Hair and your baby bump

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Hair and your baby bumpPregnancy can be the most wonderful thing to happen to a woman, but sometimes there are side effects that can bring a tear to the eye both before and after the glow has gone. Most women are ecstatic at the thought of fuller, longer hair and others suffer from hair loss, dullness and brittle strands to name a few.

The thing to remember is that your hair is part of your skin system so the healthier you are the healthier your hair will be. Taking good care of it amidst the new development happening in your tummy, can seem overwhelming at times so here are a few tips to think about when taking care of your hair during pregnancy:

1. Always remember that every pregnancy is different

Your oestrogen levels allow hair to grow faster and this will make it seem healthier, but safe guard against the after effects by taking a supplement, eating well, getting enough rest and getting in all the right nutrients. Consult with your doctor about what is best for you before taking any oral medication. Your hair may change from dry to oily, oily to dry or straight to curly. The colour may become lighter or darker than your normal colour and services like perms, colour or highlights may take differently than before. Hair loss might even occur, but this is likely because of an iron or protein deficiency. It’s common for women suffering from morning sickness to be the main sufferers, but supplement foods such as pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, whole grains and almonds will do the trick just as well.

2. Do not neglect the outside of your hair

Massaging your scalp 2-3 times a week will help to stimulate the follicle and aid the spread of your hair and scalps natural oils to the rest of the strand. Be careful with the types of oils you use because it could get into your blood via your skin, especially because of its sensitivity to products and chemicals. Use a mild or natural shampoo as well as a moisturising conditioner for your mid lengths and ends. Shampooing your hair less frequently will also help to preserve the hairs natural moisture. When you take time to relax, apply your oils or hair masque to your hair and wrap your hair in a towel. Not only will this help to moisturised, but it will give you time to enjoy a relaxing hot bath.

3. Rethink any drastic style measures

Many women want a change in hair style with the start of pregnancy, but cutting it shorter and this might not always be the best thing to do. Shorter hair often brings with it maintenance and time consumption so reconsider any sudden ideas to change your look. A slight change in colour might help to make you feel better if you wish to alter your look or experiment with mild changes like a slight fringe or a few layers. Either way, be sure to stick to a style that will be easy for you to maintain through out your pregnancy.


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Adele Ross is a senior stylist at Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon based in Green Point, Cape Town. Her love for hair started when she was a little girl, and has been in the hair dressing trade for roughly 10 years, working as a professional stylist and a make-up artist. Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon is a boutique hair and beauty salon specialising in cutting and styling, colour, hair extensions, hair and scalp nourishing treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Call 021 434 7112 for more info.

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    My former manager had the glossiest and bouncy hair during her pregnancy, but after she gave birth, her hair lost all it’s shine and started breaking. So odd.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The ‘keep it simple’ rule applies to hair in pregnancy (in my case a ponytail or plait kept me sane whilst trying to cope with all the other changes, LOL).

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    My hair was in a terrible state during my pregnancy….

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    My hair grew longer and skin glowed when I was pregnant but after my boy was born , my hair became unruly n prone to fall. Weekly hair oil massage,good diet was my only saviour. Ladies keeping hair long is a great tip especially with a small baby, one less thing to maintain.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Lol! Believe me long hair is best as you seldom have the energy to deal with hair maintenance during your pregnancy….

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Maybe the reason that some women have problems with hair is that they don’t have enough of calcium or other bits required for baby grows. Maybe best way is to ask doctor about that.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    The most important message in the article is that every pregnancy is different, so learn more about your specific needs and how to apply it to your beauty regime.

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    My hair and skin was absolutely stunning during pregnancy (excluding the first 3 months!) and breastfeeding; it all went down hill from there :( My baby was my beauty treatment.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I was lucky, my hair was lovely when i was pregnant

    6 years ago •

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