Daily Archives: August 11, 2009

A hairy situation

During pregnancy, most women, myself included, stop the normal shedding of hair.  And while the pregnancy hormones are still floating around in your body after birth, it stays that way.  But then, some time around 10 weeks post-partum, the hormones start to wane and then 10+ months of hair starts to fall.  I knew this.  I thought I was prepared for it.  But OMG, ya’ll!  My hair is EVERYWHERE.  When I shower I get literally handfuls of it between my fingers which I set aside and thrown away so it doesn’t clog the drain.  But guess what?  The drain is becoming clogged now and I’m going to have to clean it soon. When I brush it, I get more handfuls.  When I wake up each morning my pillow is covered.  It’s on all our rugs, in our cars, we find it everywhere.  It’s disgusting and fascinating at the same time.

When I look at myself in the mirror I have noticed the thinning.  It’s thinner than pre-pregnancy.  At my temples and along the front of my hairline it’s especially noticeable (to me).  I’ve always had a rather high forehead, so this isn’t helping.  It’s a true “fivehead” at this point, and the hair just keeps shedding.  My hair is currently just below shoulder length but I’ve had short hair in the past and I know it works on me. I’m very seriously considering getting bangs cut as an intermediate solution.  I haven’t had bangs since maybe high school.  And If I end up not liking them I’ll just cut it all short.  At least the pieces that fall out won’t be as long!

Alternatively, I could start wearing fabulous scarves wrapped around my head a la Little Edie of Grey Gardens fame.  Here’s Curly modeling a silk scarf I painted in a fabric class some years ago.  What do you think?  Is it a good look?