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Postpartum hair loss: how to stop it?

During pregnancy, hair is prettier, stronger, and shinier.

Alas, this blessed period is not eternal.

You already knew about intense fatigue, urinary leaks, the extra pounds? Well, the list of postpartum discomforts doesn’t end there...

🥁 And there you have it, ta-da: postpartum hair loss makes its entrance.

Let's discuss this frightening hair phenomenon together, which fortunately is only temporary.

And if you're good (or rather if you read the article carefully), maybe we'll reveal two nourishing and repairing mask recipes to bring your hair back to life...

Where does this “postpartum hair loss” effect come from?

Postpartum hair loss is a common phenomenon in women after childbirth. It is characterized by excessive hair shedding which can be surprising if one is not prepared for this physiological change.

During this phenomenon, women sometimes lose an amount of hair that may seem frightening to them. Some even feel that their hair is thinning, or that their scalp is becoming visible.

No worries, even if it seems impressive, postpartum hair loss is temporary, phew.

Most women regain their hair density once hormones have stabilized.

Well, there are still a few rare exceptions. If hair loss persists or worsens, do not hesitate to consult a health professional. But once again, postpartum hair loss is a completely normal and temporary episode.

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Why do women lose their hair after having a baby?

Let's discuss the link between postpartum hair loss and female hormones together.

The hair growth cycle

The hair cycle occurs in three phases.

  1. The growth phase (anagen) which includes the growth of new hair.
  2. The transition phase (catagen) which corresponds to a very short period during which growth stops.
  3. The resting phase (telogen) which marks the end of the hair cycle. It is at this time that most hair naturally falls out.

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The role of hormones in postpartum hair loss

You've probably noticed, our hormones really go wild during and after pregnancy. Let's briefly explain what's happening inside. 🧐

When pregnant, hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, go haywire. These are essential for the proper progression of pregnancy and to prepare the body for childbirth.

As for hair, estrogens are true benefactors. Thus, these hormones extend the anagen phase and reduce the hair shedding phase (telogen phase).

⇒ Result: your hair is thicker, stronger, and more voluminous during pregnancy.

After childbirth, these dear hormones do a 180° turn. The levels of estrogen and progesterone, which were high during pregnancy, drop sharply. Hair that was maintained in an extended growth phase then moves to the resting and shedding phase, leading to greater loss than usual. 😥

To make matters worse, other unexpected factors can also contribute to postpartum hair loss. The stress of childbirth, lack of sleep, and changes in nutritional habits due to the arrival of the baby, only exacerbate postpartum hair loss.

How long does this hair issue last?

Imagining yourself with a balding scalp? Rest assured, there is hope. 😉

Still, you'll need to be patient for your hair to return to its usual density.

The duration of postpartum hair loss varies from woman to woman. Generally, it occurs in the months following childbirth. It starts about three months after the baby's birth and lasts between six months to a year.

What can be done to limit the loss?

So, how can you improve this situation? Here are some suggestions that should help:

  1. Opt for a balanced diet rich in nutrients beneficial for hair vitality, such as proteins, vitamins (especially vitamins A, C, D, and E), and minerals (like iron, if needed, and zinc). You can also turn to a hair growth supplement like our Hair Formula based on 7 actives including labeled keratin and biotin.

  2. Remember to drink enough water each day to maintain optimal hydration. Hair needs it to stay flexible and shiny.

  3. Avoid hair products containing harsh ingredients, such as sulfates and parabens. These can irritate the scalp and worsen hair loss. You can also buy natural shampoos and treatments formulated for weakened hair.

  4. Limit tight hairstyles that pull on the hair, like ponytails or braids. These can indeed cause too much traction on the hair follicles and worsen hair loss.

  5. A gentle scalp massage can stimulate blood circulation and promote the growth of new hair. You can do this using your fingers or a soft hairbrush.

  6. Try to reduce stress as much as possible, as it can also increase postpartum hair loss. (easier said than done…) According to a study from Harvard Medical School, under stress, we could lose 300 hairs a day instead of 100. You can read this article to learn how to manage negative stress. And above all, don't forget to take moments for yourself. Taking time for oneself is essential to thriving in your new life as a mom.

Our homemade hair mask recipes

Now that you know more about the phenomenon of postpartum hair loss, pamper your hair with these hair care rituals! 🥣

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The Keratin Mask: A Nourishing Treatment

This keratin mask is ideal for taking care of your hair's beauty


  1. ¼ cup of shea butter;
  2. 1 tablespoon of argan oil;
  3. 1 tablespoon of honey;
  4. Lavender essential oil.


1. Melt the shea butter in the microwave or in a double boiler until it becomes liquid.
2. Add the argan oil, essential oil, and honey. Mix to achieve a homogeneous texture.


1. Apply this mask to wet hair, focusing on the driest areas.
2. Massage your scalp to facilitate the mask's absorption. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse thoroughly and wash your hair with your usual shampoo. And... Ta-da!

The Avocado Mask: A Repairing Treatment

You'll particularly appreciate this avocado mask if your hair is very damaged. If you are suffering from postpartum hair loss, it will strengthen the hair regrowth.


  1. 1 ripe avocado;
  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil;
  3. 1 tablespoon of honey;
  4. A few drops of peppermint essential oil.


1. In a bowl, mash the avocado until you get a smooth, lump-free puree.

2. Add the olive oil and honey.

3. Mix well until you get a homogeneous texture.

4. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to scent the mask.


1. Apply the mask to your clean, damp hair. Focus on the ends and the most damaged areas.

2. To enhance the mask's effectiveness, you can wrap your hair in a shower cap. It will retain moisture and enhance the action of the avocado.

3. Leave it on for about 30 minutes.

4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Wash your hair with your usual shampoo.

In Conclusion

Even though postpartum hair loss is temporary, it can be stressful. During this emotionally charged period, it's essential to take care of yourself.

Don't hesitate to ask for help from those around you to lighten your mental load.


Co-founder of NOVOMA

Passionate and expert in micronutrition, Lucas founded Novoma in 2012. With conviction, he develops dietary supplements with effective, carefully chosen active ingredients that are 100% clean to best meet the body's needs.

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