Women who experience hair loss after the birth of a child are sometimes stunned to find out that the situation can take many months to sort itself out. And, as a new video that has gone viral clearly shows, hair falling out in clumps is not at all uncommon for new mums.
The condition is known as postpartum hair loss, and while it is related to another condition named Telogen Effluvium, it is actually a separate condition in its own right and is seen when hair hoarded during pregnancy starts shedding several months after the birth. According to the Instagram video that has proved to be such a peek-through-the-fingers hit, it is just the kind of thing that hairdressers see regularly.
Hair coming out in handfuls
The footage of a new mother’s postpartum hair loss received more than 1 million views in just 24 hours – having apparently taken on a ghoulish life of its own. It was posted by Christina Kreitel, the owner of Intrepid Studio Salon in Utah, and shows the hairdresser tugging on her client’s hair. As she pulls, handfuls of hair are effortlessly pulled from the customer’s head.
Kreitel told Yahoo Lifestyle: “It’s become a running joke among my pregnant clients that after they give birth, I’ll have to pull out their hair. The client in the video had a baby four months ago and that’s around when the hair loss starts.” Continues below…
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