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What to expect when you’re expecting: Hair Edition

Your body changes drastically during pregnancy. The changes don’t stop with your hair. Your tresses can change radically over those nine months. So what are some things to look out for and ways to help your hair stay looking gorgeous while you’re expecting? We’re here to tell you!

If you are unsure about cutting or dying your hair, just be sure to wait out the first trimester. Your hormones are going crazy and can start to change your hair’s type. It can become curlier, oilier or even change colors. After your first trimester, it is generally safe to dye your hair. If you are feeling iffy about it, talk to your doctor first .  They may recommend brands or ingredients that are safe for you and your baby.

If you decide to dye your hair yourself, be sure to wear gloves, rinse very thoroughly and stay in a well-ventilated area. You don’t want to inhale chemicals during the process. If you can get a friend to help you, that is even better. If you’re dying for a dye job, but are concerned about chemicals, try highlights. Again, wait until after your first trimester. Highlighting isn’t applied to the scalp, so less is absorbed into the body and you still get a new look.

If you normally use chemical processing to create curls or straighten your hair, avoid it for now. Your hair may be changing and you want to correct it, but wait until your baby is born and you can access what type of hair you have now. If you are unsure how to handle any changes in your hair, talk to your hair stylist about what is safe and unsafe and how to create a perfect cut with your new type of hair.

Your hair may start to become drier or oilier. If your hair is very dry, try a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment once a month. Even better, skip shampooing every single day because it just dries the hair out faster. If you hair is oilier, only apply conditioner to the ends or skip altogether. Switch to a brush with wood or nylon bristles to further inhibit oil production. If you use a natural bristle brush, it could be making your hair even oilier because it helps create natural oils in your hair.

If your hair has become thicker, it could be because your hormones are stopping the rate that your hair naturally falls out. When you have your baby, you might notice yourself shedding more frequently, but don’t fret. Your hair is just catching up to its normal cycle of ridding itself of dead locks.

If you are seeing an increase in facial or body hair, it could be very annoying and even embarrassing,  but it is very common during pregnancy. It is a result of increased hormones called androgens. You can safely tweeze, wax or shave but avoid any chemical treatments such as bleach or depilatories because they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and possible cause harm to your baby. The unwanted hair should start to disappear within three to six months after you deliver.

If you are or have been pregnant, what changes did you notice in your hair? What did you do to change your hair care routine? Share your experiences!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing