Pregnancy is a time of changes – from head to toe. While the most important part, your growing baby, gets all the attention, everything from your shoe size to your hair can change during this magical and sometimes perplexing time. Changes to your hair are totally normal; some women have the best hair of their lives during pregnancy, others encounter new challenges they have never experienced before. Here’s what to expect from your hair when you are expecting:
1. Longer, Thicker Hair
You’re not imagining it – your hair may be fuller and seem to grow faster than ever before. While everything else is growing, it is tempting to think your hair is in hyper-drive too, but that is not actually the case. According to Baby Center, your hair is still growing at the same rate as usual, but the increased amount of estrogen in your system means you are simply not losing hair as frequently as before.
Most of us lose strands daily and don’t notice – those thick, gorgeous locks are a result of a dramatic reduction in the amount of hair you lose. Most women love the lush new look, but if you’re struggling to corral your locks, y our hairdresser can help thin things out.
2. Changes is Texture or Type
Those bouncy curls you have had all your life could disappear during pregnancy – or you could find your normally stick-straight hair is suddenly full of beachy waves. According to Romper, the culprit here is estrogen, which can cause the changes you’ve been experiencing.
3. Feeling Hesitant about Products
You’re nurturing a baby, so obviously the medications you use and the products you put on your skin matter. While most services are safe, including some kinds of color, check with your doctor to determine what services and products are best. According to Parents magazine, some doctors advise waiting until the second trimester to color. The changing texture of your hair means that a color expert at your salon is a must if you want to get a look you’ll love and feel great about during pregnancy.
Pregnancy gives you a chance to see what it’s like to have different hair – and to try out styles and looks you’ve never tried before. A trip to your stylist in the second trimester can help you cope with your fuller or changed look and help you choose a style that works for the rest of your pregnancy.
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