I just received an email from a reader who had recently had a baby boy and was experiencing excessive hair shedding asking if she should try Truth In Aging’s new Hair Vitality Complex  ($49 in the TIA shop). The short answer is yes and I’ll come back to that. But before I answered her, I did some research into postpartum hair loss.

Happily, things typically start out well. During pregnancy there is an increase in the level of estrogen hormones. Estrogen causes hair to remain in the growing phase and thus stimulates hair growth. A pregnant woman can expect a full and luxurious mane.

Then at between one to five months after delivery, telogen effluvium - the excessive shedding of hair – may occur. Actually this is not uncommon, afflicting 40-50% percent of new mothers. Indeed, Selma Blair told People magazine that her hair “just started falling out at the three-month mark”. She was 39 at the time and declared she wasn’t an extension sort of person and would simply go bald if it came to that.

Generally, postpartum hair loss is short-lived. After delivery, when those aforementioned estrogen levels return to normal, the hair may fall out all at once but then gradually return - this can take from six to 12 months - to the usual cycle of growth, resting and shedding. (Read more on how hair grows).

But many women claim that their hair never recovers. The other day friend of mine eagerly (with almost unseemly haste, I might say) grabbed the bottle of Hair Vitality Complex that I gave her, claiming that her hair has never really recovered since the birth of her daughter nearly five years ago.

I am eager to see how she does with Hair Vitality Complex. When we tested this on 125 members of the TIA community last year, there were several women who reported good results using it on thinning hair that they contributed to having had a baby in recent years or months. The Hair Vitality Complex formula is based on copper peptides and vitamin B5.

The genesis of Hair Vitality Complex was my own hormone related thinning hair issues, due to peri-menopause. As with post-partum symptoms, the culprit is fluctuating estrogen. When Rogaine and other topical treatments didn’t work for me, I found that copper peptides were extremely helpful and wanted a solution that would be pleasant and safe to use, as well as play nice with chemically colored hair. Read more on how Hair Vitality Complex came about.

I also find that a vitamin-rich, low carb diet helps, as do antioxidant rich shampoos and conditioners (I like Nutra-Lift and Yarok). Although I haven't tried them myself, I hear good reports on taking biotin supplements.