Pregnancy 101: Pregnancy hair changes
When you get pregnant, one thing you can expect is a change with your hair. This can happen over and over taking your hair from stringy to lush, oily to dry, you name it.
I asked hair care expert Philip Kingsley for some advice for moms-to-be. He’s been working with hair for over 50 years on such clients as Kate Winslette and Renée Zellweger. His New York City Clinic consultations allow him to weigh in on all the factors leading to hair loss and more importantly, what to do about it: age, diet, hormonal balance, improper care (like chemical treatments), genetic disposition, amount of hair and growth cycle.
“Most (but not all) women experience hair changes during pregnancy,” Kingsley says. “As a rule, changes seldom take place at once. It takes between 6 and 8 weeks and then progressively depending on health, fitness, hormonal changes, eating habits, prenatal supplements and stress factors, the changes begin.”
Here are some other factoids about changes you can expect in your hair when you’re pregnant from Kingsley:
- From studies conducted in the Philip Kingsley London and New York clinics, the majority of women have dry, full and thick hair during pregnancy (particularly in the 3rd trimester).
- Estrogens are high and androgens (male hormones) are low. It is the androgens that produce more sebum (oil), so when they diminish less sebum is produced and the hair feels a little drier and fuller. Estrogens extend the growth phase of the hair follicle so that less hair falls out. This is often reversed after pregnancy whereby the hair that should have fallen out and didn’t, all falls out during the 2nd and 7th month after the baby is born – and it can be quite terrifying unless the mother understands the reasons.
- Apart from taking pre natal supplements, eating adequate proteins and following a well balanced diet, external hair care is important and essential during pregnancy.
- As the pregnancy continues, change your shampoo and conditioner to a moisturizing product to tend to the dry hair issues.
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