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…
HaHA!!! Nothing like that Post Pregnancy Shed man!!!! You know the time, 4 months postpartum and you FILL that drain! I’m going through this myself and like to collect it on the wall of my shower 😏 Haha so grossly satisfying 🤮🤑 This is just as good as scalp treatments!! Anyone else going through this!!! #licensedtocreate
Hair loss after having a baby
Unlike many things pertaining to hair loss, postpartum alopecia is not that difficult to understand. The normal growth process for all hairs consists of three phases: the growth phase which takes several years, the resting phase which lasts for about three months, and the shedding phase. Hormonal changes that occur in a woman during pregnancy can lead to a sudden increase in the amount of time the hair remains in the growth phase – which leads to hair looking and feeling lush and abundant. Beautiful hair is often commented on when a woman is pregnant.
The flipside is that this excess hair then sheds when the pregnancy ends. Quite why the body decides to hoard so much hair in the run-up to childbirth is something of a mystery,but once the hair growth cycle returns to normal following the birth, seeing the extra hair fall can be alarming to some new mothers.
In most cases of postpartum hair loss, no remedial action is necessary – although it can obviously be quite alarming to lose hair in this way when women don’t know what’s going on. Professional postpartum hair loss treatment is available to those wishing to accelerate the hair regrowth process.
Unfortunately, matters can be complicated somewhat when the condition is not solely postpartum hair loss but is Telogen Effluvium instead. This latter condition is caused when the body is subjected to some kind of stressful incident; in this instance the rigours of childbirth can easily kickstart its onset.
Telogen Effluvium treatment can help to restore thinning hair, although this is not always necessary as in many cases hair will regrow once the “stress” has been removed. If this doesn’t happen, however, and Telogen Effluvium-related hair thinning continues, then the condition is reclassified as diffuse hair loss and treatment is recommended.
Additionally, for women with female pattern hair loss, this may accelerate their rate of shedding albeit usually temporarily. Or, for those who have the underlying genetic predisposition towards this hereditary hair loss condition but have not noticed any signs of it before, this can bring about its onset. Female Pattern Hair Loss can also present simultaneously alongside any of the aforementioned temporary conditions.
In each instance a custom hair loss treatment tailored by a specialist according to the individual client’s unique pattern and level of shedding, as well as their medical and lifestyle needs, can help to promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss going forward. These often revolve around recommended formulations of high strength minoxidil – a topical drug which is applied to the scalp once or twice per day, as advised – alongside appropriate hair growth boosters. Once of these, Belgravia’s exclusive Hair Vitalics for Women, a premium food supplement for healthy hair growth, is often offered to women as part of a comprehensive treatment course. It has been developed by Belgravia’s specialists using highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts to nourish hair from within, however this cannot be used during pregnancy or whilst a woman is nursing.
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.