Pregnancy is the most beautiful and the most important period of a woman’s life. But it is also a period of rapid changes throughout a woman’s body.
The hormonal change may influence your mood, your appetite, but also your hair. A lot of women go through different stages of hair appearance during pregnancy. Your hair may become thicker, have more volume, or grow dry, frizzy, or even curly. In some cases, women can also experience hair loss during pregnancy.
But if this worries you, there is no need. Hormonal changes will impact you in some way, but with proper diet, your hair will be restored within six months after pregnancy. If you are interested in other forms of how hormones may impact your life during pregnancy, you can find more info here.
Sometimes you can alleviate the effects of the hormonal change to your hair, and here are some tips on how to keep it soft, strong, and healthy.
Opt for natural remedies
Although only a few studies have been conducted, the data from those studies show that chemicals in dyes, shampoos, and conditioners show that these chemicals get absorbed and can have an impact on both your health and the health of your baby.
But when it comes to the strong chemicals that can be found in hair beauty products, there is even less data. All we know is that in animal studies, these chemicals (mainly phenylenediamine, aminophenols, and ethanolamine) are linked to congenital disabilities.
There have been only a few human studies where the researchers found not as significant threats as in with animals. Only if your scalp is irritated will you absorb enough chemicals to cause any real harm to your baby.
The best solution is to shampoo your hair as little as possible, and even when you do, wash away any excess product from your hair.
If you use a conditioner, apply it only to the ends of your hair, never the roots, or make a natural conditioner that will make your hair smooth and moisturized. Mix plain yogurt, an egg, and a bit of olive oil and apply it to your hair.
You will be surprised at what you can find in your kitchen that will help you with your hair health during pregnancy.
Another natural product that is pretty much a magic doer is coconut oil. It will make your hair soft and beautiful without any chemicals. Simply apply it directly to your hair and scalp; it will treat your hair inside out, and if you have any rashes or irritation on your scalp, it will handle that, too.
Oil massage is the best hair treatment you can have during pregnancy. Gently massage your scalp with warm oil; you can use coconut or sesame oil as a natural remedy. If you want to get fancy, you can mix these oils with essential oils such as rosemary, lavender, or chamomile oils into your massage mix. All of these essential oils have some benefits to add to your hair health. For example, lavender stimulates your hair growth, while rosemary improves the thickness of your hair. Chamomile oils make your hair soft and shiny. Oil massage improves your blood circulation in your scalp and head regions, thus bringing more oxygen and nourishment to your hair. Even the nutrients in oils are absorbed through the delicate head pores. Massage can also strengthen the roots and hair follicles, resulting in less hair fall. Head massages can also cure dry and split ends of your hair. It treats scalp irritation and infections and adds shine to your hair. Yes, there are plenty of benefits of oil massages, and you may be wondering why haven’t you already incorporated it in your life. Well, you should, because it does not only benefit pregnant women, but everyone (male or female). Massaging your head three times per week should be enough to recover and nourish your hair thoroughly.
Stress can have adverse consequences to your health and also to your baby, so avoiding a stressful situation is the general advice in pregnancy. But did you know that stress can also affect your hair health?
Stress is the primary cause of hair loss, and it can result in a condition called ‘alopecia areata,’ which happens when the white blood cells attack your hair follicles.
Oil massages are also an excellent way to regulate your stress levels. But the best solution is exercise. There is not a better stress relief than a good, hard workout. Running and meditation-based exercises such as yoga are going to not only have a wonderful effect on your overall health but your hair, too.
Our bodies feed off the food we eat, so the healthier you eat, the better nourishment you provide for every cell in your body. Eat as many fruits and fresh veggies as you can, and do not forget to add healthy oils such as nuts, seeds, and avocados.
The vitamins responsible for your hair health are vitamin A found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, and pumpkin; B-vitamins found in almonds, whole grains, and dark, leafy greens; vitamin c found in all citrus fruits, but also strawberries and peppers. Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron, which improves hair growth.
Another essential vitamin is D. That means that you need plenty of sun to improve your hair health. It is vital to add that drinking enough water also has an impact on your hair. Staying hydrated means your hair is hydrated, too.