It's the video that tells both the long and the short story of postpartum hair loss and you may need to steel yourself if you haven't seen what hair loss after baby looks like.
Posting the unsettling video to Instagram, Christina Kreitel of Intrepid Studio Salon in Utah films the back of a brunette client's head as she removes a humungous wad of hair.
It's stomach-turning for sure, but it's the reality of this very normal physical process. We also see the hairdresser removing more strands after the initial clump, which shows what women can expect in the days and weeks following the first significant loss.
She wrote, "Nothing like that Post Pregnancy Shed man! You know the time, 4 months postpartum and you FILL that drain!"
She goes on to write that she is also going through it herself and that she likes to, "...collect it on the wall of my shower."
Christina, a seasoned hair professional, says it's 'grossly satisfying' and 'just as good as scalp treatments.
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!!! #licensedtocreate
If you're pregnant and alarmed, don't stress. Most women return to normal hair growth cycles after this short period of extreme shedding. During pregnancy, the hair follicles have an extended growth cycle, so women don't lose as much hair while pregnant.
When the pregnancy is over, hormone levels drop dramatically at the 3 to 4 month stage and the hair moves into the normal shorter growth cycle, so the scalp sheds the excess hair. It's another reason hair can be more lush and thicker in pregnancy.
So for those going through it, here's a hot tip.
All that hair loss will clog your vacuum cleaner brushes and the only truly effective way of removing it is with scissors.
Simply cut through those tangles once and the hair is so much easier to remove.