…well, you panic, of course!
For those readers that personally know me, you are probably privy to the fact that I adore my hair. I mean, I rarely (and, by rarely, I mean: never) wear weave, wigs, braids or anything other than the hair on my own head. I’ve always had fine, soft, curly locs of love – which is why when it started to fall out in extreme amounts shortly after giving birth to Leo, I freaked the f*ck out!
To be frank – I didn’t really bat an eye when any of my “mom friends” mentioned postpartum hair loss. For one, I didn’t think it would be that bad. For two, I didn’t think it would happen to me. For three, I didn’t think it would last as long as it did.
Here’s a quick backstory: during your pregnancy, your hair gets this magical potion called ‘hormones’ that allow less hair (on your entire body) to go through its usual shedding phase of the hair growth cycle. Thus, you’re left with locs that resemble a horse’s mane: thick, long, and voluminous. (Oh, and a hairy belly.) Then, you give birth to your beautiful baby… and, Cinderella turns back into a pumpkin.
I didn’t start to lose my hair until Leo was pushing 3-months old. It started off as a slow, gradual release of fine strands into my comb, progressed to full-on balls of fluff clogging my drain, and landed with me finding my hair in random places around the house or in my hands if I even so much gently touched my head.
I went through three stages of grief before I was prepared to throw in the towel and succumb to a full-time wig.
1. Denial: “Nah, that can’t be my hair.”
2. Panic: “Oh, God. That is my hair.”
3. Acceptance: “Well, I guess if Amber Rose can pull it off – so can I.”
Now, at nearly 6-months postpartum, I can finally say that I feel like my hair loss is slowing down.
Moral of my story – perhaps you’re a new mama and think what you’re also experiencing is out-of-the-norm? Or, this isn’t your first rodeo – but, maybe your first pregnancy didn’t affect your strands nearly as bad as the second?
Well, mama – you’re not alone.
The rest of us are bald, too.