5 ways pregnancy can affect your hair
While your body undergoes enormous changes during pregnancy, accommodating that growing bun in the oven can also significantly affect another, more unexpected physical aspect, your hair. Here are a few mane changes you may experience as your hormones go to town, some great and some a litle less so.
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One of the most common, and most welcome, changes pregnant women experience is wonderfully thick, luscious locks. It’s not that hair grows faster as such, it’s due to increased levels of oestrogen in the second trimester meaning we shed far less than usual. Most women can expect to lose around 100 hairs a day on average, but during pregnancy, it’s nowhere near that, hence the increased thickness.
All good things must come to an end and the only bummer about hair not falling out during pregnancy, is that it most definitely will once the baby is born. This can happen slowly for some women or very drastically for others as hormone levels decrease. There’s no major cause for alarm though, as its all hair that was supposed to fall out anyway. As it rights itself, use keratin-based products to infuse protein back and boost strands so they appear full and healthy.
Wild, wavy locks can become flat and lifeless, while silky straight hair may become coarse and curly. Thanks to those hormones the shape of the hair follicle can literally change, meaning texture can alter drastically. While two years post-partum is the timeframe where things usually settle back down to normal, adjusting your haircare regime while you wait can keep the changes in check.
You can safely colour. Although there haven’t been a huge amount of studies done, all research shows that a very small amount of hair dye is absorbed into our bodies. If you really want to be on the safe side, wait until the second trimester and opt for services that don’t actually get applied straight to the scalp, like highlights, lowlights and balayage.
You may notice hair popping up in unexpected and rather unwanted places, and we’re not talking about your head. Some women experience growth on the face, belly and around the nipples – plus the strands already there can darken and become prominent, thanks once again to overworking hormones. Don’t worry too much, it will fall out and colour will stabilise in the months after you give birth.
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If you've been pregnant before, what changes in your hair did you experience?