Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum Hair Loss can be scary! Especially when you’re not expecting it!
It’s been about 3 months or so and you’re finally starting to feel better after having your baby. Unfortunately, you start to notice that you are having severe hair loss! It seems like it is falling out in clumps. Normal hair loss is 80 hairs a day. New moms can experience as much as 400 strands of hair loss a day! If you have fine, thin hair it can seem devastating! The good news is that postpartum hair loss is totally normal! Still scary, but normal!
Postpartum hair loss usually starts 3 months after you’ve given birth and can last up to the 6th or 9th month. The good news is that it is temporary and your hair should grow back!
High levels of the hormone estrogen during pregnancy helps keep your hair strong and healthy. Many women say they stopped shedding hair all together while they were pregnant. After giving birth, the estrogen levels drop dramatically and all of the hair you didn’t loose for 9 months seems to fall out all at once!
Nutritional deficiencies can also add to hair loss. Nutritional requirements change dramatically going to pregnancy to postpartum. Your body needs more nutrients especially if you are breast-feeding. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with lots of protein.
It’s important to continue to take your vitamins and to add a vitamin that promotes hair strength and growth. Biotin is the vitamin most helpful for hair health.
Nioxin Hair Cleanser and Scalp Therapy System helps promote a healthy scalp. The cleanser helps remove DHT which is a kind of hormone that can promote hair loss. Keeping your scalp clean and nourished will definitely help. https://www.nioxin.com/
Keeping your hair trimmed and conditioned will also help the appearance of thinning hair look fuller.
It can take several months for hair to fill in and look like it used to. I’ve had several clients finally get their hair back to normal and then it’s time for baby #2! 🙂
It helps to be prepared and take steps with your eating habits and hair health before the hair loss starts.
Itchy, Irritated Scalp
This time of the year, an itchy, irritated scalp has to go! The skin on the rest of our body is getting dry so it makes sense that your scalp skin will get dry as well. We’re good about using body and hand cream but your scalp could use some love too! Some scalps can feel like they are burning, prickling, or itchy and tight.
It’s nice to find out why your scalp is causing some discomfort. Your scalp can have dandruff , just be dry or maybe you’re just sensitive. Using a sulfate free and fragrance free shampoo will take care of most scalp issues. Dandruff is an all together different thing caused by a fungus and comes with intense itching and flakiness.
The scalp has more blood vessels than any other part of our body and each hair follicle has 4 different types of nerve endings.The smallest change can be noticed. It’s good to take care of the issues before they get worse. The scalp does have a normal exfoliating process to get rid of the natural oils that can build up on the scalp causing trouble. The problem is that the scalp will exfoliate too much or not enough.
Dry scalp just needs more moisture to keep the normal exfoliating process from being itchy or flaky. Moroccan Oil hair products makes a Dry Scalp Treatment that puts the moisture back into your skin. It’s best to use warm water, not hot when shampooing and don’t use the hairdryer too close to your scalp.
Sensitive and dry scalps can benefit from using Nioxin Shampoos and Conditioners that sooth and calm the scalp with a minty freshness.
Dandruff can benefit from Biolage Scalp Sync shampoo. It uses pyrithione zinc to relieve the scalp irritation. It’s safe for color treated hair as well.
If none of things are helping your irritated scalp, a trip to your physician or dermatologist is necessary. They can prescribe medicines that can clear things up.
Thinning hair can be a scary, stressful occurrence. There are many reason for hair loss. There is the natural process of aging and heredity that causes hair loss. There are also other outside factors that can cause hair loss like stress, poor eating habits, illness or medications.
It’s always a good idea to have a doctor give you a checkup and check your blood levels to see if there are any reasons for extreme hair loss. Natural shedding of 80-100 hair a day is considered normal.
Thinning hair from outside factors can be improved once the existing problem is identified and proper steps taken to stop the hair loss.
Hair loss from heredity and aging can be helped by cleansing and nourishing the scalp. Hair loss in this case is caused by a toxin that builds up on the scalp. Eventually the toxin covers the scalp so much that it diminishes the hair until it can’t break through the surface of the scalp. The toxin can be removed from the scalp with special cleansers and then conditioners and treatments to improve the health of the scalp.
Nioxin is a product line dedicated to the nourishment of the scalp. The shampoo is designed to thoroughly remove that toxin from the scalp so that hair can continue to grow. The conditioner, Scalp Therapy stimulates the nerves that help hair to appear thicker and fuller. The third step is the Treatment. It is applied and left on the scalp to stimulate the blood flow to the follicles so that the hair will grow. www.Nioxin.com is an amazing website that gives lots of helpful information so that you can better understand the benefits of their product. The link is below. They have done scientific studies that show the benefits of proper scalp care to continue good healthy hair growth. It is always best to start the system at the initial steps of hair loss. The benefits are noticeable after 3 months of using the products. Hair loss that has already happened may take longer to rejuvenate and may not come back at all.