So having 2 kids has relaxed my hair. At first, I thought it was neglect, because….. you know… 2 kids. But now that I’ve had several months to make sure my hair was properly conditioned and cared for, and trying in vain to get my curls back, I’ve decided for sure that the texture really has changed. And I’ve decided to just try to embrace it.
I know at least 2 other women who have experienced this. Out of curiosity, I’ve been researching, trying to find what causes it to happen. Apparently, nobody really knows. We all know that hormones play a part in hair texture. I mean, raise your hand if your hair got curly when you hit puberty. And it is known that the increase in progesterone during pregnancy causes the hair growth phase to last longer, resulting in longer thicker hair. It is also known that the shape of the hair follicle determines the texture of hair. Round follicles produce straight hair, oval produces curly hair. The flatter the follicle is, the curlier the hair is. Several sources I found speculate that some hormone increase or decrease causes the hair follicles to actually change shape. But it has never been determined which hormone does it or why.
Regardless, here I am now, starting almost from scratch, searching and experimenting to find what works for my “new” hair. Wish me luck!