Dry Hair and Pregnancy

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 13, 2015)

Change is part and parcel with getting pregnant. Everything seems to undergo some type of change during this wonderful and exciting time, from your home to your body. While some of the changes are great, for example the fact that you are going to get a new name (Mom), there are some changes that are not that great. One example of that is how some women's hair becomes dryer than it ever had in the past. Well, here are some ways that you can repair the damage that comes along with dry hair.

  • Jojoba oil. This natural oil is a great moisturizer that can be found in many different products located at many different stores throughout your local city. The oil acts as a moisturizer that provides a protective layer in your hair and on your scalp, which seals in the moisture and adds a wholesome gleam.
  • Coconut milk. This is another item that is good for use by pregnant women who have dry hair. This is something that you can use either as an ingredient or by itself. Coconut milk moisturizes the hair, afterwards it is shiny and smooth looking.
  • High protein foods. Considering that many women become ill with what is termed "morning sickness," the dry and damaged hair may be a result of iron deficiencies in the body. One of the ways that you can replenish those levels is through either foods high in protein (such as red meat), or through the use of prenatal vitamins. For a bit of variety in your diet, because it can get a tad boring eating the same foods over and over again, try yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, sunflower seeds and whole grains like brown rice and oats.
  • Massage the scalp. Try massaging your scalp a minimum of five minutes a day. Massaging your scalp stimulates circulation, which leads to more healthy hair. You can massage your scalp either with your hands, just like when you shampoo your hair, or with a scalp massager which can be purchased at such stores as Bath & Body Works.
  • Shampoo less often. If your hair has become dry and damaged during your pregnancy, then another thing that you can try is to instead of washing your hair every day, do this every other day, or switch to a milder low-detergent shampoo. Considering that body chemistry changes from what it normally is your normal shampoo may just change how it interacts with your hair. Another suggestion along these lines is that instead of using a hair dryer, let your hair air dry as much as possible. Hair dryers and irons increase dryness and damages your hair more often, so try to avoid using these during your pregnancy.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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