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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Have I ever told you about my hair phobia?

No?

Well, let me fill you in.

I HATE hair.

Wait--that's not entirely true. As long as hair is attached to a head I don't mind it. But once it is UNattached from my your body, my body, any body's body I am completely grossed out!

Because God has a sense of humor, not only do I have this phobia/disgust/loathing for hair, but I also shed like a dog. (Very funny, God. Har de har har.)

So imagine my delight when early on in my pregnancy I discovered that the reason preggos have such great hair is because you don't shed while pregnant. Something about one of the hormones surging through your body while knocked up keeps your hair from falling out. Hot damn!

I had 9 plus months of lovely hair. I also had 9 plus months of not shrieking with disgust every time I washed my hair. (I'm sure our neighbors think Ricky beats me because I spend a lot of my time in the shower screaming "get off of me!" But no, Ricky is NOT abusive.)

(My hair, on the other hand...)

But then a few weeks ago my hair utopia came to an end. I started losing hair by the fistful. I have to Drano my shower every time I wash my hair. (I wish that was an exaggeration.) My bathroom floor is covered in a carpet of red, curly hair. (Are you as disgusted as I am right now?) I'm constantly sweeping in there. (And I hate to sweep. But I hate hair more.)

Apparently the downside to that beautiful PG hair is that a few months after having your baby you start shedding again. But now along with your usual shedding you are also shedding all of that hair you held on to for 9 plus months.

Well, shit.

So here's where I need your help, fellow moms. I have been unable to find anything definitive on how long this hair horror-fest will last. I was reading some mommy forums and found anything from a few weeks to "I was still losing hair for a year."

A year?

A YEAR??????

There is no way I can handle a year of this ickiness! So please, tell me, how long did this go on for you post-baby?

And if it was for more than a year, just keep your mouth shut!

9 comments:

Andie said...

I am not pregnant and I haven't had any little ones, but my hair comes out too- but it grows pretty fast as well.

Have you considered a shampoo that may help? Nioxin is supposedly awesome for that. Cancer patients swear by it when they are going through chemo

Tawnia said...

It is hormonal so docs say it takes about a year for your hormones to level out and close to that for your uterus and cervix to go back to normal. Thats why they tell you to wait at least a year to have another baby. It may fall out for awhile. The plus side is it will taper down. You will lose less and less as time goes on. Take your vitamins. Also night sweats at this phase are normal too. So be prepared to be wet and bald lol Just kidding ya! It won't all fall out and it is normal, I promise you will still have beautiful hair:)
Love Tawnia

Mighty M said...

So sorry to hear about your shed-fest. I hope it doesn't last long. I had 2 kids and I didn't really notice the shedding at all. Guess I get to be one of the lucky ones. Good luck managing the fall-out!

Bobby said...

Two words:

Electric Razor.

injaynesworld said...

LOL! Okay I'm not laughing AT you, just your funny way of expressing your angst. Biotin is good for hair and nails. I, too, have heard good things about the Nioxin products. If you can't hold onto your hair, try to hold onto your sanity. This, too, shall pass. - Jayne

Lucy said...

Thanks for all the advice. Even you, Bobby! I may resort to your suggestion if this goes on too long! :)

Tawnia, I have the sweat-fest going on too. I used to NEVER sweat. Now I sweat watching TV. Super annoying. Little Ricky is lucky he's cute!

Meredith said...

Sorry I'm late...just wanted to chime in and say that my hair is falling out in clumps!!! So you are not alone! And now I'm forced to clean the shower drain before I can bathe Dallas....EWWWW, UGGGG, and GROSSSSSS.

So I have no helpful suggestions, although Amalah's Bounce Back column this week says that wrapping your hair in a towel after showering just contributes to the breakage, etc. Of course, I do this all the time, but I'll be trying to break the habit.

Here's hoping this ends sooner rather than later for the both of us!

Lucy said...

Meredith, I hadn't heard of Amalah. Thanks for the tip on a new blog to read!!

Sorry you are going through this nastiness too, but I must say I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)

tiffany said...

oh man. My hair just started coming out, too! (I have a 2 month old). I am shedding like crazy and it is SOOOO GROSS! I have no idea when this nastiness will cease.