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Hair loss and child birth

Hair loss and child birth, is there a connection? Why am I losing hair ? I lose it on a daily basis, every morning in the shower, in my bed and during the day as well.

Unlike men, the most common cause of hair loss for women is hormonal, rather than genetic. Changes in hormone levels, such as those seen with pregnancy, Child birth, thyroid Conditions, stopping or starting of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy or Menopause can cause temporary hair loss in women.

When certain hormones, like estrogen or testosterone, are produced more rapidly or their production is reduced, it can lead to hair loss. For example, after a woman gives birth to a baby there could be a temporary hormonal imbalance and women may notice an increase in hair loss, usually three to six months after delivery. The good news is that this hair loss is temporary and you do not have to do anything to remedy it. Most women see their hair return to its normal fullness by their child’s first birthday and some women may regain normal fullness even earlier.

If hormonal changes are not responsible for your hair loss, the condition could be brought on by harmful hair care techniques, stress, illness, an unhealthy diet or in some cases it may be hereditary.

Hair loss in women with poor diet is very common. Women who follow a strict diet and lose weight too rapidly can experience temporary hair loss, as can women who do not get enough protein, zinc, fatty acids, or iron through food consumption.

If the hair loss bothers you, these tips can help until your hair regains its normal fullness.

Avoid tight hairstyles

Pulling on your hair, or styling it tightly, can cause hairs to be pulled out. Styling or playing with your hair too often may also contribute to hair loss.

Avoid tight braids, using hair rollers, or tight hair clips and holders.

Don’t use hot oil treatments on your hair either, as they can be damaging to the hair and scalp.

Use a comb with widely spaced teeth

Avoid playing with your hair often, twisting or pulling on it

When brushing your hair, always brush gently.

We Be careful with heat. Using any heated tool on your hair can cause damage and increase hair loss.

Try to avoid frequent use of any device such as hair dryers or curling irons. If you must use a hair dryer, set it to the coolest setting you can. Hair is more fragile when wet than when it is dry. Be careful when combing or brushing wet hair.

Use shampoo and conditioner that add volume.

Use a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.

Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.

Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.

Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hair.

Avoid conditioners labeled “intensive conditioners.” These are too heavy.

Finding the best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair is really a matter of trial and error. A single ingredient that makes a volumizing shampoo or conditioner for fine hair better than the rest does not exist.

 Try a new hairstyle.

Some haircuts make hair look fuller. An experienced stylist can tell you what will work for you. Many new mothers prefer short hair. A short style can make hair look fuller. Short hair also can be easier to manage, which can save time. With a baby, anything that saves time can be a real boon.

Avoid stress.

Being under stress can increase hair loss. Stress may cause your hair follicles to go into a resting phase, resulting in thinner hair coverage. Hair loss caused by stress can be reversed by reducing that stress

Watch your diet.

Your diet can have an effect on the health of your hair. By eating certain foods you can help ensure that you have healthy hair. Try monitoring your diet for the following vitamins and minerals

Hair consists of protein. Getting enough protein in your diet will help keep your hair strong.

Monitor your iron intake. If you eat meat, try consuming lean meat for a healthy source of iron. Vegetarian sources of iron include soybeans, lentils, and spinach.

Vegetables and fruits can contain flavonoids and antioxidants, which can help with the maintenance of hair follicles.

Start taking supplements.

Some supplements are recommended to keep hair healthy and strong. While you wait for your hormone levels and hair growth to return to normal, you can maintain your hair with the following supplements

Try taking vitamin B, C, E and zinc.

Applying lavender oil mixed with thyme, rosemary and cedar wood oils, may help treat some forms of hair loss

Also Honey, Olive Oil and Egg Yolk Hair Mask helps helps in revitalizing dry and dull hair

If you would like further advice and tips on hair loss and prevention  come and see Dr Rahat Ghazanfar  at the INTERCARE HEALTH CENTER, open 7 days a week 8am-8pm.