Monday, April 24, 2006


On average, people lose between 50-100 hairs per day, due to the normal hair growth cycle. When a hair is shed, a new hair from the same follicle replaces it. However, when you are pregnant, you don't shed those usual hairs. Most of it stays attached to your head, giving an especially luxuriant look to one's mane.

After Q was born, I wondered when the extra hair was going to start letting go. Sure enough, three months later, a hefty handful attached itself to my hairbrush. The bathroom floor was coated with a layer of hair for weeks. We were sweeping all the time. I lost some more of the preggers weight and was certain it was all hair.

When that drama was past, some new growth came in, also apparently not uncommon. There was one set of brand new ones at my hairline that were particularly stubborn, with so much character that I gave it a name. Tufty. Tufty stood straight up, pointing at the sky, and refused to cooperate with the rest of my hair.

At my last haircut, my stylist noticed that he's grown a lot. Too long to lunge away from my head, but still a maverick.

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