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Postpartum Hair Loss: Causes and Home Remedies

Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum Hair loss: A phase through which almost every new mom goes through. During pregnancy, you enjoy your new, thicker, and fuller hair with an amazing glow on your face. But the reality is just around the corner, as soon as you get your first period after pregnancy, you go through a lot of physical changes among which hair loss is one of them.

Shedding of hair after your baby is born, is a very common thing. Just the way you got amazing hair and skin during pregnancy, it’s all about hormones. The change in hormones causes hair loss after pregnancy. You still can try some methods to reduce your hair loss after delivery.

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What causes hair loss after pregnancy?

How to stop hair loss after pregnancy?

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What Causes Postpartum Hair Loss?
During pregnancy, women enjoy longer, fuller and thicker hair. We even wish that our hair remains that way forever. But as soon as we deliver our baby and get our proper rest, hair starts falling and just like every good thing comes to an end, this too had its period.           

Have you ever thought about why women have such good hair during Pregnancy?

Well, the normal cycle of hair growth is in three phases:

Growth phase- which lasts for 2-6 years

Transitional phase- which lasts for 2-3 weeks                      

Shedding phase- for 3 months.

Now, during pregnancy, we all know that the level of estrogen and progesterone rises by 8-9 folds. And this disrupts the hair growth cycle, making the growth phase stay longer. Therefore, during pregnancy, women have thicker hair.

How to stop hair fall after Pregnancy?

Postpartum hair loss

Postpartum Hair loss is very common and happens almost to every woman. There is nothing to worry about or go for any medical treatment. If you feel the hair loss is at an abnormal rate, then you surely can consult a doctor.

To stop hair fall, after pregnancy or to reduce the hair fall, you can do the following things:

  • Change of shampoo-

It is possible that the shampoo you were using before or during pregnancy, might not suit you right now. Use a volumizing shampoo and light conditioner to keep your hair fuller.

  • Get a Haircut-

You can cut your hair short so that it gets easy to maintain and also gives your hair a fuller look.

  • Limit hair styling-

You need to stop your hair styling for some time. Do not go for any blow dry, tight braids or pigtails too. Any hairstyle which makes your hair tight and causes them to break.

Indian home remedies for hair fall after Delivery

Apart from the above method, there are some home remedies that you can use to maintain your hair’s health.

  • Egg White Mask-

You must have used this hair mask before pregnancy. This hair mask is rich in vitamins and proteins which help to repair damaged hair and provide them nourishment. Olive oil and honey in the mask make the hair shinier and softer.

Hair Mask:

Take one egg and separate the egg white from it.

Add 1 tbsp. of Olive oil and Honey in it.

Mix it properly.

Apply the mask on the hair strands

Leave the mask for 30 minutes

Wash it off properly.

  • Have proper Nutrition-

After delivery, you have a whole new body and it requires proper nutrition. It is very necessary that you have a healthy and nutritious diet so that the requirement of every nutrient is filled. Consume some leafy vegetables, sprouts, soya, curd, and peas.

  • Castor Oil-

Castor oil is very good for hair and it also helps to reduce hair loss. It is comprised of ricinoleic acid, which helps to promote blood supply to the scalp and reduces hair fall. You can mix castor oil with coconut oil or almond oil and apply it to your hair.

  • Curd for Hair-

Curd is very beneficial for both hair and skin. It is filled with vitamin B3, lactic acid, and calcium, among other nutrients. All these nutrients help in healthy hair growth and also prevent hair fall.

Take one bowl of sour curd

Add a few drops of lemon juice to it

Apply the mixture to your hair

Wash it off after 30 minutes.

  • Hot oil massage-

Massaging your scalp and hair with hot oil is very beneficial. It helps to increase blood circulation in your scalp and also provides it with many nutrients. Daily massage your scalp with essential oil mixed with carrier oil and then rinse it properly.

Above are some of the best ways in which you can stop or reduce your postpartum hair loss. Hair loss after delivery is very common as there is a huge shift in hormones. You just need to wait for one year, your hair will start growing back again. In the meantime, you can try the above methods to reduce hair loss.

How did you manage your postpartum hair loss?


1. Does breastfeeding cause hair fall?

Many moms have this misconception that breastfeeding causes hair fall. No, breastfeeding does not cause hair fall. The main reason for the hair fall is the change in hormone levels after delivery.

Still, if the hair loss remains consistent even after a year, it is better to consult a doctor.

2. How long does postpartum hair loss last?

Postpartum hair loss starts 3-4 months after the delivery and lasts for one year. You might be feeling that with this amount of hair loss, you will go bald, but do not worry with proper nutrition your hair will grow back again.

3. Can I eat fruits to reduce hair loss?

Yes, fruits and berries are filled with nutrients like Vitamins and Minerals. They help in healthy hair growth. You can eat fruits like- apples, bananas, Kiwis, Avocados, Oranges, etc.

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