As we mentioned in our February newsletter, we’re celebrating the pregnancy of one of our stylists, Clair. She and her fiancé are expecting a baby boy in the coming months. This got us talking about pregnancy and its effects on hair and the scalp.
Many women look forward to the “glow” of pregnancy. During this exciting time, higher levels of hormones can cause many physiological changes – bright, shiny skin and fast growing, fuller hair. Increased estrogen in the body extends the growth phase of hair, resulting in reduced shedding and changes in texture which can make for seemingly fuller locks.
That excitement quickly turns the glow into “oh no!” when the growth/rest cycle of your hair returns to normal (usually about three months after delivery), and you notice more hair falling out. An increase in stress on the body from pregnancy, childbirth and even breastfeeding, can also cause significant hair loss after pregnancy.
Trichology, the study of the structure, function and diseases of the hair, can be the key to maintaining a healthy scalp, which is the key to healthy hair, before, during and after pregnancy. At Jeffrey Paul Hair Restoration Center, our experts are trained in trichology, and using our exclusive ScalpCheck™ can assist in cultivating the best environment for hair to grow and minimize hair loss.
We have a lot of guests who come to us surprised by the amount of hair loss after pregnancy Our ScalpCheck™ is a wonderful preventive measure that can help safeguard against post pregnancy hair loss issues so women can just enjoy the joys of pregnancy and new motherhood.
We begin our ScalpCheck™ by checking your history with a series of questions about shampoo and conditioning routines and product usage. We also delve into current hair loss rate (normal, thinning, advanced) and identify any heredity issues. We then check important scalp values by performing three non-invasive probes to test the scalp’s pH, oil and hydration levels, and perform a physical scalp and hair checkup to ensure that conditions are ideal for the hair growth cycle during and after pregnancy. A video scope with three lens magnifications allows us to view your scalp more closely to identify issues and set benchmarks for hair loss.
Once complete, we develop a custom treatment plan, including at-home scalp treatments that can ensure you not only enjoy the benefits of pregnancy glow but can maintain a healthy scalp and hair once your bundle of joy arrives.
Before Pregnancy – the last thing most women think about before getting pregnant is their hair. That is unless they are already experiencing hair problems such as hair loss, dandruff, itch or excessive oiliness. If not they are not dealing with those issues, their hair can be the furthest thing from their minds. Preparing your body for the upcoming pregnancy by eating healthy and working out is excellent but don’t overlook your scalp and hair – it is important to begin getting your scalp in the optimal condition to maintain healthy beautiful hair.
During Pregnancy – For most expecting women, this is the point when hair looks its best. During pregnancy, just as you continue to take care of your body, it is important to continue taking care of your scalp and hair. You want to do everything possible to help create the optimal environment for your hair to grow so, after the baby arrives, you can minimize any potential post-partum hair loss. If you have not received a ScalpCheck yet, now is a good time to do it. If you already have had the analysis, our team may adjust your protocol to better maintain your hair.
After Pregnancy – If you have done the proper prep work of getting a ScalpCheck and taking care of your hair and scalp, the loss should be minimized and the growth factor increased. This means even though some initial shedding occurs, hair should come back strong instead of miniaturized (thin). If you are just learning about the importance of the scalp, schedule a ScalpCheck that can address any scalp and hair concerns and help restore them to a healthy and optimal state.
We wish you the best during your pregnancy,
If you are thinking about getting pregnant, are currently pregnant or just had your baby, now is the time to schedule your one-hour ScalpCheck™, please call (440) 333-8939 or click HERE.