Pregnancy And Your Crowning Glory

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Worried About Hair Today Gone Tomorrow We have expert tips for both during and after pregnancy. READ ON

You are bound to have plenty of questions about how pregnancy and birth will affect your body, but what about your hair? Should you really dare to hope for luscious, traffic-stopping locks during pregnancy? And then there’s the issue of post-birth shedding: do all women really lose hair after they’ve given birth?

We’ve enlisted experts to tell all (the good, the bad and the hairy!), about the journey your barnet is about to embark on.

Shiny, happy people
The good news is that, yes indeed, for the majority of women, their hair will look at its best while pregnant. Our expert explains, During pregnancy, hormone levels increase, which could ultimately cause a sudden change in your hair’s appearance. But here comes the real science bit: At any one time during a normal cycle’ approximately 90 per cent of hair is actively growing, with the remaining in a resting phase’, before being shed. But, during pregnancy, the increased levels of hormones can reduce shedding and instead maintain and increase the body and thickness of your
hair as more strands are at rest.

Each hair follicle is independent, and goes through this growth cycle at different times, which is why all your hair doesn’t shed at the same time! You might also find the condition of your hair goes to the extreme: beautifully shiny (hooray!) or seriously oily (boo!), or a combination. Those pesky hormones are also likely to create a change in texture; so straight hair may become a little curly.

Essential oils
If your hair turns extremely dry, you might consider adding oil into your daily routine.
Used in small amounts, hair oils can help women notice some thinning of hair post-pregnancy
smooth split ends while taming flyway strands, plus they also lock in moisture. It’s also worth remembering that washing your hair too much will strip it of essential oils, so try sticking to washing every other day and try out loose hairstyles, such as a side plait, on those in-between days.

Bee in your bonnet
If all this extra hair is making you think about changing your look for something more manageable, our award-winning celebrity hairdresser, recommends not being too rash. I’d say not to change your hair too much during this fleeting time.

Still got your heart set on a new style?

✤ Don’t choose a drastic cut. You may feel it’s time for a shorter do, however think once, twice, then think again! Stay with familiar styles and colour for now.

✤ Short hair may be more timeconsuming to style than long locks that can be pulled back into a ponytail.

✤ Don’t worry if your face shape changes from water retention or other hormonal factors. It’s only temporary! Long hair can create the illusion of a slender face.

The science of shedding
Between three and six months after giving birth, your hair may start to fall out. Don’t panic. This is normal and usually resolves itself within a year. Post-pregnancy, the process of hormones returning to normal levels can increase shedding. Hair loss can occur following the baby’s arrival or
once breastfeeding has stopped. It is not to change your hair too much during this fleeting time.
Important to remember this is usually only the excess hair that is falling out. Once the
shedding has passed, the hair will usually return to its original density within six months. To help ease the rate of shedding, you can try using a gentle shampoo and a tangle-tackling brush, as well as wearing loose hairstyles and avoiding hot hair tools and chemical hair treatments.

Clever colouring
Colouring your hair during pregnancy is a subject for debate. Andrew clears things up: Avoid hair colour that is applied close to the skin. Although each strand absorbs the chemicals that cause the hair shaft tochange colour, it is only when dye comes into contact with the skin that it’s absorbed
by the body. For this reason, colouring your hair occasionally is fine – I always recommend foils and products that avoid skin contact. If you’re concerned, check with your health professional first.

The mane thing
Remember everyone is different. Fuller, thicker hair is one benefit of pregnancy for some women and a myth for others. To encourage healthy hair, eat well and get all the essential nutrients. The healthier you are, the more beautiful your hair will be.

Dietician and nutritionists agree.
The top five eats for shiny, swishy hair are: eggs, for zinc and biotin; nuts, for vitamin E, magnesium and selenium; yoghurt, for protein and vitamin B5; mango, or any orange or red fruit or veg like melon and carrots, for vitamin A, and watercress for vitamin C, iron and folate. So try to include them in your diet.

A good hair routine can also boost your confidence. Not only is the well being of your hair important, it will also have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Taking care of your hair and embracing any changes will make you feel great!

Remember. Seek advice if your hair loss is excessive or accompanied by other symptoms.

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