Can we discuss the elephant in the room that no one seems to be talking about?
We hear moms talk all the time about their postpartum bodies but very little about their hair and I know I cannot be the only mama whose hair felt like it went through a monumental shift the same time my body did.
The Dead End
When Tate was about 10 months I called myself having “the perfect” hair care routine.
Let’s all laugh at me for a moment.
I thought that “hair shift” that everyone briefly talked about just skipped me and I was so happy!
Little did I know my hair had seen nothing yet.
1 month after I stopped breastfeeding Tate was when the real change happened.
Instead of my usual long, full, curly, gorgeous hair that I had become accustomed to for over a year, in its place stood brittle, dry, heat damaged, split and completely unhealthy hair.
I was devastated and honestly didn’t know where to begin for the change.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know I have been sharing a lot of my current hair care journey and my attempt to manage it.
In November of 2019 I did a major chop. Cut a few inches off my hair and just decided to start fresh.
Like they say, no need to hang onto anything you should be letting go.
And my dead, uneven hair was definitely something I needed to let go.
After my big chop I decided I could not let my hair continue on the path it was going. I had to make a change.
In collaboration with my stylist, some research and some new products I was ready to start my journey to my postpartum healthy hair.
I switched over to products that were not only sulfate free but also good for my curls, nourishing and could hopefully bring back some of my length.
For all my girls with natural hair, you already know during this time it’s so important to be out of your hair and not overly messing with it.
Protective styles and twists outs had become a way of life.
Just like everything else in life, hair is a journey. Some days you love it and some days you don’t (even more so if you’re a curly haired girl).
Currently, I am in the process of perfecting my wash and go’s, twist outs and finding which product is the perfect match for me.
It is not a journey I would say I am completely done with, but definitely one I am still working diligently on and surprisingly having so much fun doing it.
My hair is healthier, longer and my curls are forming again nicely.
I always talk about how self care is not specifically an activity you do but how instead it is the act of taking the time out for you.
I was never a person that loved doing my own hair. And trust me, I’m still not that person. But, there has been something about this time with doing my own hair and nursing it back to good health that has given me a different kind of joy.
Hair wash day is something I now look forward to. Buying new products is something that I find exciting and taking care of me from the crown down, is something that is breathtakingly beautiful.
My current favorite products:
- Shampoo: Mielle Babassu Conditioning Sulfate- Free Shampoo
- Conditioner: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Conditioning
- Leave in conditioner: Mielle Moisture RX Hawaiian Ginger Moisture Leave-in Conditioner
- Twisting product: Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding
- Wash & go product: Mielle Braizillian Curly Cocktail Curl Cream
Take care of you too mama,