Dear Shari: I did a shampoo free method from April-August because I found out I was pregnant and the texture of my hair changed and wasn't getting the results I wanted so I just stuck with a low-sulfate shampoo and conditioner. Now I decided to go back to the shampoo free method since it worked so well for me the first time, but when my hair dries its TOO soft and therefore creates frizz. Does this mean I'm over conditioning? I'm using the same amount and same kind as before but didn't have this problem. Could it be that because I'm still pregnant my hormones changed and now my hair is more sensitive to conditioner?
A: It could be a number of things and yes, hormones have much to do with the current state of your hair and scalp. Try using DevaCurl No-Poo on the scalp and DevaCurl One Condition on the ends with a little bit of DevaCurl MirrorCurls added to the ends. However, it seems highly doubtful that if your hair is over-conditioned, that is what is causing frizz. Perhaps you need a gel to define your curls? Perhaps you are touching it too much when it is wet and when it is dry which causes frizz?
Dear Shari: Three months after my pregnancy, I began to notice heavy hair loss. I have thick hair, so I'm no stranger to the daily 100 in the shower. However, this hair loss was different. One day I looked at myself in the mirror while I was pulling my hair back and noticed I had developed a widow's peak! My hair is also tangling something fierce with all the hair I'm losing.
My hair is past my shoulders and while I don't really want to, I'm considering getting it cut short again to avoid dealing with all the tangling and to get some hair in my face to cover the peaks.
From reading the forums, I realize this hair loss is normal, but I'm curious as to how others have handled it? While I am not a doctor, I do know that hair loss after pregnancy is normal. It usually takes 6-12 months for hair to return to a somewhat balanced state.
A: Why not trim it for now and see what happens? You can always cut more in time. It also sounds as if the texture may have changed causing the tangling. be gentle with it during this time and use a little extra moisture on the ends and the nape.