Getting Hairy- February 20, 2014

Ron Burgundy would have been jealous of my son’s head of hair when he came out of the womb 3.5 months ago. But, it was short lived. Poor kid. We got a glimpse of what Henry will look like in his early forties if male pattern baldness sets in. It has grown back. His extremely round noggin is a little more covered these days. Here’s a visual timeline of the loss and regrowth:

 Henry hair

I didn’t realize I would be able to relate to my son in his hair loss plight. I disgusted my dear Instagram and Twitter followers a few weeks ago with this:

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Granted, I have a lot of hair. It’s fine, but I have a lot of it. I’ve always liked my hair. It’s straight, shiny and looks good long or short. A tried and true brunette, the color is deep and not the grayish “mousy brown” many women bleach out and then call “blond.” With both pregnancies, my hair was thicker and shinier. It held curl better. I loved it.

pregnant hair

Like clockwork, he hit 2.5 months or so and my hair started falling out as I remember it did after Charlotte was born, but this time it is WAY worse. When he turned three months it began coming out  in clumps. It has clogged the drain. It became a nest in the corner of the shower that could have comfortably housed a colony of some small amphibious animal. My husband accused me of using his sink. I tried to explain the uncontrollable migration of the shedding female mane. He looked at me today and said, “Should we be concerned? I mean. Should you talk to the doctor?”

It’s all over my children. It’s stuck in their clothes and on Charlotte’s plate. Since I nurse Henry all day and night and wear him around in a carrier, he gets the worst of it. When I had him at the pediatrician for a follow-up this week I confessed the grossest part of my hair loss. One of my hairs was wedged between his butt cheeks when I changed his diaper the other day. That’s when the doctor assured me that he likely had not ingested the hair, but that it fell out when I was changing him. She did, however, warn me of the dangers of hair tourniquets. Yeah, that’s when you could unknowingly tie off a tiny toe or a tiny penis with your hair. Ugh.

I read up on postpartum hair loss and it sounds like I’ll be okay by the time he’s one. I’m definitely getting a haircut soon. I think that will help. My hair is really long right now. I’m not to the Rogaine point yet, but I’ve considered changing shampoos or doing the shampooless-shampoo thing. I’ve ditched the comb for now and try to use my brush with wide bristles. I would love to hear any other hair loss stories and advice here.

My son’s hair returning gives me hope. Who knew I’d long for a pregnancy side-effect? To my pregnant friends: Hold on to those hair hormones!



95 Responses to “Getting Hairy- February 20, 2014”

  1. Amy, During the pregnancy my hair was amazing. I was so in love! At three months postpartum I noticed shedding. As the weeks went by I felt like I had alopecia. It was so devastating for me! I had no idea what was going on so I consulted with my OBGYN and was told this was completely normal. I thought normal would be a few strands here and there but wasn’t expecting losing clumps of hair at a time. To see it go was so heartbreaking for me. How come no one ever warned me? I actually posted some pics in December of 2012 of my beautiful long and thick tresses after I had straightened it. Since I usually keep it in its natural kinky and curly state, it was amazing to see how much it had grown. Little did I know that shortly there after things were going to change drastically.

    The shedding slowed down after 3 months but it still continued until Blake turned one. I tried all kinds natural regimens but sadly nothing worked for me. I just had to let it run its course. The next month I decided to let the rest of what seemed like nothing go and I cut it really short. The great thing about it is that I owned that thing! lol I was no longer in hair bondage or the lack there of. I absolutely love my short hair and I know you will too. Good luck with everything! Thanks for sharing : )

  2. Oh I had this with all three kids :( I lost hair from baby’s 3-6 months then grew back these thin little baby hairs. Now that the youngest is 18 months, I finally feel like I have bangs – aka – the hairs are long enough to blend in! Good luck!

  3. I had a lot of shedding after my daughter was born but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced after my son was born this past April. My hair came out in CLUMPS. My entire hair line receded half an inch to an inch, especially around my temples and ears. It was awful.

    It was related to a thyroid issue. My thyroid has since calmed down (for the time being) and my hair loss has ceased and my other symptoms have quieted down. The regrowth stage is just as bad but for different reasons…I now look like I shaved my hairline and it’s growing back in.

    If your hair loss doesn’t slow down within the next two months I’d recommend going to your doctor to get your thyroid levels tested. It’s not just about your hair, your thyroid controls so many of your bodily functions you don’t want to mess with it.

  4. pamela says:

    UGH. Thanks for sharing this, Amy. It helped me to cherish these final weeks I have with my 2nd pregnancy (though it has been a rough one), because I am recalling the hair loss after I had my 1st baby. It happened to me too and was insane! You’re not alone<3 It's amazing what our bodies go through during and after pregnancy!

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