My second pregnancy in general was a struggle. The most unexpected change was my hair. It was harder to untangle, extremely dry, unable to absorb hair products, and it was as if it changed textures. I started to notice things going downhill around 5 weeks into my pregnancy, which was before I even had confirmation that I was pregnant. Around this time, I went to Austin (yes I drive 2.5 hours) to get my hair colored, by the amazing Shelly Rodriguez. I had no idea I was pregnant (I will save that story for another post), otherwise I would’ve at least waited until the 2nd or 3rd trimester. I am not entirely sure that was the source of my turmoil because it was already misbehaving by the time I sat in the chair for coloring. Once I confirmed pregnancy, I decided no more hair coloring until after the pregnancy.
As my pregnancy progressed, it continued to get more difficult to manage. The majority of the time, I kept my hair slicked back or in lose high buns. After I had the baby, my hair was still…terrible, worse even. I decided to visit a natural stylist to get a Deva cut and to see if I could get some hair tips. In addition to my hair desperately needing the cut, she recommended a product to use for weekly deep conditioning, and to detangle my hair on a daily basis. Despite it being very difficult to invest that much time in my hair, having a newborn and an active toddler, I did the best I could to adhere to her recommendations. My hair was still unmanageable. I sought out advice from my natural hair friends and it seemed the consensus was to adjust my diet, drink more water, and it may be attributed to hormones and age. I had a good feeling that it was most likely hormones. I had hoped after the pregnancy hormones wore off, it would be better, but I am still breastfeeding.
You may be wondering if it has gotten any better? And the answer to that is, YES, thankfully. It is not 100% back, but it is easier to manage and the curls are trying to pop through again. Here is what has helped:
Low dose estrogen birth control (Note: It is not usually advised while breastfeeding but I had a HUGE oversupply that has caused many issues, so the doctor recommended to get my supply under control. It definitely effects your milk supply.)
Low dose estrogen birth control (Note: You may be wondering if I put this twice by mistake, but nope, just re-iterating)
Low dose estrogen birth control (Note: You may be wondering if I put this here a third time by mistake, but nope, just making sure you got it. Somehow it has balanced my hormones. Other than the hair benefits, I am not a fan of the pill.)
I have upped my water intake
I have increased my intake of veggies & fruit
I think time has helped. Something about passing 6 months of breastfeeding that things get easier in general. Maybe it helped the hormones balance out more.
Steam treatments - I only do this twice a month, but I really think it helps.
During this time, I have continued on my quest for great hair products. Most of the time, I use Organic Grow Hair Co products specifically for high porosity hair. (Note: I have quite a few products in my rotation #productjunkie #Curl-lockHolmes)
No hair coloring (so hard and makes me sad)
Low dose estrogen birth control (Note: You may be wondering why I put this here again, but I really needed a 10th item to make the list feel complete. Plus I think it is primarily what has helped. Probably the only good thing birth control has done.)
If there is anything I have learned from pregnancy or from just being a woman, in general, is that hormones can do some crazy things! I know it’s just hair, but our hair speaks in the most subtle way, it matters. It’s a billion dollar industry (I think), so I am not the only one who cares this much. Anyway, I am hoping to have a great report for you all in the future. Has anyone else experienced texture changes like this during or after pregnancy?