How To Take Care of Your Hair During Pregnancy
Updated: Jan 31, 2019
It’s no secret that your body goes through lots of changes during pregnancy. After all, there’s a tiny human being growing inside of you; your body is bound to make adjustments to accommodate all those changes. Pregnancy can take a real toll on your body and hair care is often the last thing expecting moms want to think about. But it’s still important to continue to take care of your hair during the course of your pregnancy. Here are some tips to make hair care during pregnancy stress-free and simple. Get a Trim If you haven’t trimmed your hair in a while, this is a good time to do so. Keeping your ends healthy and trimmed will make detangling and styling easier and faster. You should never prioritize length over health, but when you’re pregnant you really don’t have to worry about how much hair you’re losing during trims: between the hormones, your body’s producing and the nutrients in prenatal vitamins, many women experience a noticeable increase in hair growth during pregnancy. Keep It Simple The best thing to do while pregnant is to keep your hair care routine simple. Establishing a time-saving hair care routine will also come in handy once the baby arrives. The key is finding a routine that works best for your hair and your schedule. For some people, that may mean doing a wash and go every few days or washing your hair once a week and doing a low-manipulation hairstyle you can preserve for several days at a time (like a twist out or rod set.) You don’t want to have to style your hair over every single day, but you also don’t want to wear a style so long that you end up spending a lot of time and energy detangling your hair. So it really depends on what works best for your hair. Try Protective Styling Protective styles allow you to take a break from daily styling, which makes them a great option for expectant moms. It’s obviously still important to take care of your natural hair while wearing a protective style, but the daily maintenance associated with protective styles is generally quick and easy. Once your due date approaches, you may find it especially convenient to have a protective style installed, that way you don’t have to think about your hair at all immediately following delivery and during those first several days after the baby arrives. Consider Getting a Haircut A lot of women find short hair much easier to care for, and once the baby arrives, you’ll have even less time and energy to dedicate to hair care, so if you’ve ever considered getting a cut, now might be the perfect time to do so. You can get a chic, low tapered cut or just cut off a few inches. Getting a haircut doesn’t necessarily mean chopping it all off; there are lots of different lengths you can go with that will still be easier to maintain than longer locks. Prepare For Postpartum Shedding Postpartum shedding is normal, so try not to be alarmed if you start to notice that you’re losing a lot more hair than usual. This is temporary and it will eventually stop. Of course, every woman and every pregnancy is different, so the amount of shedding experienced and the duration of the shedding can vary significantly from person to person (even if you’ve been pregnant before, your postpartum shedding may be dramatically different after each pregnancy). There’s not much you can do to prevent postpartum shedding but keeping your hair detangled will help: oftentimes shed hair can get knotted together with the rest of your hair, and you may experience breakage while trying to untangle the shed hair. Detangle gently, ideally while your hair is saturated with a slippery conditioner. Don’t keep protective styles in too long because it will be more difficult to detangle without experiencing breakage. Keep Your Hair Moisturized Moisturized hair breaks and tangles less easily, so while you might not have much time to spend on your hair every day, keeping it moisturized will make maintaining it much easier. Find a lightweight daily moisturizer that you can apply quickly and easily. Deep conditioning often (or as often as you can find time for) will also help with dryness. Following these steps will make taking care of your hair during pregnancy much easier.