Have you suddenly noticed a drastic change in the texture of your hair after having a baby? Or maybe you’re currently pregnant and googling some of the effects of postpartum to be prepared for it?
Pregnancy and giving birth changes your body and mood so much and, as much as I hate to break this to you, your hair isn’t immune to those changes.
It’s actually quite common for women to see some type of hair texture change shortly after giving birth.
Why is my hair texture changing after having a baby?
When you’re pregnant, your hair is growing healthy and strong because of the ultra-flow of estrogen. You’ll be bragging to all your friends and family how absolutely amazing your hair looks and feels! They’ll be asking what your secret is and you can proudly proclaim, “I’m pregnant!”
And while that glee will last a solid 9 months, give or take; a few months after giving birth, you will notice significant changes because your hair will be in a stage of rest instead of a stage of growth. This is caused by your estrogen levels taking a nosedive. Unfortunately, this could cause some upsetting changes to your hair.
Take heart though, the change isn’t the same for every mom. Some moms may even report fuller, thicker hair. While others say they went from wavy hair to straight hair! Even more have said that their hair thinned greatly.
Does hair texture change happen to everyone? Certainly not. Just as every pregnancy is different, so is every result thereafter.
Most women tend not to talk about it. Instead, they usually panic when all of their hair is suddenly falling from their head after giving birth.
Don’t panic! You aren’t losing any more hair than what you gained in the nine months that you were pregnant, but it will certainly feel like it as you pull chunks from your shower drain.
The texture of your hair may also be changing due to lack of care because being a new mother doesn’t leave a ton of room for dedicated haircare.
Will my hair return to normal?
Possibly! Our hair tends to change texture for a variety of reasons because of aging, genetics, stress and, you guessed it, because of hormonal changes caused by...giving birth!
Postpartum is already filled with so many changes and unfortunately, your hair is part of those changes.
Be prepared for this change and if you see it happening, know that it’s only temporary. How long is temporary? It could take a few months to several years for your hair to return to ‘normal’. Or it may have a completely new state of ‘normal’. One of the best things you can do is be ready to take action when you see these changes.
What are the types of hair textures?
Again, not every mom is going to experience the same type of hair changes, some may only notice a little bit of hair loss and not much else. It greatly depends. Don’t take these with any certainty, but rather be prepared for it.
Your hair could thin. More often than not, you could be losing a little bit of hair and in some cases, it may thin even more than just ‘normal’ hair loss (whatever normal is!).
Dry hair could also be something to consider. Your hair might look like it’s lacking a bit of luster and shine.
Another type of hair texture would be frizzy hair. In this case, your hair might be unmanageable despite all of your efforts.
If you experience any of these, there are ways to improve your hair or at least take care of it until it turns back to normal.
How can I improve my hair texture?
- Learn about your new hair texture. Has it thinned? Gotten wavy? There are some ways you can style it in the mean time to make it more manageable and keep it as healthy as possible. If your hair is thinning, change to a short, jaw length, blunt haircut which will make your hair look thicker. If your hair has gotten thicker, play with braids or half up-dos, maybe consider layering your hair. Talk to your hairdresser about some positive ways to change up your new hair.
- Change hair products. If you go from lush, thick hair to thin and brittle, it will require different treatment. Less is more with thinning hair. On the other hand, if your hair has suddenly blossomed, find products that deeply hydrate, and in general, you could wash your hair less often, which is amazing as a new mom since you don’t have much time to shower anyway! In addition, if you typically use a blow dryer, go ahead and nix that, as that can continue to damage your already sensitive hair.
Eat a balanced diet. I know this sounds impossible as a new mother! But the more nutrients you’re absorbing through the foods you eat, the quicker your hair can return to normal. Taking vitamins can also be an easy way to get the nutrients your hair needs.
- Give it time. In the end, sometimes all you need is to give your body a little bit of time to catch up and return to normal. Your hair may not return to the exact same hair you had before pregnancy, but eventually it will return to some semblance of normal.
What are some popular hairstyles for postpartum hair?
The first recommendation that not many moms think about is a wig! A wig may sound like the absolute last thing you want to do, but it can actually be a relief. It gives you one more option to simply throw on a wig instead of having to figure out how to mess with the hair that pregnancy decided to honor you with.
While your hair is under the wig, you can protect it from the elements, taking vitamins as well as moisturizing.
Alternatively, you could also use dry shampoo to help give it a little extra volume.
Did your hair go flat? Try using a curling iron to add a little extra volume and ‘wow’ factor.
If your hair dried out, try adding some coconut oil to it and gently styling it by manipulating your hair into curls or other fun styles.
Try to keep your hair out of a tight ponytail as that can put undue stress around the temple areas where it’s already going to be extra thin and scraggly. If you feel more comfortable with a ponytail, try a loose ponytail. Or even better, a low, messy bun.
Remember: it’s temporary.
Embrace your new hair and know that it’s usually temporary. Be gentle with what you do with it and what type of products you use as you may not be able to do the same ol’, same ol’ for a while. Make the most of your new hair courtesy of your newborn baby.