My Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

post pregnancy hair loss and thinning

I was going to do a written post on my postpartum hair loss, but actually you can see the sparse patches better on video, so a video it is. I’m thoughtful that way.

And look I know that my hair loss isn’t drastic – not by any means – but so many people have expressed an interest when I’ve mentioned it in passing that it seemed unsporting not to address it. And there is quite a lot of balding going on around the hairline, with annoying short bits that are growing back through, so if it makes a few people feel better about things then I’m happy.

I’ve just outlined a few little changes that I’ve made to my haircare regime (some are very practical, like not tying my hair up so much) and the products I’m relying on to give my roots a bit of a boost and my ends a bit of a moisture treat. All of the products are listed below the video screen – if you have any tips, or just want to tell other people about your own experience then please do leave a comment.

I’ll be back with a second video once I’ve tried out some miraculous hair-growth products. Any suggestions for things that actually work?

Products Mentioned:

Christophe Robin Rose Shampoo + Conditioner:

OGX Argan Shampoo and Conditioner:

Wet Brush:

Tangle Teezer:

Phyto 9 Cream:

Colab Dry Shampoo Sheer & Invisible – please see stockists here. I am a founder of and spokesmodel for the Colab brand.

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  1. January 29, 2016 / 8:36 am

    I really loved Kerium Intensive Anti-Hairloss Treatment by La Roche-Posay. You just spray it onto your roots daily and the results will be seen in a month. Saved me a year ago

  2. Isabel
    January 29, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I’ve just recently discovered Christophe Robin – love the rose shampoo and conditioner, it gives my hair crazy volume, because it’s already pretty thick, but the smell is just so amazing and the conditioner is nourishing but doesn’t weigh down my hair. Also love that the smell lasts for two days, as I wash my hair every two days, it makes me feel fresh longer. Can totally recommend them.

  3. Abby
    January 29, 2016 / 8:45 am

    My hair is looking really rubbish at the moment thanks to post pregnancy hair loss. Would love to hear if you find any good thickening products. X

  4. Sharron Frost
    January 29, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Ruth – try Grow Gorgeous hair serum. It really works. I was sceptical at first when reading all the reviews but results are amazing. I have thicker hair especially round the hairline and that’s just after one month.

    • April 12, 2016 / 11:15 am

      I have just received it! I can’t wait to try it.. I really hope it will work!

      • Lana
        November 20, 2016 / 9:13 pm

        Is it safe to use while breastfeeding?

  5. Tahira
    January 29, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Can you please try out castor oil? I’m contemplating trying it and have read that it helps with hair regrowth and improves the strength and condition of hair.. As with all things beauty, I would love to know your thoughts on it.
    Thank you for your lovely blog and videos
    Tahira xx

  6. Rebecca
    January 29, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I haven’t had a baby, I was just trying to make my hair grow better as I am trying to grow it long and it is very fine and damaged at the ends. I treated myself to deciems grow gorgeous serum ( think its about £20) and now have a weird halo of new hair about 2 inches long… (Hopefully it keeps growing!) I’ve used it for about 4 months and wasn’t expecting much but I am amazed by it. It might be worth a test. Totally agree, dry shampoo is a miracle worker for thinnish hair xx

  7. Louisa
    January 29, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I swear by Philip Kingsley Elasticizer- I noticed a real difference in the strength of my hair since I started using it, it’s great for helping reduce hair loss due to weakness.

  8. Erna
    January 29, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Loved this Ruth. I’m also losing lots of hair, but due to menopauze and lots of stress. I also subscribed to the giveaway post earlier this week. Fingers crossed. Love from Belgium xxx

  9. Sarah
    January 29, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Hi Ruth, I have not had a baby (yet! 33 and still don’t “feel” ready!) so i don’t have any direct experience with post partum hair loss. But, i did experience a bit of hair loss due to stress and some tummy issues a few years ago.
    The product I found really worked to boost hair growth and strength was PhytoPhanere by Phyto. I was a bit dubious to begin with but the results were quite honestly miraculous. You take 2 capsules a day in the morning for 3 months. It really boosted the length and my skin looked brighter and more radiant too.
    Your hair still looks lovely by the way!

  10. Antje
    January 29, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Hi Ruth! Try the Viviscal hair growth tablets. You can get them from Boots or Lookfantastic. I know they are more pricey but I used to have very thin, fragile hair, loosing lots of hair in the shower and when brushing. Then I started taking these for a total of 6 months, and now I have the thickest, healthiest, longest hair ever. I had to get 3inches cut off as it was just getting too long (something I never would have said before). So they absolutely work and I can only highly recommend them. :) Lots of love, Antje xxx

  11. Pipe
    January 29, 2016 / 9:26 am

    I was so terrified when I started to lose my hair in such huge quantities after having my daughter in 2008, no one had warned me at all! It took about a year to grow back fully, but the wispy bits of growth were reassuring. My hairdresser suggested sea kelp supplements but I was still breastfeeding and concerned about any side effects that my affect thyroid function.

    After having my son, I lost hair everywhere!

  12. Sue Fallon
    January 29, 2016 / 9:31 am

    There’s a company called Active Formulas that does a serum with KGF. That’s what you are looking for. I can vouch for the lash serum which has KGF personally. Grew me some ridic long lashes and brows back after over plucking. KGF is a growth factor and will def work, no worries.

  13. Lara
    January 29, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Same thing Ruth with both kids – first time I chopped it from really long to a pixie. This time not as bad been taking pregnacare for breastfeeding mums, eating well. A shampoo that does work is Nioxin. Good luck!

  14. Gudrun
    January 29, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I’ve been bleaching my long hair completely platinum from dark brown for years now, as well as dealing with a few serious health problems, and these are the things that have helped me most so far:

    #1 – Tangle Teezer brushes and nothing else, even for dry hair. Totally life-changing! My hair’s quite thick but the individual strands are silky-fine, so I baby it like crazy.

    #2 – daily multi-minerals, there are a lot of brands out there, I like the basic GNC/Holland & Barrett offering (100 caps for about £8,) and take 2 of the recommended 3 a day: during periods when I’ve run out or forgotten to take them, I noticed a slowing in hair growth, so depending on your existing diet/supplement regimen, minerals might help, they sometimes get overlooked compared to vitamins and herbs.

    I chose a combined one because apparently it’s easy to cause problems when over-supplementing with the individual minerals, an excess of one can cause a deficiency of another, and I don’t have time (or spare cash usually) for a row of different bottles, at least these are balanced.

    #4 – vitamin E supplementation, I go with half the RDA and that’s also passed the ‘do things change if I forget to take them?’ test. I head to Holland & Barrett again for this, the 200IU mixed tocopherols for about £9/100 caps.

    #4 – fingertip scalp massage using pure coconut oil (Tesco do a processed and non-organic pure coconut oil by KTC that’s perfect for this, 500ml for £2.25), and once the oil has thoroughly melted, scritching across my scalp *very* gently with fingernails to remove any flaky skin.

    This seems to boost the circulation and makes my hair and scalp feel fabulously clean, and I think doing this once every 2 or 3 weeks since I started last spring may have thickened it slightly, maybe by preventing any blocked follicles (horrible word).

    I use a plain shampoo and a few drops of apple cider vinegar afterwards (I dissolve them into a 500ml jug with warm water, then pour over and lather up), rinse, then condition as normal.

    My hair and scalp always feel amazing for days afterwards, but YMMV.

    #5 – finish with a cool or cold water rinse, like an angora sweater, to close the cuticles – this seems to help with breakage.

    #6 – no more turban-towels – I love the way that looks (instant facelift!) but it places consistant drag on wet hair, I gently blot my hair dry and use microfibre towels now.

    I’ve been wanting to try a silk bed-cap, but I’m not sure I’m ready to see myself as a cartoon Victorian matron just yet…

    That’s my toolkit so far – some of it’s probably a bit obvious, but no-one ever thought I could maintain long platinum hair like this for so many years, so I’m a bit smug about it! :o)

  15. Lauren
    January 29, 2016 / 10:07 am

    the phyto 9 worked wonders for me, also try the caviar range by alterna, and sisley hair extract – i lost sooooo much of my hair moving to a hot climate and constantly dying it up and generally abusing it and now its coming back, thicker hair days are happening, xxx

  16. Abigail
    January 29, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Hi Ruth, great to see those little new hairs coming through! All will be well, I have had experience of hair loss myself and used the advice of a well known trichologist to help matters and now my hair has recovered.

    Things should even out as your hormones adjust but as you mention you have been low on iron in the past, get a ferritin check with a blood test, not just an iron test. Ferritin is what is essential for good hair growth and recovery.

    Wash hair daily as this keeps the scalp clean and promotes growth, or at least every other day.

    Diet, eat plenty of iron rich foods and foods with C vitamins to ensure good absorption. Eat lean protein for breakfast and lunch, the body can use protein more effectively for hair at these meals rather than dinner. Eggs, lean meats, cottage cheese etc.

    Patience. It can take 6 months to a year to see progress but in doing the above, you are laying a great foundation to maximise success. It’s taken about 3 years for my hair to recover but you do see little improvements on the way which helps keep you encouraged.

    All of the above can be found on this trichologist’s website, I am not affiliated in anyway, just trying to pass on the great advice that helped me.

  17. Nicola
    January 29, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Thanks so much for this post Ruth! I have two children and lost so much hair both times! For me it was quite traumatic as it was obvious and there was nothing I could do about it. When it all finally grew back I still ended up cutting my hair, cause it was all different lengths. I also lost mostly around the hairline, even had a fringe much to my dislike. I’m in the works for baby number 3 and would be over the moon if you found something to help with the hair loss!! Thanks again!

  18. Heidi C
    January 29, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I had very bad hair loss after I had my son 7 years ago. Nothing depresses you quite like suddenly developing widow’s peak! I got referred by my GP to a dermatologist (private health insurance) who ran pages and pages of blood tests as well as pulled out a bunch of hair with roots. I turned out to be deficient in zinc and iron and went on a bumper dose of both. Within weeks/months my hair was returning to normal… Worth adding those to your diet..
    Another thing that was recommended to me by my hairdresser is sea kelp and I swear that has definitely helped with making my hair grow faster!

  19. Tricia
    January 29, 2016 / 11:43 am

    I recommend Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo Intense and Hyaluronic Density Conditioner Intense. I admit that I haven’t tried these on post-partum hair loss (my babies now being 17 and 15!), but they have worked wonders on my menopausal thinning, with the added advantage that they have tamed the annoying grey hairs that stick out (shouting “over here, look at meeee”) because they are a different texture to the rest of my hair.

  20. Lara
    January 29, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I was just wondering if you’d heard of or tried Phylia products? They are quite expensive but I swear by the shampoo and the reconnect spray (even the shampoo alone) for restoring hair volume and health. There’s quite a lot of information on Victoria health.

    Love all your work. Lara xo

  21. yingyi
    January 29, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    My suggest would be going to a recommend Chinese Dr to take some herbs to rebalanced your livers and kidneys, so that you have more energy and better sleeping quality and of course good digestive system. If you don’t feel right of your body, even you use expensive hair product, it won’t make much difference. In another words, if your body is weak, it will still happen in the future. That’s Base on my experiences. Of course it’s up to you whether to take the non tasty/bitter liquid. Good luck. Xxx

  22. Rebecca
    January 29, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Hi Ruth!
    My post partum hair loss was terrifying – I was receding and shedding at a rate which made me think I was literally going bald. And I thought it would never grow back! My hairdresser was amazing; she told me not to worry, it would definitely grow back, but would take a couple of years to get back to full health again.
    She recommended Perfectil, along with a good quality Vitamin B complex. I noticed a big difference within just a couple of weeks – lots and lots of fuzzy filling out the thinning bits. And now three years later my hair is great again – thank goodness!
    Rebecca x

  23. Jules
    January 29, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    My niece is three and doesnt have a lot of hair :-( Her mum started using Alpecin Caffeine shampoo and its really started growing x

  24. Julie
    January 29, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Ruth try Grow Gorgeous hair growth serum. I discovered the product from Caroline Hirons.
    It is a pleasant smelling serum delivered in a dropper. As an aside I think Duchess Kate cut bangs to compensate for post pregnancy hair loss.

  25. Roberta
    January 29, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Huuuge problema for some many women. Thanks a lot for taking about some options. I am suffering from hair loss too And my dermatologist recommended: Keratine Pharma (French) vitamina. I just statted taking them so too soon to ler you know…

  26. Cait
    January 29, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I am evangelical about Phylia de M shampoo and conditioner. It has fulvic acid which apparently helps reconnect nerves to hair folicles and ramp up keratin production (the science is all on their website, so I’m not even going to try to explain it). I’ve been using it for about 2 years and my hairdresser always comments on how healthy my hair is, and I color it and I style every day. I started using it when I was getting a lot of hair in my shower drain and hairbrush, that has definitelty stopped. I have a hard time telling if my hair is growing faster, but I have really noticed a difference is in my nails, which are way stronger and longer since I started shampooing with Phylia, which was a pretty great and unexpected perk. It smells amazing (orange blossom) and doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. It is pretty great stuff and, while expensive, I think it is totally worth it.

  27. Katharina
    January 29, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Hormonal changes after having a baby or going under anesthesia for surgery and yes, stress all effect our hair and can lead to some hair loss. Have you ever noticed how many new mothers get a drastic short haircut? Great tips here along with eating right, taking vitamins, getting adequate rest will all be helpful. Biotin helps too, but check with your doctor if breast feeding. Also I found using dry shampoo before going to bed somehow makes your hair look great the next morning.

  28. January 29, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    As much as I´d love to have something prepared that really works for the time it gets me again, I have to say, after all the research and trying I did, only these things brought success:
    Time, taking good care and maybe coffein enriched scalp treatments. There is a (small) scientific evidence that that may actually help, but far too little to call it proof. And no, drinking big amounts of coffee will not have the same effect.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  29. Louise
    January 29, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Hi Ruth, I recommend Hairfix Follicle + for thinning hair. Works for me!

  30. Vanessa
    January 29, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Biotin vitamin supplements are fantastic for hair loss. Not sure about the UK – but they can be found in 5000 mcg form in the US. Works wonders.

  31. Ruth
    January 29, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Quick warning about the ogx range- the one you have (argan line) does have a more gentle cleansing agent than the traditional sulfate salts (SLS, SLES) but many within the range contain similarly stripping and irritating surfactants that- while not being sulfates- are really not great for your scalp/color/condition of the hair.

    Your hair is looking great- hair loss especially around the hairline can be hard to conceal but you’ve done a great job of it and even better, it looks healthy! Keep up with leaving the hair down- I’ve found that makes the biggest difference, along with massaging coconut oil into the scalp and then washing the next morning- though I absolutely hate the feeling and smell of sleeping with that in. Coconut oil has been proven time and again to be a great solution, it has been thoroughly researched in India. Many people I know have had great success with a biotin supplement or viviscal supplement- however I try not to supplement because usually my skin ends up unhappy about it.

    Aveda do a range that is meant to promote hair growth- theres a gentle exfoliating shampoo and then a scalp serum that I feel would do the bulk of the work- the conditioner sounds unnecessary to stick within range for- but the idea of a shampoo that gently exfoliates through acid and then a serum that can more easily penetrate does sound intriguing.

    • January 29, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks Ruth, I shall take a look at the others! x

  32. E.
    January 29, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Love Mr AMR making the baby look at you through the fireplace :-)

    Doesn’t the dry shampoo make your hair a little bit more sticky, making the detangling a bit more hard on the hairs the next day? I would have thought it is not better than the tying back?!?

    My tip (to help the hair grow nicer, at all time, not only now) would be using less aggressive shampoos. Which means not trusting all those “mild” or “sensitive” labels but avoiding some ingredients, especially Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. You’ll sadly find that most products, expensive or not, use them as their main cleansing agent :-(

    (Even Pai Skincare speaks about this, as it also applies to cleanser. But the skin under your hair should be treated as gently as the skin on your face: and

    • January 29, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Yep, the shampoos shown here are SLS free. That’s why I chose them! The dry shampoo isn’t sticky – it’s a really nice formula, you can barely feel it really. If I may say so myself! : )

  33. Catherine Smith
    January 29, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Im four months post partum and breastfeeding and notice my eyelashes thinning out and are a lot shorter and straight. Just wondering Ruth if you have notice any changes with your eyelashes?

  34. Monica
    January 29, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I also wanted to talk about supplements I really did see a lot of hair growing after taking phytofanere

  35. carol white
    January 29, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    First time post – long time lurker (ewww lurker sounds creepy…)

    Hairloss is a subject close to my heart – for years had amazing thick hair then a combination of an early-ish menopause and an underachieve thyroid drastically thinned my gorgeous hair. I’ve tried laid of stuff and the only thing that really works/helps are supplements – lots of them :) The main ones for my hair: Viviscal – Silica, extra iron (liquid), along with a topical scalp treatment by Rene Fuerter (think that’s how you spell it). I also take high quality fish oil and ubiquinol ( a good all round anti-acing supplement). It took a good 9/10 months before I really started seeing results but my hair is looking better and getting back to what it was.

    Sorry for the essay :)

  36. luisa
    January 29, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    had the exact same problem after my son. I can relate because it was like a nightmare… What solved the problem for me was minoxidil 5%. You have to be patient it takes around 2/3 months to work.

  37. thosethreeandme
    January 29, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    It’s a bugger, the hair loss, and so is the annoying regrowth – I had actual sideburns for a while! While having young babies is magical, there’s something absolutely brilliant about reclaiming your body as they get a bit older.

  38. Halla
    January 29, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    That is exactly where it happened to me as well. Only happened with my daughter, not my son. Anyway, I massaged Rogaine into my scalp. About 4 weeks later it really started growing. I was hesitant to take anything other than prenatal vitamins as I was always stressed about my daughter getting sick from it ( nursing first time mom :)). I honestly believe it felt and looked worse to me than it was, but I remember being “shocked” about how much less hair I had. Oh! Kerastace make a decent hair growth serum. Some say it does nothing, but my husband and hair dresser saw and felt a difference recently after thyroid issues.

  39. January 29, 2016 / 9:57 pm


    Hair loss; my nemesis. Mine has thinned due to an autoimmune problem but I have done a few things to help. I’m pretty sure I recommended these to you when you were pregnant but I’m going to put them in here again.

    1. Omega 7: This helped with hair falling out and growing back. It takes about 3 months to see a difference with the growing back though. The falling out less was at least an 50% improvement within a few weeks.

    2. Collagen: I’m using grass fed powder, it’s fantastic. I’ve noticed more growth in my nails and my skin looks more plump. I have noticed some growth around my hair line in the 2 months I’ve been using it. I was actually out of my omega’s at this time so I’m sure that most of it is attributed to this. I’ve also have much better digestion and my food allergies have been reduced some. The brand I use is Great Lakes. I put it my daily cup of tea.

    3. New Chapter Prenatal: I was told by my doctor until menopause I should be taking prenatals so I’ve been taking them when I can afford them as they are a bit expensive. They do make a difference in my overall health. Gwyneth Paltrow swears by these for hair growth so if it’s good enough for GOOP it’s good enough for me.

    4. Tying it back less! It’s so much strain and breakage! I was watching Caroline Hirons and her hairdresser admonished her too for it. I was doing the same thing. Wet buns. Now I just use a claw clip if I need it out of my way for a bit. I’m only in a bun or pony once a week or so now.

    My hair is currently past my waist and I need to get it cut because it’s too much strain on my scalp. I think the length you have it at now is perfect for regrowing. You are not wrong about blonding! The more bleach you use the more it roughs and expands the cuticle so it feels thicker and has a bit more volume. I’ve been considering going back to my childhood color of medium ash blonde for this reason! I’m just worried that with my pale rosacean skin it will wash me out!

  40. Gemma
    January 29, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Hi Ruth, so glad you did this post as I too have been plagued by post partum hair loss. My wee boy is 4 months old now and I think the shedding has eased off now but I have horrible thin patches at the hairline and my hair looks terrible pulled back. I was wondering how you manage to keep your hair down while caring for your little girl? I find my baby is always tangling himself up in my hair wth his grabby hands, not to mention the constant bending down means my hair just gets in the way. I already have quite a lot of baby hair around my temples so the hair loss is making it look 100 times worse. Having rubbish hair is definitely the one thing that makes me feel like a worn out mum that’s let herself go a bit. I need help so looking forward to the results of the products you’re testing and hoping I’ll be lucky in the hair product giveaway!

    • Gudrun
      January 30, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      If you can’t pull it back fully Gemma, could you do a loose plait towards the back or side, tied in a soft tie? If you google “loose plait” the images show lots of examples, and most have hair covering the hairline around the face and forehead area.

      When I wear my hair up, I usually take it into a single bunch in my hands at the nape of my neck, twist it round softly once (no ties) and then bring the ponytail back up, and use a single plastic clip horizontally to pin it just below my crown. It keeps it out the way, without snagging elastics or metal clips. It’s not a structured look, but it does the job, and minimises product use when I’m not going anywhere special.

  41. Gina G
    January 29, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Hi Ruth, really enjoy both your blogs and big congratulations on your beautiful family.

    This post really struck a chord with me. I suffered with post natal hair loss too and never quite knew what to do about it other than stick it out! Mine was most noticeable around the hairline as well, a bit receding and patchy and didn’t really notice it until allllllll the baby hairs started to spring up like I’d had some kind of weird buzz cut. I wish I’d thought about haircare a bit more through the baby haze but all I can say is that no one ever notices as much as you do, it’s just one of those things and it’s over in a flash, in my experience. I think dry shampoo covers a multitude of sins when you’re a mother, that and a good dollop of Argan oil kept (keeps) me presentable!

  42. Josie
    January 29, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Hi Ruth

    I had my baby in June too and my hairline looks exactly the same. This week I started using Nioxin number 4 shampoo and conditioner. I think it’s making a big difference already.

  43. Shannon
    January 29, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    You should give scalp massaging a try. Massaging promotes the flow of blood as well stimulates the follicles. I’ve been doing nightly 1-2 minute massages before I go to sleep for the past two months and have noticed a difference in hair growth and thickness –a few friends have even mentioned how great my hair looks. Recently I’ve introduced oils into my scalp massages, particularly argan or coconut. I usually do this on a weekend night, leave the oil in and wash my hair the next morning. Plus the massages are so relaxing it makes drifting off to sleep quite easy and pleasant. Hope this works for you!

  44. January 29, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    This is definitely something I know far too much about. Although, I don’t think that anything other than just having your hormones balance out is the answer. For me, I take a biotin supplement, and collagen peptides that I can easily dissolve in water. Other things that are supposed to help which I’ve tried, and yes, my hair is growing back slowly now, but caster oil treatments are considered to be pretty effective.

  45. Kerry
    January 29, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Thanks for posting! Currently driven demented by tufts at the side of the temples and the locks? Oh the dreadful locks

  46. January 30, 2016 / 12:57 am

    I had that problem. And it’s growing back so slow where I had the most trouble. :( and my little one is going to be 3.

  47. Poonam
    January 30, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Hi ruth.
    For hair loss, i’ve got some tips, hope they can help you. You can take brewer’s yeast pills, they are for hair and nails. They sell them in pharmacy here,in france (levure de bière).
    Next thing..a friend of mine used to use dry shampoo very often and he started to lose hair because of may be one of the causes.
    Then, oils. Oil is the best product for hair. Right? Lol. Castor oil is really good for hair loss, and it really soothes your scalp. I’d say next coconut oil is great if your hair is dry. Been using it a lot when i was home. But here i’ve been mixing jojoba oil and macadamia oil, which are great as well but less thick than coconut oil.
    Last thing, nuts are great for hair..almonds etc.
    As for shampoos..furterer and phyto have treating ones for hair loss. I used to have itchy scalp and the furterer really worked.
    Hope this helps.

  48. Sherry Murphy
    January 30, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Thank you for the hair falling out article! Mine is falling out very much. I would like to try your products you are loving. I would like to get your dry shampoo too.

  49. Jenna
    January 30, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Hi Ruth! I just started following your blog because you have great makeup advice!

    Also I am wondering where you got this beautiful V-neck sweater from? Thank you in advance :)

  50. Vanessa
    January 30, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Aside from Minoxil and diet the rest is just speculation. I have a hormonal imbalance and most topical solutions are just temporary thickeners. The teal Elvive bottle comes to mind. Internally, 50g of protein, vitamin d, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and the amino acids in eggs are what experts recommend to those with nutritional deficiencies and hormone imbalance. Viviscal vitamins are supposed to be brilliant but I’m going the nutrition route personally. Philip Kingsley has several articles regarding the nutrients. I’m more of a science driven person, so I stick with nutrition. I’ve been eating lots of Skyr and granola among other things and at the very least I’m starting from the inside. If it doesn’t work in my case, at least vitamin deficiency isn’t making it worse. I’m sure you just have to wait it out. All the best xx

  51. Kate
    January 30, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Hi Ruth – I had the exact same thing after all 3 babies. Fantastic, lush shiny hair through pregnancy and first 6 months then all downhill from there, losing so much hair when I washed and brushed it.. Once number 3 hit three, I was sick of my rubbish, fragile hair and did what you’ve done. Cut out sulphates, silicones, wet brush (which I love). Also tried to air dry more and colour less, do deep treatments. Things improved but not as much as I’d hoped. Then I started taking Imedeen hair & nail supplement 4 months ago (I know I sound like a cheesy ad here, bear with me). After 3 months I hadn’t noticed much change, and would have given up except I’d bought a 6 month supply. In the last month though my hair has looked great – strong and shiny, almost pregnancy-like in lustre. I looked at the Imedeen packet and it says expect full results after 4 – 6 months of use. Aha! My hair is definitely in better health and it could be coincidence but I’m going to keep going with the Imedeen! Maybe worth a try? I also had an Olaplex treatment, which I’ll do again even though it wasn’t as instantly awe-inspiring as is hoped. Something has made a big difference, I think probably the Imedeen as my nails are also good.

  52. bbbb
    January 30, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I swear by Nioxin’s line – give it a try! The shampoo, scalp revitaliser & hair booster are fantastic!

  53. Vicky Holian
    January 31, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Iam currently 3 months pregnant and experiencing some hair loss, maybe down to hormones?! I’ve lost hair in the past especially with my first born so I want to start tackling it now before I start crying in the shower at the amount down the plug hole! I’ve just ordered nioxin stage 3 scalp treatment, I’ve done some
    Research seems safe to use! Hoping it will
    Help me keep some of my locks! Fingers crossed!

  54. Lizziee
    January 31, 2016 / 10:18 am

    It’s the same with the perimenopause but it appears my hair won’t grow back. The Elizabeth I hairline is so sexy…

  55. Angelika
    January 31, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Hi Ruth is your Tangle Teezer Orginal or Elite? Where is the difference?
    Thank you for answer.

  56. MazzaJozza
    January 31, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I agree with the previous post from Vanessa. After a bout of medication which caused hair loss – I lost about 50% of my hair – I went to a specialist at a private hospital and the only thing my doctor said which might help new growth, was Minoxil. Nothing else can stimulate hair growth – everything else is cosmetic and not a ‘cure’. Losing hair is a difficult time and you can feel pressured into buying ‘miracle’ remedies that won’t work and cost a fortune.

  57. Jennifer
    January 31, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    I had hair loss due to Lupron injections, my crappy ovaries (which are pretty much failing at 32 causing my hormone levels to be a total mess) and my weak thyroid. Biotin made me breakout in acne BADLY. I tried the Phyto Phyticyane products to no avail too. Viviscal’s formula has been altered now that it is mainstream so it is no longer as effective. All of the bad reviews since the reformulation caused me to not even try it. I actually found doing Organic Castor Oil Hair Masks, using the AG Hair Therapy Line (the high protein line), eating a clean diet plus taking Hubner Silica Gel worked. The Silica gel tasted like chalk so I mixed it in juice. It takes about three months to see noteworthy growth of hairs. It was really exciting to see. I was NOT expecting the regimen to actually work. I continued this plan to maintain my hair growth.

  58. Daniela
    January 31, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Hi Ruth, have you tried caffeine shampoo? I had severe hair loss while I was writing my dissertation, I literally threw away bags of hair, I new the only real treatment is minoxidil, but I know it can make things worse, so I looked for an alternative and I read that caffeine should bloke testosterone. You can buy the shampoo in boots. I usually use a salicylic acid shampoo first and then a caffeine one and leave for 2 minutes. It worked wonder for me, I use nothing else in 3 years.

  59. Gráinne
    February 1, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Minoxil all the way, mens strength AND some of the lesser known brands are less than half the price on Amazon. I started rubbing it into my temples as soon as I popped no.2 and while my hair still fell out it stopped it all coming at the same time so the regrowth wasn’t as drastic as on no.1.

  60. February 1, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Hi Ruth! I had this problem as well; about 3 months after I gave birth, my hair started to fall out really fast. I had to cut it very short and I didn’t colour it for a couple of years. I also used a hair mask as often as possible; the mask is just a mix of organic oils, but I swear by it and even now (my son is 7 and a half) when I have hair loss issues, I use it and the results are as fantastic as always. So here it is: 1 table spoon each of coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil and 2 table spoons of castor oil; I mix them and heat them just a little bit. I apply the mixture on the roots and also on the ends and let it sit for at least 3-4 hours! Thanks for sharing your experience!!! I’m also curious about what products you use for the bath of your baby, maybe in the future you’ll have time for such an article; I even now only use Weleda Calendula Shampoo And Body Wash for my son (I use this product for my intimate area as well). All the best!!

  61. February 1, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Ruth, I found a medical study a few months ago that showed that a mixture of peppermint essential oil and jojoba oil, massaged into the scalp daily, worked to regrow hair as well or better than Minoxidil. I tried it on Boyfriend, but he’s too sensitive to peppermint oil to handle it. Here is a link to the study:

  62. Claire L
    February 1, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Anything that stimulates the scalp will help, topical caffeine, peppermint, massage etc. I’ve heard great things of the Grow Gorgeous Intense range too, might be worth giving a try. Also eating plenty of high-quality protein will help with hair growth (animal protein is ‘grade A’ protein compared with plant proteins), and taking a good quality supplement aimed at hair growth.

  63. Catherine
    February 3, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Hi Ruth,
    Firstly, I just want to say how much I love your blog. It’s witty, informative and very entertaining.

    As I do follow all your recommendations I was wanting to clarify something about the Phyto 7 product you use. I clicked to your link of these and it bought the cream however after purchasing it I realised it was the Phyto 9 cream rather. Does this still do the same thing to your hair or do I need to go back and purchase the Phyto 7.
    I have the same problem with hair loss. I am currently 4 months post partum.

    Thanks Catherine.

    • February 3, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Yes, I’m just extremely stupid. It’s Phyto 9, not 7!! x

  64. February 3, 2016 / 5:26 am

    I love love love just natural grow new hair treatment. It really works and smells so good. Such a lovely thing to massage on with finger tips. The reviews are amazing. To tell the truth angel numbers led me to it (yes they exist) – and it’s all organic. I use it with their vinegar rinse every 15 days and am seeing good results. The reviews for intranaturals biotin were so good I’m taking that too. I hear amazing things about castor and coconut oil. Get lots of vitamin A in your green and leagues and above all don’t worry and expect it to work – and it will. Thoughts are more powerful than anything. p.s. My mom and I love that you remind us of her. She has the same gap, beautiful skin and blue eyes. I’m enjoying your videos so much. Blessings, Jenny

    • February 3, 2016 / 5:28 am

      That should have been green and leafies but auto correct didn’t like it. ( :

  65. February 3, 2016 / 5:34 am

    The J. F. Lazartique shampoo line is very good too.

  66. Roxy
    February 5, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Hi Ruth! Did you try any specific hair supplements? I have ordered Viviscal yesterday which is supposed to be one of the best but read today on their FAQ that these are not suitable when breastfeeding. That’s a real shame as I will have to wait then. My baby is 4.5 months now. I have long thick light brown hair that I am now picking up from everywhere. Using Kerastase sensitive scalp shampoo at the moment and hubby’s caffeine hair tonic.

  67. Lady Eve
    February 8, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Hi, Ruth.
    I found this video really interesting and would certainly welcome more on products to help with hair loss. You mention that you might try to speak to some experts about this, for contributions or background to the next video, and I hope you might be able to look at different causes, other than post partum? Like many, many women my concern is low thyroid function (hypothyroidism), a key symptom of which is often dry/thinning/falling hair. The reasons are different, of course, although it’s all hormonal/endocrine in origin. I am sure there are lots of people who’d love a really good breakdown of the shampoos, conditioners, masks and styling products or tips which could help. Looking forward to more in due course.
    BTW It’s been a while since I visited your site – glad to see you and Baby AMR looking so great.

  68. Alyssa
    March 27, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    I really hope whatever you try works. I am 26 years old and have some pretty drastic hair loss from hormonal imbalances. It’s enough that I have to prepare my hair a certain way or you can see straight through to the scalp. I’ll be watching for the next video.

  69. June 6, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    All moms know this. Well, for the first time moms, you should get to read this and learn.

  70. malaki55
    June 22, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I’m 26 years old and I started to lose my hair right after high school. Hair loss runs in my family. My hairline started to recede and was becoming thin around the temple area.

    I’ve been using the Somaluxe Shampoo now for 4-5 months now and I love it. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference. My hair grows faster and its thicker….Don’t expect this to grow hair where you lost it. It’s not going to happen. But to stop and prevent hair from falling out, this is great

  71. July 19, 2016 / 5:32 am

    Hi Ruth, I really liked your article and They are the really helpful tips for a pregnancy hair loss. Well, for the first time pregnancy, they need to read this article and find out the tips for hair loss.

  72. July 21, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Will surely check out the results. Great Video!

  73. September 7, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    If you’re looking for the Best Hair loss Shampoo reviews, you’ve come to the right place.

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