Little Mix member and mum-of-one Perrie Edwards has taken to Instagram to ask her fans for advice on postpartum hair loss. The 28-year-old singer welcomed her first child, a son named Axel, with partner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in August 2021. Since then, she's kept the details of her new life as a mum relatively low-key, but this week she did turn to her 14.1 million followers for help with hair loss.
Speaking on her Instagram Story, the singer asked why she suddenly had baby hairs growing along her hairline, five months after giving birth. "I just wanna know, what's with this hair?!" she joked, pointing to the fine, fresh growth at the front of her hair.
"Now, it could be growth from having the baby but he’s nearly five months now… so is this all going to fall out or is this just going to grow?" she questioned, referencing the hair loss that many new mums experience during postpartum. "I don’t understand what it is. What is this?! It’s literally all through my hairline."
Perrie continued: "No guys, is this some sort of joke? I mean, I’m blessed that it hasn’t fallen out, but what is that?"
But, hair loss after giving birth isn't something to be too concerned about. "It's common for women to lose more hair than usual up to three months after they've given birth," the NHS website explains.
As you might have guessed, postpartum hair loss is all to do with hormonal changes. During pregnancy hair tends to grow thicker and faster, but once you've given birth, this reverses, and your hair can become thinner or fall out more than usual. This is totally normal, and although everyone and every body is different, it may take up to six months post-birth until your hair goes back to how it was before your pregnancy.
It's understandable though, that changes to your hair can stir up some emotional feelings. "It's important to address the psychological impact of hair loss," the NHS emphasises, pointing out that there are plenty of ways to help you come to terms with this. Joining a support group and talking about your hair loss can both go a long way in rebuilding your confidence, but the NHS advises avoiding "wonder products" that advertise a miracle cure.
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