Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's Next?

Please, take my jewelry, my designer sunglasses, just leave me my hair!

We women go through a lot to bring these beautiful babies into the world. There’s the nausea, swelling, and general aches and pains while you’re pregnant, then when the little nuggets arrive there’s the sleep deprivation, cracked nipples and for some, BALDING. Yes my friends I’ve discovered that I have a bald spot. Now most women that I know care a great deal about their hair. They spend good money to get it styled or coloured, they buy product to keep it healthy and shiny, and they put in time every morning to make sure their hair is looking good when they leave the house because if the hair is bad, it doesn’t matter if the outfit is great… hair is a true extension of our femininity… at least that’s how I feel. When I discovered the bald spot I honestly was in denial. I pretended like it wasn’t really there or maybe a part of me believed if I didn’t look at it again until the next day hair would magically reappear overnight. No such luck.

Last Thursday John watched Evan so that I could go to the spa and get my hair done. I was counting down the days as I hadn’t highlighted or cut my hair in so long! Of course my stylist noticed the bald spot. Sweet thing didn’t say anything until I mentioned it… Then she assured me it would grow back, although I could see the doubt in her eyes. She told me she had seen new mom’s who had thinning, but none with an actual bald spot. Great! Oh and of course it couldn’t be at the back of my head where no one would ever see it, nope its right in the front. Normally if I wear my hair down I part it in the middle, not anymore. I’ll be rocking the side part for the foreseeable future. I’ve already decided if I don’t see growth on the ol’ bald patch in the next month I’m going for a hair transplant consultation. Below is the photographic proof. If you see me in the grocery store please pretend like I didn’t share this with you.

There it is...

The side part, my new best friend...


  1. This must feel awful, but it's not that noticeable to be truly honest!! The only reason the hair stylist would have noticed is because that's their job. and, the side part is awesome anyways, it's a good way to give yourself a new look!

  2. Alopecia areata is the technical term for it and although no one knows exactly what causes it, it is most likely due to stress. In 2008, I discovered a patch almost in the identical spot as yours. Didn't think much of it until I got two more (much larger, toonie sized) spots on the back and side of my head. They were completely bald; no fuzz, no nothing.

    I went to a dermatologist who prescribed some cream and suggested cortisone shots may help but I opted to do neither. It's hair and at least I have some. Many people, even young children, are bald due to chemotherapy so I felt I didn't have a right to complain.

    I am happy to report that 2 years later, I don't have a single trace of the 3 bald spots. I did notice them growing back since I had little alfalfa sprouts but didn't do anything to cover it since I was so happy it regrew. When your life becomes a little less hectic, hopefully yours will do the same. Don't forget to take time off for yourself to relax and de-stress.

  3. Well, you can look at this as losing your hair or as the universe sending a rather compelling sign that it's time to switch up your look a little. I bet you look great with a side part!

    Like just about everything post-partum, it takes your body time to recover. I haven't figured out how you can speed that along, unfortunately.

    Of course, it's easy for me to sit here and be all sunshine and roses and preach patience, it's not me who has to live with a bald patch or to change my hairstyle because of it.

    If it makes you feel any better, I had some complications after my son was born. I remember being in the hospital and being told that most times, these things just work themselves out eventually and to wait it out. I remember thinking "well that's great, but what do I do in the mean time?" and feeling absolutely hopeless that things would never, ever get better (also: hello, post-partum hormones). The Coles Notes version is that it did get better. Eventually. But not a moment sooner.

    Having a baby? Is hard on a body. Be kind to yourself.

  4. Same thing happened to me only it was on the hairline on my forehand...You're lucky where yours is...LoL It grows back. Dont worry about it.

  5. You have a great tongue-in-cheek attitude!!!!

  6. I have a bald spot right now,it's right above my right ear, I didn't even notice it until my mom was dying my hair and I still didn't believe her until I washed and dried my hair, I of course proceed to freak out and have a crying fit, but it's been about two months now and it finally looks like it's starting to grow back don't worry yours doesn't look so bad and the side part doesn't look bad and of course you can always pull your hair into a pony tail :)

  7. Hi;

    I got some good news it is stress :) find a way to chill take some b vitamins and eat Jello lol. I've had three girls my first one my heart stopped and I have a grey streak, my second daughter I got bald spot (my hubby was sick with a blood clot too tons of stress) and the third little angel popped a rib out of place she was so big. Good news is besides they grey in a few months I was back to myself just now dying my hair a bit more frequently :0