Almost 2 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl ever! Being pregnant and becoming a new mom was so new to me, I had no idea what to expect with my pregnancy journey and also my hair journey during and after my pregnancy. With changes through my pregnancy came changes to my natural hair. I knew all about postpartum shedding and what could possibly happen to my hair after I had my baby. I spoke about how I dealt with postpartum hair loss here. I then began to notice texture changes with my hair.
I like to be transparent with my readers and let you know what I go through in this journey in hopes that it may help someone else who may be going through the same thing. As we know changes are sometimes hard no matter what they are. I’m not going to lie, as I noticed changes in my hair I got a little sad.
Pre- pregnancy my hair was long thick and I had a looser curl pattern. If I had to type it id say 3c maybe.
During my pregnancy my hair thrived! This is because during pregnancy the higher levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase, which results in less shedding and thicker hair. Some women also notice that their hair becomes shinier and more moisturized during pregnancy or that it changes in texture. Many women notice these changes.For me my hair was fuller, thicker and doing well. I took my prenatal vitamin everyday and drank lots of water.
I breastfed my baby for 9 months she suddenly stopped on her own. I began to take post-natal vitamins and stopped taking my prenatal vitamins since I no longer needed that amount of nutrition since I was not longer breastfeeding, a few months later I began taking a regular women’s multivitamin. This is when I really began to notice another drastic change with my hair. My thick hair began to break off, it was less dense and lacked volume. It was growing but it was now thinner. I thought to myself that it was all in my head. But as I began to look back at pictures it was evident.
I had to totally switch up my routine. Things I used to do no longer worked. I noticed that my hair was always super dry. I went from deep conditioning every 2 weeks to once a week with heat. I always do the L.O.C. method. My hair was so different that the styles I used to do no longer looked the same. I just couldn’t get that same look! So I just started to wear my hair on a bun every. .. single.. day (my way of protective styling). This turned out not to be a very good idea because I neglected my ends, and didn’t moisturize my hair properly (bad idea). I recently visited the Chicago Curl Collective to get my hair straightened. Moral of the story I had to get 2 inches cut off!!
I decided to embrace my new texture and learn to care for my hair all over again. I’ve had to put in place new techniques and take a different approach and its OK. This natural hair journey is really a “journey”. I’ve been rocking with it since 2009 and everyday is a new adventure and a new learning experience. I knew that I would experience changes, but I had no idea that I would have to learn care for my hair all over again with a new texture. Im still learning. My hair may never return to how it was pre-baby and I’m perfectly ok with that.