Hair Care During Pregnancy
When you find out you’re pregnant, there’s more to look forward to than the birth of your child. Prepare yourself for 9 months of good hair days, too.
Hair normally grows in three phases: active growth, resting, and shedding. During these phases, people typically shed 100 hairs every day. When you're pregnant, the extra hormones coursing through your body shift your hair cycle. Your hair grows or stays on your head and doesn’t shed. This is why your hair seems longer and thicker than usual.
If you normally dye, highlight, perm, or relax your hair, you may wonder whether to take a break during pregnancy. It really depends on the product used. We recommend that such treatments should be avoided in the first trimester. For coloring, go for healthy options like Coloring Emulsion by J.F Lazartigue.
Very few studies have examined the effects of dyes and other hair chemicals in pregnant women. Still, there's a chance that harsh chemicals may be absorbed through your scalp during treatments and passed along to your growing baby.
Pregnancy Hair Maintenance
You shouldn't need to change your shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, mousse, or blow-dry and curling-iron routine while you're expecting, unless you use prescription dandruff shampoo. Talk to your doctor, because some medicated shampoos can't be used during pregnancy.
Some pregnant women can become overwhelmed by aromas, and many hair-care products are scented. If the smell of your shampoo or hair spray becomes too strong to tolerate, switch to a fragrance-free version.
Postpartum Hair Drama
Expect your streak of good-hair days to end a few months after your baby is born: All of the hair that stuck around for longer than usual will begin to fall out.
Afterward, your hair will grow normally. Shedding while you're recovering from pregnancy is normal and healthy. It doesn't mean you're going bald.