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New Moms and Hair Loss

Posted: October 22nd, 2019

A lot of new moms see significant hair loss within a few months after experiencing childbirth. This is typical and not considered true hair loss. Dermatologists have labeled this condition “excessive hair shedding.” This condition is caused by decreasing estrogen levels. The great news is that “excessive hair shedding” is short-term and does not need to be medically addressed. Most new moms will see this condition improve and their hair return to its normal fullness by the time their baby reaches one, sometimes even sooner. 

Dermatologists’ advice for new moms
Here are some tips for those concerned moms that need help until your hair returns to its normal thickness. • Try a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos contain substantial amounts of protein in them for added lift, thickness & volume. • Stay away from “conditioning shampoo.” These are specifically designed to make hair smooth but contain heavy conditioners that can cause the hair to appear thin. • Use a conditioner that is made for fine, thin hair. These contain ingredients specially formulated to be less heavy on the hair. • Use conditioner mostly on the ends of your hair. Using conditioner on the scalp and all over may weigh hair down. • Do not use conditioners that are called “intense conditioners.” These are too thick and heavy and will weigh the hair down as well. 

Choosing the best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair may be challenging and often found by trying several products. 

Try a new hairstyle. Certain styles can add fullness & volume to your hair. Many new moms choose a short hair style because it’s easier to take care of and fits better into their busy scheduleof taking care of their new baby. 

Source: American Academy of Dermatology