8 Simple Tips For Hair Care During Pregnancy

All the essential tips to take care of your locks during your journey to motherhood.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Rohan DasDr. Rohan Das, MBBS, FAM, FHT
By Anjali SayeeAnjali Sayee  • 

Surprisingly, there are many tips for hair care during pregnancy that you can follow. Pregnancy is one of the most incredible experiences a woman can have. Your body undergoes significant changes as you gear up to care for the tiny one forming inside you. Most of these changes during this period are due to the hormonal changes within. In addition, these extra hormones in your body may create a change in your regular hair cycles (1), (2).

Your hair may appear fuller and bouncier, or it may become excessively dry, rough, or crinkly. Some ladies may also notice a significant degree of hair loss.

You can usually restore the health of your hair within 6 months of childbirth with adequate care and a healthy diet. But it is important to look after your health during the nine months of pregnancy to ensure the health of your skin and hair and your general well-being. Keep reading to learn more!

How To Take Care Of Your Hair During Pregnancy

1. Go For A Hair Massage

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A great way to take care of your hair during pregnancy and to relax at the same time is by indulging in a good hair massage. Massaging your scalp with oil increases hair thickness and improves blood circulation, which may induce hair growth (3).

Oil your hair at least three to four times a week. Using natural hair oils is a great way to add some nourishment to your hair (4). Opt for oils that have healthy ingredients, like olive, coconut, and almond oils. Heat up the oil slightly, making sure it is not too hot, but just warm. Massage this through the scalp and hair.

This will help strengthen the roots and prevent hair fall. You can wrap a warm towel around the head to add some extra benefits.

2. Shampoo And Condition

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Make sure you use shampoo at least once to twice a week. Use a mild shampoo. Apply a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Pay special attention to the tips of the hair to avoid dry or split ends.

As you progress in your pregnancy, washing your hair becomes more and more difficult. Ask your partner to help you with this.

3. Avoid Coloring Your Hair

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Avoid dyeing your hair, as the smell of ammonia in hair dyes may trigger nauseai  XDiscomfort and uneasiness followed by an urge to vomit. or breathing issues.

It is best to avoid colouring your hair while you are pregnant. Studies show that the use of hair dyes can increase the risk of low birth weight, neuroblastomai  XA type of cancer that usually affects the adrenal glands and develops from immature nerve cells in the body. , and leukaemiai  XA type of cancer that affects the blood-forming tissues in the body. in the offspring (5), (6), (7). However, another study states that using hair products three to four times during pregnancy is not a cause for concern and does not increase the risk of adverse effects on the baby (8).

But as certain hair colors and dyes can trigger allergies or infections, it is better to avoid them during pregnancy.

4. Avoid Combing Wet Hair

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Avoid combing your hair when it is wet. Let your hair dry naturally or use a hair dryer on medium heat. Comb it using a wide-toothed comb when dry. This will help prevent hair fall.

5. Go For Regular Hair Trims

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Your hair goes through different changes during pregnancy, causing a difference in hair texture and thickness. It is a good idea to go for a regular hair trim that will help avoid split ends or rough ends. A new style is also a great mood enhancer!

It is a myth that cutting or trimming your hair during pregnancy can affect the baby’s vision.

6. Understand Your Hair Type

Hormonal changes can really mess with your hair type. It is best to understand your hair type as it changes during this phase.

Use products that are specifically created for this particular hair type. This will help add needed nourishment to your hair, making it less prone to damage and fall.

Get a nice haircut that will help style your changing hair type, or just give you a mood lift!

7. Follow A Balanced Diet

Everything that you eat now will help nurture your baby and give your body the strength it needs to go through the changes (9). A balanced diet is important to provide nourishment to your hair as well.

Include milk, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, lentils, grains, and dry fruits and other such ingredients in your daily diet. Check with your doctor to find out if there are certain foods that you should stay away from during pregnancy.

8. Relax

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Stress is one of the key reasons of hair fall during pregnancy. Changing hormones and mood swings can have a negative outcome on your hair.

Do activities that help you relax. Take a nice long bath, light up some aromatic candles, listen to some soothing music, meditate, practice yoga, sleep in, go for a relaxing head massage at the salon, or indulge in some retail therapy.

Following these simple care tips can help you cope with your hair issues during pregnancy. You don’t have to follow an extensive hair care regimen when you are pregnant. Remember to massage your hair and scalp, shampoo, condition, and trim your hair regularly, and eat a balanced diet. Most importantly, stay away from hair coloring to prevent damage and combing wet hair to prevent breakage. Understanding your hair type is an important factor in nourishing your hair and keeping it healthy. Lastly, don’t stress yourself out and enjoy your pregnancy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which hair oil is good in pregnancy?

Natural oils like almond, argan, amla, and coconut are considered beneficial and safe during pregnancy.

Can I flat iron my hair while pregnant?

Yes. It is safe to use a flat iron to straighten your hair while pregnant. However, avoid undergoing chemical hair straightening procedures.

Can I use castor oil on my hair during pregnancy?

No. It is not recommended to use castor oil during pregnancy as it has a strong smell and may make you nauseous.

Can I use dry shampoo when pregnant?

Yes. Dry shampoos are an ideal alternative during pregnancy due to their ease of use.

Key Takeaways

  • Pregnancy may affect your hair and scalp condition.
  • Adequate care and a healthy diet with ample water intake may help restore the health of your hair within six months of childbirth.
  • Massaging your scalp with natural hair oils increases hair thickness and improves blood circulation, inducing hair growth.
  • It is best to avoid heat styling and chemical treatments during pregnancy as they may trigger allergies or infections.
  • Remember to shampoo and condition your hair with gentle hair care products, and trim your hair regularly during pregnancy.


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