Hair Maintenance during Pregnancy

During pregnancy, hair may experience changes such as becoming too dry, too weak or splitting easily. What must we do to maintain beautiful hair? Let’s take a look!

Hair Maintenance Points to Ponder

Pregnancy Causes Hair Loss

During pregnancy, the oil secreted by the locks will increase, causing it to become weak and easy to split, sometimes will even come out in your hands. This will get more severe after birth, so it is best to pay attention to this problem as early as possible. The average adult will lose around 50 strands of locks on a daily basis, but because of pregnancy, the volume of locks lost each day will increase by 3-4 times.

Nutrition: The Best Hair Management

The first and foremost step in hair protection is to consume the recommended nutritional foods. Smoking is particularly damaging during pregnancy as it will cause the peripheral nervesto contract due to lack of nutrition reaching the hair roots. Accordingly, the tresses will become weak and fall out; passive smoking should also be avoided.

Increased Sebum Secretion, Must Wash Hair Daily

Due to sebum secretion, the tresses would need to be washed daily or at least once every two days. For best results, the water used to wash the locks should be slightly higher than body temperature, around 38 degrees. Don’t use the fingernails but use fingertips to gently massage. More important than the tresses is the massaging of the scalp during washing.

Nourishing the Hair

After washing, use egg yolk and jojoba oil to nourish the locks. Use jojoba oil one to two times per week. If the tresses is especially weak, use conditioner or essential oil for further nourishment; repeat the process every 10 days for best effect.

Avoid Damage whilst Rubbing Hair Dry

When rubbing the locks dry, do not rub with a towel but bunch the tresses together at the back and squeeze to drain the water. When using a hair drier, avoid using hot air and keep a distance of 15-20 cm away from the locks when drying.

Avoiding Perming or Dyeing Hair during Pregnancy

Frequently perming and dyeing the tresses will cause it to fall out and has a danger of causing abnormalities in the fetus. Therefore, it is best to avoid both during pregnancy. If it is unavoidable, it is best to at least avoid during the first stages of pregnancy, the harmful effects will be lessened in the later stages. Excessive perming and dyeing of tresses will cause damage leading to more hair loss.

Use Brush to Massage the Scalp

Massaging the scalp will improve blood circulation, not only by using fingers, but it is also good to use the head of a brush to massage. In order to improve blood circulation, use the back of the brush head to tap the scalp, but if the tip of the brush is sharp, it could damage the scalp. Excessive irritation of the scalp will cause increased sebum secretion which will cause greasiness, so please be gentle during scalp massage.

Leading with Comb Tip

Starting from the edge of both ears, using the tip of the comb, move towards the top of the head. Then start from the neck and ear and comb upwards, perform each ten times, then use fingers to act as a comb to run through the body of locks. The top of the head is very sensitive as enzymes gather there, so when being combed the sebaceous glands will be stimulated causing excessive secretions, so beware combing this region.

Easy to Handle Hair

From 5 to 6 months pregnancy, when the abdomen starts to enlarge, it is far better to wash locks whilst standing rather than curled up in a sitting position. If you have orthostatic hypotension, use only a short period of time to wash the locks, so it is important to wash and tidy locks during pregnancy.

Small Block of Common Knowledge

Harmful Effects of Perm and Dye Chemicals

A researcher from the University of South California carried out research in Los Angeles by taking a selection of 1,500 normal patients and madepharmaceutical comparisons with the same number of bladder cancer patients. The results showed hair dye products had a close connection with bladder cancer in women. When comparing women who dye their locks monthly for one year with those who have never dyed their tresses, bladder cancer appears in twice the number of patients who dye their tresses. Furthermore, the rate of occurrence of bladder cancer in those who often attend beauty parlors for hair dyeing was shown to be very high. This is because the hair dye contains para-phenylenediamine, though whether or not this can cause bladder cancer needs further investigation, but hair dye is known to cause rheumatism, eczema, rash and hay fever. Chemicals used for perming locks have the same harmful effects. Especially during the early stages of pregnancy, damage to the fetus will be much greater, and all these harmful chemicals are absorbed into the body through the hair and scalp.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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