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Pregnancy Hair Care: Will Pregnancy Change My Hair?
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Pregnancy Hair Care: Will Pregnancy Change My Hair?
You've got your positive test, there's a little one on the way! But now there's the matter of 9 long months of pregnancy. Many women wonder: 'Will pregnancy change my hair?' The short answer is yes! But not to worry, most changes aren’t permanent. If you’re worried about your hair throughout your pregnancy journey, we’ve compiled a list of what you can expect when you’re expecting and our best hair care tips during pregnancy.
But what about post-pregnancy? Not worry check out our blog on how to fix hair loss after pregnancy.
- Why Does Pregnancy Hair Change?
- What Are The Most Common Pregnancy Hair Changes And How To Remedy Them?
- Hair Grows Faster During Pregnancy
- Hair Loss During Pregnancy
- Hair That’s More Prone to Frizz During Pregnancy
- Hair That’s More Limp Than Usual During Pregnancy
- Hair Drier During Pregnancy
- Brittle Hair During Pregnancy
- Oily Hair During Pregnancy
- Hair Changing Colour - Can I Dye My Hair During Pregnancy?
First, what on earth is causing all these pesky changes? You probably know the answer. Hormonal surges throughout pregnancy are at an absolute high, with oestrogen being the main culprit. This can cause all manner of things, from rapidly growing locks to dry limp hair – it can be hard to predict what’s going to happen next. Every mum-to-be is as unique as her hair! Now you know the cause, let’s have a look at what are the most common pregnancy hair changes, and arm you with our best hair care tips during pregnancy. Just because you’re pregnant, your hair doesn’t have to suffer!
All that oestrogen whizzing round your system often cause one very positive change. Many women notice their pregnancy hair actually seems to grow faster! This is because of oestrogen’s action on the hair growth phase, resulting in thicker hair and less shedding. Due to increased blood circulation pumping all those delightful prenatal vitamins around your body, expect your hair (and nails) to look shinier and healthier. Result! Don’t expect this miracle straight away though, most women have to wait until at least the 2nd trimester to start experiencing more good hair days.
To control your rapidly growing locks, take regular trips to the salon for trims. It can also be useful to try out low maintenance pregnancy hair styles, like up dos, to keep your mane under control and looking effortlessly chic.
While this usually happens after pregnancy, some women do experience hair loss when they’re expecting. Try lavender oil scalp massages to promote hair growth and avoid tight hairstyles or vigorous brushing which could pull out delicate hair strands. Last but certainly not least, ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet and even try incorporating some supplements into your daily routine. We’d recommend zinc, Biotin, Iron, and Vitamins C and D for luscious, healthy hair.
Some women notice their hair becomes nightmarishly frizzy during pregnancy, especially for those in humid climates or for those already carrying the frizz gene (I relate). If your pregnancy hair just isn’t playing ball, try switching to moisture-retaining shampoos, conditioners, and serums to lock the moisture in and fight off that frizz! Hair serums are especially useful here for styling – we especially recommend the John Frieda Frizz Ease range to keep your hair looking silky smooth and shiny.
During pregnancy your hair may hang limply around your face, making an already emotional you feel unconfident and frustrated.
Not to fear! Using texture sprays or mousses to give your pregnant hair that extra boost of volume can be a lifesaver here. Try to avoid leave-in conditioners, thick gels or pomades as these can tend to weigh your hair down and exacerbate limpness. Washing your hair before going to bed, blow drying, and leaving your locks in a high bun can be another volume hack you’ll thank us for. Come morning your hair will look extraordinarily full and healthy.
If you have naturally fine hair, opting for a shorter hair style can make the hair appear thicker. Pssst - bobs never go out of fashion. You’ll thank us for this low maintenance hair cut tip off if you’re riding an emotional/sleepy rollercoaster for 9 months! Alternatively, if you'd prefer longer locks, try clip in hair extensions. Not only will they not damage your natural locks further, they'll add sumptuous length and volume to your pregnancy hair. Perfect for feeling glamourous whatever your trimester!
Dry hair mums-to-be, we know the struggle. If you’re grappling with dry hair during pregnancy, hold off on that shampoo! Shampoo is notorious for stripping the hair of its natural moisture, making your already dry hair feel like straw. Instead, opt for moisturising conditioners and keep heat treatment to a minimum! If you need to blow dry, keep the setting on a lower heat. It may take a few minutes longer, but your parched hair will thank you for it!
Brittle hair goes hand in hand with dry hair. If your pregnancy hair is dry or recently bleached, it’s usually more prone to breakage. In this situation, wash your hair gently and again, don’t forget to condition! Use wide-tooth combs to detangle your hair rather than a brush. Brushes are notorious for pulling and snapping your delicate hair strands. Consider wearing your hair down and avoid tight ponytails or up dos, as these can promote further breakage.
If your problem is oily hair, it can be hard to banish oil without depriving your hair of moisture. Don’t be tempted to wash your hair every day, instead use exfoliating shampoos and moisture-retention conditioners. This will help get oil under control without stripping your hair of its precious moisture. Avoid products containing silicone, oils or lanolin - which will weigh oily hair down - and use a clarifying shampoo to rid your hair of any product build-up.
Along with all the changes above, your pregnant hair may even change colour! Pregnant women commonly wonder ‘Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?’
You may hear it’s dangerous to colour your hair as the harmful chemicals present in hair dye can absorb into the bloodstream, not ideal for your little one inside! Research has actually shown that while chemicals present in hair dye are harmful, the quantities are so low they are incredibly unlikely to seep into your bloodstream. Many women wait until the 12-week mark to dye their hair, when the risk of harming the baby is much lower. We suggest if you’re dying your hair during pregnancy, keep treatments to a maximum of three in total and if you're worried be sure to use pregnancy safe hair dye.
If you have hair extensions, dying is easy and effective on 100% Remy Human Hair. Check out our Classic Full Head Ice Blonde Clip In Hair Extensions, perfect for dying to your ideal colour.
So overall, your pregnancy hair can change A LOT. Use these hair care tips to keep your hair looking healthy and baby-shower ready throughout your pregnancy. Your hair will thank you, and once your little ones arrived, you’ll be feeling gorgeous and ready to tackle this next stage of life! Psst… Check back here for our post-pregnancy hair tips. The new mum in you won’t regret it!
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