Taking Care of Black Hair During Pregnancy

Fashion Bomb reader Lola recently asked for some hair care tips while pregnant. She says “I have Halle Berry short cropped pixie and I do not want to deal with braids/weave for 9 months. Anything to help a chemically straightened sista out would be fab!

While chemically relaxing or even coloring the hair has not been proven to cause harm to the fetus, from what I’ve read amongst women who have been pregnant and from OB-GYNs, there seems to be a bit of a consensus that as a precaution one should wait until after the first trimester before indulging in these services. There’s also the risk of not getting the results you desired since pregnancy hormones can alter the way these chemicals work on your hair.

You can and many women still do style their hair as they did before they were pregnant without any issue to themselves or their child. If you decide to be cautious and wait until after the first trimester to get a touch-up, be sure to keep up with deep conditioning and protein treatments. You’ll be taking lots of vitamins which can result in noticeably faster and thicker hair growth, but since this hair tends to shed after you have the baby, don’t be fooled into thinking you can skimp on treating your hair. You can use heat tools like ceramic flat irons sparingly to help smoothen your new growth.

Though Lola would like to continue relaxing and doesn’t want to rely on weaves and wigs, I’d say going natural and/or using weaves/wigs during pregnancy are ideal for women who want to avoid using relaxers. Natural hair doesn’t require sitting in a salon for hours and for those sensitive to the fumes from hair dryers and hair products, being in your own home while taking care of your hair is great.

Go natural now, you might have a fro like Solange by the time your baby is a toddler

Weaves and wigs have come a long way. Some blend so well into your own hair that you can fool others into thinking it all grew out of your scalp. For 100% Remy Indian hair that looks completely natural, I recommend Indique Hair. It’s a splurge if you’re used to buying hair at beauty supply stores, but it’s worth every single penny because the quality is so great. Plus you can reuse the hair for a year. Wigs are perfect for the pregnant lady who likes versatility and doesn’t want to have to think or do much to style their own hair.

And since there will be days when morning sickness, bloating, pain, and all the other ailments that come with pregnancy, you can always use 4 Ways to Save a Bad Hair Day.

Now let’s hear from you! How did you style your hair when you were pregnant? (Or if you’re currently pregnant).

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