Naya Rivera reveals her biggest regret after giving birth for the first time

Actress Naya Rivera from the Fox series "Glee" arrives at the 2014 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Actress Naya Rivera from the Fox series "Glee" arrives at the 2014 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.  (Reuters)

Naya Rivera opened up on what it was really like being pregnant for the first time. Like many new mothers, she was expecting her hormones to help her “grow the best mane of hair.” However, she was in for a rude awakening.

“That did not happen at all. After breastfeeding, what I was left with was breakage in certain areas from the drop in hormones,” explained the 30-year-old to PEOPLE Magazine. “It was definitely thin on the ends and certain places like my widows’s peak would be a little more up in my face.”


While the former “Glee” star admitted to getting a makeover after the birth of her son, now 18-month-old Josey, by getting blonde highlights to help mask her hair thinning, she did warn other new moms not to get dramatic with their mane so fast.

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“I did probably the worst thing you could do in that situation, which is then go dye it,” she said. “I made the problem worse and paid the price for that. I’d tell new moms, ‘Don’t dye it yet!’ Don’t buy into the whole mommy makeover thing, because you will regret it.”

Rivera revealed she became so desperate to revitalize her hair again that she did anything to treat her breakage.


“I was trying everything from carrot seed oil on a hairbrush to full-blown coconut oil treatments every single day,” she said. “I even went back on my prenatals [vitamins] long after I had stopped breastfeeding to try to get back whatever juices were flowing out of my body.”

These days, Rivera is keeping things simple by embracing her natural hair color over using potentially damaging extensions and frequent hair dyes.

“I just feel like it’s healthy again,” explained Rivera. “I stopped dyeing it and cutting it and experimenting with all these different things. I sort of went back to my roots if you will, and I am happier that way.”