Tips For Hair Care During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body will have several hormonal changes. These changes in hormones may create a change in your regular hair cycles. If you are lucky, you may find your hair look thicker and have more bounce. However, your hair can also become overly frizzy, dry, or curly. In some cases, some women may also experience a large amount of hair fall. Therefore, hair care during pregnancy is very important. Here are our tips to help hair remains healthy and beautiful during and after pregnancy.

Oil Massage

Oil massage is one of the most popular methods among pregnant women to keep their hair healthy. It is highly recommended that you gently massage your head with warm oil 2 to 3 times a week. Doing this will evaluate hair growth as well as calm your scalps, thereby help you sleep better. The most common oil using for head massage are coconut, sesame, almond, and olive oil. You can use these oil directly to massage your scalp with your fingertips. In addition, you can try to mix these carrier oils with essential oils like lavender, rosemary, chamomile, cedarwood, or lemongrass. Lavender oil boost your hair growth,  rosemary oil helps in increasing the thickness of hair. Chamomile oil makes your hair soft and shiny, while cedarwood oil reduces hair fall. Just only 1 to 2 drops of essential oil in about 2 tbsp of carrier oil is great for head massage

Suitable Shampoo and Conditioner

Choosing a good shampoo and conditioner is the starting point in hair care for pregnant women. Shampoos will keep your hair clean and smelling great. On top of that, there are several good shampoos with ingredients that can also improve hair growth and control conditions such as dandruff that cause hair fall. However, it doesn’t mean that you can pick any shampoo for your hair. You should pick them depending on your hair type and conditions. It is recommended that you choose a shampoo with natural ingredients such as argan oil, aloe vera, avocado oil, or jojoba that can boost hair growth and add luster. 

Conditioners will moisturize and detangle your hair.  In addition, a suitable conditioner will contain nutrients to soften and nourish your hair. It will regulate the PH value in your hair It helps regulate the pH value in your hair and smoothens the hair cuticle. This creates an outer protective layer covering each individual hair.

Avoid Chemical Treatments 

During pregnancy, it is safer for you to limit the hair beauty treatments that use chemicals such as coloring, bleaching, straightening, or perming. The chemicals could be absorbed by your scalp and make your hair less healthy. On top of that, they can also be passed to your developing baby. They could also cause allergic reactions. 

Trim Your Hair Ends Regularly

Trimming the ends of your hair frequently will prevent split ends and rough edges. In addition, getting a fresh look with a new hairstyle will help you feel better and reduce stress.

Don’t Comb Your Hair When It Is Still Wet

Do you know that hair is weakest when it is wet? If you don comb your wet hair, you risk breaking off the strands of hair when they get caught in the comb.

Know Your Hair And Scalp Type

As mentioned, you should choose the shampoo, conditioner, or massage oil to use on your hair depending on your hair and scalp type. You should understand if your hair is thick or thin, straight or curly, dull or shiny. You also need to figure out if your scalp is dry, oily, or normal. There will be products made specifically for each case.  In case you have any problems like dandruff, brittle hair or thinning and limp hair, you may want to choose a shampoo and conditioner that deal with these specific problems.

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Avoid Tight Hairstyles

Tight hairstyles that pull and stress your hair can promote hair fall. So you should void tight braids, cornrows, ponytails, or tight buns.

A Healthy Diet Is The Key To Hair Cair

Nutrition is the key to beautiful and healthy hair. You should add fresh fruits and vegetables along with seeds, nuts, and foods rich in protein in your diet. Drinking enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day also important as well

Stay Relaxed

Researches show that stress is the major cause of hair loss during pregnancy and after delivery. Being stress full will increase your hair fall possibility. It also causes a condition called alopecia areata, in which the white blood cells attack its own hair follicles. Therefore, you should stay relaxed by going for a walk, do some soft exercise, or try yoga.

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are getting popular in hair care for women in general. This kind of seeds is great for hair growth. It also strengthens hair and gives it a beautiful sheen. Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds overnight in a cup of water. Next morning, grind this into a smooth paste and apply it on your hair. Leave for an hour and then wash it off. 

There you go, now you have our tips for hair care during pregnancy. Once the hormone levels are back to normal in the body, your hair growth and fall cycle will also return to normal. This could take several months to a year. So be patient and try our tips for healthy and beautiful hair. Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments!

Last modified: July 27, 2020

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