Hair Fall After Delivery: Remedies To Prevent Postpartum Hairfall

A lot of women suffer from hair fall after delivery. It is fairly common and this article will tell you all the information you need to know, from its causes to treatment. Women and hair loss issues are inseparable and hair fall after delivery is a normal phenomenon that occurs in almost every woman.

During pregnancy, you might have experienced thick, lustrous, and full hair but after delivery, all your hair beauty seems to fade away and you start experiencing severe hair fall. This continuous falling of hair keeps you worried, adding more stress to your mind and body. Hair fall is a matter of big concern but relax! You are definitely not going to get bald, it is just a temporary phase and you will regain your beautiful tresses soon.

Hair Fall After Delivery: Remedies To Prevent Postpartum Hairfall

Parentlane tells you why you start losing your hair after delivery and how can you restore your beautiful hair locks.

What causes hair fall after delivery?

Normally we lose at least 70-100 hair strands daily but increased level of estrogen during pregnancy halts the hair fall process. This is due to the increased estrogen in our body, which causes our hair to be in the resting phase (growth process) of hair growth cycle resulting in thicker and healthier looking hair. After delivery, the estrogen levels decline, however, all your hair that was resting, begins to fall out. This usually starts at about 3 months after the baby's delivery and can last up to 6 months to one year.

However, it’s a complete hormonal procedure and will subside by itself but there is a way out. You can prevent hair fall after delivery to some extent with some treatments that make your hair appear fuller and healthier again.

Remedies for hair fall after delivery

Although hair fall after delivery is not permanent, there are chances that your hair texture might change temporarily or even permanently. It can be oily, extra dry, limp, or broken. There are effective home remedies to try out, which help in keeping your hair healthy and promotes hair growth even after delivery.

1. Treat deficiency

Eat well. Do not ignore your health. Apart from low estrogen levels, lack of sufficient nutrients in body leads to hair fall after delivery. A low level of iron, zinc, Vitamin D or other essential nutrients in the body leads to hair fall. Vitamins shouldn’t be a substitute to varied diet, continue with your prenatal vitamins after your baby is born. Add natural sources of iron, calcium, zinc, protein, Vitamin D in your diet to stop hair fall. These can be found in green leafy vegetables, soy, milk, eggs, legumes, curd, whole grains, cereals. Ask your doctor to prescribe the required supplements to treat the deficiency.

2. Curd

It is an excellent tonic that your hair requires to regain the lost shine and prevent excessive hair fall. It is also known as the best conditioner for hair. Apart from including it your diet, apply it on your scalp and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash it with normal water to have soft and shiny hair.

3. Indian gooseberry or Amla

It is recommended by Ayurveda and has been used from so many centuries for nourishing the tresses. It is used to strengthen the roots of hair, maintain colour and improve shine. Boil amla with coconut or almond oil till they turn black and use the oil for hair massage or you can include it your diet to reap its benefits.

4. Egg whites

Make a hair pack by mixing one egg white, 2 table spoons of olive oil, 1 table spoon honey and apply it your hair. Leave it on your hair for about 30 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Egg white is a rich source of protein, which promotes hair growth, honey provides shine, and olive oil adds strength to the hair.

5. Fenugreek seeds

These small seeds can do wonders for your hair. It promotes healthy hair growth and prevents hair loss. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Strain the water and make a paste out of seeds. Apply the paste on your scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. Use the strained water to rinse your hair. Do it twice a week for best results.

6. Dry fruits and flax seeds

Include these things in your regular diet to promote the growth of healthy hair. These are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in improving overall health.

7. Bhringraj

Include it in your diet or make a paste of fresh leaves of bhringraj and apply it on your scalp.

8. Aloe vera

Apply aloe vera gel on your scalp and leave it for about half an hour. Do it thrice a week. It increases the blood circulation in the scalp that’s promotes hair growth and moisturizes the scalp, and also keeps dandruff away.

9. Regular massage

Massage with coconut oil, amla oil or almond oil promotes blood circulation and thus, hair growth.

10. Coconut

Massage your scalp with coconut milk to reduce hair fall. Also, you can burn the shells of coconut to ashes and add these ashes every time to the oil before you massage your hair. Regular massaging with this will check your hair fall and increase the volume of your hair.

Other tips to control your hair fall after delivery

1. Avoid styling with heat or other heat treatments like drying, straightening.

2. Use volumizing shampoo.

3. Apply conditioner properly.

4. Get layers cut done to have a fuller look or cut them short for denser look.

5. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair.

The process of hair fall after delivery may last from six months to one year. After delivery, your body takes some time to get back to normalcy. During this period the severe hormonal fluctuations in the body lead to changes in your body and hair too. Taking too much of stress may also take off your hair at a large scale and wash off all your efforts done to volumize hair.

If you are not able to manage long hair, cut them short for a while and take care properly.

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