Hair loss

Updated 25 January 2016

Tips for managing hair loss after pregnancy

You've just had a beautiful baby but now your hair is falling out in chunks - here are some tips to manage the problem.

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If you're pregnant or have recently given birth and have noticed your hair falling out, do not fear - while it may be inconvenient it is perfectly normal.

This form of hair loss is called post-partum hair loss, usually occurs after childbirth and is caused by changing oestrogen levels.

Most women return to a full head of hair by the time baby turns one.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to cope with loss of hair just after birth of a child:

- Use volumising shampoo and conditioner.

- Don't use a shampoos labelled as "conditioning." It can weigh down hair and make it look thinner.

- Choose a conditioner made for fine hair.

- Don't put conditioner on the scalp. Only apply it to the ends of the hair.

- Don't use any heavy conditioner labelled "intensive," which can weigh down thin hair.

Try a new hair style

If you're battling with long hair clogging the drain, you may want to consider going for a shorter, easy-to-style haircut such as a bob. Shorter hair often makes your hair look fuller. A hairdresser should be able to advise you on a style that will suit you best.

Read more:

Making sense of hair loss

How your diet can improve the health of your hair

Female pattern hair loss and what to do


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