Changes to your hair are to be expected during pregnancy. For some women, dramatic hormone shifts during the first trimester can cause hair loss of up to 300 hairs a day (rather than the usual 50-100). For other women, high levels of oestrogen can slow shedding and create thicker and fuller hair. Usually, with good care and nutrition, your hair will return to its natural condition six months after delivery. Looking after your hair naturally during pregnancy is essential for ensuring it stays in good condition and improving your overall wellbeing.
Avoid Hair Colourants
Colouring your hair during pregnancy has been linked to a number of health issues, including increased risk of low birth weight, leukaemia, and neuroblastoma in the baby. Additionally, hair products can also trigger allergies, irritation and infection if they seep through the hair follicle openings. Not only does avoiding colouring your hair while pregnant therefore protect you and your baby’s health, it’s also an eco-friendly option. Conventional hair products have a significant impact on the environment, from plastic waste to pesticides and fertilisers that pollute the environment. If you have any grey hairs you want to hide, henna is a safe, non-toxic and effective dye option.
Giving your hair an oil massage once, twice, or three times a week will help keep your hair strong during pregnancy. Natural oils can strengthen, soften and protect your hair. For example, coconut oil is made up of lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid) that can penetrate deep into the hair’s shaft; it can effectively moisturise your hair and prevent breakage, prevent protein loss and damage when wet, and provide protection against environmental damage (like sun, wind and smoke). Massaging your scalp with coconut oil can improve blood circulation, stimulate hair growth, and prevent hair loss that can be caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. It’s also a great way to relax and let go of stress. Just make sure to be gentle and not too harsh while massaging.
Simplify Your Hair Care Routine
You’ll likely want to simplify your usual hair care routine during pregnancy so it’s not too much effort every morning. First, invest in a good quality, natural shampoo. After washing your hair, avoid combing it while wet to help prevent shedding. Let it air dry, or use a hair dryer on medium heat instead. To style your hair, try something simple and low-effort like a messy ponytail. All you need to do is add volume by backcombing some dry shampoo through the roots, pull your hair into a ponytail, and secure it at the desired height. You’re aiming for a relaxed look, so there’s no need to spend a lot of time aiming for perfection.
No matter how your hair changes during pregnancy, it’s important you look after it naturally to keep it as healthy as possible. With these hair care tips, you can keep your hair in great condition throughout pregnancy and beyond.
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