Do all babies lose their hair? How about new mothers?

AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
As you guys know, my son has a full head of thick, curly hair and I love it! But a lot of people have been telling me that their babies lost all or almost all their hair at 2 or 3 months and then were bald for a long time before it grew back. I think I have noticed a little thinning around his hairline so now I am paranoid about it (and can't even explain why because really, it shouldn't be such a big deal.) Is this something that happens to all babies or did anyone have or know of a baby whose hair just kept on growing in?

How about the mothers? If you lost hair post partum, when did it start? I haven't lost any yet (knock on wood) at just over 2 months PP, but I am also paranoid about looking for hair loss in myself - to me, that is worse than any other pregnancy or post partum physical change! I am reading that it usually starts at 2-3 months PP. Did you, or do you know people, who never lost much hair?
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  • subbrocksubbrock Registered Users Posts: 8,212
    my little nugget was born with a thick head of hair and she still has it! the sides and back have thinned a bit, but nothing anyone would really notice. check her out!
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    as for my hair, it seems like im losing alot, but you cant tell at all. it still feels the same, but when i run my hands through or comb it i seem to lose alot more than usual
  • sarah42sarah42 Registered Users Posts: 4,034
    My son was born with a little bit of dark brown hair, and that all fell out and grew in blond. A friend of mine's baby had very thick, full hair, and it's thinned out quite a bit on the back and sides.

    As for my hair, it started falling out like crazy when DS was about 3 months old. I had to vacuum the house all the time so I wouldn't have a layer of hair on the carpets. Luckily, it never looked thin or receding. That finally stopped when he was maybe 6 or 7 months old.
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  • shellibeanshellibean Registered Users Posts: 4,500
    River was born w/ a lot of hair and it didn't ALL fall out, but a lot of it did. He kind of had a little baby mullet for awhile! Now it is goming back though. The back is still longer and my husband wont let me cut it even though it looks crazy! And a few hairs on top that didn't fall out are also longer than the rest!

    I shed terribly anyway, so I couldn't tell the difference in myself!
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  • jcejce Registered Users Posts: 512 Curl Connoisseur
    My son was born with a full head of hair, and never lost it. I kept waiting for it, but it never happened.

    I lose a lot of hair in the shower normally, so never noticed a difference there.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Registered Users Posts: 3,530 Curl Neophyte
    My DS was born with a fairly fine layer of hair on his head and then in a few weeks lost the top hair and had just had "old man" hair. He had a full head of hair by 3 months and could have used his first haircut by about 8 months (he didn't get one until a year though).

    With regards to Mum losing hair - your hair is going back to the way it was pre-pregnancy so how much you lose will depend on how much you gained in the first place. I gained a lot of hair and it started coming out around 3.5 months PP. It was back to normal by about 6 months.


  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
    Xander was born with a full head of hair. Within a few months he had a huge bald spot in the back of his head and had rubbed a good bit off on the sides. He had a 90's high top fade going on. I think that it was from rubbing his head on his sheets. It doesn't happen to all children but it seems to happen to quite a few.


    I have been told that mother's start to shed when their hormones start changing again. For most, that seems to be around weaning time. I started noticing my shedding within a few weeks of weaning. Also a bit of breakage. All in all, it wasn't anything awful. You have a lot of hair so you might not notice when it happens.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    Mine were all born with thick full hair, and only 1 of them lost it. He was a "head rubber" though...constantly rubbing his head around on the sheets. He only lost it on the parts that he rubbed, so he had a "monk" thing on top for a while. It grew back quickly though.

    I think I'm still losing post-partum hair...7 years later.
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Registered Users Posts: 4,476 Curl Connoisseur
    All of mine were born with some hair, and it all fell out by 3 months. The boys got their hair back by 8-9 months, my daughter was much older, and it came back lighter.
    My hair started to fall out at 6 months pp. I didn't notice too much with the boys because I'd cut my hair very short. With my daughter, I wore my hair longer and noticed it more. It didn't come out in clumps, like some women have mentioned. I think that's rare. Just more than normal for a bit.
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  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Registered Users Posts: 1,814
    Kennedy never lost her hair. It started out straight and is now curly. But it never fell out. She had a ton at birth and has a ton now.

    I lost some when I began pumping daily and wasn't nursing as much. It was around the time KD was 6 months old. I lost around the temples. It had grown so long that the it didn't seem so bad. It came back.

    So you never know. I bet JJ will keep his hair.
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Registered Users Posts: 5,297 Curl Neophyte
    I agree with Dark Angel. Bella and Bailey started having noticeable hair loss around 4 months. They were both born w/ a full head of hair, and ended up with bald spots on the sides and the back. They had little baby mohawks. Bellas hair is curly so she has this little curly top.

    When I look at pictures of Bailey at that age, I think it looks horrible. But it's normal, so what are ya gonna do?

    My hair started falling out at 2 mos pp. When I wash it I have a huge clump of it in the shower. In the morning I can smooth my hair like I'm putting it in a ponytail, and I'll have a handfull. Bella always has hair in her hands. I'm picking it off of EVERYTHING and Bailey keeps yelling at me b/c she keeps pulling my hair off of her. It always has the root attached. By now I can see where it had thinned - which is where the peaks of a widows peak would be. I think that's usually the place - my hairdresser informed me when I was pregnant w/ Bailey. Same thing happened w/ her.

    Just add thinning hair to the list of stretch marks, undereye circles, and saggy boobs. :cheers:
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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    babywavy wrote:
    I agree with Dark Angel. Bella and Bailey started having noticeable hair loss around 4 months. They were both born w/ a full head of hair, and ended up with bald spots on the sides and the back. They had little baby mohawks. Bellas hair is curly so she has this little curly top.

    When I look at pictures of Bailey at that age, I think it looks horrible. But it's normal, so what are ya gonna do?

    My hair started falling out at 2 mos pp. When I wash it I have a huge clump of it in the shower. In the morning I can smooth my hair like I'm putting it in a ponytail, and I'll have a handfull. Bella always has hair in her hands. I'm picking it off of EVERYTHING and Bailey keeps yelling at me b/c she keeps pulling my hair off of her. It always has the root attached. By now I can see where it had thinned - which is where the peaks of a widows peak would be. I think that's usually the place - my hairdresser informed me when I was pregnant w/ Bailey. Same thing happened w/ her.

    Just add thinning hair to the list of stretch marks, undereye circles, and saggy boobs. :cheers:

    I'm doing OK with all of it so far... so that's why I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop....
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  • cymprenicympreni Registered Users Posts: 9,609 Curl Neophyte
    Both of my son's were born with a full head of hair, and with the exception of a patch in the back they kept it all.

    As far as my hair loss, I'm not sure, I used to shed a lot of hair to begin with until I discovered my scalp sensitivity to certain ingredients.
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,954 Curl Connoisseur
    Chas was born with a thin layer of dark brown hair. He lost it all except for 4 strands on the very top of his hair. DH wan't to cut those hairs so bad because they were really long but I wouldn't let him. :) All his new hair is blond. He got his first haircut at a year.

    As for me...I can't remember. I do remember posting about it. I did shed for about 2 weeks. I think it started around 5 or 6 months. Please don't hold me too it. Funny how we forget these things.
  • subbrocksubbrock Registered Users Posts: 8,212
    Chas was born with a thin layer of dark brown hair. He lost it all except for 4 strands on the very top of his hair. DH wan't to cut those hairs so bad because they were really long but I wouldn't let him. :) All his new hair is blond. He got his first haircut at a year.

    can you remember how long it took for his "new" hair to come in? my munchkin was born with dark brown hair and now her roots are blonde/very light brown...so i was just wondering about how long i'll have before she really looks like i stole her from someone else!
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,954 Curl Connoisseur
    subbrock wrote:
    Chas was born with a thin layer of dark brown hair. He lost it all except for 4 strands on the very top of his hair. DH wan't to cut those hairs so bad because they were really long but I wouldn't let him. :) All his new hair is blond. He got his first haircut at a year.

    can you remember how long it took for his "new" hair to come in? my munchkin was born with dark brown hair and now her roots are blonde/very light brown...so i was just wondering about how long i'll have before she really looks like i stole her from someone else!

    HeHeHe...if DH was carrying Chas around without me...he would look like a stolen baby. DH has dark brown hair with dark brown eyes.

    I would say around 3 to 4 months is when he started losing the dark brown hair. We started seeing blond hair around 6 months. until then...he went from the old man look to bald....light blond fuzz started appearing around 6 months.
  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    For the slight thinning around his hairline, his hair in the back and sides suddenly looks even thicker and longer!
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  • cajuncurlscajuncurls Registered Users Posts: 270
    Last week I noticed I had really started to lose hair when I wash it. But on the positive side, I also noticed the baby weight starting to leave! Yay! Maybe my body is finally just realizing I'm not pregnant anymore.

    I prayed throughout my pregnancy for a bald baby (and that she would have red hair when she did get some) and when I was in delivery and she was about to be born, my dr said "This baby has no hair at all". I was thrilled! The few dark strands she had are falling out and being replaced by some reddish blond fuzz! Who says wishes don't come true? :wink:
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  • rainshowerrainshower Registered Users Posts: 4,420
    both our babies were born with thick, straightish-wavy hair that was so dense you couldn't see their scalps.

    our son's hair curled after a couple of months. our daughter's hair curled up in a couple of weeks.

    our son lost no hair and went on to grow the biggest curly bush ever known to a 1 year old. it was bout 6-7 inches long just before his first hair cut.

    our daughter had some slight thinning at the nape of her neck around 3-4 months post partum. it was so slight that even my mother didn't notice it, and she cared for her and groomed her as much as we did.

    around that same time, my hair started to shed and was really noticeable at my hairline. after both births around the 3-month mark, my front hair line was looking like eddie munster's. i had to do a sweep over so it wouldn't look so obvious. the shedding was worst the first week and slowed down the second week, then stopped. during that first week, i could literally be sitting down and slightly tug at my hair and several strands would be in my hands.

    the shedding was preceded by tenderness of my scalp, particularly around my hairline. within a few days it started. i massaged warmed jojoba oil onto my scalp to soothe it during that period.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Registered Users Posts: 17,898 Curl Virtuoso
    Mine never lost her hair. I mean, none fell out. Some did rub off in the back due to bed friction. But none fell out or thinned.

  • medussamedussa Registered Users Posts: 12,993
    My babies were all born with little hair. Then they grew a little bit and lost it around the crown. They looked like little old men.

    I don't start to shed hair until about 7-8 months postpartum. I think my body still thinks I'm pregnant, with the breastfeeding. I'm not sure. My right hip still aches at night. :happy2:
  • geminigemini Registered Users Posts: 3,325
    My daughter's hair was straight and silky at first..at around 6 months she went through a nearly bald phase. Her hair is much curlier now, but still not as thick as i expected it to be by now. The texture has definitely changed.

    I shed a lot at about 7-8 mos. post partum--so much so that I just decided to cut it short and maintain it at a shorter length for awhile. It was driving me nuts--I would pull it into a ponytail and have a halo of short frizzies in no time.
  • curlywavybeautycurlywavybeauty Registered Users Posts: 223
    I know a two month old baby who still has all this hair, he doesnt seem to have any bald spots coming in. I was talking to his mom about why he doesnt have a bald spot because I've seen alot of babies with it, and she said it was because they dont lay his on his back. I have a cousin whos like 11 months now, and she has all the hair in the world, thick full curly hair that at 9 months was long enough to be put in 3 pony tails- she never lot hair, he's just kept growing from birth. I also have another cousin who's like 3 years now but she had a head full of dense hair at 6 months....so I dont know if it's genetics or care of the babies hair. I was born with a head full of hair and I lost it.
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  • MeghuneyMeghuney Registered Users Posts: 4,263
    Tyson's hair didn't really fall out. But it was like it didn't grow anywhere but the top. LOL Please see the hilarious photo below:

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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    Meg, JJ looks like he has more hair on top so that may be his look too!
    That pic is so cute!
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Registered Users Posts: 5,297 Curl Neophyte
    Bellas hair looks just like Tysons in that pic. Must be a curly hair thing. I like to take some pomade and push the sides up to make a bigger mop on the top of her head!

    Baileys hair fell out and she was bald in weird places like this:

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  • MeghuneyMeghuney Registered Users Posts: 4,263
    OMG, Babywavy. That girl looked JUST like Shaun!!! :love1:


    Am - Sometime after a year, it started growing all around.
  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Registered Users Posts: 5,297 Curl Neophyte
    Meghuney wrote:
    OMG, Babywavy. That girl looked JUST like Shaun!!! :love1:


    Am - Sometime after a year, it started growing all around.



    She just all around IS Shawn. Well, they do share a birthday, so I guess it would be expected.

    I'm so glad Bella was born 4 days after MY birthday! I feel like I have somebody on my side now!
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  • solangesolange Registered Users Posts: 2,539
    My oldest was born with a ton of hair and it never came out - not a single patch or bald spot.

    My youngest had a bald spot form at 6 months and filled in pretty quickly.

    My hair thinned slightly after the 2nd one.
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