I get this question asked all the time with new mums, “My hair is falling out by the clumps of it after having the baby, is this normal”? Many new mums are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. And there’s no need to panic: You won’t go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby’s first birthday. Yep, it could take a whole year, so do not stress. I haven’t even had kids and all my hair fell out! Here’s what’s going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out – often while you’re brushing or shampooing it and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, increased levels of oestrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.
After you give birth, your oestrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.
You won’t be able to stop the hair from falling out, but you can experiment with different hairstyles or products (such as hair thickeners or mousse) to give your hair a fuller look during this transition period.
Many mums, tired of scooping hair out of shower drains or sweeping strands off the bathroom floor, find that now is a good time to go for a shortcut. Plus, a short, wash-and-go hairstyle can be easier to take care of when you have a new baby in the house and you’re strapped for time.
A note to new mums with long hair: Strands of hair can end up tightly wrapped around your baby’s tiny appendages, including his fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, and penis. This is called a hair tourniquet, and it can be quite painful for your little one. If you find him crying for no apparent reason, check carefully for tight bands of hair.
Love Tho Hair
Welcome to the first important month of the year for your hair as it’s drying out wanting your love of hair moisturisers. Yep, believe it or not, the sun is an extreme hair burner and if you’ll applying skin lotion, then why not hair lotion too. Hats, scarfs and lots of hair moisturisers for this January. Be brave and wear the biggest hats as not only does it protect your hair, more importantly, face and neck too. Silk scarfs are great too. Now for the important part, hair. You don’t need to buy expensive products. Keep it simple and make sure you apply the moisturisers well into the hair shaft. Coconut oils are great summer hair. Best applied to the beach as it coats the hair shaft adding plenty of moisture and feeds the hair. Use the same one you cook with. Argen oils are good too. Check the tips out. If you’re in and out of the ocean, tie your hair up with a band and apply a gel over the rest of hair or a soft wax, just for that added protection or if you are game enough and want to stand out on Bondi Beach, check these cool swim-hats. Best book yourself a hair appointment at and get those ends trimmed and an Olaplex hair treatment so that you maintain healthy hair throughout the Summer months.