Postpartum hair loss, everything you need to know
Battle postpartum hair loss with Nanogen's hair growth factor serum.
Affecting up to 50% of women, hair loss after pregnancy is more common than you may know. Largely unreported, it can often come as a shock to those who aren’t expecting it. And no, it isn’t the stress of adjusting to life with a newborn that's making your hair fall out. Don’t panic, it is an extremely common condition called Postpartum Hair Loss, affecting many new mothers. Here is everything you need to know about post-pregnancy hair loss to help you navigate your way through this exciting yet challenging time.
For some women, the hair loss is minor. But for others, it can be severe, causing distress on top of the physical, emotional and psychological vulnerabilities women already face in the postpartum period. After giving birth, or stopping breast-feeding, postpartum hair fall can affect up to half of women. However, the good news is that the post pregnancy hair loss is only temporary and all hairs which are lost should grow back over time, settling down over the course of 6 to 12 months.
The medical term for postpartum hair loss is Telogen Effluvium, and it can occur four to six months after pregnancy. But what causes it? Any changes within the body can have an effect on hair growth, and pregnancy is certainly no exception. Like almost everything post-pregnancy, you can thank your hormones for this change.
During pregnancy, there are lots of hormonal changes which can take effect on the natural hair growth cycle. There are 3 stages of hair growth in the cycle, known as the anagen (growth) phase , catagen (resting) phase and telogen (shedding) phase . Oestrogen levels increase during pregnancy, which keeps hair in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle for longer than normal. Fast-growing, thick hair is often a perk of pregnancy, however as soon as the baby is born these levels drop back to their normal level - fast. The anagen phase rapidly switches to the telogen phase of the hair cycle, resulting in larger amounts of shedding than we are used to. This usually occurs 3 months after giving birth. The hormones produced whilst breastfeeding also contribute, as the raised levels of prolactin (the protein that enabled females to produce milk) encourage hair loss too.
But how much hair loss is normal? Usually, if you haven’t just had a baby, losing about 80 hairs a day is normal. If you are a new mum however, it can increase to about 400 hairs.
While postpartum hair loss is a normal side effect of giving birth, you can be rest assured that your hormones will go back to normal eventually and the lost hair will grow back. In the meantime, you can encourage healthy regrowth with good hair care and dietary habits. For example, maintaining a healthy diet and eating nutrient-rich meals that contain plenty of protein and iron. Taking nutritional supplements, enriched with vitamin B and/or biotin, iron, vitamin C, vitamin E or zinc can promote healthy hair growth. Avoiding colouring your hair or using heat styling products during postpartum hair loss can help retain the strength of your hair, avoiding any preventable shedding.
Our Nanogen Hair Growth Factor Serum uses a blend of unique hair growth factors that work together to reduce breakage, support natural hair growth and strengthen the hair shaft. The serum can help maintain the hair you already have while encouraging new hair to grow thick and strong. Here at Nanogen we only promise the best results, all down to our hard-working ingredients and innovative formulas.
Our Nanogen growth factors
- Pea Sprout Extract -Supports hair growth by helping to stimulate the proliferation of hair cells which provides visible density and thickness.
- Larix Europaea Extract - Helps to regenerate hair follicles by kick starting the growth phase of the hair cycle.
- Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 - Helps to prevent shedding by supporting the collagen around the hair follicle to strengthen it.
When used daily, Hair Growth Factor Serum can support healthy, happy hair growth during and after pregnancy.  Whether you have started to notice thinning or want to start early to stave off the effects of Telogen Effluvium, the serum can be easily added into even the busiest of routines at any point during or after pregnancy.
In a recent study conducted by Nanogen, a new mother* who had experienced pregnancy-related hair loss applied Hair Growth Factor Treatment Serum to her hairline every day for three months. Check out her incredible results in the images below!
* Before photos were taken 3 months after birth, After photos taken 6 months after birth. Participant used Nanogen Hair Growth Factor Treatment for a 3 month period to help support natural hair growth.
How to use
Using Hair Growth Factor Serum is quick and easy, and adds mere seconds onto your morning or evening routine. Designed to be used anytime, anywhere, it's an ideal way for busy mums to encourage healthy hair growth.
- Make sure your hair is dry before application.
- Draw 1ml of the serum into the pipette and apply droplets in a random pattern across the scalp.
- Optionally, massage the droplets into your scalp and then leave to dry. Do not exceed the recommended daily amount.
Since it works with the hair growth cycle to encourage healthier, thicker hair in the long term, our Hair Growth Factor Treatment takes at least three months of daily use to see great results. To fill in sparse areas in the meantime, pair with our Keratin Hair Fibres which give natural coverage without affecting the action of the serum. Simply apply the fibres after your serum has completely dried to create the illusion of thicker hair wherever you need it most. Have you experienced pregnancy-related hair loss and are looking for a solution?
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 Please consult your doctor before adding any new haircare into your routine while pregnant or breastfeeding. Full ingredients lists can be found on our website.