That's my hair loss after a shower. Yes, just one shower.
I have a lob, it's not like I'm sporting a flowing mane. So why on earth am I losing so much hair every time I wash or brush it?
This is the answer.
Four months ago I had a baby. And it's now causing that drain-clogging matt of hair you see above.
You know when you read pregnancy sites and they tell you - 'your skin will glow and your hair will be thicker and more lush than ever?' What they don't tell you is around 3-6 months after the tiny human has exited your body, so will a truckload of hormones. And with them goes your hair.
Now it's not really as scary as it sounds, your pregnant hair doesn't miraculously change into thick hair - it just stops shedding. So when you hit the postpartum hair loss phase you're just losing the hair that would have shed if you weren't knocked up. By the handful.
Why does the happen?
When you're not pregnant, 5 - 15% of your hair is in a 'resting phase'. This means it's reaching the end of it's life and will be pushed out to be replaced by a new follicle. These hairs make up the usual daily loss you see in your hair brush, on your clothes or in the shower trap.
When you're pregnant, less hairs are in the resting phase and more are growing. This continues until about 3-6 months postpartum, when your estrogen levels drop and a higher percentage of hair enters the resting phase, meaning more hair is being pushed out.
Will I go bald?
I'm not going to sugar coat it. There may be temporary bald patches. I'm currently sporting a receding hairline on one side. But it won't be permanent, and for some, you won't even notice them!
Will my hair ever go back to normal?
YES! By the time your little one reaches their first birthday your hair should be back to it's usual growth pattern and thickness.
What can I do in the meantime?