We do not fit Hair Extensions on clients during pregnancy or for a minimum of 5 months post birth. It is important for our clients to understand the reasons behind this.
During pregnancy the majority of women have trouble free pregnancies and their hair feels at its best whilst pregnant.
Normally during pregnancy the hair remains in the growing phase for longer, so for the vast majority of women their hair feels thicker and fuller.
A common symptom and side effect of pregnancy is 'Morning Sickness' . Unfortunately for some women this does not occur simply in the morning, but all day long. Some unfortunately experience the severe form of sickness. Excessive sickness can lead to dehydration and malnutrition which can result in diffuse shedding & hair loss.
Many women experience iron deficiency anaemia during pregnancy . Iron is an essential mineral for healthy hair growth.
Low levels can interrupt the hair growth cycle leading to shedding and hair loss.
Heavy blood loss can also occur during birth resulting in anaemia.
Hormonal changes can cause a greasy scalp & hair which would result in excess slippage of hair extensions.
TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM & PREGNANCY
Normally during pregnancy the hair remains in the growing phase for longer, so for the vast majority of women their hair feels thicker, fuller .
This is due to the rise in certain hormones. Once birth occurs hairs which remained in the extended growth phase enter the resting then shedding phase.
This can feel incredibly worrying as more shed hair than usual begins to fall. You will have become accustomed to less natural shed hair in your brush and plug hole over the course of 9 months, combined with the thicker hair you've enjoyed..
Post birth not only do you return to your normal shed rate between 50 - 150 strands a day, you will also be shedding hair additional hair you retained over the course of pregnancy.
Your hair will feel thinner as a result.
Whilst it is alarming and can feel like huge amounts, it will settle to normal levels over a few months.
This process may be delayed if breastfeeding and post partum shedding may not occur until breastfeeding is stopped.
Post partum shedding will stop when the body has regulated the natural hormone levels.
Applying hair extensions to hair in the resting or shedding phase will accelerate hair loss and can inadvertently pull healthy natural hair as the weight distribution becomes unequal.
NUTRIENTS DURING PREGNANCY
A healthy balanced diet during pregnancy is essential to natural hair health.
Pregnant women require higher amounts than the recommended daily dose of essential nutrients and minerals.
We have compiled a list of the essential nutrients key to maintaining healthy hair growth during pregnancy & post birth., their function & the recommended daily doses exclusively for our clients on our EXCLUSIVE ACCESS page.
If our clients discover they are pregnant whilst wearing our hair extensions we do not insist on immediate removal but will not refit at the next appointment.
If however experiencing severe sickness or low iron we do advise removal.
Post birth we will see you at 5 - 6 months and perform a series of tests to establish where your hair is in the growth cycle. We may fit test strands before booking a full fitting.