5 Fixes for Postpartum Hair Loss

Many women lose a bit of hair after they give birth -- usually around the 4-month mark. Want to help with hair regrowth? Read on...


Many brand new moms find themselves experiencing hair loss after giving birth—and it can be kind of scary. But don’t worry.

Normally, most of the hair on your head is growing; while 5 – 15% isn’t. After a resting period, the 5-15% falls out and new hair grows (on average a woman sheds about 100 hairs a day). When you’re pregnant, higher estrogen prolongs the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker hair. Postpartum, estrogen levels change again and more hair follicles enter the resting stage, causing more hair to fall out (but it is really just the hair that didn’t fall out while you were pregnant…though it does feel like you might go bald sometimes!).

How can you help this process and get your hair to start growing again? In addition to buying products specifically designed for thinning hair, some helpful things you can do are as follows:

Head or scalp massages


Stimulating the scalp gets blood flowing to the area and boosts the strength of the hair roots. The increased circulation ensures the best starting conditions for every individual hair strand. Adding in an essential oil like peppermint or cinnamon helps to further stimulate the scalp and promote growth. 

Ease up on heavy conditioners


Heavy conditioners can clog the hair follicles, blocking the hair and preventing growth. Apply conditioner to the ends, but avoid applying close to the roots.

Go Hard Core Care


Nioxin is a skincare-inspired treatment that uses custom technologies to deliver thicker, fuller-looking hair without side effects that can come with taking supplements. You can purchase Nioxin online and do it at-home or you can sometimes have it done in a salon. There’s a fantastic salon in Toronto (Parlour Salon) that offers the treatment (that is child and pet-friendly no less!) that we recommend specifically.

Go natural


Almost everything can damage hair. Try to stay away from using heat tools where you can so hair has the opportunity to grow strong.

Eat right


Your hair is still part of your body, so a healthy diet and lifestyle will always help create healthier hair. Opt for foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium. Vitamin B-complex and omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, is key for hair growth.

One response to “5 Fixes for Postpartum Hair Loss”

  1. Laura Berney says:

    New parents usually experience severe hair loss approximately three to six months after childbirth. During pregnancy, hormone levels increase astronomically and causing all kinds of bodily changes. This can be shocking for many people who are not prepared for the hair loss.
    You can minimize effects of postpartum hair loss by avoiding brushing your hair as much as possible. Take vitamin supplements that facilitate hair growth. Trim dead or split ends on a regular basis. Part your hair differently to cover up bald spots. Use moisturizers to eliminate dryness. Stop the usage of dryers.