This is one of the questions that I’ve been asked many times by expecting mamas. Rather than me answering it, I thought it would be better if you hear it straight from a professional.
Mickey Garza is a professional hair stylist specializing in color and hair extensions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has worked in the industry for over 6 years. I asked her to share her thoughts on this subject and she was very excited to elaborate on this matter.
Mickey Garza – “The first answer to this questions is, of course, always consult with your OB/GYN, and then visit with your hairstylist. I highly recommend that my clients wait until their 2nd trimester because your hormones are more balanced at that time as opposed to the 1st and 3rd trimester.
Secondly, I always suggest that we go with a lower maintenance look until your baby is born–whether that means making your blonde more dimensional, toning the color down, or simply doing an all-over color. Bleaching the hair while pregnant is safe but it will definitely not lift like it did before pregnancy which in return can cause breakage and revealing unwanted, underlining pigments. If possible, avoid that route and think of a look that will grow out beautifully so you can go back to your pre-pregnancy hair easily. Remember, once your baby arrives you will be dedicating every waking moment to them and not to yourself, and especially not your hair.
A hair appointment can be tiring on an expectant mother’s body. How you once were able to sit there for hours might not be the case while pregnant. I always tell my clients to be as transparent as possible during an appointment. That trust and open dialogue between hairstylist and client is crucial especially while pregnant as certain smells can heighten your symptoms at any time. Please be mindful of your morning sickness, nausea and don’t forget to bring a few snacks!
The health of your hair is my number one priority whether pregnant or not, that’s why prenatal vitamins are going to be your best friend during and after your pregnancy. Many of my clients think that after giving birth all those vitamins can simply go out the window, but that’s not the case! Postpartum alopecia (a hair loss condition that occurs 2-4 months after your pregnancy) can usually affect about 50% of women, and is completely normal so don’t panic. This is why I suggest taking your prenatal vitamins months after birth. You will experience thicker and fuller hair during pregnancy due to the amount of estrogen you’re producing. Once your pregnancy is over your estrogen levels will drop and you will enter what we call a “resting phase” where your hair will begin to shed. Keep in mind that everyone’s hair loss is different. This is only temporary but the choice of color service will help or hurt your hair’s condition.
Be mindful to still keep up with your trims and treatments to ensure your hair is healthy and ready to tackle any curve balls pregnancy throws at you. Never hesitate to reach out to your hairstylist if your hair isn’t receiving certain products well, or as well as it used to.”
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