How to Recover After Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss

Postpartum hair loss is an unfortunate effect, during a time when the last thing you need is to worry about your hair.

Imagine…it’s been nine months, and you’re now enjoying your little bundle of joy. You have barely any time for showers, but when you do, you see an awful lot of hair in the drain. You might be wondering if this postpartum hair loss is temporary, and what you can do about it.

Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Your pregnancy hormones have split. Your once lush hair is now sparse. You are finding clumps of hair in your drain, and it seems excessive, so what is wrong?

It’s called postpartum hair loss – the sudden shedding of hair that new mothers sometimes experience three to six months after giving birth.

Is There Something That Can be Done?

You will inevitably shed your hair to a point, but you can prevent further hair loss with these eight steps:

1. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
 Supplement your diet with a supplement for hair that includes Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc.

2. Wash your hair less
Shampoo your hair about three times a week for the best results. Use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner when you do wash your hair. Be sure to use a wide-toothed comb to reduce tangles.

3. The right shampoo
Use shampoo and conditioners that contain biotin or silica.

4. Tight hair-dos are now on the “hair-don’t list”
Refrain from putting your hair up tightly; instead, give it some air to breathe by leaving it loose. Invest in clips and barrettes and leave hair ties in retirement for now.

5. Stay away from chemical treatments.
This means no perms or coloring, unless they are naturally based like Henna.

6. Skip hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons.
If you need to use them, use the cool setting instead.

7. See a doctor if your hair loss is excessive.
Sometimes there are underlying problems at play in addition to the hair loss.

8. Discuss a form of hormonal birth control with your doctor.
Certain types of birth control can help boost estrogen levels and may help with hair loss.

Home Remedies to Help Recover After Postpartum Hair Loss

Hair Mask

Try an egg white hair mask by blending one egg white and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Then rinse it well with lukewarm water.

Fenugreek Seed Water

Soak Fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Strain the water into a bowl in the morning and apply the strained water to your scalp, leave it on for 1 to 2 hours. Repeat the process once or twice a week for best results.

Massage Your Scalp

This helps with blood circulation in your scalp. Use your favorite oil and move your fingers in gentle circular motions. Massage for 5 to 10 minutes per day. Use this same technique when shampooing.

Coconut Oil Overnight Mask

Coconut oil can be used on your scalp as a mask or shampoo. When using as a mask, apply to your hair and put on a shower cap. Leave in overnight. Wash out in the morning.

Get the Vitamins and Hydration Needed

Eat flaxseed, dried fruit, and drink plenty of water. Taking a vitamin that supports healthy hair growth can also be very helpful in reducing postpartum hair loss.

Postpartum hair loss
Adding yoga, meditation, and other relaxing activities into your everyday routine can have a huge impact on promoting healthy hair.

Reduce Stress

Adding yoga, meditation, and other relaxing activities into your everyday routine can make a huge impact on your stress levels, which in turn promotes healthy hair.

Hair loss after pregnancy is normal, and usually temporary. While it can last up to 12 months, your hair will most likely go back to its normal thickness and eventually stop excessively falling out.

 

 

The Facts About Biotin for Hair Growth – Is Your Hair Reflecting Your Overall Health?

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Hair strands have little “shingles” or “tiles” that can be broken off by things like blow drying, which results in thinning hair. One treatment for healthier hair could be Biotin, because it helps rebuild those “tiles.”
This is explained by Dr. Memet Oz to Diane Sawyer on ABC News. He says that by looking at the condition of someone’s hair you can immediately tell whether it’s a hormonal or thyroid problem, or if they have been exposed to toxins and chemicals.

That’s why Nutrafol’s mantra is “healthy from the inside out”.

Biotin for Hair Growth: Just how does it work?

Biotin, sometimes called Vitamin H, is one of the B Vitamins. The B’s aid energy by converting carbohydrates into glucose and metabolizing fats and proteins.

Specifically, biotin helps produce amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. That’s why it’s so recommended for strengthening hair (and skin); after all, hair does consist of keratin, which is really a form of protein. That all contributes to cell growth, and that is how it works.

Humans don’t require a lot of biotin; in fact, the number’s so minute, there’s no RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), according to the Mayo Clinic. That’s not necessarily a good thing, though, because the numbers are so varied that it can be easy to underestimate our need, or even think that if we take a B-Complex vitamin, it’s good enough to reverse our thinning hair.

Hair Loss Can be a Symptom of a Biotin Deficiency

Biotin is water soluble, which means we don’t store it, and there are some things that can increase our need.

Usually, the bacteria in our intestines manufacture biotin, so if you’ve had your stomach removed, your body will no longer be able to do so. Pregnancy increases the need for biotin, as the fluctuating hormones in combination with the physical and emotional stress, can all accelerate hair loss.

Raw-foodists and athletes who love their raw egg drinks in the morning need to be careful of raw egg whites. They contain a protein called avidin that binds to the biotin, interfering with absorption, and is almost irreversible according to the National Institutes of Health.

Antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, and smoking can all lower biotin levels.

Biotin
Salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds are all great sources of biotin.

Healthy Hair from the Inside Out

A poor diet can also trigger physical and emotional stress, hormone imbalance, vitamin deficiency, accelerated aging and more, and can be a vicious cycle. Biotin is found naturally in foods like mushrooms, turkey, tuna, salmon, halibut, avocado, eggs (cooked, please!), nuts, seeds, berries and fruit. Swiss chard is a major biotin-producer; it’s also an antioxidant so it fights aging, which we all know is another cause of hair loss. Carrots also contain a pretty good supply of biotin.

However, if you’re losing your hair, you’ll want a supplement that addresses the possible causes, such as Nutrafol, which contains biotin to support strong, healthy hair.

While biotin toxicity would be extremely rare and unlikely, proper dosage is crucial and there is such a thing as too much! Be on the look-out for slower release of insulin, skin rashes, lower vitamin C and B6 levels, as well as high blood sugar levels.

Vitamins Alone won’t Cut it

We have done a lot of research at Nutrafol and have seen the new science. It suggests a combination of internal (such as stress, nutritional deficiency and illness) and external (such as environmental toxins) triggers can create a never-ending cascade of free radicals (those rogue cells responsible for aging and disease) and oxidative stress. So it is important to have a holistic view and work on your health – inside and out.

The Role of High Prolactin Levels in Hair Loss and Hair Health

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Prolactin is a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland and its major function is to stimulate milk production in women after childbirth. However, recent studies have also shown a connection between high Prolactin levels and the health of our hair – or lack thereof. It has been observed that higher levels of serum Prolactin are associated with excessive hair loss in the human body.
Hyperprolactinemia, i.e. high levels of Prolactin, is a normal change during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but in non-pregnant women it can be a sign of disease. This condition leads to progressive hair loss because of its effect on the levels of testosterone in the body.

Prolactin acts by increasing the receptors of Luteinizing Hormone in the Leydig Cells, testosterone producing cells that are found in men‘s testicles and women’s ovaries. The increased testosterone secretion can cause hair loss in certain individuals because their hair follicles are genetically more sensitive to the elevated levels of the hormone, which causes the follicle to shrink.

 

Research on Hair Loss Due To High Prolactin Levels

In a recent study, organ-cultured human scalp was treated with a very high dose (400ng\ml) of Prolactin. The normal level of Prolactin is below 18ng\ml in men and 29 in women. The result was a significant decrease in the elongation of the hair shaft along with more hair prematurely moving into the catagen phase, when the hair gets cut off from its blood supply and stops growing. There was also elevated Apoptosis, which is increased natural cell death of the hair bulb keratinocytes (cells in the skin with a protective function), which can lead to hair loss.

 

high prolactin levels
While pregnant and breast feeding, it is normal to have higher prolactin levels but for non-pregnant women it can lead to hair loss.

Reasons for Increased Prolactin Secretion

Hyperprolectinemia can be caused by the following:
• Prolactinoma, a non-cancerous swelling of the pituitary gland, which leads to increased secretions of Prolactin.
• Increased secretion of TRH (Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone) due to Hypothyroidism, stimulates the secretion of Prolactin.
• Excessive use of anti-depressants such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Benzodiazepines (such as Alprazolam, Diazepam and Lorazepam), and Tricyclic Antidepressants (such as Imipramine, Amitriptyline, and Nortriptyline).
• Any psychotic disorder or chronic anxiety syndrome.
• During pregnancy and lactation there is increased secretion of the hormone Oxytocin which in turns stimulates increased secretion of Prolactin.
• Increased levels of Estrogen during the end of the gestational period also causes elevated levels of Prolactin. Paradoxically, Estrogen is also said to prolong the growing phase (anagen phase) of the hair cycle, which is why women’s hair can be thicker during pregnancy. More on Estrogen and how it affects the hair can be found in this article.

Reasons for Decreased Levels of Prolactin

• Excessive exposure to sunlight can decrease levels of Prolactin in the body.
Increased release of Dopamine by the Hypothalamus also inhibits Prolactin’s secretion.

 

Pharmacological Treatment of High Prolactin Levels

One recent study has shown that use of Dopamine Receptor Agonists such as Bromocriptine, Cabergoline, Pergolide and Quinagolide significantly reduces the levels of Prolactin in the body due to increased secretion of Dopamine.
All of these dopamine agonists have the same mechanism of action and minimal side effects. However, studies have shown that Cabergoline has the highest efficacy and drug tolerability for children and adolescents. Hence, Cabergoline should be the drug-of-choice for the treatment of Hyperprolactinemia, especially in young children and teenagers.
High Prolactin levels are emerging as a potential reason for increased hair loss in many people. Hence, levels of Prolactin should be checked in case of massive hair loss or Alopecia in order to treat these issues accordingly.

What you need to know about Hair Loss after Pregnancy

hair loss after Pregnancy

If you are concerned about hair loss after pregnancy, we can assure you that what you are going through is a normal process. Many new mothers suffer from postpartum hair loss, and some lose their hair more than others.

On average, new mothers experience hair loss after pregnancy within one to five months of giving birth. They may lose excessive amounts of hair – 500 strands per day, a medical condition known as telogen effluvium. But don’t worry. Hair loss during this period is temporary, and telogen effluvium itself won’t cause baldness or permanent hair loss.

Why there is hair loss after pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her estrogen levels elevate causing an increased number of hair follicles to stay in the resting phase for a longer period of time, thus thickening your hair and protecting it from falling out. In fact, up to 60% of your hair may enter this resting stage.

After you have given birth, hormone levels are returning to normal which allows your hair to resume its normal shedding and growth cycle. If it seems as though your hair is shedding excessively at one time, it is because in actuality it is nine months of hair that has been in the resting phase unusually long, that is now falling out.

While your estrogen levels are declining and normalizing and your hair follicles are being rejuvenated, hair loss will peak at about three to four months after giving birth. The important thing is to remain calm, be patient and to know that this is temporary.

Dermatologist Tips for Hair Loss

Here are some tips offered by dermatologists to minimize the effects of excessive hair loss after pregnancy:

  1. Excessive hair shedding may be more noticeable while washing your hair or combing and brushing. To avoid this, try washing your hair less often and allow your hair to dry naturally without using a blow dryer.
  2. Use a thickening or volumizing shampoo and a conditioner specifically formulated for thinning hair.
  3. Consider styling your hair in its most natural state (without a blow dryer or chemical straighteners), or get a haircut.
  4. Avoid using hair products such as conditioning shampoo or intensive conditioners as these products will weigh down hair.

 

Your hair should return to its normal thickness in approximately 6 to 12 months after delivery. Still, your hair may not return to its original texture pre-pregnancy. However, if you suspect that your hair is continuing to shed excessively beyond this time, check with your dermatologist or health care professional immediately. This may indicate another internal problem such as stress or nutritional deficiency of Vitamins A, B Complexes (including Biotin and Folic Acid), C, D, E, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, silica, and zinc, but an accurate review of your medical condition is needed for effective treatment.

If you are struggling with hair loss after pregnancy, this might be a good time to begin taking a hair supplement. The best supplements for your hair should provide nutrition for hair as well as target a variety of the triggers and causes of poor hair health, which may be stress, hormonal triggers and free radicals. For example, certain supplements may contain necessary vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen hair and for healthy hair growth, some may contain ancient botanicals and herbal ingredients that have been known and used for generations to provide specific health benefits, and others may contain a mixture of both. We recommend that you educate yourself about those available options and how a multi-ingredient supplement can be a benefit to healthy hair growth.

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