I had read that postpartum hair loss is common, about 80% of women experience it. Increased Estrogen (you can always blame hormones, can't you!?) during pregnancy extend the growing phase of the hair cycle and you don't shed the normal amount (100 hairs a day), giving us those glorious silky and shiny full heads of hair! But after childbirth, the estrogen drops and suddenly all that hair you normally would have shed while pregnant (and then some!!) comes out all at once!
It started gradually for me a couple of weeks ago, so I thought that was it. OK OK not so bad, I can handle this! And hey, I thought, what if I don't brush my hair and only wash it once a week, that will conserve it even more! HA! Nice one. Of course that didn't work. Instead, I found myself mid-shower today standing in a sea of my own hair. Every time I gently ran my hand down my hair another clump would ease its way out. I had been considering chopping my hair off for Locks of Love, but now I think I might need that donation to make a wig for myself! In the meantime, I gotta keep up with cleaning the house more. Every time Kenzo gives a little cough while kicking about on his play mat I quickly check to make sure he hasn't found one of my many hairballs wafting about on our apartment floor!
So, yes, I'm losing hair. But it's not just me! The inside of Kenzo's hat is covered in tiny little hairs every time I pull it off. And the back of his head looks like we went at it with a razor, I mean, completely bald!! He's also got a thinning streak across both sides of his head. Poor guy doesn't realize that repeatedly turning his head right and left when laying down is giving him one wacky do!