the hair post

I’ve whined about feeling yuck-o in this postpartum body once already (ok, more than once…unless you ONLY read this blog and don’t follow me on twitter, facebook, or know me in real life.  Then I totally only whined about it once).

Aside from the zit farm on the right side of my chin, the other things are starting to get better.

I suppose.

I mean, my hair isn’t falling out in clumps anymore.  Well, not HUGE clumps.

But I am left with hair so thin I can see my scalp.  I remember this from after Eddie was born.  Other than in middle school, postpartum hair is definitely the worst hair I have ever had.

Also it has been so hot lately that the hair that is left on my head wants to shellack itself to my neck via constant sweat.

Therefore my hair has a uniform lately…


As up as it can get.

Nothing cute.  Nothing fancy.  Just…up.

Wait…you say you want this look?

If you too want the messy, sweaty mom hair look, follow these steps:

  1. Go at LEAST one day without washing your hair.
  2. Pin the hair that qualifies as “bangs” back out of your face with at least 2 bobby pins.
  3. Gather all the long hair into a hairy twisty.  Sloppiness counts.
  4. For all those short back hairs that don’t fit up into grab a clip.  Makes no difference if it matches anything.
  5. Throw on a headband to keep the fly aways out of your face.  Again, matching is not necessary.
  6. For anything that is still sticking up, attack with bobby pins.  For me? I use anywhere from 5 to 573498572394 bobby pins.
  7. If you are still concerned about everything staying put (usually if your hair is clean), spray the snot out of it with hairspray.

This look works best with any array of colorful wife beater-style tank tops paired with yoga pants and flip flops.

Aww.  Look at that. I can still see evidence of my last salon visit in February before Charlie was born.  I got color, cut, and highlights.

I used to love getting my hair done.


Huh.  I can also see my scalp….because my part is twice as twice as wide as it used to be.

Stupid postpartum hair loss.

I mean…this is totally the “in” look.

And so are those greys that are sprouting in place of the luscious brown hairs.

Yeah. Totally.

Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

What was the worst postpartum body change for you?

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I’m having a hard time getting past the pouchy stomach situation I’ve got going on. But the constant hair falling out is definitely getting old too. I already had thin-ish hair, really don’t need it falling out in clumps! And I’m totally rocking the layered wife beater-style tank top look as well! It must be the postpartum uniform 😉

    • My child will be 4 next month and I’m still rocking the weird pouchy stomach. I think it’s a permanent badge of motherhood at this point. ;P

      • I think you’re right! I have 2 girls – 5yrs & 10 weeks. So yah, pouchy belly is sticking around for a while it seems. It’s worth it though 🙂

  2. Katie? You are killing me! You are totally adorable.

  3. At this very moment, my fringe is pinned up with a bobby pin and the rest of my not-long-not-short hair is tied back, with the back/ side hair falling out of the hair tie I’m using (because they’re too short). Basically, it looks like shit.

    I am having a bit of a hard time with the belly pooch. Also, the postpartum weight loss has remained stagnant for the past 3 weeks which is kinda depressing. I can’t fit into pre-pregnancy clothes and the maternity stuff is too big. So I’m left wearing shapeless tops. IT SUCKS!

    However, my skin is still smooth so there’s that.

  4. I am by no means a skinny girl and I already had a gut and thighs before the child, but I swear my upper thighs are huuuuuge now. How did this happen? On a daily basis I weigh the same and/or less than I did before child????

  5. I’ve had some form of pregnancy/postpartum hair now for almost a decade. Last I checked, it was curly if I let it dry. But not cute curly, nasty frizzy what the hell curly.

    It will be interesting to see what it’s actually like, when this all pans out some day.

  6. The hair–certainly, the hair. After it all fell out, the abundance of dry grey hair left me with only one option–chop it all off. I’m now sporting such a short style–I don’t love it, but at least it looks healthier.

  7. I don’t think my hair ever recovered from childbirth! I had no idea about pp hairloss and I remember asking my hairdresser about it. She looked at me like I was nuts.

    I think you’re adorable – silly hair or not!

  8. Sometimes I wish my hair was long enough to pull up into a pony tail but it’s not.

    And are you still taking Prenatal Vitamins… b/c if you want to thicken/regrow some hair, pop those babies like candy. The over the counter ones work great.

    Of course, when you stop the hair will fall out again but not as bad as after having a baby.

  9. I’ve never had straight hair. It was always straight-ish & if I used a blowdryer, it was all it needed. I generally looked like I had some sort bed head. After babies? It got less straight. So after 3 babies, my hair is practically curly.
    The real kicker though? IT’S ONLY IN THE BACK! I have straight hair in the front & curly in the back. Drives me bonkers.

  10. you know it’s so adorable don’t you??? I love when you put your hair up, but this….ummm, turtorial….was brilliant, funny and as cute as you with your hair up! LOL

    I don’t remember the worst stuff, therapy took care of it…;) Maybe the migraines (because I had been so ill with my pregancy, I wasn’t heavy at all, in fact I was too skinny for months) or the fibromyalgia…yep, that totally stunk.


  11. Looks just like my scalp right now! I hate this more than my flabby belly.

  12. To be be perfectly honest, I hardly ever pay attention to what you broads look like anyway. You’re all the same to me. In fact, it just dawned on me that you’re White! All this time, I thought you were this Puerto Rican blogger woman that I follow. I wonder where she got off to? ha!
    Just having fun with you. I knew all along that you were lily-white! I’m glad your hair is falling out in clumps anymore. That must of sucked! But I will let you know this, you have wonderful eyes. See, I do pay attention.
    Your Friend, m.

  13. I’m not kidding even a little bit when I say this is how I wear my hair every single day and I haven’t been postpartum in over a dozen years…

    Yep. I do the pony, the pins, the headband (and sometimes the hairspray if my hair is too clean and won’t stay put – ha!).

    Even on date nights.
    (Which aren’t really date nights so much as “both the kids are in karate class at the same time let’s go get a glass of cheap happy hour wine” nights.)

    I’m not trying to depress you with the idea that things won’t get better.
    I’m trying to inspire you by saying you’ll just forget you care.


  14. (there’s a reason I use a bic to style my hair)

  15. you stole my look!

  16. You totally stole that look from me. Last week with the temperatures in the welcome to Hell range I came close to cutting it all off several days.

  17. My husband said that I have a bigger vagina.
    So yea…
    Ps. You are cute.
    PPS. I thought wife beaters were a part of the traditional Michigan uniform…I think of Kid Rock…and Eminem…
    PPPS. Kidding.

  18. Stretch marks… with out a doubt. I think I have more stretch marked skin than I have regular skin. I have stretch marks in places that I didn’t know really “stretched” lol

  19. I realized this week that my hair has been up in a ponytail everyday since Zach’s water broke 5/7. I’ve recently been adding a headband to *spice* up the ponytail & pull back random lil hairs. Good times!

  20. You crack me up! I wear my hair like this every single day. And it’s been THREE years and I still have unmanageable wispies around my crown. Ugh!