Fun fact: most women don’t lose hair while they’re pregnant? So even though the rest of your body is bloated and stretching and swollen, your hair usually looks full and awesome.
Then, a few months after your baby is born, all that hair starts falling out all at once. So you’re exhausted and still trying to lose baby weight, and to top it off your hair is falling out by the fist full. When this was happening to me, I felt like I needed to be taken outside and brushed on the porch.
But THEN it grows back all at once. I wasn’t prepared for that step. I thought you were just losing extra hair or something.
And when it all grows back you get weird, chunky fly aways in places you didn’t realize your hair had thinned. They can’t be straightened, curled, or pinned back. They’re just there, like thin, miniature bangs that you don’t want.
You can sort of see mine in this photo (this is another white balance photo).
They’re poking out under the hair tucked behind my ear, and puffing up on the other side. When I pull them down, they look a little like a mustache growing out of my part.
They started teeny and innocuous, but they’re getting worse before they get better. Until they blend with the rest of my hair, they fly free.
They’re sort of like vampires: hard to capture on camera. I took this photo after a run. See the halo of frizzy hair? And it’s not just at my temple, it’s behind my ear and the nape of my neck, too.
This is a shot of my least-favorite re-growth — that weird, straight piece in the front.
And the other side is just as bad.
Don’t think that they’re curly or cute. They are not. In these photos my hair is dirty, so what you’re seeing is the re-growth in its natural habitat: a frizzy mess.
These photos were taken a few weeks ago, and I think they’ve gotten even worse. The fly aways (I’m calling them that, but they really aren’t. They’re short and thick, not pretty and windswept) have gotten even worse. The ones on the left stick straight up, the ones on the right sort of look like a peacock tail.
Add this to the list of “things about pregnancy no one ever tells you.” But then if you mention it in a group of moms, they’re all like “OH! THAT WAS HORRIBLE!!”
I’ve even heard that some moms get bald spots. Taken that into consideration, I’m not complaining.
But, seriously, moms, how do you make it through this awkward stage?