|So you're pregnant, but you still need to look good as your body changes and your hormones rage feeling good about yourself can be a very important part of this stage of life.
Styles in Pregnancy
As a very general rule for everyone both during and immediately
after the birth, avoid going too short with any styles. This is
because any weight gain on or around the face can be softened
with longer styles whilst shorter hair can often exaggerate and
emphasize a rounder face.
Once you begin
to lose your added pounds and time becomes a valuable commodity,
then maybe a shorter look is for you. Not to mention the fact
that you have become fed up with releasing 'little Johnny's' fingers
from your hair! Remember the goldern rule that that shorter does
not necessarily mean easier and this point should be emphasized
in any discussion with your hair stylist. Also pay added attention
to how and what is used to style your new look as both will be
important when you get home and only have 5 minutes to repeat
Colour and Pregnancy
There are lots of rumours and myths about the effects
of hair colour in pregnancy. One of the reasons is that ammonia, used in many hair colouring porducts, may lead to a higher incidence of Blue Baby Syndrome because the nitrogen in ammonia reduces the oxygen levels in the blood, the strong smell of ammonia can trigger nausea if you are a morning sickness suffer. Also during the first trimester
when the baby is being formed, there may be a slight chance that
colour applied directly to the skin could pass through the skins surface,
enter the blood stream and pass onto the embryo/fetus. There is no definate proof as, like with many drugs that are listed
not for use during pregnancy, hair colours have never been tested (would you
want to trial something on a pregnant person?) to prove it harms the baby! This does not rule out you being
able to have a colour, you could choose an ammonia free colour and/or an application technique that does not come into contact with the
scalp like foil
high or low lights.
Once the first trimester is over there is less of a chance
that colour can cross to the baby and have any effect but if at
all concerned stick with your new colouring method. There is another,
as yet unconsidered advantage to using the "partial colour method".
Because it is not applied to all of your hair, the regrowth is
not as noticeable and you can go for longer periods between salon
visits. This will become a major advantage once you have the new
baby, as time can be very short!
your Hair in Pregnancy
As well as ammonia again being used in perm lotions hormonal changes during the first trimester and immediately
after the birth or following the cessation of breast-feeding can
cause your hair to react differently to perming. The result is
that a perm may 'not take' so you may end up with a looser curl
than you wanted or no curl at all after a few shampoos. As the
perming chemicals do end up on the scalp and smell strongly there
could also be similar concerns to those expressed for hair colouring.
hair during the second and third trimester should avoid many of
these issues, but if you do take the risk of perming at other
times, consider a test strand perm on a single section of your
hair to see if the result will be what you wanted. Here is some
more information from the experts:
Loss and Pregnancy.
from an article by Tony Pearce consulting trichologist. For the
full article, see our hair loss section.
with the other changes that are more obvious during pregnancy,
something has also been happening to many women's hair. It is
not until after the arrival of your new family member that you
may become aware of this change as it can result in your hair
thinning and this can seem quite excessive.
What has happened
is that during late pregnancy your hair has actually been growing
around 10% more than normal. So if you felt like your hair had
new life it really did. However, what has not been happening is
the normal amount of shedding, this is down to around a third
of what it would normally be.
childbirth the imbalance is redressed and the shedding of your
hair begins to rise. By nine weeks after the birth shedding, in
percentage terms, has gone from an all time low in the late weeks
of pregnancy (around 5%) to a high of 30-35%. The hair fall or
loss may then be distressingly excessive for about three months,
and may continue for as long as a year. I have heard tales of
"I woke up one morning and half my hair was on the pillow"
or "I was frightened to brush my hair". All this, at
a time when you are at your most emotionally fragile, stressed
and sleep deprived.
good new is that typically, the duration of shedding is less than
six months and the majority of women return to normal hair density
12 months after the birth. Knowing that this can happen can even
help to lessen it's effects, as the shock and stress of sudden
hair fall could exacerbate the condition if you didn't expect