How to deal with hair loss after childbirth

Many new moms 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. Read this article till the end to find out about the probable causes and measures can you take to prevent going bald.

Let us unfold the mystery:

  • 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.

Hormonal imbalance:

  • During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen 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 estrogen 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.

What can you do about it?

  • 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 moms, 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 short cut.
  • 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 moms 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 strands of hair.

I have listed down a few hair mask and oil recipes that you can try to get over this problem to some extent.

DIY Onion hair mask recipe to stop hair-fall

Ingredients required:

  • Medium-sized onions: 3
  • Cotton balls: a few


  1. Wash, peel and grate the onions finely.
  2. Extract its juice with the help of a strainer and fork.
  3. Alternatively, you can cut the onions into small pieces and then run it through a blender and then extract onion juice from it.
  4. Soak a cotton ball in this solution.
  5. Squeeze out the excess solution.
  6. Gently pat it on your scalp.
  7. Let it stay overnight.
  8. Rinse it off with your regular shampoo.
  9. Follow up with a nourishing hair conditioner.
  10. Wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt and let it soak up all the excess water from your hair.
  11. Apply a hair serum.
  12. Then blow-dry your hair.
  13. Style your hair the way you like it the most.


  • Use this hair mask once every week to get longer and stronger hair.

Use this vitamin-E hair mask to stop hair-fall

Ingredients required:

  • Vitamin E capsules: 2
  • Sweet almond oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Extra virgin coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Hexane free castor oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Lavender essential oil: just a few drops


  1. To prepare this face mask, pop out the contents of the vitamin E capsules.
  2. Add all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl in the specified quantities.
  3. Whip it well to make sure that all the ingredients get mixed up together.
  4. Your miraculous anti-hair fall oil-based hair mask is ready.
  5. At first, you must comb through your hair to make sure that it is properly detangled.
  6. Divide your hair into small sections.
  7. Put on a pair of gloves.
  8. Then slowly and gently massage this oil on your scalp.
  9. You have to keep it overnight.
  10. Then, rinse it off with a mild shampoo the next day.
  11. Follow up with a nourishing hair conditioner.
  12. Towel dry our hair for a while and then allow it to air dry on its own.
  13. Style your hair the way you like it the most.


  • To prevent hair fall, use this concoction at least twice a week preferably after an interval of 3 days in between to notice a visible change.

DIY Brandy-castor oil concoction recipe

Ingredients required:

  • Castor oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Brandy: 2 tablespoons
  • Egg: 1


  1. Crack an egg in a clean container.
  2. Whip it up until the mixture turns frothy.
  3. Add the other ingredients in it.
  4. Mix it well and your hair mask is now ready to be used.
  5. At first, you must use a detangler to comb through your hair.
  6. Then, divide your hair into small sections.
  7. Put on a pair of gloves.
  8. Then use your hair dye brush to apply this mask all over your hair from the roots to the tips.
  9. Wear a shower cap to avoid this hair mask from dripping and staining your outfit.
  10. Keep it on for the next 30 minutes.
  11. Rinse it off with plain water.
  12. Wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt and let it soak up all the excess water from your hair.
  13. Then blow-dry your hair and style it the way you like it the most.


  • To get the best results, use this hair mask at least twice a week.

DIY Gram flour face pack recipe for hair growth

Ingredients required:

  • Gram flour/ besan: 5 tablespoons
  • Curd: 5 tablespoons
  • Extra virgin olive oil: 2 tablespoons


  1. Grab a mixing bowl.
  2. Add all the ingredients in the specified quantities in the mixing bowl.
  3. Mix it well and your hair mask is ready.
  4. Comb your hair and then apply this hair mask.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off with plain water.
  6. Blow-dry your hair and then style it as per your liking.


  • To get the best results, use this hair mask twice or thrice a week and you are good to go.


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