I’ve been rocking my natural curls for 9 years. When my first child was born, I was 10 months into my natural hair journey. My TWA had gone from cute to …what the hell? A few weeks before he was born, I had my hair styled into twists with extensions . Although the style didn’t look the way I envisioned, I worked with it. For the birth of my second child, I had twists without extensions. The twists were tiny which made them tangle badly, as I was taking them out. Based on my experience here are 3 things for a newbie natural to consider when selecting a protective style during pregnancy.
Hair and Scalp Condition
What is the condition of your hair and scalp? Are you experiencing shedding or bountiful hair growth? Are your strands weak or strong? Is your scalp clear, dehydrated or flaky?
If you are unsure, it’s best to seek advice from your hairdresser. Avoid hair styles that may exacerbate any issues you are experiencing due to your pregnancy.
Time and Care
Think about how long you want your new do to last AND how long it will take to have it done. Do you really want to be sitting 5 hours plus with an 8 months bump? Not to mention the weight … if you decided to add extensions.
Real Talk: I recently had my hair braided with extensions down to my waist. It looked super cute but it made my neck ache. Consider also that even though you’re rocking a protective style you still need to care for the hair and below; cleansing, moisturising and so on.
After baby arrives you may experience postpartum shedding. I definitely experienced it with my second child. Through the haze of sleep deprivation, I didn’t notice until she was roughly 3 months old, when I went to the hairdresser for a treatment.
I saw myself in the harsh light up close and personal in the mirror. My edges were missing! I was traumatised but my hairdresser said it happens to some women after having a baby. Shortly, after I began a 3 months JBCO challenge. I applied the oil to my scalp three times weekly. In terms of cleansing, I included range. Whether it as the products, the castor oil challenge OR my hormones regulating, by the time my daughter was 6 months my hairline grew out … with a few stray hairs. I also had a bit more volume.
Hence, my advice is, don’t choose a style that will put stress on your hairline. Additionally, don’t style hair too tight OR don’t make it too heavy.
Are you a natural hair mum? Where you natural when your child(ren) was born? What was your go to style? How did you hair change? I would love to hear from you. Please comment below.
You can also pop over to Facebook check out some of the hairstyles I’ve worn over the years.