Postpartum hair loss definitely doesn’t make the baby books so it can come as a huge shock to some new mums when they start to find their hair everywhere. For most, it can be unnoticeable but for some it can come out in large clumps, affecting their confidence and even making them look into a hair transplant. We have shared our postpartum hair loss stories as well as whats working to keep it at bay!
- Look into adjusting your hair colour. Adding highlights to your hair adds a lot of body which can give the illusion to thicker, fuller hair.
- Look into a vitamin supplement. There are tonnes of hair supplements on the market which can help towards postpartum hair loss, there are even some, like these, that you can start taking during your pregnancy to reduce the impact before it’s even happened!
- Reduce the amount of heat and styling on your hair. If you need to style your hair try some “vintage” methods like hair rollers or rags to create curls before you reach for heated styling methods.
- Skip a “hair wash” day. Washing your hair pulls out a lot, so if you can skip a day and opt for dry shampoo it takes the pressure off your hair.
- Change up your hair parting. Your parting can put a lot of pressure on your hair and this can be a ‘hotspot’ for bald patches. Even out the pressure by changing up the parting every now and again.
I’m 18 months postpartum and I am still losing hair, I have bald patches in places. I absolutely hate the “baby hair” it is crazy! Postpartum hair loss is no joke & it made me feel really down at one point, I would have a shower and chunks of my hair would fall out when washing it. It is slowly getting better after nearly 19 months
– Zoe, Mummy & Liss
My hair loss was bad from around 3-6 months postpartum. I was so relieved when it calmed down, and then the regrowth started and I have a short fringe all round my hairline now. I can’t see it ever going back to how it was!
– Elidh, Maisy Meow
My youngest is 2.5 and I still have loads of hair loss and my hair has completely changed – I also have sore scalp and dry scalp – I never had this before the children. It does get me down as I can’t do certain styles because of the loss of hair at the sides.
– Lianne, Ankle Biters Adventures
I’m quite lucky that my hair has always been really thick so although I had a lot to lose, it wasn’t visibly noticeable. However, it does drive me insane when I brush my hair as it just makes so much mess and I am always really conscious to check for hairs in my babies nappy or around his hands and toes as I’ve read horror stories about postpartum hair falling out onto your baby and getting stuck around their little toes.
– Georgina, Georgina Clarke Blog
I got the three months after both my boys and my hair started to fall out at the front. It was so bad I looked like I had a receding hairline! The first time I had a fringe cut to kind of disguise it, this time I’ve attempted to use thickening shampoo but it hasn’t made much difference.
– Alana, Baby Holiday
I’m 5 months post partum and suffering from quite heavy hair loss. Last month I got a new cut from my hairdresser – quite short (it used to be almost waist length), as it was thinning out, untidy and really affected my confidence. She recommended highlights to help give the image of depth and give me a confidence boost and it has helped! I would definitely recommend having a good chat to a hairdresser about whether a new style / colour can help. I have also been taking a multivitamin supplement and biotin, which claims to help – although I have not seen any difference yet. I used to have such long, thick hair so getting used to my new short, thin cut is still a work in progress.
– Christy, Welsh Mum
*This post is in collaboration with HS Hair Clinic