MANE CONCERN Motherhood's made you more aware of what you put on your body, including shampoo. But how do you begin to choose?
EXPERT ADVICE The gentler the shampoo, the better, says Hasblady Gúzman, owner of Bokaos Salon, in Pasadena, California, and a mom of two. By using a formula that's free of sulfates, parabens, artificial dyes, and fragrance, you'll benefit in two ways: First, you can rest assured knowing you're not exposing you or your baby to chemicals. Second, your hair may behave better. Your scalp tends to retain moisture during pregnancy, which can lead to buildup, so the last thing you want to do is pile on unnecessary ingredients. Viviscal Gentle Shampoo ($10; Viviscal.com) lightly exfoliates and conditions your scalp as it cleanses.
MANE CONCERN Your once-sleek strands have suddenly turned into frizz central.
EXPERT ADVICE Thank pregnancy hormones for the switcheroo. Your hair should return to normal when you're done nursing, but to battle frizz before then, do a deep-conditioning keratin treatment once a week. "It restores softness and shine, and makes your hair easier to blow-dry," Gúzman says. An affordable option we like: Organix Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil 3 Minute Miraculous Recovery ($6; Drugstore.com).
To tame frizzies that act up mid-day, consider investing in a portable flatiron like the Jet-Setter ($99; Joyus.com). It's battery-powered and small enough to fit in your diaper bag or work tote, so you can do touch-ups anytime.
MANE CONCERN Ack! You're starting to see your first few grays.
EXPERT ADVICE The general advice is to steer clear of dyes when you're pregnant and nursing, but that doesn't mean you have to live with silver! A quick temporary solution: Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50; Ulta.com), which comes in four shades, is like makeup for your hair. Brush the color on for coverage until your next shampoo. Bonus: If you stopped highlighting your hair during pregnancy, you can use one of the lighter shades to cover up dark re-growth. When you're finished breastfeeding, you can change to a more permanent form of gray coverage. Try Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up ($6; Walmart.com) to stretch the time between color sessions.
MANE CONCERN You won't have any time to spend futzing with your hair once Baby is here.
EXPERT ADVICE New York City hairstylist Sarah Potempa suggests showering after you've put the baby to sleep. Towel-dry or do a quick blow-dry to get most of the moisture out and then put your hair in a loose bun before bed. When you wake up, you'll have soft waves that you can run a bit of finishing cream through for definition. We recommend Pantene All-In-One Styling Balm ($5; Target.com).
MANE CONCERN You're freaked about post-pregnancy hair loss.
EXPERT ADVICE First, take a deep breath. Shedding the hair your body held on to during pregnancy is natural. You can expect it to happen about six months after giving birth. If the amount you're losing is really bumming you out, or you had thinning hair to begin with, try a styler like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray ($8; Soap.com). When you spray it onto damp hair and blow-dry, it plumps up strands from root to tip. You'll look as if you just hopped out of the salon chair.
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