In this age of celebrity, it seems that not a week goes by without some national newspaper or magazine picturing the latest celebrity mum looking glamorous, with immaculate hair, who has lost the baby pounds within a matter of weeks. But the reality for many women is a struggle with post-childbirth weight and hair loss.
The Sun recently ran a feature on hair loss that occurs post-pregnancy (Post-partum Alopecia) and gave some useful information relating to the condition. Redken hair expert Billie Crago explained that during pregnancy a woman’s oestrogen levels rise and that this can affect women differently. Some women will find their hair becomes thicker while it goes limp and lank for others. Although a nutritious diet is important, Crago also pointed out that hair loss is common and normal in the 3 to 6 months after childbirth. Crago correctly explains that the condition is often temporary with hair growth returning to normal between 6 – 12 months after the birth.
Crago also explains that new mum Coleen Rooney, 23, who has been pictured recently looking ultra-groomed just weeks after giving birth, does in fact wear hair extensions and that “this may or may not be a sign of post-pregnancy hair loss”. But Crago does not advise this as a fix to cover up hair loss as the glue used needs “hair that is going to be staying on your head for a while for it to stay put”. Rather, Crago suggests clip-in extensions which can be taken out at night. Crago also suggests trying a range of thickening hair products.
While a thickening product can offer a short-term boost to your hair, and temporary hair extensions will make a glamorous image for a special occasion, unfortunately they will not provide the solution some women require.
Although post-pregnancy hair loss is usually temporary and therefore does not treatment, some women may find that other factors, such as stress and physical strains, prevent the hair from returning to a normal growth cycle. This can lead to a condition called Diffuse Thinning. The good news is that it is possible to treat this condition using a course of hair loss treatments.
The Belgravia Centre treats all types of male and female hair loss. Below is a video diary of Trinity Gardiner who experienced visible hair loss following the birth of her second child. Trinity, a member of Belgravia’s treatment advisor team, decided to record her treatment and show her progress.
If you are concerned about Post-partnum Alopecia or any other type of hair loss, contact Belgravia for a free consultation with a specialist. To book, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you over the next two working days.