Post-partum hair – or the lack thereof

I’m now 6 weeks into the hair-loss stage of the post-partum hormone rollercoaster.  I know it can’t last much longer.  How do I know?  Because I’ll be out of hair soon.

Next comes the uber-cool spiky hairdo.  Please tell me this happens to you too.

I’m long overdo for a haircut.   Should I get it now in anticipation of things to come, or wait until the spikes start appearing like daffodil shoots in the spring?  What will my stylist say?

Comments

  1. I’m with you! Has happened both times for me now!

  2. This happened to me with all my pregnancies. The first time I thought that I had some sort of horrible disease and I was going to die. Thankfully my hair stylist told me it was normal.

  3. This is hilarious! My babe is 2 months and I hold my breath every morning as I brush my hair. I know it’s coming. And it’s so craaaaaazy!

  4. Durring the pregnancy for me so I went ubber short with the twins uber uber short but I also had a long inpatient stay. They have found the baking soda/vingear hair wash can cause excess hair loss so I have to try something else now :(

  5. I am so there! I’m seven months post-partum, and the spikeys have started. I’ve also neglected to get a hair cut since before my peanut was born, so the rest of my hair is really long. Perhaps I should consider a mullet?

  6. YES! It happened to me every time I had a baby. Nobody warns you of this – the hair just starts suddenly falling out and after a few days of this, you call your mom, sounding totally hysterical. She then calmly tells you, “Oh, honey. That’s normal.”

    Note to self: Remind all daughters who were not old enough to remember the last one being born. And just in case they’ve forgotten, remind all the older ones.

  7. yes, number 5 is 8 months old and I have gone through hair loss and the spikes. it’s ok , this too will pass. :)

  8. Yes, I do this too…Around 6 months, around my hair line…Blessings, Heidi

  9. After the birth of my oldest son, I had to cut my hair very short because I wound up having Hypothyroidism. I lost ALOT of hair in a very short time. I still lose hair after the birth of every baby, but if I take my prenatal vitamins for awhile afterwards, it seems to help with that. Either that or I’m too exhausted to notice. :) HAHA

  10. Oh, the ups and downs of life with female hormones…

  11. I just noticed a couple days ago that I’ve entered the hair loss stage (about 14 weeks postpartum). IT’S EVERYWHERE!

  12. I have had 10 children and had hair loss after each one. Sometime while pregnant with #1, or shortly after her birth, I read that during pregnancy the hormone(s) that control when we normally lose hair cause the hair to stay in place throughout the pregnancy (did you notice that you did NOT lose as much hair during your pregnancy?), and then at some point post partum, to begin releasing the hairs. So, those pregnancy hairs actually were slated to fall out, just not until after you gave birth. Check Shonda Parker’s books (The Naturally Healthy . . . ) for more info.

    In earlier pregnancies my hair fell out for a few months, maybe ending at about 6 months post partum. In recent years, my hair loss time has extended much longer, causing my overall amount of hair to be much thinner than it used to be. I’ve wondered about the possibility of thyroid issues, as I seem to be dealing with adrenal fatigue as well. One recommendation by Mary Shomon (who writes about thyroid issues) was to take evening primrose oil. When I do take it consistently my hair loss stops. Evening primrose oil is also good for even-ing out other hormonally-induced issues, namely PMS, but also cramping during a woman’s cycle. My youngest is almost 20 months old and just stopped nursing a few weeks ago, and I still am dealing with hair loss. I’ve slacked off on the epo lately and it shows up in my hairbrush.

  13. Hey — I thought you used progesterone cream to help hinder post-partum hair loss?

    • Not so much, Jammie. The hair loss is a signal that I’m low on progesterone, and I supplement that with the cream. From what I recall, it’s enough to smooth out the mood swings and possibly slow the hair loss, but not enough to stop it altogether. Thanks for the reminder, though. It certainly won’t hurt to try, and I’ve still got the cream from last time.

  14. So glad you posted this! I’ve been losing my hair like crazy—clogging the sink, filling the hair brush, can’t believe I’m not yet totally bald crazy–for a few weeks. I hate how my scalp is dry and itchy and that I have a larger than normal forehead and almost a widow’s peak. However, I know that it will come back just like last time. I just like hearing that I’m not alone in it.

    My crazy friends who’ve also had babies recently all claim they notice no hair loss. My mother has no memory of losing hair. How is this possible? :)

    Heather

  15. Not sure if this could be a possible reason, but of my four pregnancies, only after #3 did I lose hair, and during that pregnancy I was a strict vegatarian. Looking back, I’m sure I didn’t get enough protien.

  16. I start at about 2 months post baby and continue on until I get pregnant again (about 8 months post baby)…it drives my husband bonkers to find all my hair in piles in the bathroom, my cooking, and all over the clothes! Drives me a little bonkers too but after six kids, I’m used to it, I guess. However, I’m blessed with a TON of hair and so when I start losing hair, it looks almost like everyone elses!

  17. My baby is 7 months old and I just in the last few weeks I started noticing this fringe. Oddly I don’t remember it from past babies though I always have the hair falling out–I think I’m done clogging drains now. It helps if you brush your hair right before washing–I can just never remember! I have also had the cracking nails this time which I’ve never had before.

  18. Scowl at me if you want, but I don’t lose my hair post partum. It stays lush, and 2 1/2 feet long. About the worst I get is a bit more greasy. On the other hand, my body hair grows like a weed and I need to shave sometimes twice a day!

  19. Oh my! I have a 10 month old and have these wispy “side bangs” coming in. At first they’re spiky and thick, and I had to part my hair on the other side (only to find some over there too; just not as bad!). They blend better now, but I am contemplating cutting “real” bangs since it’s like I have 1/2 the job done already. :-) My hairdresser just laughs…nice to know I can bring her joy about every 2 years or so!

  20. Yup I had the spiky hair for a while, what made it worse was that all the hair growing back seemed (to me at least) to be grey.

    The hair loss started at about 5 months post partum, I didn’t notice my hair looking any thinner but I did get fed up with having to dehair the brush after each brush stroke. I can’t remember when it stopped but my baby hair is now about 4 to 5 inches long, I look like I have artful (grey) wispy bits around my face, so it’s not all bad.

  21. Oh yeah…and by the time I’m FINALLY happy with my hair and it has grown back to comfortable lengths (aka it is well hidden)? The next little blessing is soon to arrive. *sign* That’s the way it is sometimes. But are they ever worth it!!!!

  22. Ah, yes. The hair loss stage. I used to think that it was because I was nursing exclusively and I didn’t have enough vitamins in my body. But now I know that’s not it. You are right about our hair getting out of it’s growth~sleep~shed routine when we are pregnant. I don’t remember having any issues with my eldest daughter (which is why I thought it was due to nursing/lack of vitamins. I nursed her till 6 weeks, then I dried up). But I also had much shorter hair then (between my chin and shoulder) and you don’t notice the hair loss like you do when you have long hair (now mine is below my waist.). Actually, most of the hair loss I have had is when it breaks off, hence the spiky “bangs”. Around my hair line on my forehead is where the worst loss occurs. It last from 3 months to 6 months, almost to the day!

    Nice to know this is “normal” and I’m not alone! Just wish someone had told me sooner about it! I would have freaked a lot less.

    Jennifer D

  23. Yay, I’m not the only mom this happens to!! Not that I want company or anything … it just feels better to not be alone ;-) For me, babies 1 and 2 gave no pp hair problems, but numbers 3-5 have produced horrible hair days :( My DD is 5 1/2 months old, and the hair loss finally stopped a month or so ago. Now I have lovely 1-2 inch spikes framing my face and all through my hair. NOTHING calms them down :( I’m trying to decide if I should get a trim to make the rest of my hair look better, thereby, hopefully, camouflaging the spikes, or to highlight it a little to maybe lighten the spikes. I don’t want to cut it short, and I can’t quite remember how long it will take for the spikes to get long enough to hide … I’m thinking #4 was a year or so before I was finally happy with my hair again.
    Sigh. It’s a good thing babies are so darn cute. Because after birth I lose my hair then grow it back in spikes, my nails get weak and break constantly, and I break out like I was 13. Not to mention the 15 (okay 20) lbs I won’t shed until I’m done breastfeeding -which won’t be for another year or two-ish.
    But hey, I DO have five blessings to take my mind off it all :-D

  24. I’m 7 months post partum and my “baby bangs” have finally gotten long enough to not stick out or up anymore.

    : )

  25. This is my least favourite post-partum thing! For me, hair loss starts around the 3 or 4 month mark with a bang, and I never really notice when it finally stops. Last time I made a mental note to RECORD when it actually stopped so I would have a reference. For me, it seems to be around the 8 or 9 month mark. The new hair growth finally becomes nice enough to look at somewhere around 16-18 months postpartum (when I give birth again, haha!). While it’s all short and spikey, my hairdresser suggested I wear a side parting because it does not show so badly as a centre parting. I think that tip helped a lot! :)

  26. faith marandola says:

    I experienced this 2 months ago, I thought i was going crazy. My dr gave me the lab slips for thyroid level checks. Although his side comment to me was, this is sometimes just a part of aging…..*snort*, I am 29…seriously? My baby was 11 months old when my hair started falling out. I am considering shotening my hair to just below the shoulders.

  27. I have a 10 month old, and I’m in the spiky stage right now. The hair loss stopped about 2 or 3 months ago (which is good, because my husband was threatening to shave my head if I clogged another drain). Now all of those new hairs have grown in to a lovely length of about 2-3 inches.

    I woke up this morning and realized that I was going to need to take one of my kiddos in for an unscheduled trip to the pediatrician. The only appointment I could get was early, so I had to go without washing my hair. I pulled my hair back into a pony tail, but the little hairs that wouldn’t go in drove me nuts. I look like I have side burns. It’s frizzy when it’s down, but at least I don’t have little short hairs framing my face.

  28. I am 2.5 months post partum now and I would be okay with some hair loss. I have about 4 times the amount of hair of a normal person thanks to my Greek heretige. But my hormones are sure not happy. You seem to know a lot about that stuff (child bearing related hormones) and there is a sad lack of it on the interweb. I wouldn’t mind hearing more of your knowledge sometime : )

  29. My youngest will soon be 14 months and I’m still living with the spiky ‘do. I just use styling gel to “puff” what’s left. My children were actually laughing at my unruly new bangs earlier today. *sigh

  30. I’ve been lurking on your blog since May. I found your blog via a mention somewhere of a family of 12 living in a 1300 sq. ft house. We’re in an 1100 sq. ft with only 5 family members so far. (However, we live in Saskatchewan where winter lasts six + months and temperatures get down to -40 + wind chill. I think that sometimes makes it harder to live in a smaller space. Still I am very thankful for our cozy home.) My daughter was born at the end of May (part of why I kept reading your blog was that you were at a similar stage in your pregnancy with Parker.) Yes, I am also about six weeks into the crazy hair loss thing. I think it might be slowing down… And yes, I also get the spiky hair thing. It’s one of those joys of being a mom that no one ever told me about… nice to know I’m not alone. :) Your family seems very lovely. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your lives.

  31. Well, being a hairdresser myself, as well as having four munchkins and another due any day now, I would recommend at least a trim or something to help it look fuller and thicker to get rid of any dead ends and such……that said it’s up to you how short you go, I usually tend to go shorter after a baby so it does look thicker and it’s easier to fix without much hassle. Hope that helps! {;o)

  32. I’m shocked this doesn’t happen to everyone, but my hair stylist (whose baby is 8 months) looked at me like I was crazy. My boy is 5 months old and my hair loss seems to be slowing down. Three-four months post partum was the worst. Too bad I can’t remember when the hair loss ends…those are the things I never seem to write down.

    BTW, I laughed at your post about getting Parker to sleep through the night…I did the same thing about a month ago, after giving in to feeding just to keep him quiet. And then last night I eliminated the bedtime feeding and he went 12 hours between feedings! I pray it happens again tonight.

  33. It happens to me. My newest is 3 months old and I was wearing two inches-thick braids a week or two ago Next thing I know, hair is coating my pillows, laundry, the baby and every other surface in the house. In a few months it’ll be headband time to hide those crazy strays!

  34. Daughter number 4 is 4 months and I lose handfulls of the stuff. Just to rub it in she has the thickest head of hair I have ever seen! I think all my hair growing cells are being mushed into breast milk and being fed straight to her… just glad I like wearing hats!

  35. My newest addition is 6 months and I am happy to say the hair loss stopped about a month ago!!!! I was certain I would be bald. Even though she is #5 and I should know better. I cut some length my hair was waist-length and now middle of the back. At least it looks thicker. No sign of new growth—oh no tell me it WILL happen.

  36. This happened to me, I thought I was going to go bald. I started using Mane & Tail Shampoo and Conditioner (in animal bath section and is for horses and people). It works wonders, my hair felt thicker and softer and my hair didn’t fall out as bad.

    Also, if it is coming out in clumps you may need to get your thyroid checked, If your level is low, they can give you meds to help regulate your level.

    Hope some of this helps :)

  37. Baby #3 is 4 1/2 month, and I’m still loosing hair like crazy!!! But I have lots of it, not looking forward to the spiky look LOL

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