Monday, 17 December 2012

Why hair falls out and thins post-pregnancy and some tips to help improve and volumise your locks

For many of us, pregnancy means our dull lanky locks are transformed into swish worthy barnets any Pantene model would be jealous of.

But once baby is here it's a different story with some new mums complaining of thinning hair and locks falling out for longer than anticipated.

This happens because our hormones produce more more hair, plus our bodies work to retain it. 

According to Toni and Guy your hair goes between an active growing phase and a resting phase. At any one time, about 90 percent of the hair on your head is actively growing at a rate of about half an inch a month for two to six years.

The remaining 10 percent are in a resting phase where they will stay for two to three months before falling out.

However, when we're pregnant our hair doesn't go through the last stage, meaning that all this then begins to fall once baby is born.

However, there's light at the end of this hairy tunnel.  It doesn't last forever and there are a range of things you can do to help bring back bounce as well as having a little bit of bonus you time too.

Firstly experiment with different hairstyles or volumising hair products such as label.m mousse, to give your hair a fuller look during this transition period.

Regular cuts - even tiny trims - are claimed to keep hair as thick and healthy as possible, while using an intensive conditioner, such as Dove's intensive repair conditioner will not only help you strengthen those locks but also give you an excuse to take a nice long soak.

If you have a few pennies to spare then invest in professional shampoos and conditioners such as these from Bumble and Bumble at Boots, which don't leave a build up so your hair doesn't snap, while Pantene's Full And Thick Shampoo and Conditioner is an option for barnets on a budget.

Although you may be tempted to style that spiky, wispy, hair, which is slowly growing back, avoid using hair straighteners. These can frazzle new locks and make them seem more fly away.

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