the hair that did not fall out during pregnancy for 2-3 months after birth. The sudden drop in hormones after labour causes retained hairs to return to their natural cycle. Some women can experience rather acute hair loss at this time, which is part of the process of returning to a normal hair growth cycle. However, if you choose to breast feed your baby, the drop in hormone levels is not quite so acute and the postnatal hair-shedding period occurs slowly over a much longer period of time. Most women don’t really notice changes in their hair until a couple of months after they begin weaning their baby and hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels. The hair that is temporarily lost should start growing back again within 2-4 months.
If you feel after twelve months or so your hair isn’t growing back or it is still falling out, this warrants further investigation. Although sleep deprivation, exhaustion and the major lifestyle changes of having a new baby could certainly have a negative effect on your hair, by 12 months these factors should be considerably less of an issue. Persistent hair loss after childbirth is often associated with low iron stores. Blood tests aren’t always carried out after birth and the tiredness associated with iron deficiency can easily be attributed to the extreme sleep deprivation and intensity of having a new baby. If your hair loss doesn’t stop within 12 months of having a baby, it would be wise to investigate your ferritin level and ensure you maintain it to an optimum level.
Your Hair After Twelve Months
After around twelve to eighteen months your hair should have returned back to its normal state, particularly if your restored your iron stores to a reasonable level. However, some women find their hair is not the same as it was and seek treatment or specialist advice. Laser therapy can really help as it uses light to increase blood circulation, stimulating dormant follicles and strengthening existing hair growth. There are little known side effects, no pain involved and is one of the most tolerable forms of hair stimulation. Many hair clinics offer laser therapy treatment but the twice weekly visits that are necessary to see a positive improvement are both expensive and inconvenient to family life.
Home use laser hair therapy devices are available in a variety of forms and far more convenient than the clinical equivalent. When looking for a home laser hair therapy machine choose one which is wearable and covers a large area, that has a high number of lasers and does not use LED’s, is rechargeable rather than mains powered so that you can move around and that has some method of parting the hair so that light can penetrate to the scalp, such as Theradome’s LH80 Pro Laser Helmet. Bear in mind that laser therapy like any treatment takes time and consistency to work but if you choose the right device it shouldn’t take any effort to improve and maintain your hair.”
Credit: Sally-Ann Tarver MIT.FTTS, Consultant Trichologist, The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome GB
Hopefully for those suffering from Post-partum hair loss, this brings you a little comfort.
Cat, Heart London Magazine