Here's Everything You Need to Know About Postpartum Bangs, Including Tips for Managing Them – PureWow

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From weight loss to fatigue, it’s an understatement to say that a lot can happen to your body after having a child. One common issue that many new moms deal with is hair loss. During pregnancy, you might see an increase in hair growth. However, after giving birth, you may experience more hair shedding and thinning than usual. As a result, you might end up with a new set of postpartum bangs—or wispy, shorter strands around your hairline that are hard to control. Fret not, we tapped a derm to help us to the root of things. Plus, we asked our hairstylist friends to share their best tips on styling your baby bangs in the interim.
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Postpartum bangs are little tufts of hair that grow in areas where it had fallen out due to pregnancy and childbirth. Dr. Liu tells us these wispy strands are typically shorter and finer than the rest of your hair and they’re usually found around the hairline and nape of your neck. If you’re currently dealing with postpartum hair loss, these bangs are actually a good sign, as they’re proof of regrowth.
It’s important to note that postpartum hair loss is very common. Everyone deals with some form of shedding or thinning after giving birth. “Postpartum hair loss is caused by hormonal changes that shift our natural hair cycle. In essence, postpartum bangs are a sign that our hair is in the process of reverting back to normal and growing again,” explains Dr. Liu. 
For more scientific context: During pregnancy, you have higher levels of estrogen and progesterone, which increase the speed of hair growth while you’re pregnant, but reduce the number of hairs you shed. (This is why some women report having longer, thicker hair at this time.) “During postpartum, your hair tries to shift back to what it was prior to the pregnancy. Since this is happening all at once, it appears that more hair is being lost and hair is thinning. Over time, our bodies will adjust back to pre-pregnancy and hair will start to grow in as normal,” assures Dr. Liu
There are also other factors that contribute to hair loss such as your diet, genetics, stress and when you stop breastfeeding.
It varies from person to person. According to Dr. Liu, this period can last anywhere between six and nine months. Remember: Given that hair loss and regrowth stems from a multitude of factors, there’s no one-size-fits-all timetable. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some universal solutions to maintaining and taming your new fringe in the interim. 
When it comes to dealing with postpartum bangs, you can either change some daily habits or consider treatment options from your OB-GYN. At the end of the day, you want to find a solution that works best for you. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips to managing these wispy hairs:
If you’re having a difficult time rocking your unruly baby hairs, we found some helpful tips and tricks to styling those bad boys.
Postpartum bangs can be a pain to deal with, but they’re a sign of regrowth. Try to remember this whenever you feel defeated and show some grace for yourself during these next few weeks (or months) as your body readjusts. Or take a cue from Ashley Graham and try to find some humor in it.
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