Postpartum Hair Loss: The Mom Haircut

  Just when you think you’re getting the hang of this whole motherhood thing, good old postpartum hair loss kicks in to keep you on your toes. Right around the three month mark, I noticed something horrifying… Hair. Everywhere. On the bathroom floor, in my hairbrush, on my pillowcase, in the shower drain. The dreaded postpartum hair loss shed had kicked into high gear. I’ve heard rumors of this “great shed” but I hadn’t really braced myself for the rat-sized wads of hair I was to be pulling out of my hairbrush. I immediately understood the ceremonial “mom haircut” that so many women seem to get shortly after baby is born. It’s almost like a right of passage.

All of that said, it wasn’t as much a concern as it was annoyance. Almost everyone has some degree of postpartum hair loss due to hormones balancing out after pregnancy. There are a lot of claims that certain supplements and potions can reduce or eliminate postpartum hair loss, but IMO I’d rather just let nature run it’s course and find a way to work it.  My hair was feeling dead and lifeless and I needed a change of pace (not to mention I was tired of feeling like a chocolate Labrador in the dead of summer). So I took the plunge and decided to get the hallmark postpartum mom haircut, “the mom chop”.

Postpartum Hair Loss: The Ceremonial Mom Haircut

Before:

After:

After weeks of Pinterest and Instagram, I finally settled on a style/color that would be versatile and relatively low maintenance for my new lifestyle. I toyed with the idea of a full-fledged bob, but I’ve tried that once before and for my hair type (medium-ish thick, wavy, fine) it ended up being a lot higher maintenance than I thought.  After much consideration, here is what I went for:

The Cut:

My mom haircut is medium length, a couple inches past my collarbone with long layers, slight angle in the front with some shorter, cheekbone length pieces for “fringe”.  This is the ultimate low maintenance mom cut, at least for my hair type (and I’m sure for many more). It’s awesome because it’s long enough that it fits in a ponytail but it’s not so long that it takes 100 years to style.  I can braid it, let it air dry, and fit it in a bun all without the need for loads of bobby pins or product. AND I can do a full blown style from shower to spray in about 15-20 minutes, including hair dryer and flatiron (mind you, I am not a perfectionist). Pretty, clean and easy – take THAT postpartum hair loss.

The Color:

My favorite part. I actually like my natural hair color, so I’m not trying to erase it, just enhance it.  I’ve been getting balayage highlights for the last 5 years, just to add some pizazz to my natural medium brown color and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM. The best part about balayage is that it’s super low maintenance IF you want it to be.  At this stage in my life, I don’t have the time or the patience to be in the salon touching up my roots every six weeks, so balayage works well for me (plus it gets super pricey). Unlike foils, balayage highlights are painted on so they have a more natural look that fades a bit at the root. This makes it so that there is no harsh line where the highlight starts, so it grows out gracefully. I actually love when it starts growing out a bit and my darker roots start to come through – the subtle ombre look. I generally only get my hair highlighted once or twice a year (once is a bit of a stretch, but I didn’t highlight at all when I was pregnant) and I’ll get a gloss once every couple months when I cut my hair just to keep things looking fresh.

Styling:

If I’m going all out, I apply some product and do a rough blow dry (I use Alba Botanica Styling Gel, but you can use whatever works for your hair type). The blow dry takes a MAX of 10 minutes with my BaBylissPRO TT Tourmeline Titanium 3000 dryer, and that’s if I’m really working the paddle brush.  Then I take a thin flat iron and throw some waves in. I use a BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium 1-inch flat iron and I love it because it’s thin and easy to manage  PLUS it’s smooth so doesn’t rip my hair out when I’m using it to style waves.  All in all, it takes me about 15 minutes total to have my hair fully styled from right out of the shower. Most days I wake up an hour or so before my baby so I have some “me time” to get myself together for the day (btw, if a baby that sleeps in sounds like a luxury to you READ THIS POST – you’ll be glad you did).

So there you have it. Pretty and fun with low maintenance pizazz. If you’re suffering from postpartum hair loss, don’t stress! It resolves itself before you know it… but if you’re like me and you can’t take the shed another second, consider the mom haircut and call it a day. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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