Prior to the birth of my son, I was warned that I may go through post partum shedding. Postpartum hair loss is the sudden shedding (sometimes in clumps) that many new mothers experience between three and six months after they give birth.
Postpartum Hair Loss — What Causes It
Normally, the average head loses 100 hairs a day — but not all at once, so you don’t notice them. Your pregnancy hormones keep those hairs from falling out (which is why your hair looks as lush as a supermodel’s, or is so thick you can barely get a brush through it). But all good things must come to an end, and that includes your awesome new ‘do. When those hormones drop back to normal, the extra hairs drop, too.
Postpartum Hair Loss — What You Need to Know
Don’t freak: You’re not going bald, you’re just getting back to normal. If you’re breastfeeding, some of your extra hair may hang on to your scalp until you wean or start to supplement with formula or solids. But nursing or not, take comfort in knowing that by the time your baby is ready to blow out the candles on that first birthday cake (and has a full head of hair of his or her own, possibly), your catch-up hair loss will be finished, and your locks should be back to normal, too.
My hair has always been pretty lush. I have very fine strands, but my hair is dense, meaning I have lot’s of hair strands on my head. This is why my hair looks and feels thick. Now when I gave birth to my son, there were no immediate changes to my hair. However, about 3-4 months after his birth I noticed that my edges were looking a little different. Even before the birth of my son, I’ve never had “baby hairs” and I’ve always admired women who could style their ‘baby hair”, now 3 months after giving birth, I noticed that I all of a sudden had “baby hairs”.
When I noticed this I sorta kinda freaked! “What the heck is up with my edges!?” I decided then that I really needed to nurse them before they all fell out. Needless to say, more of my edges fell out and it was really starting to scare me. There was not enough Castor Oil in the world to help my dear edges. Now 8 months later, my edges are doing much better and I am no longer a nervous wreck. I am very happy to say that my consistent use of castor oil along with the Nubian Heritage Edge Taming Taffy has allowed my edges to grow back, slowly, but they are indeed growing back.
In this video I share with you more details on how postpartum effected me and I show you a visual of my edges before postpartum and a visual of my edges after postpartum.
Have you experienced postpartum shedding?
How did it effect you? How did you recover?
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Jenell Stewart, formally known as BlakIzBeautyful is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me. Jenell has a MS in special education and dedicates her time to educating and uplifting women with kinky, curly, coily hair. She big chopped on March 26, 2010 and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.View all Jenell posts.