Pregnancy Hair Care: A Sisters’ Guide
Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience. There are so many books and articles on newborns, breathing techniques, water births, and stretch marks that you may drive yourself crazy trying to read all the information that’s out there. A woman’s body changes in so many ways.
But did you know that your hair can also change?
Whether you have long natural hair like Janelle Monáe or a short relaxed ‘do like Halle Berry or a long flowing weave like Beyonce, you and your hair are about to experience a journey together. It may come as a huge shock if your hair changes during pregnancy. The color, texture, and time it takes to grow can all vary. Depending on your routine, your eating habits, your stress levels, and your baby, you may not recognize yourself in the mirror.
1. LESS BREAKAGE: You probably won’t experience as much breakage or shedding! Your estrogen levels are working for you this time around and during your pregnancy, you’re less likely to throw away a wig’s worth of hair when you comb it.
2. SHINY, HEALTHY HAIR: A great side effect of pregnancy is healthier looking hair that will add to your newfound glow. If you’re taking prenatal pills, you have probably already noticed a difference. Be sure to stay well hydrated so you can maintain our beautiful tresses! There are tons of women who take prenatal pills faithfully even though they have never been pregnant and don’t plan on getting pregnant anytime soon. Part of the reason is that prenatal pills help boost vitamins that improve skin and hair.
3. CONSIDER GOING NATURAL: This may be a great time to go natural because your hair is growing faster and stronger. You can consult a stylist about a gradual transition or visit a salon for a quick chop.
Looking good may be at the very bottom of your expectant mom to do list, but try to make it a priority. It’s not about getting your hair done for others—it’s more about feeling beautiful and giving yourself a boost. Taking care of your hair during your pregnancy can decrease your stress levels and that will make both you and your baby happy.
Is there a downside?
Unfortunately, there can be. Aside from a pickle, peanut butter & pumpkin sandwich craving, hormones can also throw your chemical balance off in regards to your hair. The ebbs and flows of your estrogen can adversely affect your hair’s growth and texture if you don’t take special care of your hair during pregnancy.
To stay on the safe side, it is a good idea to avoid very tight styles that tug at your roots. It’s also a good idea to abstain from harsh chemicals and use alternatives. If you get relaxers, try a blowout instead. If you color your hair often, give your hair a break. Try to use natural products such as Agadir (argan oil treatment) or Moroccan oil (available at http://www.belezacouturestudio.com/products/) Your stylist can help you choose the best products for you.
Remember, no two women are alike.
If you’re pregnant, you have probably already heard this dozens of times, but it’s true: Don’t measure your hair by what happened to someone else’s hair.
Thankfully, maintaining periodic appointments with your hair stylist before, during, and after pregnancy can help you keep track of any changes and ensure proper care of your crown. After all, having a baby is complicated enough—you don’t want to have to worry about going bald too! (There’s plenty of time for that AFTER the baby arrives!)
There is no single article out there that can answer ALL of your pregnancy hair questions. Researching on your own is a great starting point, but you should be sure to get a one-on-one consultation with a professional stylist who can assess your hair.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests it is fairly safe to use hair chemicals during pregnancy because only a small amount is absorbed through the skin. This applies to hair colors, perms, hair straightening or smoothing treatments like the Brazilian Blow Dry at Beleza Express.
However, most health care professionals will advise you avoid contact with hair chemicals until your second trimester (week 13 and above) because of concerns that breathing fumes could be harmful to the developing baby.
Talk to our expert stylists for advice on how to get the best pregnancy hair style. Call us on Beleza Express 3401 University Dr Durham, NC 27707 (telephone (919) 484-0423).