When you’re pregnant, it seems like there are a million new things to keep track of—do this, don’t do that, change this, watch that… It can feel pretty daunting. That’s why Madison Reed is here to help with top expert tips to care for your hair and hair color. It’s one less thing to worry about!
How your hair changes during and after pregnancy
During pregnancy, many women experience thicker, fuller hair. Dr. Jan Hansen, board-certified OB/GYN, explains:
“Hair grows, rests, and sheds in cycles. During pregnancy, higher estrogen levels alter the hair cycles. The hair continues to grow, while the resting and shedding phases are paused. That’s why hair is longer, thicker, and fuller while pregnant.”
Here are a few helpful hints to handle this hormonal hair phenomenon:
Enjoy your thicker, fuller hair while you’ve got it!
Go for a style you’ve always wanted to try, treat yourself to a professional blowout, or try a healthier hair color. Pregnant women are beautiful, and it’s the perfect time to complement your natural glow with the color and cut that suits you best.
Get a fresh haircut before you deliver.
Not only will a new haircut and style give you confidence before your baby arrives, but it will also help you to start motherhood with an easy-to-manage, quick style. Whether short hair is easier to manage or you prefer a long hairstyle that can be pulled back, work with your stylist to choose a look that will streamline your daily routine.
Brace yourself for the great hair migration.
No matter what, everyone loses a lot of hair after they give birth. That’s because the resting and shedding cycles only pause during pregnancy. Then all of the hair that would have been shed during the nine months of pregnancy are shed in the months after delivery—sometimes all at once! This can be alarming if you don’t know the reason, but it’s perfectly normal. Remember, within a short few months, your hair cycle will revert to the way it was before.
To color or not to color your hair
Hair color used to be considered a thing to avoid during pregnancy because of the chemical components used in the formulas. But according to Dr. Jan, “It is interesting to note that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has no recommendations about coloring hair during pregnancy. It is considered safe to use but still many pregnant women are concerned.”
If you can get better results without the risk, it makes sense to use it.
Not all hair color is created equal. Using advances in science, there is now a wider range of hair color options for women to use during pregnancy based on their comfort level and personal health needs, from healthier permanent color to shampoo-to-shampoo root touch ups. Here’s what to look out for:
Use healthier hair color that’s better for you and your hair.
A lot of the hair color used in America—from drugstore dyes to salon shades—contains 22 chemicals that are banned in the EU. Radiant Cream Color by Madison Reed is free from all of those banned compounds, including harsh chemicals like PPD, ammonia, and resorcinol. In addition to eliminating these chemicals, Madison Reed adds a Triple Care Complex of keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract to repair and nourish hair. If you choose to color your hair during pregnancy, choose a healthier alternative that takes care of you and your hair.
Discover a new way to refresh color-treated hair.
If you’ve been coloring your hair for a while, semi-permanent color can be a great addition to your routine. Also known as hair gloss, it’s a great way to refresh faded color and highlights without the oxidative process—the step that opens your hair shaft up to receive color— that comes with permanent hair color. Since previous permanent color already opened the shaft, the gloss can just go in and add more color! That means your hair stays smoother, stronger, and holds color longer over time. Try Color Reviving Gloss to add vibrancy (for faded color), correct tone (for brassy highlights or color that’s a little “off”), and gently condition hair (for overall health).
Hide your roots for special occasions.
You know how you keep concealer on hand to spot treat blemishes? Now you can do that for your hair! Root Touch Up is a dry powder that can be brushed on to cover roots or stray grays. A temporary solution that lasts from shampoo to shampoo, this “makeup for hair” is free of titanium dioxide, a possible carcinogen and known to trigger an inflammatory response. It is also gluten-free and does not contain PPD, ammonia, resorcinol or other harsh chemicals.
It is a golden age for hair color and hair care because you have many more options that are better and healthier for you! No matter what you decide to do with hair color during pregnancy, always remember that it’s your choice.
Do what makes you feel best
Learn more facts about beauty and hair during pregnancy in an insightful article by Dr. Jan. She has a gentle reminder for this time in your life:
“The Madison Reed line of products gives women superior results without exposure to scary ingredients. If you can get better results without the risk, it makes sense to use it. Everyone’s pregnancy is different, so always consult with your personal physician if you have concerns about dying your hair during your pregnancy. I personally feel Madison Reed products provide a better option and a better experience.”
It can be hard, but try not to get bogged down in the daunting aspects of pregnancy. Remember first and foremost, you and your body are doing a truly amazing thing. Embrace your strength, beauty, and celebrate this part of your life. Whatever you decide to do (or not do) with your hair during pregnancy, have confidence in your choices and know that you will be beautiful no matter what.
And most importantly, congratulations!