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Pregnancy hair loss – causes, treatment and expert styling tips

Woman with thicker hair after hair loss treatmentIt can be quite distressing to find huge clumps of hair in your hairbrush or clogging up the shower drain.

But hair loss during and after pregnancy is a very common condition.

Luckily the hair growth cycle usually will return to normal – but what can you do in the meantime?

Here we chat to award-winning hair stylist Simone Lee, who is also the Trichology Education Director at the Australian Institute of Trichology. Trichology is the branch of medical study and practice relating to the health of hair and scalp.

Simone offers us some insight into the condition and shares her best hair care and styling tips for mums and mums-to-be who are struggling with thinning hair.

Simone Lee’s tips for hair loss during pregnancy

What causes hair loss during pregnancy and in the post natal period?

Hair loss can occur during and after pregnancy due to hormonal changes. These hormonal changes may disrupt the hair growth cycle resulting in hair loss. Some women notice hair loss 3 – 9 months after childbirth. This type of hair loss is referred to as postpartum alopecia, which is generally a temporary condition. The hair growth cycle usually returns to normal within 12 months.

Does your hair return to normal after pregnancy or does hair loss continue?

Most women’s hair will return to its normal fullness within 12 months after pregnancy, however if the hair does not return to normal it is necessary to seek the advice of a doctor or dermatologist to get to the bottom of the reason for loss. People lose hair for many different reasons and causes can be multi factorial.

What can women do to stop or slow hair loss?

  • Discuss your hormonal status with your medical practitioner for the best advice regarding hormonal balance.
  • Try to maintain a healthy well balanced diet; this will help maintain the necessary nourishment that the scalp and hair follicle requires for optimum hair growth.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain anti oxidants, which aid in promotion of hair growth.

Can you share a few haircare tips for women who are losing hair?

  • Treat your hair gently. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner that will assist in providing a healthy scalp environment for hair to grow.
  • When combing the hair use a wide tooth comb to help minimise friction, knotting and tangling of hair.
  • Try to avoid pulling hair back tightly with elastic bands, instead opt for gentle headbands or scrunches.
  • Try to avoid excessive mechanical stress on the hair such as over use of straightening irons, curling tongs or stretch drying of hair.
  • Try to use a cool setting on your blow dryer.

Do you have some styling tips that will help add volume to thinning hair?

  • Use gentle volumising styling products to increase the width of individual strands for a fuller effect. Select shampoos and conditioners that are suitable to the type of hair you have. Try to avoid products that will weigh your hair down, or that are not suitable for your hair type.
  • When drying your hair avoid excessive rubbing of the root area with towels as this may cause unwanted frizz. Instead add volume to your root area through lifting your hair gently with your fingers while air or blow drying, or for edgy root lift bend forward and add dryer air up into the roots.
  • Research gentle hair styling tools and brushes, which assist in maintaining the structural integrity of the hair.
  • Seek hair styling advice from your professional hairdresser. There are an array of hairstyles that help give the appearance of volume and fullness.


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It’s also the perfect regime for:

  • fine hair types looking to boost volume and thickness;
  • women who experience changes in hair texture and density post pregnancy; and
  • women with thick hair types who just want more!

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