My Hair-Saving Products During PregnancyThursday, October 30, 2014
My itchy, flaky scalp started to appear on the 10th week of my pregnancy. It's a pain in my bum because I have never made a habit out of washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner every day. I only wash my hair every 2 or 3 days, or anytime my hair smells after cooking. Otherwise, I use dry shampoo.
The reason for not shampooing everyday is because I do not want my scalp and hair to over dry, plus it is the number one reason for thinning, limp hair. So if you have thinning hair, opt for dry shampoos so that you can give your scalp enough time to recover from the damaging action of washing.Hairshaft for my color retouching, and treatment maintenance. So my hair had become really sticky at the ends and very dry! Ugh. I haven't gone out for a haircut either so I had to treat my hair at home with these hair and scalp saving products!
THE BODY SHOP GINGER ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO
First switch I had to make was my regular DOVE shampoo of choice. It's not the reason for my flaking, but I had to switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo to stop the flaking, it has really become unbearable lately specially when I got to my 16th week! First stop at the mall was The Body Shop. I read somewhere that their anti-dandruff shampoo was really good so I just had to get one for myself!
|The Body Shop Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, PhP 375.00|
This antidandruff shampoo removes hair oil effectively (when you haven't washed your hair for a while) leaving the hair very light and airy, but NOT dry, if that makes sense. My hair and scalp look and feel very clean, and hardly any flakes when I brush my hair. In my opinion, its organic ingredients are more effective compared to using zinc. Most brands that have anti-dandruff shampoos use zinc as a fighting agent against icky flakes, the problem with zinc is that it leaves nasty residues on the hair that makes the hair too dry.
Ginger is the main ingredient with this shampoo. This plant is known to have anti-bacterial effects. Ginger fights the bacteria build-up which causes itchiness leading to dandruff (I know right? Gross). Oh, did I mention that this shampoo is silicone free? It also reduces hair fall, and it's not tested on animals.
Dove's Daily Hair Vitamin has been a part of my hair regimen ever since I got to try it at the launch a couple of months ago. I have made the conclusion that I can't live without this! It's safe for preggos too!
Since I have naturally wavy and really annoying frizzy baby hairs, I can't live without blowdrying my hair after showering. Plus, I hate the feeling of having to leave the house with wet hair, or going to bed with wet hair for that matter. This hair vitamin protects and repairs my hair from heat!
You can view how wavy and poofy my hair is, and how I sometimes iron it to keep it tame HERE.
|DOVE Daily Hair Vitamin, PhP 75.00/pack|
My hair has become so manageable and has given my hair a very healthy shine and bounce. I will show you later how I apply to apply it effectively as we were taught at the launch!
Since my hair can be poofy and really wavy without conditioners or any serums, I can't live without hair oils to really tame my hair. What I love about L'Oreal's Mythic Oil is that it doesn't weigh the hair down, plus it keeps my hair so protected from heat styling tools. And I think this oil may have stimulated hair growth as well.
This new Mythic Oil nourishing oil use powerful oils to balance the hair leaving it light at the roots and nourished at the ends for a weightless finish. It's suitable for straight, wavy or curly hair too!
- Precious oils deliver vibrant shine.
- Paraben-free formula.
- Light enough for everyday use.
|L'Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil 125ml, PhP 995|
You can apply this and style your hair as you would normally. Inspite of it being labeled as "oil", it can hold curls pretty well. Safe for us preggos too! (double yay!)
I have been having hair falls like crazy and according to my OB, it's pretty normal because of all the hormonal changes. Although she tells me that it will all grow back and would keep "shedding" all throughout my pregnancy, I do have so much baby hairs now! My bald spots on either sides of my head have grown thick hair! I am one shy step from being a hairy beast.
|Cream Silk Daily Treatment Hair Fall Defense, PhP 134.00|
... Not to mention, it has a fragrance that I can tolerate as well. Pregnant? You know what I mean about fragrance aversions. Ha!
After curling my hair and setting with velcro curlers, I finish up with The Balm's Hair Spray Flexible Hold which is paraben free and is preggo safe! It reminds me of L'Oreal's Elnett Hair Spray. It holds curls really well and yet gives a very nice bounce to the hair! It doesn't look like rock solid hair. This is my current favorite hairspray.
Check out other TheBalm Cosmetics' hair products: EnRoot Hair Serum and EnRoot Dry Shampoo.
MY STEP-BY-STEP HAIR REGIMEN
So this is how I treat my dry-pregnancy hair: after shampooing with my The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, I use my Cream Silk Daily Treatment Hair Fall Defense Conditioner. I leave it on for about 3 minutes while I soap myself and rinse it off. Don't forget to really rinse all of the products off from your hair and your scalp! Use cool water to trap in the moisture in your hair.
After towel drying my hair, I use a wide-tooth comb to untangle my hair. And then I pop one of my DOVE Daily Hair Vitamin out of it's container. With my long hair, it's more than enough actually! Some people use two, but I find that one capsule is enough.
I told you my hair was wavy. Even without it drying yet you can see how wavy my hair is. Anyway, style as usual.
|With my blogger friends Jackie Go of gojackiego.com and Shen of shensaddiction.com|
I had fun sharing with you my hair-saving pregnancy hair products, and I hope you did too! How about you? Are you expecting? What are your hair-saving products during pregnancy?