“Wow, Avenly must be yanking pretty hard on your hair,” my husband blurted. “No, it’s actually my postpartum hair loss growing back in,” I replied while trying to tuck the tufts behind my ears. Our second daughter was nine months old when my postpartum hair regrowth became noticeable. Around my entire scalp line was a row of little whisps about an inch in length. When I pulled my hair back into a ponytail or bun, these little whisps drew my eye. They stuck straight up as to say, “No good hair days for you!”
Did your luscious mane of hair during pregnancy disappear overnight? What was once shiny, thick, and beautiful is now brittle, short, and unpredictable. Some women experience little or if any postpartum hair loss, while others can experience greater thinning. Pregnancy to pregnancy can cause different amounts of hair loss as well, as I experienced very little with my first and handfuls with my second.
The good news: it (usually) grows back. Some women will experience thinning after pregnancy that is permanent, but most will find their hair return as it was prenatal.
How to cope: while your little whisps are growing back in, there are a few things you can do to help the process.
- Snag your husband’s hair gel. I could usually smooth down the tufts with a dab—it gets the job done.
- Feed your hair nutrients. Foods rich in B vitamins are essential for hair growth. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are rich in them. You can also put them through a juicer along with some fruits if you aren’t a huge vegetable fan.
- Use bobby pins to hide flyaways as they get longer in length. Eventually, they will stay down with the rest of your hair but shorter hair tends to have more body. Throw a few extra bobby pins in the diaper bag just in case some hairs decide to pop out later in the day.
- Stash up on fabric headbands. These literally cover your whole scalp line and look trendy doing it.
Thankfully, you have a tiny distraction taking up most of your time with snuggles and kisses, leaving you little time to worry about your hair. Embrace the change, momma! You are the most beautiful woman that tiny person has ever seen.
*If you are experiencing other symptoms with your hair loss such as fatigue, brittle nails, irritability, weight loss, or feeling cold, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to head into your primary care physician and have a few of your levels checked. Anemia, iron deficiency anemia, and hypothyroidism can cause hair loss and are experienced by many women postpartum.