Are you a victim of the unflattering mom hair trend commonly seen after pregnancy?
It’s a well-known fact that most new moms suffer with some degree of hair loss after giving birth. The degree of loss varies, but the stress caused by pregnancy does at least tend to make the hair a lot thinner in the months after the birthing process.
This can understandably be distressing at a time where you’re feeling vulnerable about your appearance. However, before you rush out to have it chopped off, you may want to reconsider.
What is mom hair?
The term mom hair is the beauty equivalent of “mom jeans”. Most commonly, it’s a very short bob style cut which gives a very unflattering appearance. Women mistakenly think the shorter, new style is better than their longer, thinning locks. However, what you need to take into account is that the hair will recover from the pregnancy, it just takes time.
Saying that, cutting it shorter isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, when cut correctly, a shorter style won’t just cover up the thinning problem, it will also make you feel fresher and younger. Then there’s the fact it’s easier to maintain. Being a new mom is demanding and it takes up a lot of time.
So, while there is an undoubtable trend amongst new moms to rush out and get an unflattering cut, going shorter after pregnancy isn’t always a bad thing. The key is to do what feels right for you, rather than trying to avoid fitting into a stereotype.
Why you don’t have to worry
The main point to remember is that all new mums go through the same disturbing changes with their hair after pregnancy.
It’s caused when the levels of estrogen change during pregnancy, causing the hairs within the resting phase to basically freeze. When the estrogen levels drop after giving birth, those hairs then shed at the same time. So it feels like you’re starting to go bald, but you’re really not.
The hair will return to normal and the shedding will ease over time. So a shorter style may help to make you feel more confident, but for the majority of new mums, they simply don’t have time to worry about what their hair looks like! Mom hair? Don’t care!