Interestingly, hair is prone to growing, breaking less, and retaining growth during pregnancy. Most of the issues that are faced as it relates to hair damage is after pregnancy. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care for your hair during pregnancy.
Here are some ways you can keep your hair healthy throughout your pregnancy.
- Eating Healthy. A balanced diet during pregnancy will go a far way as it relates to the health of your hair. This is actually one of the main reasons why your hair thrives well during pregnancy also, because of the increased awareness and need to eat healthy to ensure that your body is nourished and more importantly that baby is nourished as well.
Taking your prenatal vitamins will help you to stay on track with your regular diet. The combination provides the body with all the essential vitamins it desires.
However, it is important not to solely rely on your prenatal vitamins because including actual foods rich in protein, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and grains to ensure that you nourish your body properly is also essential. These food groups are what feeds the follicles of the hair efficiently thus making them healthy and strong.
A very important part of eating healthy is contained directly in your daily water consumption, this is critical. Water keeps your hair hydrated which is very important to keeping it moisturized thus limiting the chance of breakage and stunted growth.
Eating healthy really is instrumental to resolving many hair related issues during pregnancy.
- Regular hair trims. As women we tend to neglect trimming our hair because we don’t want to part with the length. But did you know by not trimming your hair you actually leave yourself exposed to more breakage?
It is important also as pregnant women to have your hair trimmed to prevent split ends, tangles, and strand knots.
When hair is trimmed at 10-week intervals you encourage healthy hair by preventing thinning, uneven edges, and unhealthy strands.
The truth is during pregnancy the texture of your hair can change, so making the effort to trim it will help to promote healthy hair.
- Avoid chemicals or hair colors. Certain chemicals, colors and treatment applied to your hair during pregnancy can cause undesirable irritations. Other than irritations it can pose a risk to your health and the baby’s health during pregnancy based on how you are exposed to it.
- Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. When washing your hair on a weekly basis, it is important to avoid harsh shampoo and conditioners with sulphate that strips the hair of its natural oils that protect hair from dryness that leads to breakage and brittleness. Your hair during your pregnancy is naturally at a healthy state with the help of your hormones, so keeping it away of abrasive chemicals like sulphates, alcohol, phthalates, salicylic acid, and parabens will keep your hair health in tip top shape.
Incorporate Natural Hair Masks. Including hair masks on a monthly basis that includes protein and natural herbs and oils have proven to boost the strength and health of hair. The protein, herbs and natural oils helps to fortify the hair strands with nourishment that is essential for hair growth, shine, and hair retention. These ingredients also help to prevent thinning strands and edges from developing while you are pregnant.
- Lessen your Hair Styles that Require Heat. Hairstyles that require heat are beautiful but tend to stress the strands of the hair making them susceptible to heat damage, split ends, and thinness. To keep your hair bouncy with body and shine, aim to try more heatless hairstyles to protect the overall health of your hair and prevent it from the need of a big chop, unless this is your desire.
- Try Protective Styles. Did you know that resting your hair during pregnancy can allow the texture and body of your hair to improve? Also, it gives you a break from the need to style your hair which is quite helpful to you as maybe your hormones surge and you might be tired. What’s also great is that hair that gets the time to rest suffer from less breakage as well and is likely to retain length better.
However, the care of your hair while it is in protective hairstyles is very important. There is the temptation to leave it in for months without washing it, oiling it, or massaging it; this is not the best. Keeping up these habits while you have a protective hair style installed will allow your hair to grow better.
It is also important to be gentle when styling or cleansing your protective hair style to ensure your hair doesn’t become damaged in the process.
- Only Use Wide-Tooth Combs. When detangling your hair, it is essential that your hair is damp before attempting to detangle it. This will minimize breakage and tangles. To aid the process ensure you detangle when your hair is smothered in conditioner to give added slip thus making the process easier.
- Use Leave-in Treatments. Leave-in treatments help to boost the strength of your hair and protect it from everyday styling throughout the week. This will help to minimize the possibility of breakage.
- Don’t Obsess About The Health Of Your Hair. It’s normal to want to ensure your hair thrives. Its also normal to try and do everything necessary now to prevent breakage, bald spots, and damage to hair in the postpartum period. However, this is likely to cause you to become stressed which is quite harmful to the health of your hair. So, take it easy in general and do everything you can to feel relaxed throughout your pregnancy and create a no stress zone environment.
The reality is your hair tends to thrive a lot during pregnancy because of your hormones and your naturally improved diet. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be deliberate about caring for your hair to keep it healthy. It’s simple – moisturize daily, wash weekly, treat bi-weekly and monthly, limit heat and hairstyles that strain the edges of your hair and wear a bonnet to protect your hair at nights. Most important, enjoy the process and your pregnancy.