Hair Care Tips for Expecting Mothers


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The happiest day of my life was when I discovered I was pregnant. Knowing that I had my little boy or girl growing inside of me was so exciting! Everyone was sharing laughable old wives tales with me. Apparently, if the hair on your legs is growing at record speeds, you’re having a boy. And if you have a lot of heartburn, your baby will have a lot of hair. Regardless of whether you are having a boy or if your baby is going to have a lot of hair, one thing I know for sure is that during your pregnancy, your hair will be in the best condition it has ever been in.

“I always tell my patients that their hair will be the best it’s ever been — lush, full. Enjoy it!” says Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, Cal.

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 spreading through your body shift your hair cycle. Your hair grows without shedding. This is why your hair seems longer and thicker than usual. For me, because my energy was so low, the last thing I wanted to do was worry about my hair. Let’s be real, when your back is hurting, you’re running to the bathroom every few minutes, and you’re nauseated, are you really going to care about your hair?

If caring for your hair is becoming too difficult because all you have energy for is eating and sleeping, then follow my lead and put your hair away for a while. During my pregnancy I put my hair into multiple protective styles including extensions like Senegalese twists, puffy twists, and Havana twists (which were my favorite), but there are so many protective style options for you to choose from. If you’re not into extensions, try styles that can last beyond a few days like buns, mini twists, and the roll, tuck, & pin to allow you more rest time.

Even though you’re not focusing on your hair, there are still a few things you should and should not do. I would highly suggest you schedule all your color treatments and keratin treatments for after your baby is born. While there is no scientific data proving that these chemical hair treatments can actually cause harm to the baby, hair colors can trigger certain allergies and can cause infections, so it is good to avoid potential complications while pregnant.

Now, when it comes to maintaining your hair during pregnancy you can continue to use all your same products and tools, but I found that the fragrance of some of my favorite products made me want to upchuck. My products with less perfume and natural oils were a win for me. If you notice the aromas of your products are overwhelming you can always try the following: Read more