After my baby was born, I lost about half my hair. Apparently this isn’t uncommon, even though nothing I read forewarned me about it. Luckily, I have really thick hair so I never developed any bald spots or anything. Now its growing back, though, and my face is framed by a halo/ruff/mane of little half curls. They’re too short to be pulled back, too numerous to be clipped back, and it’s too hot to wear my hair down.
I’ve thought about either buzzing my head again (which my boyfriend is not excited about) or getting my hair done up in micro braids (which my budget is not excited about). Does anyone have any other suggestions that could help me and my curly hair get through this awkward transition period? — Anie
Congratulations! You’ve gotten yourself through the incredibly transformative first weeks of motherhood and, if you’re lucky, you even see an echo of your familiar pre-pregnancy body starting to shine through the blissful layers of motherhood. You totally have a handle on this situation, right?
Right. Except that your hair is coming out in uncontrollable clumps. Ouch.
There are lots of theories floating around about postpartum hair loss.
One of the most common ones that I hear suggests that all the thick and lustrous hair that doesn’t fall out during pregnancy decides to bail a few months after your body quits playing host. I’m prone to believe that in part. My already thick hair felt feral during pregnancy. The fine-haired clients I have had the best hair I’ve ever seen them sport during their pregnancies.
What gives me pause about this theory is the fact that much the hair loss seems to take place around the front of the face. The hair recession on either side of your forehead is where we see most of the loss.
When my feral hair decided to start thinning itself out by the handful around the time my new baby hit four months my biggest annoyance was the new mess I had to clean up around our house. Not only was I dodging bodily fluids and doing laundry like a maniac, I was waking up with hundreds of long strands of hair on my pillow case. I was sweeping it off of my floors. I was snaking out my drain.
So, what are the best haircuts for post-partum hair loss?
One word: BANGTOX
Personally, I decided to cut it all off. It took my focus further off my primping and made me feel like a hardcore mom.
BONUS: the strands that were still falling out were shorter and more un-noticeable.
However, I get that shearing hair isn’t the answer for every lady. Lots of us enjoy the ease of a ponytail or just dig having a long mane of luxury. In that case, haircut-wise, if you have straight or gently wavy hair, I recommend a little bit of bangtox.
Right. Bangtox. It’s like Botox, but without the not-safe-for-nursing botchulism.
Bangs cover up those new hairline recessions while you walk the slow path of filling back in (believe me, your hair will grow again).
Plus they put a nice little coverage over your new worry lines, and provide a nice shadow from overhead lighting that could catch in the bags under your sleep-deprived eyes.
A few more pointers about post-partum hair loss that may help:
- Keep taking your prenatal vitamins.
- It’s been said that fish oil helps.
- The hair will look baby fine when it starts to grow back. It is not more fine than your regular hair. It just looks that way because it’s soft and new on the ends.
- Think of the hair that’s growing in as hair that will give you more volume. Your hair may look a little fuzzy, but those short hairs will help boost all the long hairs that you’ve retained. Rock it.
Remember: you still look pretty. Really. So pretty!!