Pregnant women go through a lot of changes and there are various changes they experience to their hair as well. The quality and texture of the hair can be affected. There are three phases of hair growth which are the active phase, the resting phase then lastly the shedding phase.
During pregnancy, the hair grows and doesn’t normally shed which is the reason most pregnant women notice volume as well as longer & luscious healthy-looking hair. Overproduction of hormones during pregnancy interrupts the shedding phase making it remain in a growing phase. The higher the level of oestrogen the thicker the hair however not every woman will get to experience these changes.
Loss of hair loss during pregnancy does not generally occur and it can be a sign of a lack of vitamins and minerals however some women may experience hair thinning or hair loss. Hair loss starts shedding once you have given birth because of the drop in oestrogen levels. Excessive hair shedding occurs when the hormones go back to normal, all the hair that didn’t shed during pregnancy will start to fall off drastically but it can be mild. The hair cycle will go back to normal from the growing phase it will move to the resting phase that will cause it to shed. The hair follicles will rejuvenate and in a few months’ time, your hair will be healthy again and grow back to normal.
Use of chemicals
You might know by now that use of hair colour or dyes is considered generally safe during pregnancy. These dye chemicals are not injected into your bloodstream, the amount absorbed on the scalp cannot reach your unborn baby and they are not highly toxic. When dying your hair, it is recommended you do it in a well-ventilated space as a precautionary measure to avoid inhaling the chemicals. Getting your hairstylist to do a home treatment will assist you in avoiding the general fumes in a hair salon. The colour outcome might not be as expected due to hormone changes and the colour might not be lasting. Some procedures that take long may not be recommended because you will be exposed to chemical fumes for longer.
Pregnancy can make some women develop certain food preferences and that might lead to poor diet and bring about stress as well; all this can have a negative effect on your hair. You might find yourself battling with either oily hair, frizzy hair or dry scalp and dandruff. There is normally no need to change your hair treatment products, try natural home remedies to treat dandruff and dry scalp. There are few ways to minimize drastic hair fall post-delivery and to calm your scalp.
Eat healthy and balanced meals that are also rich in proteins like eggs. Eat your nuts and seeds as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also supplement according to your gynae/obstetrician’ recommendation.
For example, do oil massages and go for lavender oil, chamomile oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, olive oil, castor oil and almond oil. Some of these oils can be blended together. Drink enough water to keep the scalp hydrated. Head massage will improve blood circulation and keep the scalp healthy.
Make use of mild shampoos that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, argan oil and avocado oil. Use conditioners that are nourishing and invest in leave-in conditioners. Use a wide-tooth comb after washing.
Wear protective hairstyles and avoid those that put stress on your hair. Stay away from tight hairstyles. Prevent split ends and rough edges by trimming the ends regularly. Hair trims will prevent hair damage by shedding the rough edges.
De-stress and relax. Exercise regularly, take your easy walks and sleep right. Stress can trigger hair loss even during pregnancy.
Make use of a hair mask to nourish and hydrate both the hair and the scalp. It will promote hair growth and prevents split ends and hair loss. Your hair will also be softer and shinier. You can make your own hair mask that contains egg white. Onion juice is also good for bringing the volume back.
Let your hair rest, it deserves a break from hairstyles, pulling, curling wands, straighteners and chemicals. Give it a break to minimize breakage. You also deserve to rest and unwind. Get your pregnancy massages and enjoy your long warm baths. Pregnancy has its own ups and downs, it ain’t easy sometimes but it’s a beautiful journey to motherhood.
**KEEP CALM AND JUST LOVE HAIR ON BAD AND GOOD HAIR DAYS**