I’ve always taken pride in my hair. I love being a blonde, and I love having long hair. My long thick hair has always been one of my favorite physical features. I remember going to get my hair done in college, and my hairdresser would always comment on how much hair I had, and I loved it!
I think my favorite stage in my “hair lifetime” is my pregnancy hair stage. My hair grows super fast, and so long and thick! I remember hearing about postpartum hair loss and not being too worried because of how much thicker my hair got during pregnancy. After I had my first baby, one month passed, two months passed, three and four months passed, and I never had any hair loss. I thought I had avoided the postpartum hair loss side effect and breathed a huge sigh of relief! All of my friends experienced their hair loss right after having a baby, so I thought I was out of the woods and just got lucky. But five months after having my baby was when my hair started to fall out, and it was way worse than anything I was expecting. I remember trying to go as long as possible in between washing my hair because it was so hard for me to see all the clumps of hair that fell out with each wash. I was mortified! My long thick hair was not so thick anymore, and I ended up cutting off quite a bit of length to get it looking healthy again. When I got pregnant with my third baby, I did everything I could to try to prevent my hair from falling out. I took my prenatal vitamins and biotin consistently all throughout my pregnancy, and every single day after having Eli. Sure enough, five months after Eli was born, I watched my thick hair morph into thin hair again.
The regrowth process is a crazy process as well! Once my hair started coming back in, I had hundreds of tiny hairs all along my hairline that were only a few inches long. I joked with Garrett that I should just stick some gel on my baby hairs and spike them! Crazy baby hairs were everywhere, and I had to get creative with my hairstyles in order to hide them and keep them tamed (one trick I learned was to spray an old toothbrush with hair spray and brush down the front tiny hairs to hold them in place. Genius!). I was mentally prepared to have to trim my hair shorter than I was used to because it was the best way to keep my hair looking healthy. I talked with my hairstylist and she gave me a few tips and tricks for styling my hair. I got clip in extensions that I could add to my hair when there were hairstyles I wanted to achieve that required thicker hair. I finally got comfortable with my postpartum hair because I looked for ways to embrace it, instead of focusing on how different it was.
With each of my pregnancies, I knew this hair loss process would happen. A new baby is most definitely worth any frustrations that come with postpartum hair loss, but I think it wasn’t until after my third time dealing with it that I mentally accepted that this hair change is a natural part of life. And it is okay for me to be emotional about it. My hair is a lot of my physical identity, and of course I was sad to see it fall out, but it always grows back. Herbal Essences is running a campaign that encourages all women to embrace changes like this in their life. It took me three rounds of postpartum hair loss to truly embrace my change, and I love that the mission of this campaign helps women to cope with their own hair journey at whatever stage they might be in. Hair change can be a great start to a new beginning: a new baby, a new relationship, a new perspective on life, etc. You can find out more information on Herbal Essences new campaign about hair change in this video.
Did you have a hard time with postpartum hair loss? I remember telling a friend who recently had a baby “when your hair falls out so much you start thinking ‘this isn’t normal!,’ just know that it is totally normal.” Did you have to change up a new hairstyle/routine to deal with your baby hairs? Let me know in the comments; I would love to hear your experience!
in partnership with Herbal Essences and POPSUGAR | photography by Felicia Lasala Photography