Thursday, July 2, 2015

BACK WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT PREGNANCY AND HAIR GROWTH – POST FORM THE ARCHIVES







By Emily Beetleshack
 (... I'm pleased to announce I have recently had later hair removal on my chin whiskers...)

Easily, by a long shot, the best thing about being pregnant is the rapid and unprecedented hair hair growth… you know… on ones head… I did sprout some chin whiskers also, but that's a story for another day.

When expecting, hair growth is known to accelerate and shed less. It will become thick and glossy, falling effortlessly around ones plump, blemished face during the glorious 40 weeks of pregnancy. It might get oily too, but other than that, you're sure to look like something straight out of a Pantene add.

It's a wonderful thing to have a luscious head of hair. A special treat that can be enjoyed for approximately 3 months postpartum.

But you know what comes next, don't you?

That's right - the moulting.

When each of my babies have hit the 3 month mark, my hair has started to fall out. We're not talking about loosing the odd strand here or there either. Rather, for the past 6 months I've embarked upon a full blown balding process.

Every time I wash my hair I loose handfuls, to the point where the water can no longer drain from the shower - glamorous, I know. Don't even get me started on shampooing in the bath. It's the same with brushing and taking out a pony tail. Each and every time, literally thousands of hairs end up on the floor or in my hands. It's frightening.

My hair has gone from being too thick to tie up with a standard hair elastic to being so thin that I can now use the rubber bands usually reserved for kids with bracers (do they still use those tiny elastics with braces these days? The 90's really were so long ago).

Then there's the tiny, wispy new growth that sprouts forth around ones crown. A little miniature fringe growing on the oddest of angles. If you're lucky, like me, your new hair will prove to be grey, wiry and literally impossible to cover with cosmetic hair dyes.

Something MUST be done. I'm sick of my hair. It's time for a change*.

I'm contemplating going back to the pixie cut (platinum blond, please) or perhaps hitting up the grown out bob. I'm totally over balayage and the grey's that keep sneaking through.


What are you doing with your hair at the moment. How to you keep it looking 'not gross' if you're a busy mother?




* yep, totally writing a blog post about my hair. ehum. so here we are.



56 comments:

  1. I hear you Em. I feel the need for a major hair decision re greys and length...but the only real haor possibility with all these small kids is long so it can be dragged back in an instant (out of the unexpected random vomit attack) or short and pixie...but my thick hair, cut short, is the worst fluffy coconut. What's the solution??

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    1. this is my problem. There is not time for anything other than un unwashed bun. every.single.day.

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  2. My hair is always that thin. I'd love to go super short but I'm try a little bit of length at the moment. I'm totally over it though. I can't wait to see what you do. Rachel xx

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  3. Oh this rings so true for me. I was thinking of a similar blog post in my head ready for when my hair moults again after this bubba due in August. My hair has just come good again after my last baby. The little whispy fringe and sideys have finally blended back in. Mine is also grey mess, wirey and thick and I have had to put blondie foils in as the dark copper/red was showing the greys waaaaay to early. I dont think I could still be a red nut with a pkt job. Id be scared my hair would turn fluro pink.!!My hair sends me broke I tell ya!! I headband and hat it. If my hair was thinner Id be doing a pixie cut like you for sure....I think you look ace with a pixie. Just sayin.

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  4. The first sign I was pregnant was my hair fell out. All; through my pregnancy until about 7/8 months, it fell out. I was ripped off... I'd heard so much about this thick silky pregnancy hair. It's all a fricken illusion! My mum has ringlets and when she was pregnant with me her hair went DEAD STRAIGHT. Imagine that!

    Unfortuantly after my now 16 month old was born I developed post-partum thyroiditis (bung thyroid) which made me lose even more hair to the point of it being visible to most people. I just want nice hair lol.

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    1. oh man, that's not ideal. Hope you get some luscious long tresses again soon (or a rocking pixie cut)

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  5. Ugh. I hear you. I desperately want my hair to DO something but thanks to the joys of motherhood, I pull it back every day. And now it only goes back. I literally cannot wear it down anymore. I have been sorely tempted on many occasion to chop it all off. But I have had short hair before I know that it is actually more work than long hair. So here I am. With a messy bun every day…and not the chic kind of messy bun.

    I think I still have weird wispy bits and I gave birth three years ago!
    As for postpartum shedding, the bulk of mine coincided with being in the hospital with appendicitis. I have memories of feeling so sick from the antibiotics, sitting in the corner of my hospital room, and pulling out handfuls of hair. If that is not depressing, I don't know what is!

    And I love your hair…at least from this side of the computer screen it always looks great!

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    1. oh seriously, the things we do for these babies! They better be grateful.

      x

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  6. Oh hair. I can factually tell you that mine has not been cut or coloured since before I gave birth...erm, so about 8.5 months ago. I've got more "natural balayage" *cough* regrowth than I know what to do with. Never been so damn natural! But it isn't because I've gone all eco-mama...I just haven't had the tim eor the inspiration to do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g different. Until now.

    Um, how HOT is Keira Knightley? Could I just steal her hair?

    Also, yes. the weird wispy fringe bits? WHAT the flip are we meant to do with them?

    The end.

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    1. oh LOU!! But your hair has won an award!!! HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN.

      3rd babies, man. They are KILLER for love, life and hair. end of story.

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  7. 15 months on and my hair still resembles something a little like fairy floss...with a mullet from all the re-growth bits!! Oh how I wish I could rock a pixie cut...here's to healthy hair, long healthy hair for all of us! Oh...we can only wish! x

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  8. I have not worked out the answer. But I would like to hire a hairdresser to pop by each morning and help me out.

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  9. I'm in that moulting stage. So I took myself to the hairdressers for the very first time in about a year ... yep it'd been that long. My hair was long unruly and virtually impossible to brush. Now it's a lovely cropped shoulder length with a cute little fringe. Love it.

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    1. very convincing, Im. I may have to join you!

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  10. I lost a lot of clumps of hair in the showers I had in hospital before I even got home with babies! Almost 5 years since the birth of my youngest and still have shorter bits where I had horrible wispy baldy fringe bits. But I'm more concerned about grey (white) hairs now that seem to be reproducing overnight. Every time I spend $120 to get a semi permanent and cut at the hairdresser's, my mid/light brown hair ends up really dark brown...find a box of the best home kit is as good. I haven't made time to do that for about 3 months now, though :/ Anyway, whinge over sorry! x

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    1. What I want to know is HOW you can get a cut and colour for $120?! Hook me up with your hairdresser (and a cup of tea at yours while we're at it)

      xx

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  11. I don't have kids but I do have the same hair problems. I've been lucky enough to have thick hair my whole life, but with that comes moulting more than the average dog, a never ending 'new hairs' around my face - I'm talking sideburns and baby fringe, sexy! I also dye my hair red, so all these new hairs come through in my natural colour and don't take the dye. All in all I am quite the hair catch..!
    I love your hair long, short, mid length, they ALL suit you! xx

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    1. sideburns!! YEAHH!!! ahahah 'All in all I am quite the hair catch' so funny! I'm with you there, my hair is nasty!

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  12. I've just had the chop and I lurrrrve it. Easiest hair do everrrr!

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  13. I've just had the chop and I lurrrrve it. Easiest hair do everrrr!

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  14. Oh my goodness, I am going through exactly the same thing.
    The other night, Rick lifted out the drain cover and pulled out all the hair (MY HAIR) that had been clogging the drain. I did the biggest double-take. Like, seriously, there was enough hair there to make an entire wig for one whole head.
    And now, Edward Bear keeps pulling my hair out too. What is up with that?
    Ronnie xo

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    1. THE PULLLLINGGG! It kills me. It actually makes me rather cranky.

      I'm half way through and email to you ronnie xxx

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  15. So true!!! Greys and wispy bits are my lot at the moment too! You know what I just discovered?? Hair color that's a foam that you can just do your greys every now and again! No need to keep waiting for a full colour! Only takes 5 mins to do a quick grey coverage - I'm in love!!

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  16. Oh yes. Oh yes. Oh YES! You're gorgeous so you can wear your hair anyhow. I cut my hair last year and LOVED it short, but something possessed me to grow it out and now I have nothing hair again. It gets to my shoulders and then I cut it, and then I grow it... oh, those last four photos are my favourite, so perhaps cut it all off again???? x

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    1. yesah I do the same but this time it's gotten so long… but it's boring. really boring.

      Loving your little profile pic there Kim. Very beautiful.

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  17. ME TOO! I'm also getting over the kids pulling my hair and my hair getting stuck behind my back when I sit down.
    Just me?

    I'm thinking the long bob with messy texture aka didn't brush it.

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    1. th hair pulling. it's too much!

      YEA!! do the long bob Rin, that would look ace! xx

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  18. I posted last week about the same topic! My daughter is nearly seven months and I wanted something new... A new hairstyle. I decided to make it curly and leave them long... Well, I don't know if it's this a post-partum depression phase but I'm totally sad with my new head! Now I'm thinking about one of those short drastic cut! It's strange but still silly things such as a new pair of shoes or buying a dress drive me into panic... Not to mention an hair cut!!

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  19. I'm on the verge of shaving my head altogether, so I'm no help. I did recently stop having layers put in, so my hair is like a very long bob, and that's been easier to care for.

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  20. my hair used to be curly and frizzy as could be. then it completely changed and fell out once i had Lily. after years of putting up with drab hair, i went back to short and i am so happy about my decision

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  21. Love your post. Lovely blog! You're right about not being able to take a bath. Lately, our son has been using our shower for his bath, and every night we have the same conversation about hair getting stuck to his toys. My hair that is.

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  22. When I first came across your blog you had short super blonde hair and I instantly got hair envy. You really suit it short and I say go for it. Maybe then I'll copy you again like I did last time. Ha. Do it. Either the pixie or bottom left pic, you'll look fab, also really love the cut in your Beetleshack pic [that's the one I copied - but of course it looked NOTHING like it}. Can't wait to see what you do x Lucy

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  23. Well you're a fox with any kind of do but I know what you mean, I lost it in handfuls too. I am booked at the hairdresser very soon to chop a few inches off and maybe.. perhaps.. put lots of grey IN. Yep. I'm not surprised, I started going grey 10 years ago now, but whatever the kids have done to me in the last year - it's coming out of my head in big white patches! I think I actually missed grey and went straight to white… xx

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  24. I reckon the rough bob and fringe would look completely ace on you Em.
    Plus it's meant to look ruffled so a quick comb through and you're done!

    I had to cut off my long hair after I had my bub, it just started falling out in clumps but I did manage to keep a lot of that hair to use as hair rats (a legitimate thing, you use them to bulk up vintage hair styles like bouffant and beehives) which was a windfall as now I have colour matched rats! (terrible name)

    But I have curly hair - like C-U-R-L-Y and I don't like it, mainly because I can't do vintage hair with it. So I have to make time to wash and blow dry it then set it, every few days and each morning I need to blow dry/iron/style it if I want to leave the house. But good hair makes me very happy so I do it.

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  25. Gosh I love this it's like a therapy group about hair! My wiry, thick red hair moults whether I'm post partum or not! My hair isn't quite curly enough to be called curly but it ain't straight so let's call it permanently frizzy shall we! Tied in the messy Mum bun constantly and then there's the secret about being a natural redhead no-one tells you about. You don't go grey - you get white hairs. Skipping the 40yr old grey look to go straight to an 80 yr old Granny. Aaah! The horror! I've often thought if I won the Lotto I wouldn't need loads of great clothes or things or holidays. All is want is a professional blow dry once a week!!

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  26. I was wondering why- now 8.5 months postpartum- I have these whispy sticky out bits all around my crown! Very glam

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  27. Funny you should mention hair. Gil, our third, is almost one and for the second time in my life I have just died my hair. They greys were taking over. I've been sporting the pixie (read... 'easiest thing you can do with hair') in a variety of styles for the past four years. Taking myself to the hairdresser is a real treat; a hot cuppa, magazines, a little time out and a head massage..ahhh...such a shame a pixie needs a refresh every 6-8 weeks... real shame!. I loved your hair short. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do.

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  28. lol, Well I am pregnant and I do not have any luscious locks, it is even more of a pain than it normally is, coarse and frizzy. I also seem to be shedding like crazy now! I have long hair and have to make it look nice for work so it is a daily challenge. I would cut it short, because it would be WAY easier to care for but I am a chicken. haha

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  29. I've got a grown up bob (although in desperate need of a trim at the moment!) The third pic of bobs at the top is the one I took to my hairdresser and I love it! I've trained my hair to be washed every three or four days, in the dark before the kiddos awake! and then I straighten it during nap time so that I can feel groomed. Because I'm too stingy to buy dry shampoo I use a cheap concoction with equal parts cocoa and cornflour, when it's windy I smell delicious!!

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  30. I leave it long as it is easy to style *read chuck up in a bun/high pony/bunches* I want to go short again but I just don't have the time and would be harder to hide my grey that appears like a racoon strip every 2 weeks.. home dye all the way for me :)

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  31. I love your hair short Emily I think it was when Pip was young do it ,I am getting a new do at the no of next month but all I am saying is it has a fringe and I have very fine hair and wispy bits all the time!

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  32. Love the pixie cut… do it.
    My hair. Hilarious. In fact I have actually had a hairdresser look at my hair and say "that's hilarious"
    So don't feel too bad.
    What i'd like to know though is this… why thin, so so thin on your head and thick, so very thick under your arms?
    Why!!!!?????***&&%%$##@@

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  33. If you've got the type of hair (and cut) that can just wash and go in a bob, then I'd suggest go for that! You can always go the pixie the next time. I am NOT looking forward to being able to see through to the back of my scalp from my hairline again .... that hair loss got a bit scary post-Olive! But I am looking forward to dyeing my hair again! (Think I'll be heading blonde.) Kellie xx

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  34. Imagine waist length thick fizzy hair in a not so natural shade of red. Then imagine this shedding to the point of bald spots bigger than a fifty cent piece. That was me. I took a hair skin and nail supplement. Changed from a permanent hair colour to a semi and started using Macadamia Oil treatment on the ends every day. One small dot before I brush and put my hair into a pony. Now my hair is the softest it has ever been in it's life. Plus growing back. The pony hides the odd lengths. Hair cut? Hmm I am dodgy and cut it myself. Often yelling at Justin to come and straighten the mess I have made

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  35. OH I am so glad to read this! Sorry! I have been loosing ridiculous amounts of hair since I had Olive, ridiculous. Every time I'd mention it to the hairdresser they were puzzled, I even went to the doctor. It's comforting to know I'm not alone. I do love your short hair.. x

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  36. Funny ain't it...I've been checkin out your posts recently being uber jealous of your hair, I love it how it is, long and pulled up in the bun...unwashed or not! I've got the grown-up bob but am growing out my fringe, it's driving me CRAZY. Luckily I'm heading into luscious lock zone being 17 weeks preggers...bring on the fast growth!

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  37. I definitely think you suit short hair best.

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  38. I went through a dramatic weight loss, so I know exactly what you mean. Your hair looks beautiful, by the way. My hair is finally making its way back. I can feel the undergrowth and it makes me smile! I like keeping it long. It makes me feel younger even if that is not true.

    Jenni

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  39. My sister in law thought I had my hair cut into a special tiny short fringe. It was super embarrassing. I had to keep apologising for it whenever we went anywhere public, and headscarves become my best friend.
    But, oh those glorious months in between where you start to suspect it may never fall out this time until... The inevitable.

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  40. ...sprouting a few chin hairs...Arhh. So right now I want to bowl you over with a big hug and a pinch on the arm. Refreshing honesty. I have one random chin hair and one random WHITE hair in the centre of my forehead. I call it my wisdom hair. I'm also ready to cut my mop short. It just feels a bit blah right now.

    Go for it, cut it. It will look awesome with winter scarves tucked up around your neck.

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  41. This could have been written by me. I going through exactly the same and the re growth that is too short even for a Bobby pin but long enough to look like a short short fringe. Let's hope it all thickens up in the coming months and quickly!!! My baby is one and it's ongoing...though it must be slowly up now, the hair loss that is.

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  42. Pregnancy hair is weird for sure! I shaved my head a few months back and the growth has been considerable since, while leg hair seems to have halted - my mother assures me the same happened to her whilst pregnant?! I'll have grown into the pixie cut by the time baby arrives and then the two of us will have a hair race to see who can reach a ponytail first :)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em