Former Eastenders actress Jacqueline Jossa has announced that her hair is starting to grow back after experiencing post-partum hair loss after the birth of her first child.
Inspiring other new mums with hair loss
The 22 year old, best known for playing Lauren Branning in the top BBC soap opera, gave birth to baby girl, Ella, in February.
Posting a selfie which showed her thinning, and captioned the photo ‘For all the new baby mummy’s that might be losing some hair after birth, I’m right here with you, I think it’s starting to slowly grow back, so it’s all good guys!! Embrace it, and let’s enjoy being with our beautiful little cuties!!‘
Pregnancy and hair loss
This type of hairloss is known as Post-Partum Alopecia or Post-Partum Hair Loss. It gives the appearance of thinning hair, particularly noticeable around the temples and at the parting, which may appear wider than normal.
This is caused by the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. Whilst pregnant, mums-to-be often have lustrous looking hair; this is due to a disruption to their hair growth cycle caused by oestrogen levels, which causes the hair to become temporarily ‘stuck’ in an extended growth phase. This means there is less hair fall than normal – generally around 50 per cent less – and retaining this extra hair is what can make pregnant women’s hair appear fuller.
Following childbirth hormonal changes cause the extra hair that was previously retained to shed, which can be shocking if new mums don’t know what or why this is happening.
Treating post-partum alopecia
Whilst hair lost to post-partum alopecia – a type of telogen effluvium (it can, in fact, be referred to as Post-Partum Telogen Effluvium) – should grow back naturally, it can take around 6 to 12 months from giving birth for the hair to get back to normal. For this reason, many women choose to use post-pregnancy hair loss treatments to help speed up their regrowth.
Minoxidil has produced promising results for Belgravia clients with this condition, an example of which can be seen in this treatment video diary series, charting the progress of client and Belgravia Treatment Advisor, Trinity.
One point worth noting is that post-pregnancy hair loss can trigger Female Pattern Hair Loss in women with a genetic predisposition to this hereditary condition. But again, there are hair loss treatments that can help to combat both conditions and a good hair loss specialist will be able to advise as to the most effective course for your specific needs.
As Jacqueline and the many fans who replied to her post detailing their own experiences of hair loss after giving birth prove, Post-partum alopecia is entirely normal. Whether you choose to let your hair regrow naturally or opt to take a proactive approach by using treatments and hair growth boosters to spur the process on, it is not something to worry about.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.