When you’re expecting a child, you start to expect a lot of things. You expect cravings, sickness, physical changes, emotional rollercoasters and more. One thing that you might not expect is the definite effect expecting a baby has on your hair.
First of all, your hair is growing faster than ever before. This could mean more frequent trips to the salon, although, this might be welcomed relaxation time! You might also notice a change in your hairs texture; it might become limp or even frizzy during pregnancy.
If you’re considering a new hairstyle to go with your changing body, you might want to think twice. That super-short cut might not flatter your pregnancy face, and you might not have time for bi-weekly bang trims after the baby comes also can you safely have chemical treatments when you’re pregnant? Here are some tips and considerations to discuss with your stylist before getting a new hairstyle.
Your Face Shape
The first thing you should always consider before any hair change is your face shape. Your face might be getting rounder by the day and a short cut or blunt bangs will only make your face appear wider. If you are going to change your face shape, choose a cut that helps elongate your face including long layers, shoulder length cuts and longer side-swept bangs.
Now that your face is getting as round as your belly, you will want top skip that middle part. Always part your hair to the side (or even a zigzag part) to help your face appear slimmer.
Your New Texture
If your hair texture has changed, don’t fight it, embrace it and seek help for it. Your old reliable products and tools might not be working these days. Ask your stylist what would work best for your new texture but don’t do anything too drastic. Your texture could change as soon as your new bundle of joy is born.
Something to consider is your ability to handle getting different treatments at the salon. For example, when you’re pregnant, your sense of balance and coordination changes and you become more prone to dizziness. This could make getting shampooed and other processes difficult. Also, expecting mothers run a little hotter than usual, so blow drying and hot weather could be uncomfortable.
High Loose Hairstyles
After you’ve given birth you will probably start to favor hairstyles that keep your hair up and out of your face and it’s not a bad idea to start now. Loose high ponytails and messy topknots will help your face appear slimmer and they make life easier.
If You Want (or Need!) to Dye Your Hair
This is a common question from pregnant women. The best answer is that you should always talk to your doctor and ask their opinion. Make sure that your doctor knows what type of color you are planning to use. You could also talk to your stylist about color alternatives such as hair-color powder, crayons and mascara. If you want highlights you could consider hair foils because the dye doesn’t touch your scalp. However, you should accept a more natural hue during pregnancy. Good news is that a side-part or zig-zag part will help hide those roots.
If you want to cut your hair, color it or change the texture then that is completely up to you. Embrace change during this time in your life. Allow for versatility in your hairstyles and try new things.