All day I've been chasing The Nap. Sydney woke up with Daddy this morning and started to stir roundabouts 6 a.m., and after
hitting the snooze button putting her pacifier back in her mouth 90 times I finally got up with her around 7:30ish and have been out-of-my-mind tired ever since. I've been deviously putting her on her play mat in her crib so she can play while I rest (yeah THAT didn't work), I hung all kinds of interesting things on her bassinet next to the bed so I could snooze while she batted ("Uh, Mama, I need to see your FACE and EYES in order to properly play!") and finally around one she passed out at the breast and went down in her bed. I cuddled up in bed too and after 20 minutes realized I COULDN'T SLEEP. My brain is on overdrive today.
The subject of agony? Once again, MY HAIR. But it's not over my horrid haircut this time(I can practically hear you breathing a sigh of relief). For the last few months my hair has been falling out by the handfuls. Sometimes I tend to exaggerate but seriously by the time I'm done showering and brushing out my hair I have thrown away three large handfuls of my hair. The shower drain is clogged with it and so is the bathroom sink. It's constantly all over my clothes. I find it in my food, in Sydney's mouth and in HER DIAPERS. John even unknowingly had a big ball of it sitting on top of his head this morning after he borrowed my brush. In the last few weeks I've noticed that my hairline is receding and my temples are scarily thin. My eyebrows (which were non-existent to begin with) are practically invisible. Peeps, I'm starting to freak out. Especially when I saw this recent photo of myself:
(Oh my chubby baby is SO CUTE. This is bad lighting and air-dried bad haircut.)
Only a few months ago, my hairline looked like this:
(Granted, better lighting, glorious Pregnancy Hair, and WAY better haircut that is even STYLED. BUT STILL. My forehead was INCHES smaller.)
I felt a little better when Morgan recently commiserated with me over this issue after I kvetched about it on Twitter. It seems like ever since we collectively gave birth, we are shedding enough hair to knit sweaters and hats for our kids. Of course, the answer HAD to be on Google somewhere, right (because who in their right mind consults a doctor about such pressing medical concerns when there is You, Internet!?)?
Apparently, I'm suffering from a condition called telogen effluvium. This is a very scary term for a dermatological disease that is very common in women who recently gave birth or suffered some sort of traumatic event LIKE A CAR WRECK (coincidence? I think NOT) . From what my "research" tells me, the time range for my hair to be falling out is normal – three months from the time of "trauma" - and within about a year it should go back to its usual state. For me that means fine, straight, and thick. Shall we all say a little sacreligious prayer over my scalp now?
My question is, of course, what the CRAP am I supposed to do until then? I already powder my brows to avoid looking like Whoopi Goldberg (what is WITH her eyebrows, by the way? Does she shave them off? I have always wondered). I used a temporary home hair color kit to try and beef my hair up a little and fill in the finer, lighter hairs around my forehead but it really didn't help. I try to be careful about what shampoo and conditioner I use … I quit Pantene years ago after someone told me it was full of formaldehyde and I noticed that it made my hair fall out. I can't get bangs … I look ridiculous with bangs. I'm seriously on the verge of getting Rogaine.
Any advice? And, if this happened to you after having a baby, DID YOUR HAIR COME BACK? please, please say yes.
Bald and Desperate in Los Angeles