It turned out that hair might grow thicker and/or faster but after delivery 40-50% of women experience Telogen Effluvium, or simply post partum hair loss. Telogen Effluvium can happen 1 to 5 months after pregnancy but is most common around the 3-month point following delivery.
What can you do about post partum hair loss?
Not much, you can:
- Ride it out - it will stop eventually.
- If you want to, shave all your hair off – this gives you some sort of power in that you are “choosing” to lose your hair and I know many naturals that choose to do this with great effect.
- Treat your hair with even greater reverence during this period of shedding so you don’t lose even more hair than is necessary.
- Avoid excessive manipulation of hair: too much braiding, blow drying and use of heat will only make your shedding worse. Go for more protective styles.
- Avoid relaxers and even texturizers – they won’t help matters at all.
- According to WhatToExpect.com breastfeeding can delay the onset of this post partum hair shedding but when you wean your baby eventually, it will happen – geez, the never-ending benefits of breastfeeding. Just when you thought there couldn’t be another one!
Do you know of any other solutions to post partum hair loss? Please share your experiences in the comments section.