You might think that the majority of my hair loss patients are men, and it’s true that many men suffer from hair loss and come to me for treatments. But women are not exempt from this stressful problem, especially as it relates to changes in hormone levels.
Female hair loss
A large percentage of the women who come to me with hair loss complaints are menopausal, a time in life when they can start to see thinning hair, especially around the temples. I also treat younger women with premature hair loss issues, especially one group in particular.
New mothers often experience hair loss
Noticeable hair loss is common after having a baby, but it’s usually:
- Due to changing hormones caused by pregnancy and even nursing
After pregnancy, for example, extreme hair shedding is common due to falling estrogen levels.
It typically starts about three to four months after giving birth
Most moms report that the amount of hair they’re losing peaks at about five to six months, and by then, many have started to express real concern. In most cases, however, you don’t need to do anything about the problem except stay calm and be patient. Usually, by your baby’s first birthday (or sooner), most moms see their hair return to normal.
If you’re still losing hair, here are four simple tips while you wait
- Try using a thickening shampoo: They often contain ingredients that coat the hair to help make it look fuller.
- Do something different with your hair: Some haircuts and styles can make hair appear fuller.
- Avoid treatments that can cause hair loss: This can include everything from treatments to tight ponytails!
- Avoid heavy or intensive conditioners, especially on the top of your head: This can weigh down your hair, making it look limp.