Aside from the life growing inside of us, I think most women would agree that the other benefits of being pregnant are glorious skin and glorious hair.
When I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child and my hair was looking extra shiny and full my cousin reached out, touched my hair and then warned, “I remember how beautiful my hair was when I was pregnant. You do know that it all falls out?” I must have looked puzzled. She continued, “Yup it usually happens 4 months after giving birth and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Thanks for the info cuz.
So when my daughter Joslin was about 6 months old, I thought to myself, “Take THAT older and wiser cousin. My hair is still here and it’s still glorious.”
Then just 3 short month later it began. Joslin was 9 months old. Clumps of hair began falling out. I stood in the shower continuously combing my fingers through my hair, tears running down my face. I was shedding. I was f*$%#@! shedding. I took the once gorgeous locks that dangled lifeless in my hands and pasted them to the wet shower wall in disbelief. How could this happen? When would it stop?
I turned to my husband for support, “Can you tell? Look at me, can you tell I’m going bald?” He focused intently at my nose and in his kindest voice said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Your hair looks fine.” His eyes then glance up at my scalp and quickly back at my nose. “You still look beautiful.”
“Ah ha!” I shouted, “I caught you. I am losing hair around the crown of my forehead. I’m going bald and you know it.” He laughed, then I laughed…but only to hold back the tears.
At the time I was appearing on national live television at least three times a week and had booked a commercial spot, which was scheduled to shoot in a month. I desperately searched for answers and a fix and this is what I came up with.
Why It Happens
Apparently your hair grows in cycles EXCEPT when you are pregnant. While you are pregnant your hormones cause all of your hair follicles to remain active. Then, about 4 to 5 months later your hormones begin to balance and hair follicles fall out.
I found several accessories that helped me hide the problem.
- Hats- I lived in my fedora. Pick a hat that’s on-trend and rock it.
- Headband- When I wasn’t hiding under a hat I was wearing a headband. I found that a wide headband could hide my massive bald spots.
- Hair Powder-Joan Rivers Fill-In Powder- I couldn’t wear a fedora or a headband on-camera so instead I wore Joan River’s Fill-In Powder. This powder generously applied darkens your scalp so that the baldness is less apparent.
Long Term Solution
I was more prepared the second time around. After the birth of my son I started taking a wonderful vitamin called Viviscal. Viviscal was recommended to me by someone from the hair-and-makeup team at The View. Viviscal is 100% drug free and contains Aminomar and Biotin amongst other nutrients. It helps speed the growth of your hair. It’s been two years after the birth of my second child and I’m still taking it. My hair looks the best it’s ever looked. No, I’m not getting paid to mention Viviscal, but I wish I were.
Hope this helps the new mamas out there! It’s all information I wish I had.