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How to Combat Postpartum Hair Loss

This is a guest post from one of our contributor writers, and I think this is an important article for moms with postpartum hair loss.

After pregnancy, a female may experience some form of hair loss. Postpartum hair loss is a real result that some new mothers face after giving birth. Some mothers have a mild experience with postpartum hair loss, but some face the extreme. This form of hair loss typically occurs after giving birth and can continue up to a year post-delivery. Among all other changes a new mom is facing, hair loss is the last thing you want to deal with.

Although hair loss can be devastating, it is important not to fret about it. There are treatment options available to help you. One of these treatment options is FDA-cleared laser hair growth caps. If you are a new mom and suffering from hair loss, follow along below while I will go into detail about laser caps to combat postpartum hair loss.

Postpartum Hair Loss: What is it?

Postpartum hair loss is also referred to the hair loss women face after pregnancy. But what is postpartum hair loss anyway?

It is time to get familiar with the hair growth cycle. This cycle is made up of 3 different stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen stage is the growth stage. The catagen is the transitional stage and the telogen is the resting (shedding) stage. Every individual’s hair goes through the process of the hair growth cycle, it is constant. But, depending on what cycle your hair stays in the longest is what determines its health and length. As you can imagine, people with long, vibrant hair have hair follicles remaining in the anagen stage for longer periods than the telogen. The opposite also holds true.

Four stages of the hair growth cycle

During pregnancy, a woman produces more estrogen than normal. This hormone allows a woman’s hair follicles to stay in the anagen stage of the hair growth cycle for almost the full pregnancy term (this means a woman is not experiencing much hair loss). This can be why pregnant women report having remarkably thicker and healthier hair throughout their pregnancy.

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After giving birth, the female hormones almost immediately return to their normal levels. This might be the time that new moms start to notice their hair falling out. Those hair follicles that were in the growth stage for 9 months are now transitioning to the shedding stage. Unfortunately, this can all happen at one time and hair may seem to fall out in clumps. 

Most individuals lose between 80-100 strands of hair per day. After giving birth, women typically lose up to 400! Yikes!

Laser Cap Treatment for Postpartum Hair Loss

Luckily, postpartum hair loss is often times temporary. You should start seeing new growth in the months to follow, but sometimes the hair doesn’t grow back to its original stage, leaving women with thin or short hair.

If you are struggling to grow your hair back, or it is growing in thin and brittle, consider using a laser cap. These treatment devices are FDA-cleared and proven to be both safe and effective to use.

What is a Laser Cap?

Laser caps for hair growth are devices that use low level light therapy (LLLT) to regrow hair. This light therapy stimulates the hair follicles by emitting low level light therapy from medical grade laser diodes in the cap. This technology encourages new cell growth.

When this light therapy hits the scalp tissue, it stimulates blood flow. This blood flow triggers the problematic areas to encourage cell regeneration. The treatment will also strengthen and thicken existing follicles already alive and growing.

How Does it Work?

These caps use upscale technology and are intended for individuals suffering from hair loss and thinning. Or for those individuals looking to improve the overall health of their existing hair.

Laser caps are used every other day for up to 30-minutes. The reason treatment is every other day is because your scalp needs a day of rest in between treatment times. This is the easiest, most convenient way to grow your hair! Especially with being a busy new mom.

The caps are designed to be hands-free and completely portable. The treatment is done from home at a point in the day that works best for you. Just charge up the battery, plug it in, and complete the treatment for the recommended time. You don’t even have to keep track of how long you have been wearing it, most caps contain a built-in timer. The caps will automatically shut off for you!

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Most individuals see noticeable results around the 4-6 month depending on your degree of hair loss and how your follicles respond to the light therapy. With that being said, you could see results before this or even after. Stay consistent with your every other day use and you will be pleasantly surprised!

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If you are a new mom suffering from extreme postpartum hair loss, I hope this article provided the necessary information about laser caps to help you combat your hair loss. Don’t let postpartum hair loss get in the way of enjoying your experience as a new mom to your little one!

Tamra Phelps

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I had never heard of laser caps. It is interesting. I know a lot of women would find it useful.

Jo-Ann Brightman

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I found this article to be very interesting. I could use help to counteract hair loss.