The Mama

Goodbye, Ben Franklin!

November 21, 2013

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.

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Not the look a mom is going for!

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!

The answer:
Nioxin Scalp Treatment.

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The magical little bottle!

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!)

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Before: Early stages of Ben Franklin…baby is not impressed!

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After. (And letting my baby experience just a little bit of sourdough bread!)

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!

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10 Comments

  • Reply kelsyadodson November 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Ohh my goodness Christie, thank you SO MUCH for posting this!! While, i may not be a new mother, i have indeed experienced something that has caused major hair loss for me in my life. I think the reason that new moms such as yourself lose so much hair postpartum is essentially the same reason my hair began falling out… Trauma. I think no matter what the event, if your body experiences a really traumatic event, whether it be giving birth, getting really sick,or something sudden like a car accident, it throws everything off inside. You see a few years ago back in 2005, i got really sick. Turns out i was severely allergic to an antibiotic i was taking and it gave me chemical meningitis. I spent 5 days in the hospital fighting for my life and within weeks of my release i started noticing my hair falling out in clumps, handfuls! It made me so sad because all my life I’ve always had really thick beautiful hair. Now i have very thin hair with bald spots all over and can’t seem to find a remedy. I will have to try this solution and hope it helps! Thanks for your bravery and honesty in sharing this experience. You’re definitely not alone. ❤

    • Reply christiereason November 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Kelsy, I LOVED your comment! I am happy I could share; there are certainly some less than lovely parts to life, but I figure we can do a service to each other by sharing any helpful tips to get through them. I completely agree about trauma. I remember hearing from someone you were really sick, but I didn’t know the details. I am sooooo glad you’re okay and made it through—hey, if hair loss is the only price to have you here, it’s worth it. You should definitely give it a try! BUT I will tell you, I have never noticed anything other than how silky and beautiful your hair is! <3

  • Reply Kim November 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Though hair loss is not a laughing matter (as you know I speak from experience of having the Ben franklin hair do!), this post made me giggle! Thoroughly enjoyed this post& thank goodness for our lil friend, nioxin!

    • Reply christiereason November 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Hair loss is definitely not a laughing matter when Ben Franklin is in full wrath! BUT being on the other side of the rainbow now, thanks to you…knowledge is power! So is Nioxin! hehehe. And now, I have awesome little “J.Lo” hairs all around my hairline, woopie! 🙂 Thanks for the blog love, my “mama friend.”

  • Reply Lisa A November 22, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Such a good bit of info! I was so bummed when my hair was SOOOOO crazy thick while PG and then sooooo NOT after! Lol. Maybe I should Hook hubby up with this spray 😉

    • Reply christiereason November 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Lisa- YES! When I was pregnant I was loving on my lush, “Mufasa” status hair! Boy, was I in for sadness when it turned to Gollum! BUT all I’ve noticed when seeing your hair is how healthy and voluminous it is, so you evaded Ben Franklin very well, my friend. AND I totally giggled about giving your Mr. the spray…hey, why not? hehehe!

  • Reply Cassie November 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I love that you shared this and keep it real! Nothing to ever be ashamed of and seriously Its rare for me to NOT have a client come in and ask about this after baby! You are not alone and as always even “balding” or not you and your hair are gorgeous!

    • Reply henleyandhadley January 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      I never replied to your awesome comment- thanks for the blog love my lovely, amazing friend! I love that you make me feel like I am not alone in the Ben Franklin department. I am happy to keep it real! 🙂

  • Reply Camille January 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Christie! I had major hair shed last year (similar to what happens when you have a baby – my doc said), and it’s horrible. I found that taking biotin, shampooing less, and gentle scalp massage helped me a lot. Now I have tons of little hairs! Lol.

    • Reply henleyandhadley January 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Camille! Isn’t hair loss just the worst? Why does it have to happen!? Thank goodness for little remedies (thanks for sharing your tips!) I am totally taking biotin, too!

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