Oily Hair during Pregnancy - Causes and Treatment

How to Deal With Oily Hair During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a beautiful phase. Women enjoy the love and attention they get during this time. But this beautiful phase has its share of pros and cons. Most women come across various skin and hair woes during pregnancy, and it may result in oily and greasy hair, which nobody likes, of course. Are you also dealing with this problem of oily and greasy during pregnancy? If yes, then we recommend that you browse through the following article to find out how you can effectively deal with oily hair during pregnancy.

What Causes Oily Hair while Pregnant

The sudden outburst of oil on a woman’s scalp during pregnancy is extremely common, and it is most likely a result of the changing hormones during pregnancy. The surge in various hormones may lead to increased sebum production in the hair follicles, which may make your hair greasy and oily. Apart from many other changes that happen inside your body due to the hormonal upheaval, an overdrive of your sebaceous glands may be just one of them. Although there is nothing much that can be done to combat the consequences of changing hormones, there are some tips that may help you take care of your oily scalp.

How to Treat Oily Hair During Pregnancy

Mentioned below are some effective ways that will assist you in treating the issue of oily hair during pregnancy:

1. Follow a healthy diet

A balanced and nutritious diet is of utmost importance for the overall well-being of the mother and her unborn baby. The same holds true for taking care of your oily tresses. Make sure you eat healthy foods; include fruits and vegetables in your diet and refrain from having refined, oily, fried, and sugary foods. Eating unhealthy foods may lead to more oil production and thus oily scalp and hair. So, control your urge to eat all these inviting unhealthy foods.

A pregnant woman eating healthy fruits

2. Keep stress at bay

Stress is not good for you or your unborn baby, and it may lead to various health hazards during pregnancy. Stress along with changing hormones may also lead to oily hair during pregnancy. Hence, it is important that you avoid stressing about little things. Practise yogameditation etc., as it will help you deal with stress effectively and keep you calm and relaxed.

3. Do not condition your hair

Almost all women like to shampoo and condition their hair to get shiny hair. However, during pregnancy, it is suggested that you skip conditioning your hair if you are suffering from an oily hair problem. This is because conditioning moisturises your hair and if you already have oily hair, it may further make your scalp oily and greasy. Therefore, we recommend that you stop conditioning your hair for some time.

4. Do not shampoo your hair excessively

Yes, it may sound strange and weird to you, but it is wise to not over-wash or over-shampoo your hair if you want to get rid of the excessive oil. This is because if you shampoo your hair often, then it may make your sebaceous glands produce more oil. This condition may further increase oil in your scalp and make your hair greasy and oily. The best you can do it wash your hair moderately that is 2 to 3 times in a week. Also, make sure you do not use any harsh shampoo as it may cause your scalp to dry, though temporarily, but it may lead to more oil on your scalp. So, use a mild shampoo, which is gentle on your scalp and hair

There is nothing much that can be done to control the changing hormones (which is one of the possible causes of oily hair) during pregnancy. However, with proper care and hygiene, you can efficiently manage your oily hair issues during pregnancy. But if you are finding it hard to manage your oily hair condition on your own or if it is leading to other conditions such as acne, it is suggested that you consult your doctor for the same.

Also Read: Causes and Remedies of Dandruff during Pregnancy

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Aarohi Achwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in English Literature. While working as an intern for an English daily, she realised that she likes writing above anything else. The idea of being heard without having to speak appeals to her. She likes to write research-based articles that are informative and relevant. She has written articles on pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. And she would like to continue creating content on health and lifestyle.