Many women, myself included, experienced a period of lush, shiny, full hair during their pregnancy only to have it fall out in astonishing quantities after giving birth. Once, during a delicate, post-cesarean shower, I was convinced I was going to come out completely bald judging by the handful of strands that came out while shampooing. I rushed to my friend and licensed hair stylist Tiffany Sposato, desperate to find out how to prevent postpartum hair loss.
To make matters worse, I spun myself into a tizzy after falling down the rabbit hole of message boards, comment sections, and "medical" articles on the internet. Again, Sposato came to the rescue and echoed what the experts at Baby Center said, which was that hormones were the reason for postpartum hair loss.
She told me that when you're pregnant, your body is flooded with hormones that signal your hair to stay in the growth stage, making it appear as though you have more hair. As your hormones go into a tailspin postpartum, all that hair that was told to stick around suddenly jumps ship. That's why it seems like your hair is falling out in droves. So if you're looking for ways to prevent or cope with postpartum hair loss, check out these tips.