It’s no surprise that giving birth can be a nerve-racking experience due to the myriad changing taking place in your body. Amidst having to prepare your home and life for this blessed change, there will be plenty of changes happening in your body as well such as weight-gain and changes in your skin and hair. While many women swear that their hair has never looked as good as it did when pregnant, we put together a little guide on what you can expect when you’re expecting and how you can make the most out of your pregnancy hair.
While our hair naturally goes through phases of growth and rest, when pregnant, your hair growth continues while the resting phase slows down. This is why many women experience longer hair which is turn, makes it look thicker. Unfortunately, the resting phase (where hair loss is more prominent) can take place from 1 - 5 months after your baby is born and may take a year before your hair is back to its original mane. While your hair is thick, luscious and going through the growing phase, there are a few things you can do to make it strong, healthy and easy to manage.
Massage with oil
Using a base such as coconut or castor oil and adding a few drops of the essential oils of your choice will not only provide extra comfort and relaxation as often as you need it, but has many benefits for your hair and scalp. Lavender oil will help with growth stimulation while chamomile aids in making our hair soft and shiny. Adding some rosemary helps to increase thickness while cedarwood oil can help to slow down hair fall out. Simply melt a little bit of the oils in a bowl and get your partner or a friend to massage the oil into your scalp and hair. Cover with a hot towel and leave the oils in for as long as you please before washing out with a good quality shampoo and conditioner.
While your hair might become frizzy or lack moisture during pregnancy, a quick fix would be to whip up a homemade masque. Simplu mash together one avocado and one banana and smooth it over the hair. Allow it to sit for ten minutes before rinsing out with cool water.