Understanding Postpartum Hair Loss

May 2024

Bringing new life into the world is an incredible journey, but it's often accompanied by various physical changes for new mothers. One such change that can catch many off guard is postpartum hair loss. While not often talked about openly, it's a common occurrence that affects many women after giving birth. Understanding why it happens and how to cope with it can provide reassurance and support during this transitional period.

Understanding Postpartum Hair Loss:

Postpartum hair loss, also known as postpartum alopecia, typically occurs within the first few months after giving birth. During pregnancy, higher levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase of hair, resulting in thicker and fuller locks. However, after childbirth, hormone levels drop significantly, causing more hair follicles to enter the resting phase and eventually shed. This shedding can be alarming for new mothers, especially when clumps of hair seem to come out with each brush or shower.

Factors Contributing to Postpartum Hair Loss:

While hormonal fluctuations are the primary cause of postpartum hair loss, other factors can exacerbate the issue. Stress, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, and changes in hair care routines can all contribute to increased shedding. Additionally, the emotional toll of adjusting to motherhood and the physical demands of caring for a newborn can further impact hair health.


While postpartum hair loss is a temporary condition, it can lead to permanent hair loss if it does not regrow after a year. Transitions Indy offers a variety of treatments and solutions that could help new mothers feel like themselves pre-pregnancy.

  1. Laser Hair Therapy: With laser hair therapy, the low-energy laser light stimulates hair follicles to promote growth. This stimulation can lead to improved blood flow to the scalp, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle. At Transitions Indy, a laser hair therapy appointment lasts about 30 minutes, which can easily be worked into the schedule of a new mother.

  2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): This hair restoration treatment helps promote tissue repair, capillary formation, collagen production, and even stop further hair loss. PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injections into the scalp. It doesn't require any downtime, allowing postpartum women to resume their daily activities shortly after treatment.

  3. Non-Surgical Hair Replacement: A non-surgical hair replacement could fit into a routine seamlessly. With no downtime involved, this customizable hair replacement option can be as low maintenance as it needs to be. Our licensed hair technicians can match the natural color and style of each client’s unique hair to help give back a fuller look.

Postpartum hair loss can be a challenging aspect of the childbirth experience, but it's essential to remember that you're not alone in this journey. By understanding the factors contributing to hair loss and having a solution plan in place, you can navigate this period with resilience and confidence.