All About Hair!

Has it really been over a year since I talked about my hair? A whole year since I had eight — EIGHT — inches chopped off? Wow. Well, the eight inches haven’t grown back yet. But my hair is *almost* the length it was two years ago… albeit maybe a little thinner. Compare for yourself.

Two years ago, April 2011.
myhair april 2011

This past weekend, May 2013.
myhair may2013

I have a confession. I took a break from the no poo regiment for a few months after William was born. I read that using a baking soda cleanser can exacerbate post-partum hair loss, so I found a shampoo and conditioner that worked wonders for my poor, chlorine damaged hair. Aveeno to the rescue for the interim — LINK. I’m pleased to report that around December 2012 I started back up with my no poo regiment, so about a week ago I had to take the time to mix up a batch of my baking soda cleanser and apple cider vinegar rinse and now we’re back in business and LOVING it.

In the event you don’t want to scour my archives, here are the recipes I use for my baking soda cleanser and apple cider vinegar rinse.

Baking Soda Cleanser:
32 oz. tap water. Bring it to a boil (we have hard water), turn heat off. Add 1/2 c baking soda. Allow to cool and then fill up squeeze bottle.
Use on roots of hair only.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse:
1/2 c aloe vera juice
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
10′ stalk of rosemary
Fill remainder of bottle with tap water
Use on length of hair.

Also, I can’t believe it’s been FOUR years since I started doing the no poo thing. Now that is craziness.



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6 responses to “All About Hair!

  1. grrrace77

    you’re lucky your hair grew at all while you were breastfeeding. 😀 i see pics of me back then and my hair was so thin and i practically had bald spots!

  2. Huh… I don’t think hair loss is related to breastfeeding. But I did start with my post-partum hair loss, DRAMATIC hair loss, 2 weeks after William was born. It lasted 4 months, which is a pretty common time frame. I really should have taken a picture then. Most post-partum hair loss starts around 2-4 months after baby is born and lasts about 4 months. Yes, this is something I’ve researched ad nauseum. ha

  3. Did you find the answer as to why there is Hair loss after giving birth? That is very very interesting. I’ve never heard about that before.
    I think your hair is amazing!!!

    • Yes! During pregnancy, more hair grows and less hair is shed. Upon birth, a larger number of hairs enter the resting phase, which triggers hair loss and regrowth, new moms experience a great deal of hair loss. See here:

      Also, women who have longer hair (like me), it will seem very dramatic vs. a woman who has shorter hair may not even notice it.

      Mine started 2 weeks after giving birth and lasted approximately 4 agonizing months!

  4. Tony Haske

    Love you sweetie no matter how long or short your hair is…XOXOXO