Can You Get Any Type of Hair Treatments While Pregnant?

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While we’re pregnant, our bodies go through a lot of changes. There are many sleepless nights as well as changes to our hormones, skin and even our hair. Many of these changes are affected by the hormones that our growing stomachs cause to our bodies and while some can be quite irritating and difficult to handle, some simply make pregnancy fun and exciting.

One of the most difficult things that some women deal with is the changes that are made to their bodies. When a woman is pregnant, she still wants to feel beautiful and if her hair and skin are wreaking havoc on her normal routine this may feel like it is impossible. However, there are some things you can do when it comes to your hair and pregnancy.

1. How does pregnancy affect your hair

Hormones can cause a great deal of emotional and physical changes in a pregnant woman. Changes to the hair are common and even though they are temporary a woman still wants to look her best and these changes may be quite bothersome for some women who are pregnant.


Even though this may seem like a minor occurrence, when a woman is pregnant and her emotions are running high, changes in her hair can be a huge problem. In order to understand what’s going on with our hair, sometimes we need to dig a little deeper to find the cause of the issue.

2. Why does her hair change

Our hair is greatly affected by the level of estrogen that we have in our bodies. Anything from birth control pills to a miscarriage to breast-feeding can affect our hair. While women are not pregnant, hair typically grows about ½ inch every month. This occurs anywhere from 2 to 6 years, after which the hair enters what is known as a resting phase. This phase last couple of months before the hair falls out and new hair grows in its place.

However, while we are pregnant, this all changes. For example, women are prone to having thicker hair while they are pregnant because estrogen tends to extend the resting phase that our hair normally goes through. This means that older hair stays in place longer than it would if we were pregnant and that new hair is not able to grow in its place.


Other women tend to have frizzy hair while they are pregnant because their oil-producing glands may either speed up or slow down depending on their specific hormonal changes. This can mean that hair suddenly becomes wavy or hair that is typically dry becomes oily.

Although there is little that you can do to change how your hair reacts to pregnancy, it may be beneficial to talk it over with your stylist and your doctor to see if there is a solution. There are many products on the market today that may be able to help with this situation and that are also safe to use while you are pregnant.

3. Using hair coloring

Most experts advise pregnant women to avoid certain things while they are pregnant. A couple of the things that are often debated is using hair coloring and perms while pregnant. This is another topic that you should talk to your doctor about before you have any hair coloring your perm process completed, especially during your first trimester.


There are some natural products that may work to dye your hair and that are safe while you are pregnant, but it is still best to look at all the ingredients and talk them over with your doctor before you begin using them. Having a perm completed while you are pregnant is also a huge debate, but most doctors do agree that you should wait until after your first trimester.

4. Conclusion

Pregnancy affects many things and one of those things is our hair. While this can be frustrating for some, but nice for others you should keep in mind that the effects that pregnancy has on your hair are most likely fleeting. After you give birth, it is also likely that your hair will go through a bit more changes as it becomes brittle and it begins to break off.

Before you begin using any product on your hair, it is best to discuss the ingredients with your doctor so that you will know how it will affect your pregnancy and if there any risks involved with it.


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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.