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Hair Issues During Pregnancy

Sadly, pregnancy hair isn't always thick and lustrous. Learn why your hair is changing and what you can do about it.

For some women, thick and lustrous hair during pregnancy is no more than a myth (sorry). Hormones (yep, blame them for this one, too) hit every head differently.

For some women, thick and lustrous hair during pregnancy is no more than a myth (sorry). Hormones (yep, blame them for this one, too) hit every head differently.

The lucky ones wind up with thick, full hair; others, limp and thin. And sometimes, hair just starts to seem a little… different. Dry hair might turn oily, curls might straighten and a perm or a dye might produce totally unexpected results. One bonus for the limp and thin: Hormones can also cause hair to sprout in less exciting places (think face, belly, back and legs), making that thick hair a little less attractive.

Though you can’t change your hormones, there are a few ways to promote luscious, healthy locks. Start with a nutritious diet. Yogurt, fresh fruits and veggies, seeds, whole grains and cold pressed oils are especially good for hair. Dry, brittle hair that falls out easily or lightens in color might be a sign of iron, iodine or protein deficiencies. If your hair is undernourished, take five minutes every day to massage your scalp, which stimulates circulation. Home oil treatments are another great way to fight frizz. Massage half a cup of warm vegetable or olive oil into your scalp and hair, and let it soak under a shower cap for half an hour or so. Add a few drops of lavender or rose essential oils to the treatment for some aromatherapy.