Pre-baby, I was a middle school social studies teacher. When I thought of the name “Ben(jamin) Franklin”—I thought of bifocals, $100 bills, and lightning bolts. Post-baby, it is a term used to describe the status of my hair…you heard me right, Ben Franklin has become a household name for his infamous hairstyle that came into my life after having a [beautiful and adorable] baby.
Postpartum hair loss: The least exciting reminder that you recently had a baby comes out of nowhere, occurring months later.
There are a select few that do not experience it in all of it’s glory, but I was sadly not one of them. I went from having dreamy, bountiful hair (when you’re pregnant, you barely shed, if at all!) to looking like…Ben Franklin. I will say, it truly snuck up on me. I didn’t start noticing I was balding until I was four months postpartum, when I took a good look in the mirror and noticed that the areas by my hairline, above my temples, were completely hairless, and receding far more than I’d ever be comfortable with!
“What’s happening to meeeeee?!” I thought to myself! Again, I started by asking a few of the wrong people, those that were fortunate enough to not experience this, and to instead look at me utterly confused. Then I asked one of my go-to mama friends, one who I can ask the most personal of questions to and not feel judged in any way (every woman needs friends like this, especially if you’re a new mom!) She told me that she had experienced the same exact thing, and had finally grown all of her hair back (her son was just turning one.) She even showed me where she lost her hair, the exact same spots as I had…I suddenly felt so much better!
Nioxin Scalp Treatment.
At this point, I would’ve taken magic beans if it meant getting my hair back, ASAP, but Nioxin seemed much easier/was actually real. I happen to be fortunate in that one of my closest friends happens to be the person who has done my hair for over five years…so the Nioxin discussion/opinions were able to be shared. Her take: you can skip the shampoo and conditioner…their major purpose is to clean and prep for the scalp treatment. To put it simple: just make sure your hair is well-cleaned, then use the scalp treatment.
After obtaining the scalp treatment, I thoroughly washed, then sprayed my hair with it, mostly in the areas with noticeable thinness. I will say, that if you get the spray on your skin, it will be temporarily (less than an hour) red. Other than that, it doesn’t burn or itch, in fact, it just makes you hope for quicker results.
Let me tell you, in two weeks, my hair was already noticeably growing back. Within a month, the bald patches were filling in. I have used it every day, and the amount of shedding drastically dropped, and Ben Franklin is back to being a historical figure, not a man who I share a hairstyle with.
Here’s some pictures for a little proof (I had no idea it’d actually work for me, so I didn’t take a proper “before” picture—it was MUCH worse at one point!)
PS: I will happily become Ben Franklin again in a heartbeat to have another baby, they’re worth going bald for! They’re worth everything. But I figure, I might as well share the knowledge to those newer mama’s (or even those just losing some hair) in need!