I have been dealing with on evil SOB.
I'm talking about postpartum hair loss.
Seriously, guys, my hair fell out in fistfuls. My hairline is covered in little baby hair (finally....before it was just bald) and my scalp has been feeling crappy. I have talked to a handful of moms and doctors and fortunately this is temporary and totally normal....but this was one thing no one had warned me about. And on top of that I apparently have the worst case of PP hair loss that any of my mom friends have ever seen.
It really took a tole on my self-esteem. I did not want to post a photo because I hated it but I will because then I can show you my cute new bangs. As it is for most women, my hair is really important to me. Raise your hand if you have ever cried after getting a bad haircut.
So in honor of my hair starting to grow back I decided to write about what I have done in the last couple months to try and eradicate this problem. Mind you, postpartum hair loss can't really be fixed however trying to help your hair become healthy will make the thinning less notcible.
VITAMINS : When I first became pregnant, I had my naturopath doctor concoct a personalized prenatal packet for me. It was seriously like 7 pills a day. But I had some really bad morning sickness in my first trimester....and the smell of those natural vitamins made me sick. I couldn't open the packet on my own, let alone stomach them. So my OB recommended that I take Vitapearl. Its a once a day perscription gel prenatal that is sooooo tiny and doesn't give you gross vitamin burps.
Anywho I was told that I should keep taking my prenatals as long as I was nursing, but I started to forget to take them, and I think that may have had a lot to do with my hair loss. So I'm back on them. I later found out that a lack of biotin in women who are breastfeeding can cause hair loss...sooooooo.
If you don't have a strong prenatal, I would recommend getting on biotin ASAP. It's that good hair and nail strength vitamin. (Not to be confused with collagen, thats for your skin. Although it is actually amazing so you may as well take that as well, LOL)
HAIR TREATMENTS : I used to go get conditioning treatments a couple times a month, now, not so much. My hair has been really dry lately (I recently when ice blonde) so I went to my salon to get a conditioning treatment. Fortunately my stylist is AMAZING so when I was telling her about my hair loss she took me in a different direction. We used a treatment on my scalp that helped remove YEARS of buildup (from product and the like) from my hair follicles. When you have buildup, the hair follicle is smaller, so the hair that grows through is thinner. I honestly think that has has the most effect on my my hair growing back strong and thick.
BANGS : Okay, so I know this seems silly, but once my hair at my hairline got to a certain length, I couldn't hide it anymore, and trust me....it was not cute. My best friend told me that I looked like Jim Carrey in dumb and dumber!! I held out as long as I could, and for a while I was able to disguise my new hair growth, but eventually it was far too noticeable for my liking. But I finally decided to cut bangs to cover it up, and I'm so so happy, and fortunately the bob with bangs is super on trend right now.