Tips for Hair Care During Pregnancy

For expecting mothers, the world seems to shift from one dimension to another. It’s not a joke, but an absurd reality where one experiences almost everything being changed. By everything, I mean your body and hair too. Your overall body undergoes unexpected hormonal changes for the pregnancy time span. So, it’s necessary that you should prepare yourself beforehand to tackle any challenges your body presents.

Most women take care of their body well during pregnancy, but they neglect the hair department and complain afterward. Your body can adapt to changes during pregnancy, but your hair isn’t quite ready for it. However, some women notice that their hair begins to get thicker and shinier. Straight and curly haired women might see their hair opposing its natural straight-curly trait. On the other hand, some might see their hair going thin from falling. The hormone called estrogen is responsible for either making your hair grow faster and stronger or causing it to fall off. Although these changes are common among pregnant women, long-haired women notice obvious changes.

If you’re one of the expecting ladies who’s concerned with her hair falling off during this particular phase, here are a few tips to keep your hair health intact and worry less.

  1. First, Know Your Hair Type

During pregnancy, your hair can change from its natural hair type. Before pregnancy hormones alter your natural hair, you must know what your natural hair type is. If you realize this fact, you can easily understand why your hair gets thicker or thinner during pregnancy. Make sure you use the products specific to the hair type during these months.

  1. Let the First Trimester Pass Waiting

Before you think of transforming your hair by cutting or dying, think about the time you should wait to conduct your hair experiments. As mentioned before, hormones can change your hair to curly or oily. It’s best to wait out the first trimester, so you’ll realize what type of hair you’re dealing with.

  1. Say NO to Harsh Chemicals

So, hormones are the culprits that change everything. Since they affect your hair too, using chemical-based products is same as putting your and your unborn child’s health at stake. You can develop allergies to foreign chemicals or they can prove harmful for you. Better watch out for the ingredients before purchasing a hair care product! If you’re uncertain about what products you can use, ask your medical practitioner.

  1. Treating Dry Scalp

It’s probable that if you have dry scalp, hormones can make it drier than ever and cause your hair to fall off. That’s no issue if you ask me. You can always treat dry scalp using weekly oil treatments, good shampoos, and deep-conditioning products that are labeled safe for expecting mothers.

  1. Before Getting a Haircut…

You might think yourself lucky enough when you see your hair getting thick and shiny during pregnancy. Now you’re thinking of getting the haircut you’ve always wanted to keep; hold your horses right there! Before getting a haircut, bear in mind that your postpartum period will reveal your natural hair state.  In fact, don’t forget to take advice from your hairdresser about handling and caring for your hair during your pregnancy months.

  1. Handling Oily Hair

Contrary to having drier hair during pregnancy, most women experience oilier hair. As a matter of fact, this too isn’t a complicated problem. Use conditioner at the hair tips to untangle and skip a day or two between conditioner applications. What more you can do is change your hairbrush to one with nylon or wood bristles. Plus, avoid over brushing as it stimulates oil production on the scalp.

  1. Dying Your Hair With Caution

Yes, it’s true; you can dye your hair during pregnancy, but with caution obviously. Apart from the thumb’s rule (avoiding dying/cutting during the first trimester), you can dye your hair with ease. But why not play the safe side? Before you grab a hair dye, consult your doctor first to make sure it’s ok for you and your unborn child.

Like your skin needs love and care, your hair requires your attention too – especially when you’re expecting. The hormonal changes can vary from woman to woman, so it’s better to understand that your hair will come back to its natural state later. Now, don’t you worry, relax and enjoy your special time!