Wavy Hair After Pregnancy!

Updated on September 07, 2012
S.C. asks from Parkersburg, IL
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My hair was always stick straight. My friend refered to it as Vidal Sassoon hair: long, shiny, and straight. After our first baby, it started getting a tad on the flufy side. After baby #4 I cut about 16 inches off because there was no time to deal with it all. Now that it's short, I've discovered it's very wavy! I've never had to style wavy hair before & am at a loss. If I do nothing it gets big & frizzy. If I blow it out it, I have to flat iron it too. If I dry it with a diffuser, I have to put mousse/foam wax in & then it ends up crunchy.

Has anyone else had their hair change drastically after pregnacy?
What do you do with your wavy hair? Any favorite products? Any advice?

EDITED TO ADD: A few of you have asked just how wavy it is. The front, around my face is still fairly straight. The back is very wavy, but not quite curly. If I wash & go, it almost looks like big finger waves across the back of my head (only not as cute). It's just past my shoulders & layered from my last hair cut in October.

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So What Happened?

Wow! I was overwhelmed by the number of responses I got to this question! Glad to know I'm not the only one who's hair went wonky after pregnancy.

I've picked up a few of the products suggested & stopped trying to fight the wave as hard as I had been (in fact, last night was the first time I've straightened my hair in weeks). I plan on letting it grow back out to make it all a bit more managable.

Thanks for the input, ladies!!

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J.C.

answers from Fort Wayne on

I have the dreaded wavy hair too! But, I've actually come to realize that I am the only one out of all my friends who can straight OR curly hair, depending on how I style it. It took a long time for me to come to this realization and embrace it, but I figured "well, I'm stuck with it, so might as well find the positives". So, here are some suggestions..

If you want it straight, you are going to have to blow dry it. There's a product by Big Sexy Hair called "Straight Sexy Hair, Smooth and Seal" It is the ONLY product out of probably 20-30 things I have tried throughout the years that gets my hair stick straight with no frizzies. When you use it, pull all of your hair up into a clip except for a fairly small section going all the way around the bottom of your hair in the back. Spray and flat iron. Then undo the clip while holding onto your hair and use your finger to part out another section. If you do it in thin sections, you'll get the best effect. I used to do it in about 4 different sections, but then was told to use smaller ones, so now I use about 10 and LOVE the difference!

For curly hair, you have the right idea, mousse and diffuse.

If you want to let it dry naturally, the only thing I've come to know that I can do without having nappy hair when it's dried is to put mousse in it while it's wet. It dries with a lot of wave, but the mousse keeps it from getting frizzy, so it's not bad at all. Then, I am a bobby pin junkie. While it's drying, I usually twist my bangs back and bobbie pin them, totally cute!

Oh! If your hair gets crunchy to where when you shake it out with your hands it doesn't soften up, use a little less mousse until you find the right amount. When I wear my hair curly though, it's usually a little crunchy.

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C.B.

answers from Columbus on

Hi S.!

I'm a cosmetologist so let me tell you that your hair chaging from pregnancy is VERY normal! My hair got darker with my first child and then lighter with my second. I don't know why those hormones affect us so - you'd think with everything else that happens during pregnancy we'd get cut some slack! ;-) I had a hard time determing how "wavy" your hair is from what you wrote. If it's just a little wavy getting a flipped out bob is really cute and works well with that hair type - I know, that's mine! For a medium to very wavy/curly believe it or not, getting a perm can be a big help. My sister has very curly hair but I preiodically perm her anyways. The problem with natural curl is that it very often tends to be uneven curl so getting a perm will give you uniform curl and should allow you to style it with more ease and less product (so it doesn't get crunchy.) Hope that helps and good luck!

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K.N.

answers from Cleveland on

LMAO sorry but i've spent 5 years thinking i was crazy!!!! i had wonderfull hair just enough body to be nice and full but i never had to do a thing other than brush it and go, 3 kids later and ok a few inches shorter, and it's curly, but only if i use product, so yeah it happens, my feet got bigger too, lol. anyways i love the styling shampoos, no particular brand over the others but i have one for curly days and one for staight days. i avoid anything that says volumizing or clarifying, it makes the frizzies worse. the heavier the conditioner the better if i want to go straight. and on culry days i use a cheap gel when my hair is wet and let it air dry and as long as i don't use to much it doens't get cruchy. keep in mind though that some of this has to do with the length of your hair, i'm letting mine grow back out, short it curls easily and if i just use some product i can avoid friz and be fine, but right now it's at a length where it won't curl, it's to long but it's still wavy and frizzy, so it's terrible right now, i'm hoping if i keep letting it grow it'll get heavy enough to pull the curl out and at least slightly resemble my long lost hair from before i had children.

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A.W.

answers from Elkhart on

I had the exact same reaction with my hair. The lady who cut my hair before my son was born knew how straight it was. I didnt go back to see her until he was over a year and she could not believe me when I said I think my hair was starting to get curly. We put a curling mousse in and sure enough curly hair. Mine is the same way - if I do nothing it is a mess of frizz, to make it straight takes way too long, so I have gone the mousse and diffuser route. I really liked the salon product that I used the first time but way to expensive to buy regularly so I just get the Fructise brand and it works pretty well. I have to be careful how much I use to keep the crunchies down. I also find taking a large comb to just the ends helps make it look a little more natural.

Good luck - I feel your pain. Sadly growing up in the 80's I used to spend so much $ to make my hair look like this and now that I have it some days I would love to go back to straight!!

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L.B.

answers from Toledo on

I have always had super straight hair, never even would keep a curl with a home perm or anything. Straight hair for 35 years until after baby #3, but I kept it long, so I couldn't tell very much. After baby #4, I donated my ponytail and I've been hating my haircut for 6 months now! Hairdresser suggested Rock on curl activator or something like that. I have two bright blue bottles of stuff I put on. And a new blow dryer with a diffuser.

I'm planning on growing out all these layers again, so the weight of my hair will give it just a slightly wavy look instead of messy mop top.

Good luck to ya!

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C.J.

answers from Columbus on

My hair did the same thing after baby #2 - went from stick straight to one wave in the back of my head (like I'd been wearing a ponytail) and then went to wavy and frizzy.

After baby 3, it's even wavier. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to blowing it straight or using a flat iron. I've looked high and low for good products that aren't super expensive. I've found the John Frieda Frizz-Ease products work best for my hair. I use the Straight Answers and Dream Curls.
As far as hair style, I've found that keeping it layered helps a lot too. Mine can't get longer than collarbone length or it gets way out of control.

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T.B.

answers from Muncie on

S......ooooooohhhhhhhh yes! I feel your pain! ha! I, too had straight hair til the birth of baby number 5 and then wavy came on which eventually turned to curly!

My suggestion? Find a fabulous hair stylist who "does" curly hair and find a cute style that will frame your face appropriately and then after you shower you simply crunch those curls to frame your face and your off!!

Oh, and mine was straight for 39 years...and has been curly for 3!!! LOL

GOOD LUCK!!!

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C.T.

answers from Cleveland on

I have the opposite - -
My curly, wavey, easy to style hair has lost more and more body and curl with each pregnancy. 7 pregnancies later, it's straight and I have to use hot rollers every day. I am not happy about it in the least, and wish I had my 'pre-children' hair back again! But oh well, it was a small price to pay for my blessings.
I understand how you feel from the stand point that we all want back what we've always been used to, and conditioned to take care of. It's hard to switch to the opposite and be expected to know what to do with it :) All curly hair is different - maybe it would be best to go to a salon to get some practical advise that will work with your style :) Good luck to you!

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L.W.

answers from Bloomington on

After cutting off all that length it's not weighing your hair down anymore. That's probably why it's wavier than before. I had the same experience when I chopped mine off. I use mousse and crunch it up. Maybe the next time you get it cut, you can ask for some style ideas. Good luck!

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V.E.

answers from Indianapolis on

It could have been... partially your hormone from pregnancy,but cutting 16" would have taken enough weight out to accentuate you natural body. I am a haaairdresser in Broad riplle a nd would love to help you wuith your curl!! You might want to try (depending on the amount of curl you have)Aquage curl defining creme, works great on curl and frizz. Aquage staitening balm has great hold and will not leave you crunchy. Call me if I can help,V. ###-###-#### /Sign of the Tymes Salon

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L.C.

answers from Dover on

It was a freakin' nightmare. I hated when my hair changed. I like frizzeaze hair serum. I use it no matter what I am doing to my hair because it helps with the frizzies. Now not only is my hair wavy (and not evenly wavy, it's totally random) it is also frizzy, so this helps keep it under contol. Get a diffuser for your blowdryer because that also helps.

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H.S.

answers from Toledo on

Omg, I have the same exact problem. My hair is more wavy in the back too and I feel like crying every morning because I can't do anything with it! I have tried everything and nothing works. My hairdresser said she's never seen someone who's hair has changed so much after a pregnancy. It sucks!!!!

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N.B.

answers from Cleveland on

Hello S.,
As a hairdresser, yes I have seen hair change after giving birth. First when you mentioned your hair was long it may have had some body/waves/curles but the weight of your hair pulled them out. You never would have known or seen the curls but if you were to receive a perm (back in the 70's/80's these were a big thing) it would have stayed longer than usual with your hair having some curl already. Now, it also may be your body chemistry changing causing your hair to change as well. Your skin may be change with birth, medication or diet as you may already know. It does sound crazy to have something like hair change but it can. Some people go thru hair loss or gain. As what to do with it now is let it grow to pull some of the curl out or have chemical treatments given to remove some curl. Remember chemical treatment is not permanent an will grow back curly as before. Some of my clients can only have their hair cut so short for it goes into an unruly style. Hope this helps. N.

Go for a hair style suited for your face shape an hair type. Dont fight it, you may take alot of work to style it another way, then to have a humid day..an..you know the rest.

T.K.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi S.!

I've always had what my stylist calls "bendy" hair. After my first pregnancy, it got a lot more wave and curl to it. I have to use a straightner to get it pin straight and not frizzy.

To best activate the curl, I like to use Aveda's Be Curly. That won't hold the curl, so I use an everyday styling gel for hold. Be Curly is on the expensive side ($16 for a tube). But it's the only product I have found that doesn't make my hair crunchy. I can also put the product in my hair wet, let it air dry, and my hair isn't at all frizzy. It's great for the summer when it's too hot to dry my long hair! However, because it is so expensive, I don't use it every day (only on special occasions!). I deal with the crunch, and use Got To Be's Kinky curling mousse (I can only find it at Walgreens now). I usually put it half up. So the crunch doesn't bother me as much.

I have also found that a diffuser doesn't work well with me. I think it works best for people with naturally very, very, curly hair. Since mine's more a wave and very fine, I just blow dry upside down and scrunch.

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S.L.

answers from Indianapolis on

My hair has stayed the same, however it's been thick, wavy and somewhat coarse my whole life, so it's something I am used to dealing with. I've been blessed with a great head of hair though, so even on the bad days, I'm glad to have it.

Here's some of what I do: I shower at night because my mornings are too crazy (and I am not a morning person that wakes up at 6am jazzed about my day, I'd much rather be sleeping) and I dry my hair after my shower without a diffuser and with a bid paddle brush. My stylist has taught me that hair will dry straighter with a bigger, flat brush like the one I use.

My current hairstyle looks good either curled or straight, but curls are in right now and I like how they look. So I section off my hair in the morning with a big clip, and use a 1" barrel curling iron to curl about 1 inch wide sections of my hair. It does take some practice, I know you think this may take forever but it doesn't, I do it in 20 min. You don't have to get every strand, actually some days I will even leave the bulk of it straight and just grab sections to curl around a hot iron, then use my fingers to separate the curls. Just gives you body...

On the days I straighten it, I use a Conair ceramic flattening iron. Mine is a "Wet 2 Straight", which does actually work without frying your hair, believe it or not, but I don't ever straighten it while its wet, it takes too long and my hand gets really cramped up. Again, I section off my hair and on a setting of about 17 I'll get through all my hair (I have a ton of it) in 15 minutes.

I love Dove strong hold hairspray, it smells really good and it works well. Humidity is always going to be your enemy, at least if you don't want puffed up crazy hair, you can use John Freida Frizz-Ease Serum on those high humid or hot days, you just have to be very careful with the amount you use or it will make your hair very heavy and funky feeling. A teeny bit goes a long way

Watch out for "curling" shampoos and products designed for curly/wavy hair, as they have silicone in them and can really weigh your hair down, I personally don't use them anymore. Always switch shampoos once a month for a few days to strip off any excess buildup from other products, especially if you use Pantene. All those pro-vitamins get stuck to the hair shaft and will weigh your hair down, I won't use Pantene anymore.

I really like Dove products but admit my favorite is probably still the old school Herbal Essences, the pink bottles. They are the only ones in the product line that didn't get redone this last time around and its kind of hard to find. Also Dove shampoos, any of them, and I like Aussie but was disappointed they took the "dual personality" shampoos out of the line recently. If you can find that anywhere it is great stuff!

I know that was a lot of info but I hope it helped some!

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C.B.

answers from Lafayette on

boy do i hear yah..lol. before baby #1 my hair was thing and had very few waves, after baby #4 everyone thinks i get my hair permed. i got some stuff from SALLY'S BEAUTY SALON called PROCLAIM. it's 5.99 a bottle and it's lasted me almost 6 mo. i just put it in my hair after i towel dry it and it helps alot with frizzes & fly aways. garnier makes something also, it's called FIBER GUM, it's like a very thick gel you put in after you towel dry your hair, and it is awesome(just don't use alot). i usually wear my hair up, i can't stand having it touch my neck or face. alot of hair places sell clamps & ties & twists you can use to style your hair up, most of the ones i have take less than 5 minutes to get your hair up & they are very pretty. good luck!

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L.M.

answers from Cleveland on

My hair has the wavy frizzy big thing going on too. That is why I am afraid to cut it shorter, the shorter it is the bigger it gets... But I agree that washing your hair at night is the way to go. It saves soooo much time. I wash at night, let it air dry for an hour or so (mine takes forever to dry) then blowdry it with a round brush for styling. If it needs touching up the next day it is something a round brush curling iron can fix or a flat iron and it is quick (usually I can just brush and go). I wash every other day and it looks better on day 2. Also I started using Burts Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner and that really seems to help with the frizz and leaves it shiny. It doesn't strip your hair of natural oils and doesn't have harsh chemicals in it.

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P.H.

answers from Steubenville on

I had wavy hair that turned curly/frizzy 4-5 years ago. Trying to deal with it drove me crazy too! I'm still trying to figure out what to do with it. When I want it to look somewhat styled, I put leave-in conditioner in it while it's still wet, tip my head upside down and blow-dry the roots, then flip it back up and use bobby pins to control the more unruly curls, then let it air-dry. Brushing it out after it's dry takes out the crunchiness. I've used a number of different shampoos/conditioners for curly/frizzy hair, but nothing has really impressed me yet -- but then, maybe my hair is simply hopeless! :) Ask your hairdresser for advice on what to do and use. Hope you get it figured out soon!

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S.W.

answers from Columbus on

Ive had coarse wavy hair all my life . . . It goes straight, it goes curly, but both require some work.
My first suggestion is to start getting regular trims! Your new hair type requires a good shape and weight distribution.
As far as styling goes . . .
I find it is most convenient for me to let my hair air dry after a shower at night. I usually put a tiny dab of anti frizz cream (John Freida or Sunsilk)and go to bed without doing anything else to it. In the morning it is CRAZY . . . But I section my hair off and either straighten it out with my Chi flat iron OR do loose curls with my 1" curling iron. Since my hair is already completely dry, it doesn't start to puff out when using heat tools like it used to if I had just washed/blowdryed it. This has also cut my styling time in half. If, for some reason, I have to leave the house in the morning without having the chance to style my crazy hair, I pull it back into a ponytail. I always leave a couple of wispy strands out or straighten my bangs so I don't look too bed-heady.
If I want to style my hair using my natural wave, I wash and condition, rinse with cool water, and then let it air dry most of the way. That helps to cut down on frizz. Then I put a small amount of curl cream in and use my diffuser to blow it dry. I stay far away from gels and mousses because that equals crunch! I finish with hairspray . . . Pantene usually has formulations with silk and amino acids for condition and shine.
Our hair is tough to deal with, but we can do with it what many girls can't - wash and choose on a whim to wear it loosely waved, kind of curly, or silky and straight! Best wishes!

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C.H.

answers from Cleveland on

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!! My hair was pretty darn straight too and now it's extremely curly. I found the same thing you're talking about with the crunchy and nasty product look. The thing that I've found was to use just hairspray after I've blown dried (with a difuser) it for a few seconds, then I add a little more and help shape the curls a bit by twirling them around my finger and then blow dry some more, and I continue with this until it's almost dry but not completely. You mentioned not being able to use a diffuser, which is where my hair was two pregnancies ago, and the thing that worked best there is actually scrunching it with your hands and bringing the blower dryer into that. If you dry it all the way, it will end up frizzy, but if you leave it a little wet, it'll continue curling on it's own. And to make up for the lack of curl on top or in front, you could always pull, just the small bang area back with a few bobbypins. It really takes practice to get used to new hair, but good luck!

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E.W.

answers from Cleveland on

Same situation. After 4th child. I straighten my hair in the winter and let it go curly in the warmer weather or rainy season. I do use the same gel I use to straighten it. i just let my hair dry with it in it. It's stunning how curly my hair is now. But I do comb it out, gel then part it and then go. You can't fight the curls when there is humidity in the air. I just go with it and many people love it especially those with straight hair. I use SMOOTH straightening gel. It is from the hair salon and lasts and long time.

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A.W.

answers from Cleveland on

I have always had naturally curly hair and then I had my son and it became just "wavy". I think I am on my way to straight hair which will be fine with me since I always had to straighten it anyways. However, with my curly hair I put a small amount of gel in it while it is still wet and then has it air drys I add some hairspray here and there to keep it tame. In my opinion the worse thing for wavy/curly hair is to blow dry it.
Good luck
Aleisha

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J.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

My hair was the same way, and after baby #2, if I don't flat iron it it looks like I have crimped it. Flat ironing is the only thing I can do which takes about an hour to get it done right. So I usually just put it up in a pony tail. I always thought it very weird that pregnancy changed my hair so drastically!

K.P.

answers from Portland on

a few words...JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ CONTROL SERUM!!! lol it works wonders try it out hope it helps

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L.G.

answers from Lima on

part of it is the pre-nate vitamins, and then the hormone changes. It is very good for your hair. If you aren't breast feeding, you can probably drop your special vitamins.

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J.R.

answers from Cleveland on

Welcome to my world - ha ha! I've had wavy hair my whole life, and I've always been told I have "great" hair. Yes, it has body and holds a style, but I have never been able to just wash & go because it has a mind of its own.

Anyway, I use Suave Humectant Shampoo & Conditioner. It seems to calm the frizzies for me. I also use a dime-size amount of Frizz-Ease while it's damp, before I blow-dry. I style with a big, round brush while I dry it. On humid days, I use a flat iron to keep it under control.

My oldest daughter got my wavy hair. It's auburn, thick, shiny and gorgeous. My younger daughter is 5 and has the Vidal Sassoon hair -- I'm so jealous -- it's not fair!! :)

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D.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

No real advice from me...just made me chuckle! One of my sister's has curly - beautiful hair! But every time she got pregnant it straighten A LOT and was more just blah, less than wavy hair. Everyone knew when she was pregnant RIGHT AWAY because of her hair! It stayed this way for her whole pregnancy and most of when she was breastfeeding! Then, back to normal. She was told HORMONES!!! Good Luck! And, I hope you enjoy whatever hair you end up with :-D

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A.O.

answers from Indianapolis on

I have always had wavy hair and it is horrible because you either have to make it wavy or straight. The best thing that I have found as far as straightening is a Macadamia nut straightening balm from the Body Shop. It is a nature inspired product and really makes straightening easy. With wavy hair (at least mine) humidity is an enemy. This stuff really holds up well in the humidity. I can even just blow dry my hair with this stuff on and it looks better than without. I am a consultant with the body shop at home and would love to send you a sample to try. I don't think I will be able to live without this stuff. You can check it out at www.thebodyshopathome.com/web/aoaks. This is my website. Let me know if you want to try it.
Good luck

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S.F.

answers from Fort Wayne on

A perfect trick to wavy hair... I've got some suggestions.

First... use lots of conditioner. I like Pantene, but really any conditioner will probably work... like Suave. Wash your hair as normal. Then put heavy amount, like a couple tablespoons, into your hair. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to sink into your wet hair. Then lightly rinse. (Do not rinse it out completely... just run a bit of water through it.) Towel dry out the heavy wetness. Air dry.

Your hair should be a lot less frizzy. You can always use another mixture of half water - half conditioner in a spritzer bottle.

For styling...

For a fancier out-and-about sytle, add the following products to dry hair. Use a combination of gel, water, and mousse. Put a small amount of each into your hand. Mix it with your finger. Then run your hands through your hair. This will give you the ability to build definition without the crunchiness.

For shorter hair, you can use the large curlers. This is great with this three product combination. Simply put in the curlers. Use a hair dryer with high heat on hair, then cool heat on hair, remove curlers. You can help straighten up the waves into something more formidable for a fancy look. Otherwise, there are straighteners that are for sale at hair stylons or Sally's Beauty Supply. You simply wipe it on the hair and use a straightening brush as you dry your hair. Use a middle strength heat for best results... or high heat then cool air.

With a natural look and no fuss with styling, use the three products on wet hair, then comb through, and air dry.

The best bet with curly or wavy hair is letting it air dry with product already it in. That way you can see what the less frizzy option is and see what you reallly have to work with. You might just simplify the look around the house with a barrett, scrunchy, or just wisp it back with light product.

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M.C.

answers from Cleveland on

Too funny! People tell me I am crazy when I tell them my hair changed. I had the opposite. My hair was very curly (like spiral curl) before I got pregnant and now it is straight. My hairdresser said it is just now starting to get a wave to it 7 years later, but not even close to curly, kind of like I had a ponytail in it and it left that wave.

When I had curly hair, I always put a little mousse in it before blowdrying it and would use a brush with thick bristles that are spaced far apart. This kept it from getting frizzy and brushing it took any crunchiness away. Also it is important to make sure your hairdresser is used to cutting curly hair so that they give you a correct cut. I actually switched hairdressers when my hair went straight.

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J.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Well I didn't have any hair texture changes after my pregnancy, but I too recently cut off quite a bit of my hair and not it is shoulder length and I'm struggling with what to do with it. Recently I was on vacation with my aunt and she used those Velcro hair rollers (you can use them for very short hair as long as you have something to roll up in them), and she put them in my hair. It made it look so nice that I came home and bought a set of them. What you do is blow dry your hair straight, if there is any kinks or waves you can take a flat iron or a curling iron to it. Then you place those curlers in your hair randomly, spritz with hair spray and leave them there while you do your other morning tasks. Right before you walk out the door slowly take them out and let your hair lay. They create body in your hair with out sacrificing the straightness and help keep you hair smooth and rid of fly aways. They may not be for you but as I said I just recently used them and loved them- just an idea. As for products, I used to like the suave smoothing cream (comes in an orange tube- and its cheaper than pantene)

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K.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

My hair changed a lot after my pregnancy, too. You gotta remember that hormones go crazy during those nine months. Anyway, mine was more with color and thickness. It thinned out a lot and got a lot darker. I would first of all suggest using good products. I got a repair conditioner just yesterday from my stylist to help with the dry frizzies. You may have to change the products you are using and the way you style it. Unfortunately, I've never known anyone who had it go back to the prepregnancy state, so you will probably just have to find a new way to care for it.

My opinion is that hair products are usually one of those things that you get what you pay for. If you spend a little extra money on a good shampoo or conditioner, it will work better than the cheap stuff. Just look for a cute 'do and think of it as part of you "new woman" look! lol

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J.W.

answers from Columbus on

Exact same thing happened to me. Haven't really done anything to manage it, but i can relate :o)

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K.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

S.,
My hair was also always stick straight. After my second child I got the same wavey/frizz action going on. It is quite frustrating to me to bc I am just not used to dealing with wavy hair. I have to use a flat iron. But I really am just in the same boat as you. So you arent alone.

Good luck!

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R.T.

answers from Cincinnati on

S.,
Yes! I have natural curly hair but after my first child I looked like I had an afro!! Eventually it tamed back to normal. I use "Curls Up" it's in a bright yellow bottle to tame curls and J&J baby leave in conditioner for softness. Enjoy the new do, experiment with it have fun!!
R.

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E.C.

answers from South Bend on

When I was a child I had Shirley Temple ringlets. As I got older my hair stayed curly and it was also frizzy. After I had my son, 11 years ago it became less curly...now it is just barely wavy BUT still frizzy. It's not wavy enough to do a good scrunch and go but it's not straight enough to look decent on its own either. I have to either straighten the entire thing OR use a curling iron to get decent curls.

A couple years ago I found a website geared toward curly hair girls called Ouidad. Ouidad has developed products and cutting techniques for curly heads. Last week I had the privelage of getting my hair cut by one of her certified stylists while I was on vacation in Arizona. The cut I received was really different. Most stylist want to do layers in my wavy hair. The Ouidad cut was done with vertical sections and then small "v" cut into them. Very different than anything I've had before. The stylist used more gel on me then I would normally use in an entire month. He said lots of gel is the key to curls without frizz. He diffused my hair until it was completely dry then used a Ouidad Pomade to take out the crunch. I have to say I love the Ouidad Pomade because it really does take out the gel crunch and adds shine. The end result was my hair had decent curls and almost no frizz. It lasted for days without a lot of touch up. I haven't been totally successful at getting it to look the same at home yet but I'm working on it. I think LOTS of gel is the key.

Good luck.

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K.W.

answers from Cleveland on

My hair was completely straight too, all my life, until I turned 40, and it got curly. My hairdresser said it was hormones. Then I had my first baby at 42, and it got even curlier after that! You say you only have waves; I have more toward curls, probably because my hair is really thin. I use the "aquage" products (only sold in salons though). I use defining gel when my hair is wet, dry it with a diffuser, and then use transforming passte when it's dry. I have it all one length with long layers.

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M.J.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi!
My name is M. Jennings. I am also a cosmetlogist (20 yrs experience). The very exact thing happened to me. By the time I had my fourth everyone I knew thought I got a perm. The best products I found the Curl Life system by Matrix. You can get it in most salons. It really defines the curl without all that stiff sticky feeling. Use the shampoo, conditioner, defineing cream, the mouse, and finalize with the spray. Don't worry the mousse won't make it feel sticky, however don't use the spray gel because that will make your hair very heavy. Embrase this change because once you get the hang of doing your hair you'll have the best of both worlds. You'll be able to straighten it when you feel like it and have time and then those days that you don't feel like doing it all your hair all you have to do is spritz it with some water at some of that cream and you're good to go. I don't know how often you wash your hair, but with curly hair because the texture is more on the course side washing everyday will dry it out more. Every other or every three days is good. Hope that helped.

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L.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

Redkin ALL SOFT Conditioner. Blow dry using a bristtle brush not a spiked one. Set on hot rollers. Enjoy the wave or then flat-iron to silk.

In the sixties, they used Dippity-Do on the dry ends and then used the rollers. Another leave-in moisturizing styling gel should do the trick.

This is what happens at the "change" too.

Hope that helps, Gorgeous! ;-)

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A.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi! I'm A., a mother of three, and a hair stylist. I've always had stick straight hair until I had my third child in 2005, now it's very wavy. I cannot just let it air dry anymore. Unfortunately, if you want to wear it straight, you will have to flatiron it to give it that silky look. Try using the Matrix Sleek line, they have shampoo, conditioner, sleek syrum and hairspray.. this works wonders.. after you use the shampoo and conditioner, definitely use the sleek syrum, then straighten. If you want to leave it wavy/curly.. use the Matrix for curls. it comes in green bottles. its very nice, use the shampoo and conditioner, then the mousse, and they also have a spray for the frizzies.. I usually dont dry my hair all the way to let it get crunchy, and after about an hour or so, it's soft and wavy.. I hope this will help for ya!

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S.F.

answers from Columbus on

Probably just a hormonal thing. The longer your hair gets the more it gets weighed down. The length pulls it down. As far as the frizziness, I would recommend John Frieda Frizz-Ease Products.

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F.R.

answers from Columbus on

S.,
I thought I was the only one with wierd post pregnancy hair! Mine did the opposite of your though. Wavy my whole life, I punch out my son, all my curl fell out. Almost 7 years later it is coming back. Anyway, to answer your ? - I find gel works better than mousse. I also use a leave in conditioner first. Small amounts of both, brush out to style my part, let it dry naturally, then run finger thru it to soften the slight "crunch", it holds the style but makes it soft. Good luck to you and your wave!

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J.M.

answers from Toledo on

I have always had a slight wave to my hair but after 2 children it is more of an almost curl! I use Aussie taming milk it is in a small pump and I can only find it at Meijer and Walmart it is not crusty and it keeps the friz away

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J.N.

answers from Columbus on

Well, I've always had wavy hair, and I've discovered the best thing to do with it is run some gel through it with your fingers when you get out of the shower (I always then style with a wide-toothed comb) and just let it air dry. I NEVER use a blow dryer, not even with a diffuser, or it just gets frizzy. Any kind of gel seems to do the trick--I usually just use Suave because it's inexpensive. Good luck!

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M.M.

answers from Cleveland on

I had curly hair that was so easy. My hair is long and I would just get out of the shower put mousse on it and go. Not any more. Now its frizzy, kinda wavy but a mess. Not nice at all. We are trying for #2, I am hoping it might go back. haha

M.

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