On this post, I decided to make it a little more personal.
I have three beautiful girls. And with each of their pregnancies, I actually experienced some pretty bad postpartum hair loss. However, with this last one, it was definitely the worst I’ve ever had. I think I literally lost over half of my hair, and it wasn’t just the near the hair line…
As someone who has always taken pride in taking care of their hair, this was somewhat of a scary thing for me. In-fact, I remember at one point as handfuls of hair were coming out with every single wash. And even with every single time I brushed my hair as well. It’s safe to say, that at this point, I was honestly beginning to panic a little bit.
Baby Isla was about three months old when I truly began to notice my hair falling out. I know that hair loss is completely hormonal, and I couldn’t figure out why it was so much worse this time around. I’ve shared this in a few other blog posts, but towards the end of this last pregnancy, I developed a DVT in my leg, which is a serious and life-threatening blood clot for both baby and mother. Along with this blood clot, I also developed severe anxiety as a result of being in the delicate condition that I was in. To top things off, towards the end of my pregnancy, I developed what is called Preeclampsia.
Long story short, I ended up getting induced 3 1/2 weeks early.
I was extremely scared to do an epidural because of the blood thinner medication that I was on. And in case you aren’t aware of this – if you’re on blood thinners, and you’re deciding to go through with having an epidural, everything has to be timed perfectly.
And so, I attempted to do labor with no pain medication. However ,when you induce, your contractions become much, much stronger…which means the pain was like nothing you could ever imagine…
For a good portion of time, I definitely had to tap into some massive Superpower strength just to pull myself through these awful pains!! It was intense. FINALLY, though – after what seemed like an eternity of waiting, I was cleared to get an epidural. And only one hour later – when the epidural hadn’t even fully kicked in yet (!!!) – I gave birth to my amazing little girl, Isla.
She was born 6 lbs, 6 oz. and came out with a full head of blonde hair!!
Despite everything that had happened towards the end of my pregnancy, both mom and baby were completely healthy. 🙂
It was about three months after giving birth that I was cleared to go off of my blood thinner medication. I’m not a big fan of nursing… I mean if you love it, I genuinely believe you deserve a trophy and at least some kind of bonus when you leave the hospital. 🤷♀️😂❤️
I myself attempted to nurse for about three weeks. But eventually, and to my joy, my ISLA started sleeping for a solid SIX HOURS a night at only 3 weeks!! A true miracle. And so that was the end of nursing for me! Fun fact about myself, is that I thankfully tend to drop baby weight much faster when I’m not nursing.
And so, back my delicate hair predicament. I’m not sure if it was the combination of my hormones, losing the weight, or going off the blood thinners – it had gotten to a point to where I couldn’t even believe the sheer amount of hair that I had lost this time around. In-fact, it was so bad, that I even remember when I would lift my hairline to show people, they would literally gasp. I’m not even kidding you. To be honest with you, though, I was just so happy that I had such an amazing cute baby and had fully recovered from my pregnancy – that even if I knew in-ADVANCE that I would be losing half my hair in the process…there is no question in my mind that I would happily do it all over again in a heartbeat. 🥰
My hair continued to shed for an entire month up to this point. It was beginning to look moderately thin on the top, and I definitely felt extremely embarrassed wearing my hair in a ponytail.
The sad irony, is that I was a creator of a hair extension method with not even enough hair of my own to even attach extensions to… once again, I started to panic. This was starting to become my worst hair nightmare!! While in the process of wondering if my hair was even going to grow back in, I started researching PRP for hair growth as well as all sorts of vitamins. I was at a point where I was fully determined to get my hair back into the best shape of its life. And honestly, I just wanted to feel like I had normal hair again.
Finally, after a month of shed, as well as extensive research on my part -I was now starting to see some fresh, new hair growth sprouting with the new, specialized supplements I had acquired and begun taking. I chose not to do PRP, because I saw my hair steadily starting to come back in, and so from there I just made sure I remained consistent in taking the specialized supplements to effectively maximize the results I was already getting.
By the way, today is a special day for baby Isla. My baby is now officially eight months old!! And some more exciting news is that my hair has now been coming in even THICKER than I remember before being pregnant!!
The only thing I really have to worry about is that I have these embarrassing toddler bangs that I have to tuck behind my long bangs. 🙃 But you know what? Even still, I’ve been able to wear my hair extensions with no problems!!
We actually get a ton of women who experience postpartum hair loss that come into my Salon. I think they are especially nervous going in to a Salon, because when you already don’t have a lot of hair to work with, you really can’t afford to lose anymore. That being said, if you have fine hair, then you definitely want to go to somebody who not only specializes in hair extensions – but even more specifically – you want to go to someone with the right experience who knows just how to care for your specific fine hair needs.
In the course of my career, I’ve worked with every texture and type of hair you can imagine, and so naturally I’ve become comfortable with pretty much anything you could ever throw my way. I also take time to educate all of my students and artist at my Salon, that not only is the Application aspect crucial in and of itself, but Texture and Density actually play a HUGE role in how the hair is attached and placed!! I can’t stress this enough, but precise placement is key – because not only is the precise placement necessary to be able to hide well in the hairline, but the precise placement in question is also incredibly necessary to make sure that, from the beginning to the very end of the client’s experience, you actually create little to no damage whatsoever.
I can tell you now, that as a mother of three – losing a little hair is 100% worth it. But in the process, I still want to look and feel beautiful, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong and truly only everything right with wanting to feel and look your best both during and after your pregnancy. And that’s why I love hair extensions so much. They help me to look and feel my best. And when I look and feel my best, I feel like I can take on the world.
Last quick story…
When I first found out I was pregnant, and not yet knowing if it was a boy or a girl, I had a dream with a little girl running around named ISLA.
I told my husband,
“I think I’m having a girl, and she already told me her name. It’s Isla…”
It was one of those moments where I got a little teary-eyed, because I knew my little girl, that was not even born yet, spoke to me, as clear as a bell:
“Hi mom, I’m isla… :)”
That same week, I was in the process of creating my Hand Tied Hair Line, which was a huge dream and an amazing accomplishment for me that year. I couldn’t think of a name, and then, all of the sudden, it came to me: “ISLA, By Natural Beaded Rows. THAT’S what it was meant to be called.”
Two weeks later, I officially found out (of course 🤷♀️☺️) that I was having my little girl, Isla. I always joke around because my baby came out with a full head of blonde hair and people say to me, “She stole your hair!!”and I respond with, “Yep, and it was 100% worth it!!”
As I share a a glimpse into my personal story, I also want acknowledge all you beautiful moms out there, and all that we go through to create life!
At the end of the day, I simply wouldn’t be the business owner, wife and ultimately the individual I am today without my children. Plain and simple.
I love them with my whole heart.
And that much I know will never change… <3
Danielle K. White
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