Fun fact: when you get pregnant, your hair gets all thick and full and luscious. Basically, it looks just like those hair models in commercials, so you can walk around and flip your hair over your shoulder and just know it looks good. All those people staring at you? They’re not looking at your ever-growing belly, they’re looking at your awesome hair.
Second (not-so) fun fact: Once you actually have the baby, your awesome hair will go from fab to drab. That may be one of the cheesiest sayings out there, but it’s so true in this case. It’s like your hair knows that you won’t be able to shower and wash it for days at a time, so it just starts losing it’s lushness. Then, once its lost the glow, it gives up forever and just starts falling out of your head. Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen all at once, but once it starts happening, it doesn’t seem to stop.
I heard new moms complain about their strands shedding, but didn’t think anything of it. I made it to three months postpartum and started to pride my mane for rocking this phase; I was excited about being one of the lucky few who would get away with keeping my lovely hair. Then four months rolled around and karma had something different in mind. The first time that I took a shower and ran my hand through my hair and had a clump of loose hair come with it, I started to cry, because I knew it was just the beginning.
It’s been more than two months since I lost that first batch of hair and I don’t think it has any intention of stopping anytime soon. Loose locks stick to anything I touch (the baby included), brown strands cover my pillow each morning, and after I take a shower it looks like I could be five pounds lighter with the amount of hair that I gathered from my head. I wish I was kidding about how much hair I’m losing, but I’m not. It’s truly amazing that I’m not bald yet.
Can any other moms out there relate to this? Will the hair loss taper off anytime soon or am I doomed to keep shedding until I get pregnant again (not anytime soon) and start this process all over?