I’m lucky enough to be blessed with a wild mane of hair, sometimes a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse. Like the days I want to just wash and go but the reality is that unless I tie it up or spend ages straightening it, it just becomes a big annoying mess. And the days I long for a super funky style but it takes so darn long and the body of a contortionist to get it into something presentable.
But I shouldn’t complain as I know it’s not always the case for some people, and I certainly got a glimmer of the frightening side of hair loss after the birth of my last baby.
After 9 months of my my hair being at it’s best, thicker and glossier than ever, once the nipper made his appearance I’m sure he pressed a release button on the way out. As each time I washed my hair in the shower clumps, sat on the cubicle floor. Unblocking the drain became a regular task. And each time I dried it, handfuls escaped, while combing it through left a somewhat amusing, almost animal like construction on the hairbrush. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
I tried to see the funny side as it wasn’t too much of a worry. I knew I had lots to spare! I even smile now when thinking of the time my son came shouting at me to see the ‘birds nest’ caught on the hanging basket. “That’s amazing honey” was my reply as I took a closer look and realised that the birds nest was in fact the clump of hair which I flung out of the window during my daily brush cleaning! (I left him believing the bird’s nest theory, it was much more exciting that telling him the truth. )
It’s not all bad though, as once my post pregnancy hormones settled down, my experience of postpartum hair loss did too. And I was assured at a hairdressers appointment 7 months later than new hair was already growing to get me back to where I was pre pregnancy.
Research led me to a few things you can do if this sounds familiar. Not pulling your hair back into tight styles, laying off the hairdryer, conditioning your hair and using a wide tooth comb to untangle. I’ve recently been introduced to a tangle teaser, man do I wish I’d had one back then!
For the not so fortunate though, this becomes a serious problem. Hair loss can be a sign of postpartum thyroiditis and for some new mums, especially those who usually have thin hair, the bald spots are more visible. This is where trips to a GP and considering hair loss treatment becomes this next step.
But like I said, it all came good for me in the end. I’ve just got to find a dream hairdresser now who can tame my mane into something a little less wild!
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