My pregnancy hair is a mess!

Hair gone haywire now you're pregnant? Celebrity hair guru Daniel Galvin Jnr is here to help...

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I’ve just found out I’m pregnant. How will this affect my hair?

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Daniel: Many women notice that the hair on their head is thicker during pregnancy. Many lose a lot of hair a few weeks or months after delivery. These changes are normal. Hair growth generally returns to its regular growing cycle within six months after delivery.

I just can’t do anything with it any more. How to tame it?

Daniel: Don’t panic! This is normal for women who are preganant. Try using a serum on your hair this will tame any frizzy-ness and flay way ends.

Use Daniel Galvin Jnr Anti-Frizz Serum (£4.99) and your unruly hair will be a problem of the past. This serum will tame the hardest to manage locks leaving you with silky smooth hair.

Should I avoid hair dyes and treatments while I’m pregnant?

Daniel: If you are going to have your hair dyed whilst you are pregnant, firstly make sure you visit a professional! Dying your hair at home whilst you are six months pregnant is not going to be an easy or enjoyable task!

You can dye your hair whilst you are pregnant but I’d advise that you use a vegetable colour which gives your shine added shine and more depth in colour.

I’d strongly recommend that you use Organic beauty products whilst you are pregnant. Try Daniel Galvin Jnr Organic Hair Juice Shampoo (£3.99) & Conditioner (£3.99) in Lavender to help maintain healthy hair and lock natural oils which will keep your healthy.

Is there anything I can do to stop my hair falling out once I’ve had the baby?

Daniel: When you’re not pregnant, the hairs on your head grow in a regular cycle. Each hair:

  • Usually grows about one-half inch per month for anywhere from two to six years
  • Then goes into a “resting” phase for 2 or 3 months
  • Then gradually falls out, usually when you’re brushing or washing your hair.

The growth cycle then starts again. At any one time, about 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase, and about 90 percent is growing.

During pregnancy, hairs tend to stay in the resting phase longer. And much more of your hair is in the resting phase at any one time.

Therefore, fewer hairs fall out each day. This causes your hair to seem thicker and fuller. After delivery, this resting phase shortens. More hairs fall out, and you start to grow new hair. But the normal hair loss that was delayed by pregnancy tends to take place all at one time.

This may cause your hair to seem thinner than usual. So don’t worry, you are not going bald it is just a cycle.

Is there anything I can eat to help my hair?

Daniel: The most effective way to get healthy hair is to have a healthy diet. Lustrous, healthy hair is a result of a healthy body and a result of eating healthy food. Beautiful, healthy hair is a result of a healthy diet.

There are certain foods that make your hair healthy and strong. Incorporate these foods in your day-to-day diet and you will notice the difference in your hair within a few weeks.

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Water: One-fourth of the weight, of a strand of hair, is made up of water. Water makes your hair supple and soft therefore you should have enough water. Do not wait till you are thirsty keep drinking water. If you thirsty it means that you have lost water and your body is asking you to replenish the loss. Water keeps your hair silky and shiny as well.
Protein: A diet for healthy hair should be rich in protein as hair consists of primarily protein. Proteins will give your hair more strength and will prevent it from breaking and splitting. Eat protein rich foods like fish, meat, milk, cheese and cereals.
Minerals: A variety of minerals are important for healthy hair. Iron carries oxygen to the hair. Insufficient iron will starve the hair follicles of oxygen. Include red meat and dark green vegetable in your diet. Zinc prevents hair loss. Meat and seafood have a high content of zinc. To improve the natural colour of your hair, incorporate copper in your diet. Fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat and liver are high in copper.
Vitamins: You must ensure that your diet has all the necessary vitamins that help in the growth of healthy hair. Vitamin A makes your scalp healthy and is good for your skin as well. It is found in vegetables especially carrots. Vitamin B and C are good for hair growth and hair colour.

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