March 26, 2019
It’s no coincidence that a lot of new moms decide to cut their hair short after having kids. You don’t have to worry about babies pulling it, it’s quick and easy, and it looks great! Celebrity mom Kristen Bell just posted a gorgeous new photo of her new haircut and her fans love it.
But there’s one additional benefit of shorter hair that might not be obvious. It also hides postpartum hair loss. Technically called excessive hair shedding or telogen effluvium, this is when new moms (or those that were pregnant and are no longer) experience a reversal of the supermodel hair they had during pregnancy.
Everyone’s hair has a pattern of growing and falling out. The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs per day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Thanks to those fun pregnancy hormones, this rate slows down during pregnancy and many women experience shinier, thicker hair. However, after childbirth the hormone levels return to normal and so does your hair’s cycle of growing and falling out. Unfortunately for your hair, this means that the cycle resets all at the same time, so your hair falls out all at the same time.
This usually starts around 3-4 months postpartum and can last 6-9 months. In the meantime, you might have to deal with short “baby hairs” while they’re growing back. While there’s not a lot you can do to prevent it (yay, hormones), a shorter hairstyle and volumizing shampoo and condition can minimize the effects. Some say that taking prenatal vitamins help, but the effects haven’t been proven. If your hair doesn’t return to normal within a year, or if you have other symptoms, talk to your doctor.