I've written a bit about post-baby hair problems. I think, finally, I can write about post-hair meltdown repair and recovery! My baby is 17 months, and my hair is starting to feel like hair again. It has gone through some pretty strange transformations in the past year and a half. It was thick and luscious and amazing right after baby came. I have never had very thick hair, so I was loving it. And then the Great Fallout happened.
My hair was falling out in handfuls, and considering the somewhat sparse quantity I usually have, I started to panic. I avoided ponytails and restrictive hair clips. I barely brushed it, for fear of brushing it all away. My hair was dull as well, tired and limp. I hated it, and started considering cutting it all off and starting over. This was me at my worst, because I like having longer hair.
And then the Fuzz began. I started to grow hair back. It was first seen creeping in around my hairline. Tiny baby hairs dominated my face, creating a forehead fringe. Then they began poking out of my head, sticking straight up. I had a halo of light, downy hairs all around my head.
That's when I noticed the first White Hair. At first, I just thought it was one of my blonde hairs. Then I realized, with much shock and astonishment, that it was, in fact, pure white. OMG. So I ripped it out. And every single one I have found since. Sorry, I'm not embracing my white hairs yet. It just ain't happening.
Luckily, the white hairs have stopped. I think I was going through a stressful phase, and it makes sense. Whew. Anyways, the rest of my hair seems to be on the mend, too. I am growing out the Fuzz properly, although I still look funny with a ponytail. I avoid tying it up a lot, because it still seems fragile and easily broken. I haven't cut it in months, because I'm trying to leave it alone. Good plan? I don't know. I don't really feel the urge to mess with it in the winter. Come spring, that may change. For right now, I'm just going to leave it be.
So, yeah...that's the saga of Kate's hair. Rather typical, if what I've heard it true. Some suggestions for new mamas who are going through something similar: get decent shampoo. It makes a world of difference. Your hair will thank you. I got a nice one with keratin therapy for a while, and now I've got a moisture one for the winter dry air. It helps. I also leave my hair alone a lot. It needs time to bounce back. No teasing it all crazy everyday, and no intense products. (Although I don't really do that anyways...) If you saw me now, you'd be like, "srsly? Your rats nest needs a comb through." And I'd be like "woah! I've got half a cup of yogurt, some Indian food and a little blood in it, thanks to my toddler. I think it looks pretty nice, considering!!!" And it does, thank you.