A video of a woman’s postpartum hair loss has received more than one million views in 24 hours.
“This is going to gross so many people out — I’m so excited!” Kreitel exclaims in the video as she pulls out chunks of her client’s brown hair.
She captioned the post, “HaHA!!! Nothing like that Post Pregnancy Shed man!!!! You know the time, 4 months postpartum and you FILL that drain! I’m going through this myself and like to collect it on the wall of my shower. Haha so grossly satisfying. This is just as good as scalp treatments!! Anyone else going through this!!!”
A chorus of commenters offered their own hair-raising postpregnancy stories: “I had no idea it was a hormone thing, I thought it was from the vitamins.” “How long did it take before back to normal? Currently shedding all over my 3-month-old.” And, “This scared me, I’m good on having kids.”
“It’s become a running joke among my pregnant clients that after they give birth, I’ll have to pull out their hair,” Kreitel tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The client in the video had a baby four months ago and that’s around when the hair loss starts.”
According to the American Pregnancy Association, 90 percent of a woman’s hair is always growing while 10 percent remains in a “resting” stage. Every three months, that 10 percent sheds — except during pregnancy, thanks to elevated hormone levels, which make hair shiny and full. A few months after birth, when hormone levels start to drop, hair starts falling out. But it’s not that women go bald after birth — they simply lose the strands that built up during pregnancy.
And for the roughly 40 percent to 50 percent of women who experience postpartum hair loss, it’s totally temporary.
According to Kreitel, hair loss on a person with curly hair may look more extreme because the curls create tangles and fall out in bigger clumps.
As for the stylist, who has a 5-month-old son, she’s going through her own postpartum hair loss. “It’s all over my bathroom wall.”
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