14 Aug 2015

Causes of female hair loss – post-pregnancy

by Viviscal Hair Expert, originally posted on November 22nd, 2013
According to Josh Wood, celebrated colourist and John Vial, expert hair stylist, post-pregnancy hair loss isn’t something that is very often discussed in anti-natal classes, but maybe it should be! In a recent article in the Sunday Times Style magazine, John tells us that it’s normal to shed about 100 hairs a day, because hair has a natural lifespan, but that during pregnancy the shedding process stops, meaning that hair can become beautifully thick. Many post-birth women then notice their hair falling out as the hair that would have been shed during the pregnancy is lost all at once. John says that according to trichologist Ricardo Vila Nova, the scientific causes of hair loss post-pregnancy include the rebalancing of the hormones post birth coupled with the loss of nutrients which are transferred to the newborn via breastfeeding. Josh notes that post-pregnancy hair thinning usually happens along the hairline. In the case of dramatic hair loss Josh recommends: colouring hair a lighter shade to reduce the contrast between the hair and visible scalp, using multi-tonal colouring to create density, and keeping fine shorter hairs at the front lighter so as to soften the hairline.

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