What to expect when you’re expecting
It’s no surprise that giving birth can be a nerve-racking experience due to the myriad changes 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 in 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.
Shampoo and condition
Investing in a good quality shampoo and conditioner is one of the key things to do when expecting. This not only ensures that you wash your hair with the formula suited to your hair type but will help to strengthen and protect your hair while providing gentle cleansing and conditioning. We recommend using something free of parabens like the Balmain Revitalising Shampoo and Conditioner that cleanses dry or damaged hair. The formula includes a fine selection of vitamins E, F, and P which together, will leave you with shiny, healthy, and lustrous locks.
Sleep on Silk
While sleeping may become hard to do as the month progress, there is no reason as to why your hair and skin should suffer. Invest in a silk pillowcase like the Balmain Silk Pillowcase to ensure that your hair does not snag or become damaged in your sleep. Sleeping on silk not only decreases the number of knots and creases in your hair and skin, but they eliminate frizz and protect your hair from damage.
This is due to the fact that silk, unlike cotton or polyester, allows hair to easily glide on the pillowcase without breaking. The Balmain Silk Pillowcase is made of 100% Mulberry Silk which helps to regulate the production of sebum and prevent greasy hair.
Treat yourself to a DIY hair masque
While your hair might become frizzy or lack moisture during pregnancy, a quick fix would be to whip up a homemade masque. Simply 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.
Brush with ease
While oiling and massaging your head is important, it is just as important to brush your hair with a good quality boar bristle brush. Brush your hair at least twice a day to redistribute natural oils and get rid of dead hair. We love the CHI Luxury Nylon and Boar Bristle Paddle Brush as it has extra long pins to detangle and smooth the hair. This brush is ideal for all hair types and lengths