Having hair loss as a woman is a challenging thing to come to terms with, whether it’s from pregnancy, stress, a hereditary condition, Alopecia, or Cancer – in this case, mine was caused by pregnancy, and it was coming out in clumps by the handful every day.
It started at around seven months pregnant. Before this, pregnancy had gifted me beautiful shiny locks of hair by the bucketload, and I loved my new full head of lush hair. That was up until the morning I woke up thinking we had got a cat without me knowing, and it had slept on my pillow all night. Alas no, it wasn’t that, it was my hair! And I was devastated because it just kept coming out.
I spoke to my health visitor straight away, who told me it was normal and not to worry. But I was suffering because even the kids started noticing, and they never notice anything. Poor Beard was also well aware as he was yanking metres of it out of the plughole. It really was bad.
Then I had the grand notion of going online and Googling why it was happening.
The first post was reassuring, and it was from the NHS website, so it must be true:
“During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle. This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and it should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery.”
Ok, that doesn’t sound too bad. But then, a week later, I had a very noticeable receding hairline, bald spots and thin hair. This was the moment I really noticed it. There was a photo of the first and last time Austyn met my Grandad, who was gravely poorly in a care home. You can see at the sides just how bad it was.
Hopping back online, I then read horror stories of women who lost almost all their hair and three years later, it still hadn’t come back. Apparently, the latter is rare and is usually caused by an additional underlying health condition.
Needless to say, it makes you very self-conscious and aware of people staring. I was continually trying to cover up or find some new fantastic parting that makes it disappear. Unfortunately for me, none of these worked, so I just had to live with it.
Eventually, it did grow back. However, I’m now 23 months post-birth, and I still have thin patches. Moreover, I have these comical tufty bits at the side where the hair is still growing back.
I look a little bit like the Penguin from Surfs Up. But it could be worse.
My Top Tips for Hair Regrowth
1. Gentle scalp massage increases blood flow which can boost follicle regrowth.
2. Introduce a daily hair care routine with nourishing hair treatments recommended by a professional.
3. Look into trichology treatments.
4. Increase protein and steamed vegetables into your diet.
5. Consider vitamin supplements including vitamin A, B, D, E, iron and zinc, but check with your doctor first.
6. Look into PRP treatments.
7. Swap to caffeine enriched hair products.
8. Try to alleviate stress and anxiety.