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Postpartum Hair Loss

What causes postpartum hair loss?

The average person loses about 100 hairs throughout a day. But when you're pregnant your hormones keep those hairs from falling out — leaving your hair looking thicker and shinier than usual. Eventually when those hormones drop back to normal, the extra hairs drop, too. This may feel like extreme hair loss. But it is very common.

How long does postpartum hair loss last?

Don't worry. You're not going bald, you're just getting back to normal. If you're breastfeeding, some of your extra hair may stay until you wean or start to supplement with formula or solids. But nursing or not, take comfort in knowing that by the time your baby has its first birthday your hair loss will be finished, and your hair should be pretty much back to the way it was before pregnancy.

Tips for dealing with postpartum hair loss

If you're losing hair since giving birth, there are some things that may help.

• Get the right nutrients. 

Keep your hair healthy by eating well and continuing to take your prenatal vitamin supplement. There is also skin nail and hair, vitamins for an extra boost. • Take it easy on your hair. 

Be extra gentle to prevent excess hair loss and breakage after pregnancy. Shampoo only when necessary, once a week is sufficient, and use a good conditioner with a wide-toothed comb to minimize tangling.

• Choose the right accessories. Use scrunchies or barrettes to put hair up instead of elastic bands — and don't pull hair into tight ponytails. Silky pillow cases also help to reduce traction and breakage.

• Turn down the heat.

 Skip blow-dryers, curling and flat irons if you can.

• Take a break from chemically based treatments. 

Put off any highlights, perms and straightening sessions until the shedding stops.

Try not to stress to much about hair loss. Know that it is a normal part of the postpartum period.

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