One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about cutting bangs. Just a few months into motherhood, I was shocked when a huge amount of my hair fell out. If you read the postpartum, month-by-month updates, hair loss is to be expected since your pregnancy hormones have prevented hair from falling out for nine months, and there is some catching up to do. The amount that falls out varies from woman to woman, and it just wasn’t something I had heard about from the women in my life. Of all the many, many weird phenomenons that happen to a woman’s body, losing clumps of hair every day in the shower for months and coating our house and babies in my escaped strands was a devastating mind game for me.
Eventually the hair remaining decided to stay put and gradually baby hairs began to grow back. This re-growth can be crazy awkward, no matter how welcome those hairs may be. Three times in a row now, I have had short tufts of hair regrowing around my head, but mainly right around my face. It’s one of those situations that gets worse before it can get any better.
After my first two babies, I sprang for bangs to cover up a lot of the awkwardness. It was a really good solution and bangs are fun. In fact, since my oldest kids are only 18 months apart, the bangs sort of just continued from one baby to the next.
But then came growing them out. And that was kind of annoying. I feel like I just finished growing out my bangs during this last pregnancy. Then all the hair fell out again. And now I’m back to those funny, little tufts of regrowth, and not really wanting to start the bang process all over again.
Instead, I’ve decided to try a different tack. I’ve started to air-dry my hair instead of using a blow-dryer. It’s amazing how letting my hair dry with its own wave and volume really hides the baby hairs that are growing back. (Sometimes I also spray on some of this and this for more texture.) I’m not saying I’m totally fooling everyone, but when I used a hair dryer my fine hair would get straight and long and the baby hairs didn’t mix in with the longer strands. Now, they kind of mix together and the longer they get, the better it’s looking. Plus, I bought a baseball hat and a wool hat for the days when I just need the situation to disappear.
ps. If you do want bangs, my friend Hayley wrote a genius post about how to have awesome bangs (and what cut to ask your hair stylist for).