Hair Care Solutions For Pregnant Women

Some women notice thicker hair growth around their abdomen, thighs, hands and legs, the hairs become curly during pregnancy and in some the texture of hair changes entirely.


Dr Rinky Kapoor, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a women’s life. As her body gets ready to nurture and welcome the new life in the world the, the skin, hair and even the mood changes rapidly. Some women hardly notice any change in their hair throughout the pregnancy.

Every woman body reacts differently to the change in hormones that occur during and post-pregnancy. Some exercise faster growth in nails and in some the nails grow brittle and break while on the other hand, some women notice thicker hair growth around their abdomen, thighs, hands and legs. Most of these problems are temporary and they go away after a few months of delivery, but while they are there they can be uncomfortable and cause irritation and stress, which is not good for the baby.

However, during pregnancy using chemicals on the hair and even ingesting them is not advised. The best way is to go to a good dermatologist and follow the hair care advice they give and embrace the natural remedies.

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Haircare during pregnancy

The extra hormones that come into the play in your body during pregnancy can disrupt the natural hair cycle and elongate the active phase giving the appearance of thicker hair. In some women, the hairs become curly during pregnancy and in some the texture of hair changes entirely. This happens become pregnancy hormones alter the shape of the hair follicle. Therefore before you apply anything to your hair you need to remember that it can get in the bloodstream and affect the baby. Here is a list of dos and don’ts for hair care during pregnancy:

  • Take a break from hair styling during pregnancy. This means giving up on dyeing, highlight, perming. Keratin hair straightening etc. Just let the hair be a natural way.
  • Avoid using any chemicals on the scalp. Don’t use over the counter hair treatments such as Minoxidil during or post-pregnancy.
  • Opt for tip highlights or natural dyes if it is a must for you to get a hair treatment done.
  • Keep you regular hair care routines of shampoo and conditioning as before. However, if you are using any prescription shampoos then consult your doctor about their suitability.
  • Don’t comb your hair when wet
  • Avoid using tight hairstyles
  • Wash your hair regularly especially if you have an oily scalp

Some home remedies for hair care during pregnancy

  • Mix 4-5 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of castor oil and one 1tbs of glycerine apply from scalp to the tip leave for one hour and shampoo normally. This will add strength and shine to your hair.
  • Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind them into a paste and apply on your hair. Wash off normally. This will help in hair growth and also soothe the scalp.
  • Boil some curry leaves in coconut oil and let it cool. Use this mix to apply on hair 1-3 hours before shampooing.
  • Mix sesame oil with 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil and massage on the scalp before shampooing. Different essential oils have different properties, lavender is good for hair growth, rosemary for increasing the thickness, and cedarwood helps in controlling hair fall.

Pregnancy is times to relax, destress and enjoy the little wonders of life.  By keeping a regular and healthy routine, you will be making it easier for yourself doing the post-pregnancy time too.

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