So, there isn’t an official word that I’ve found for this side effect that can happen after you have a baby, but Postpartum Baby Bangs is what I call them, so we’ll just stick with that.
I have found quite the community of other moms (and curious observers) when it comes to talking about my hair journey lately, so I thought it would be kind of fun to do a post about it!
Usually, you have about 90% of your hair in the active growing phase while the other 10% is in a resting phase. But during pregnancy, the amount of “resting hair” rises due to higher estrogen and progesterone levels.
While that can give you an amazing preggo mane, those levels even out after pregnancy, and somewhere between three and six months after the baby, you start to shed the hair your head has been holding onto all that time.
Now, I was warned about the hair loss from friends, but my mom was the only one to warn me about the set of extremely goofy looking baby bangs that grew around the perimeter of her hairline after each baby.
Well, wouldn’t you know it that about five to six months postpartum I started losing what felt like allll my hair (I could get about a softball size clump after each shower/hair drying session).
And if the thinning hair wasn’t bad enough, about a month later, I started to notice some small mini fringe at the front of my hairline in between my part. That was the start of the hair journey I’m still on 15 months later.
At first, it was so short that it just looked a little odd, but once it started to grow in, it looked like I had a small wispy mustache growing at the top of my forehead, and I was horrified. Then ,it grew longer and looked like a small handlebar mustache curled downwards.
At that point, I began to realize that this growth was happening across the front of my hairline (the bangs area) and also down the sides, and oh, also around the back. I had my very own 360° set of mini micro bangs.
As someone who never appreciated the micro bang, even in its 90s heyday, I certainly wasn’t suddenly into them now all the way around my head. Apparently, the hair loss thing happens to most all pregnant women in varying degrees, but the full set of mini bangs regrowth is less likely, yet still relatively common.
So, depending on the length of baby bangs, you can imagine that a normal cute ponytail (or any type of topknot or updo) was totally out of the question. And, since I also had hair growing back in all around my head,I had little spiky hairs sticking straight up all along the top of my head.
I looked like I had rubbed a latex balloon across the top of my head at all times. Cool!
Do you want to hear a fun story? Great! So about eight months after my “bangs” starting growing, they were finally getting to a length where they were still way shorter than the rest of my hair, but starting to integrate into the whole head and behave a little more.
Guess what I realized had just started to happen? Round two! I stopped breastfeeding four months or so before that (as my milk production had dried up) and it trigged a second round of starting the entire thing over again.
That was a pretty sad moment for me, to be honest. I had just started to feel a little better about my stupid hair and now I had to start from scratch again.
This is definitely one of those things where other people probably didn’t notice nearly as much as I did, and people like my husband tried to convince me it wasn’t a big deal, but it didn’t matter.
Postpartum life is a rough time in so many ways (along with a lot of joy too, of course) and your body and sense-of-self can really take a hit during that period. It seems like that time is especially hard for a first-time-mom as you are making that huge leap into motherhood, and dealing with an entirely new identity on top of everything else.
Anyway, it may not sound like a huge deal to some, but for me it was (and still is) one of the more frustrating parts of my postpartum life. If you’ve ever come home with a bad haircut and had to wait for it to grow out, then you get the feeling. It’s felt like I had a bad haircut. Every day. For the past 15 months.
Thankfully, my second crop of bangs is just getting to the length where I feel like I won’t think about them as much in another two to three months, so I can at least feel an end in sight there.
But that thought also makes me laugh because if it happens to you, it will probably happen with each baby, so once they finally grow out, it’s probably about to happen again with the next kid soon!
I have had some moms tell me that their bangs stopped growing at weird lengths and just stayed there without growing out all the way to join the rest of the hair, so that is also a possibility for some women.
The weird thing for me was that my hair only grew on one side while I was pregnant (my hairstylist kept laughing at how lopsided it was each time I came in), but after I had Lola, it started growing really fast.
So I actually have the longest hair I’ve had since I was 16—it’s also the thinnest hair, but I feel like it’s trying to make up for it with length, haha.
Tips for Postpartum Baby Bangs:
Consider a different hair color: I’ve gone back and forth between darker and blonder over the years, and I was trying the ombre look when the bangs first appeared (since it’s more low maintenance).
For me, having the dark root line meant my baby bangs were also dark, so they showed up pretty prominently on my pale skin and also stood out from the majority of my lower hair that was a lighter shade.
Once I went back to all blonde, that really helped the bangs not stand out as much on my pale skin—a big help! I could see that some people may not want to dye them (thinking it may weaken them) and making the grow back time longer. But, it was worth any extra time it may have added for me.
Use witch hazel spray to tame your bangs: When the baby bangs got to about 3/4″ long, they would stick up and out in the weirdest directions, and I wasn’t sure what to do until someone suggested using a witch hazel spray to try and tame them—it worked!
Mix witch hazel and distilled water in a small spray bottle in a 1:2 ratio (one part witch hazel to two parts water) and then wet your baby bangs with the spray.
Next, slick them down to your forehead (in the direction you want them to go) with a boar brush comb and let them dry. Once dry, they should stay down without being crunchy or weird looking—a huge help!
Use scarves or head wraps around the hairline: Something like what I’m wearing in the photo above is great for cooler seasons, but a cute scarf or turban wrap would be perfect for warmer weather. Of course, any kind of hat works, too!
Try a different part or length of bangs: Depending on how your bangs are growing in, switching your part between the side and middle could help hide the new growth better.
For some, cutting in actual long “regular” bangs could also help cover the new growth, but ask your hairstylist for their advice first.
I used to have long bangs and I thought about going back to them to cover the baby bangs. But, my hair had gotten so thin in front I didn’t really have enough left to do bangs, so I had to just wait it out.
Make a hair-growth spray: I wanted to use something to help my bangs grow faster, so I made a hair-growth spray with distilled water, Solubol, and rosemary essential oil (great for promoting hair growth!).
Focus on positive physical thoughts: With all the body changes that can happen after delivering a baby, try to divert your attention away from negative thoughts about your body towards positive ones.
If you don’t have anything positive to say about your hair at the moment, that’s OK, and remember you still have your gorgeous eyes, or killer legs, or whatever else you’re feeling good about at the moment.
I for one found it super helpful to get lash extensions about a year into postpartum life— it was a nice little lift of self-confidence in a season where it can be hard to find some.
If lash extensions aren’t your thing, you could try GrandeLASH-MD (read my honest review here!).
I absolutely don’t want to make it seem like life is all about how you look and that the goal is getting back to not having “weird hair” or anything like that.
I think it’s more about how all of a sudden after giving birth you have so many things that are new and uncomfortable and odd and unfamiliar within your own body.
So, when you also have a totally foreign hairstyle all of a sudden, it can be just another layer of not feeling like yourself anymore.
There’s a layer of patience and acceptance that has to kick in, but it can be frustrating in such a whirlwind of a season already, that it may take longer for that to happen than it would in more normal circumstances.
I do really think it also helps to have support on all the “weird mom things” that moms go through (body related or not!), and I know I felt better about my hair woes when I shared my ridiculous bangs with others, and saw that I was not the only one who dealt with them!
If you’re in that boat now or in the future, I hope this post made you feel a little less alone, too!
P.S. We have tons of DIYs and kid projects in our kiddo archives and on Childhood Magic, so give those a glance as well to do some fun things with your little ones! xo. Laura
Additional Sources: American Pregnancy Association and Today’s Parent.
I’m not a Lone ranger!!!!
I did not know this was a thing!
I’m not postpartum, if I am, it’s a 20 year marathon. My son is 20.
I have a band new set of front bands. Compliments of your blog, I learned, I too, am growing hair all around the side & back too. I don’t care about the side & back, it’s not noticeable
Never fear, my band new bangs l are GREY!!! STANDING TALL FOR ALL TO SEE, GREY! They stand up like a peacock! 😳
My hair is blonde, my baby bang are driving me crazy.
I shaved them once, I don’t recommend trying that route. 😂
GIRL! Thank you. I’ve been struggling with this and thought I was going crazy. Like what are all these baby hairs?? Thank you for all the tips!!
Thank you! Yes I am struggling with this so much! I have a high forehead because I deal with anaemia so I could definitely use the hair growth, but I’ve had a baby and four miscarriages in the last 2 years. I get hair, I lose hair, I get gorgeous nails, I systematically destroy them from stress while looking like I rage cut my hair again when really I haven’t in years. right now its about the length of my thumb- on the last set and there is a shadow hinting at another layer starting underneath it again. Didn’t fix the missing half of my one eyebrow though 🙁
Thanks so much for this – I thought it was just me! I didn’t even realise this was connected to my pregnancy. Those fluffy little hairs all over were so damn irritating and looked terrible.
I have this exact same thing, but I’m 22 and have never had children. So weird. I’ve always had it and they grow like snails :(. Now they’ve finally reached that awkward 3/4 you mentioned!
Happened to me with both of my pregnancies! ? Glad I’m not alone!
So rough, hey? My baby just turned 7 months old and I started noticing this weird baby hair thing happening all around my head. I have dark brown, super curly hair…now with baby bangs that flip upwards. Just let that look sink in… lol! Oh there’s a few wirey greys poppin out too. ???♀️
YEP! My daughter is 11 months old and the baby hairs started growing about 3 months ago, I have dark brown coil-ish curly hair, so you can imagine what they look like on me lol. They just flip out of control and make all of my front hairs stick out. I’ve found that straightening my hair helps, although I never really do because I don’t have the time and don’t want to damage my hair. So wait it out seems like the option here!!
Oh my goodness!!! Yes!! I’ve had 3 kiddos so far, my youngest is 2.5 years old. And I STILL have the weird baby bangs! I lovingly call mine my “devil horns” because it’s literally just two patches at my temples, that always stick up funny and never seem to grow all the way out. Haha! Definitely going to try witch Hazel and the boar brush comb! Thanks!!
This was soooo relatable. After a lot of searching and going down the google rabbit hole I found a postpartum hair vitamin from Baby Blues that has been really effective for growing the weird baby hairs quickly. It’s meant to replenish the vitamins shed after having the baby. It has helped slow the shedding as well. Only thing Ive found to work. I tried the oil drops and i just felt like my hair was always greasy – I couldn’t take it. Not sure if it’s ok to share brands here but linking where I get them in case: www.babyblues.care I was literally keeping the vacuum in my bathroom because I couldn’t stand seeing all the hair fall on the floor. Hope this helps someone!
Do you think it would work on someone with no pregnancies (by choice) but experiencing baby bangs in my early 40s for the first time. I thought it was from coloring and straightening my hair but I was always confused that the rest of my hair didn’t do the same thing. Anyway just curious if it might work on me. After trying the gunmybear hair, so many biotin supplements, etc, I’m ready to try anything!
Oh my goodness, this is so relatable! My last two kiddos are 15months apart and now almost 3 years postpartum I’m still trying to get my hair back to “normal”. Not only have I had crazy, whispy regrowth, it has started to curl in ringlets only along the hairline! So I have to straighten all these baby bangs which almost always ends with me burning my forehead! ??♀️
Thanks for this recipe, I’m excited to give it a shot!
I have a case of e baby bangs now. I knew it just be a thing but wasn’t sure how to search for it. My baby is almost 10 months and my baby bangs are about an inch and look immensely awkward and poofy. I look forward to trying the witch hazel spray. For some reason I hadn’t considering wearing a head band or scarf but I’m going to give that a go as well.
AWE! This post was so cute and relatable. I went through major postpartum hair loss (i had bangs to begin with ..but still ) I found a really good postpartum hair gummy to use by my second pregnancy and it really helped. Unfortunately my first pregnancy was a learning experience and i ended up taking my OBGYN’S advice and chopping my hair off into a bob so it would look more full. The gummy i took and actually still take now that my youngest is 3 is called Baby Blues .. I think its on Amazon or babyblues.care but anyway its passion fruit flavored and well a gummy so its easy. I also just started using my lightstim red light device on my scalp for a few minutes ( i’ve been reading up on red light therapy) . Hope this helps someone!
Thank you so much for this post! I did not breastfeed but I’m going through a second round of postpartum hair loss. My dermatologist has never heard of this and told me to use rogaine. But I’d rather just wait it out. Did yours finally come back and stay back after the second loss?
I have had a permanent bad hair day from when she was like 2….twice I have hacked it all off myself and she is almost 8 and I think along with all the physical changes…coming to terms with urself and motherhood,including your hairdo is a whole new kettle of fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, so I have heard about postpartum bangs from my hairstylist when she had her son and I also have heard of what I am going through now, baby bangs. I’m currently 12 weeks pregnant and today I had my hair in a top knot, not entirely normal for me until the pregnancy acne happened and I have been trying to keep my hair away from my skin. Well with my hair up I noticed a three inch long layer of crazy curly, frizzy, and abnormally coarse hair all around my head. Did anyone else notice the texture of their hair change from fine to coarse during or after pregnancy as your hormones went on a roller coaster ride?
I’m 6 months postpartum, and my husband just asked me the other day why I cut little ‘wispies” at my hairline. I almost strangled him. The fuzz of growth all over my head was making me berserk – I feel a lot better reading your article and all your comments! Making humans is tough!!! Thanks for sharing!
I can relate ????. I laughed so hard I cried.
“So I also looked like I had rubbed a latex balloon across the top of my head at all times. Cool!” ????
Currently looking to cut ????my booty length hair to a much easier to mange length and possibly a style that hides my under fro.
Momming is a painful handful of hair at a time. Tiny fist to the sky✊! Thanks for the laugh ✌️
Thank you so much for the camaraderie and advice you provided in this post! I have been rocking the 360-bang look as well, so I feel your frustration! I haven’t been doing much with it, except giggling at how intense it stands up after baby gets his bath! I never knew about the rosemary benefits, or how to use witch hazel to tame the mane. love following you ladies!
Urgh. Going through this (again!) right now. In regular circumstances, good hair days are few and far between, but now they are literally impossible. I’m at the stage where they are long enough to be noticed but to short to be dealt with. Silver lining: its winter. Give me all the hats!
Sooo glad i am not alone! I thought i was the only one cos i don’t know anyone who experienced this before. I think i’ve been dealing with this for more than 5 months now. And i still don’t know what to do it! It bothers me all the time whenever i look at the mirror–horrifying! Hope it will grow fast soonest
Ooooh my gosh, this this this! Such a problem! Thanks for talking about it! Makes us all feel like crazy. I’m almost done breastfeeding though so now you have me worried about a round two…!
I’ll be 70 and this is the first time I have seen that this is a real thing. I always thought it was just me back in the day. Also, heads up for the coming menopause fun times , lol.
Wait! Are you saying this could happen again during menopause?? I got the baby bangs 10 years ago after the birth of my daughter, so can totally relate to the article. However, last January this happened all over to me again! And I didn’t have a baby?! My hair isn’t growing back in, about 2” long now all over my head. ???? I’m 41!!!