I had my baby in January. In Canada. I tried to get out and about with him but, damn, it's cold here. So, after a couple of months I was feeling like a grouchy bear who woke up early from hibernation (and looked like one, too). I had sprouted new baby hairs all around my temple. The texture of my hair completely changed, from straight to loose curls. After 40 weeks (more or less) of avoiding hair dye, I also had more than a few gray hairs. Thankfully, my first postpartum haircut made me feel like myself again, even after all of these natural changes had taken their toll and I had spent a significant amount of time inside with a newborn baby.
Furthermore, and like many new moms, I was also experiencing some postpartum hair loss. Every time I brushed or washed my hair I was shedding more and more strands. While I was used to change thanks to pregnancy, labor, and delivery, continuous change after my baby was born wasn't necessarily helping me feel like myself. Plus, I was already sporting the new mom hair look of choice: a messy bun or hastily scraped ponytail.
It wasn't just my hair, though. I had become what felt like something of a mom cliché, wearing nothing but yoga pants and baggy shirts. In short, I wasn't looking or feeling anything like myself and something needed to change. So, in the end, that first salon appointment meant everything.