Pregnancy is one of the happiest experiences of a woman’s life. Positively glowing from the inside out, pregnant women emanate warmth that can only be described as radiance. However, they don’t always feel that way. Along with pregnancy come a myriad of changes to the body, and hair is no exception. Here, Gocha Hawkins,celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, shares common hair issues from her clientele as well as flattering hairstyles for any mom-to-be.
When pregnant, many women find that their hair takes on a different texture. With estrogen levels at a high, shinier, gloss yhair is a beneficial side effect. However, once women give birth, their hair retains its normal texture and can thin out considerably. As Gocha explains,“I’ve had clients who had curly hair their entire lives, and while pregnant, their hair straightened out. I’ve also seen the same in reverse. The goal is to get a cut that flatters all textures and face shapes, so that as hair changes,the style still works.” Similarly, many women experience different levels of hair moisture; if your hair shifts from oily to dry or vice versa, switch your shampoo and conditioner routine appropriately.
When pregnant, weight gain is virtually unavoidable, and bloating is common. As your face shape will most likely be altered during the duration of your pregnancy, it’s smart to stick to a look that will look great regardless of any bodily changes. “When hair is particularly long or short, face shape is more prominent. Many of my clients come in asking me for styles that are slimming, and I always advise them to go with a medium length cut. A short bob that ends at the chin or slightly longer shoulder-length style are most universally attractive,” says Gocha.
Though everyone has their own preference, there are certainly some cuts that are more flexible and allow more variety during pregnancy. For example, if you’re a girl that loves her bangs, just make sure to keep them tailored and long during pregnancy, suggests Gocha. “A long bang with soft lines and a side part are the best ways to hide any additional weight.” Additionally, Gocha recommends stocking up on volumizing products that can add height to your style and focus the eye away from a rounder face, like Kourtney Kardashian.
Find styles that are easy to do while you’re experiencing discomfort, but are also chic. For example, Beyonce and Natalie Portman opted for a side ponytail often throughout their pregnancies. Gocha explains, “Messy up-dos and side ponytails are very on trend. Create volume at your crown to make your face appear slimmer, and don’t worry about a little messiness; face framing tendrils will only thin out your features. Loose waves, mirroring Halle Berry’s and Kate Hudson’s go-to looks while pregnant, are also a great option as they capture the eye and are easy to handle.” Slick-backed looks tend to highlight facial shape changes and are considerably less flattering. “If opting for an up-do, take a cue from Jessica Alba and Alicia Keys and add some height.”
“Even though there are a myriad of concerns regarding hair during pregnancy, the most common question that I get from clients, by far, is in regards to hair coloring. And my response is always the same: what does your doctor say? I find it’s very important for women to be honest with their physicians about what they are planning; sometimes, temporary options are the answer,” says Gocha. “Additionally, make sure that your stylist knows you’re pregnant so that he or she can limit how much of a chemical is allowed to make contact with your scalp during the process.”
“Pregnancy is a time of true joy and wonder, and nothing should hinder that! Taking advantage of your natural beauty and style are what is most attractive during this time, and if you follow the advice above, your hair will be sure to wow throughout your entire nine months,” says Gocha.