The truth about hair loss

6 Feb

A couple months ago:

I was in the shower, combing the conditioner through my hair.  When I finished, I held the comb in front of me to rinse it off before putting it away.

I looked at the comb. I could feel the adrenaline pumping through my system.  I nearly screamed in shock. The comb was full of hair.  Not just a little bit. Full.

I ran my fingers through my wet hair.  Strand upon strand of hair tangled around my fingers, completely free of my head.  Oh. My. Gosh. WTFrick?

Then I remembered. It happened after I had Hannah too.  Only that time I had no idea having a baby can make your hair fall out.  At least this time I knew. Except I seemed to have pushed that horroble memory from my brain.

Now:

My hair is still falling out. It’s slowing down, but it’s still going.  My pony tail (if I could make one) is about half the thickness it usually is. And my hair is thin anyway.  Most of the time my left ear decides to look ridiculous and poke out through my thin, stick-straight hair. No, never the right ear, only the left, no matter how I part it.

My hairline started to recede.  And let me just tell you, I have a rather unfortunate hairline anyway.  So much so, that my entire life, I’ve had some form of fringe/bangs.  When I was little, it was the straight across, grab some scissors and do it myself  bangs.  Fine, until I was 17. I was awkward like that.  Then and now, it’s varying lenghts of the side swept fringe.  All to cover my unfortunate hair line.

In my experience, getting my hair dyed makes it look thicker.  So off to the salon I went.  To be a blonde again.  I got a lot of length off and added layers so it would have some body and make me look not so bald, and cover that obnoxious ear. It looked pretty ok.  For a couple weeks.

But after a while all that hair starts to grow back.  All at once. Crap.  Sure it’s a good thing.  Except my natural hair colour is mousey/dirty dishwater brownish-blonde.  And right now my hair is dyed blonde.

Through my nicely blonded hair now pokes thousands of dirty dishwater brownish-blonde hairs.  Sticking straight up.  My hairline is a mass of tiny brownish-blonde hairs beyond the blonded line. Sticking straight down, all in my face and obvious.

They will continue to grow and stick out and up for months until finally they have enough weight to hold them down.  It’s like a poorly done I-kind-of-wanted-a-mullet-but-chickened-out-at-the-last-minute type thing.  It’s horrible really. Anything even remotely resembling a mullet is.

Last time this happened (after Hannah was born), I just put it in a ponytail and smoothed it all down with hairspray.  That seemed to hide it pretty well. Except for the little corner of hairline that shows where the side sweeping starts.

But my wrist is broken.  I can’t put my hair up.  Or do anything else with it for that matter. So not only is it sticking up everywhere, it’s also all tangly, not washed very well, and pretty much looks as if some birds had a wild all night party in it.  And my cast is starting to smell. Sigh.

P.S. Do you like my left-handed drawings? Had to do them on the iPad (which probably made it easier) since the graphics tablet still isn’t working.

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19 Responses to “The truth about hair loss”

  1. MamaMoo February 6, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    My husband notices the hair falling out more than me. He complains all the time about the clogged shower drain. So I am right there with you! Love the drawings, very cute.

  2. LB(cruiseshipblogger) February 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I don’t remember the hair falling out thing. But then I never had much anyway and what there is is baby fine. Yeah, BOTH my ears stick out unless I put it up. I used to perm it to hide that.

    Your drawings look pretty good.

  3. Child Anxiety Mom February 7, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Don’t I know it about the freakin’ hair loss. I had NO IDEA that could happen with my first and freaked out big time. For some reason, my husband had heard of the phenomenon (he reads EVERYTHING he can get his hands on) and found a reassuring article where I could read about it. It calmed me down a little, but still… not fun.

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 7, 2012 at 7:04 am #

      Yeah not fun… They should really tell people this stuff at antenatal appointments. Or birthing classes. Or the hospital….

  4. cromainer February 8, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Hi. I’m from Philippines and a mom too. I’m looking, reading and following other mom’s blogs too for the reason that I also wanted to know what other mom in different countries and races feels about being a mom.
    Anyways, that was my problem too when I had my two sons. I wonder why it really happened after all, a lost protein maybe? And sometimes, it makes me worry that my hair lost a lot of strands everyday and I don’t want to imagine loosing them all. 🙂

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 8, 2012 at 2:13 am #

      Something about hormones….the link in blue in the post explains it though. I’m just glad it grows back!

      • cromainer February 10, 2012 at 12:15 am #

        Yes, I am glad also for they still grows back. You know, I had a specific little area in my head that the hair was lost.It started when I was stressed carrying all my problems in life, so I noticed it one day. And i was really worried about it then but not until now. i can see those tiny hair replacing the lost ones albeit its quite short that i can noticed it when I combed my hair.

        Thanks for the reply.God bless

      • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 10, 2012 at 4:49 am #

        🙂

  5. alabamaredhead February 8, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    I have been warned about this…so when it does happen I don’t go to WebMD and think I’m dying of prostate cancer. I was a major shedder before, so I’m pretty sure when this does happen, I’m going to hear Chewbaca sounds coming from my drain…..

  6. Love is all you need February 8, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Thanks to adoption I won’t have to experience something like that! That is crazy!

  7. Miriam February 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I love your pictures! So funny

  8. Kristen February 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Oh my.
    How do you feel about hats?

    I once shaved my head, and did not realize that my hair would stick straight up for months as it grew out. Having an inch and a half of hair sticking straight into the air is not a good look.

  9. Sandra February 11, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    What a funny post! I can totally relate. I know I lost a lot of hair with after my daughter (4 yo now) but I must have completely forgotten about it because I’ve just started experiencing MASSIVE hairloss 3 months post-partum with my son and nearly ran out of the bathroom screaming. In fact, I kind of dread washing my hair and try to do it quickly so as to not notice what’s happening! Thanks for sharing your stories 🙂

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) February 11, 2012 at 4:24 am #

      Funny how we totally forget about something so horrible. It’s probably for the better… Happy hair loss. At least we know it grows back. Even if it’s hideous for a while.

  10. rhealyn88 May 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Hair loss is a natural process. In reality we experience hair loss day-to-day because each follicle is at a distinct phase of hair regrowth. About 90% of hair is developing, while 10% of it is resting, and this is a point in time in a hair’s life cycle where it drops off.

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