The Shower Step

7 Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During Pregnancy

1. Massage Your Scalp
Take some time out for yourself and massage your scalp with lukewarm oil. This technique is not only relaxing for mummy to be, but it is also a great way of nourishing the scalp and roots to prevent hair loss.

Coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil and mustard oil are believed to be the best for nourishing the scalp with a massage.

2. Shampoo and Condition At Least 2 Times a Week
It is recommended by experts to use herbal shampoo at least twice a week to wash your hair. Once the shampoo has thoroughly been rinsed out, apply a conditioner to the tips in order to avoid split ends.

Believe it or not, some shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients that could be potentially harmful to a growing baby. Chemicals to avoid are:

  • Parabens (also listed as sodium methylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben)
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate and phthalates

3. Hold off Colouring for Duration of Pregnancy
Whilst most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy, you may want to err on the cautious side and hold off on colouring your hair. If you decide that you just can’t face looking at those greys for nine months, here are some precautions that you can take:

  • Wait until after the second trimester when the fetal organs have already formed.
  • Minimise the risk by keeping colour off the scalp and away from your skin. Try highlights or balyage – ombre hair is pretty on trend at the minute!
  • Opt for pure vegetable dyes like henna that are less harsh.

4. Combing
Whether you’re pregnant or not, avoid combing your hair while it is still wet. Instead dry your hair first, on a medium heat, and then comb through to style once dry. It is recommended that you use a wide toothed comb to avoid hair loss.

5. Schedule Regular Trips to the Hair Salon
Your hair will go through many changes during pregnancy. Some women will comment on a change in texture or that it has become much thicker. Treat yourself to a trim every couple of weeks as this will keep the hair from developing split ends and will give it a smoother finish. Your hairdresser will also be able to advise you on different styles and products that you should be adopting during that particular time of your pregnancy.

6. Balanced Diet
It goes without saying that a healthy balanced diet not only is important for the baby but also for the nourishment of Mum’s hair. You should keep this list stocked up in your kitchen:

– Milk
– Fish
– Fruits
– Lentils
– Vegetables
– Grains
– Meat

7. Relax
The key thing to do during pregnancy that will benefit mummy to be and her hair is to relax and enjoy the journey – step 1 will definitely help this process along.

Until next time,
Ms. Elevease

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