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Great Expectations: Hair Tips For Moms To Be

Congratulations! The test was positive and baby will be here before you know it. In the meantime, why not baby your hair before those midnight feedings begin? Here are great hairstyle, hair color and hair care tips from the pros at Matrix--for now and for nine months from now!

Drink Up!

Your favorite chardonnay is probably off limits for the time being, but it’s important to hydrate your hair! The hormones associated with pregnancy often make strands feel dry or look dull, so you may want to switch up your hair care routine. Reach for a moisturizing duo like Matrix Biolage HYDRASOURCE Shampoo and Conditioner. Once a week, slather on a deeply hydrating treatment like Biolage HYDRASOURCE Ultra Conditioner. And before you style your hair, work in an ultra-light, instantly absorbed styling and treatment oil like Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil. It banishes frizz and split ends for a full 24 hours!

First Trimester Beauty Boosts

There are several goals when it comes to your hairstyle during your pregnancy. It should be easy to care for, comfortable to wear, and it should make you feel attractive and sexy. If you’re loath to part with your long locks, ask your hairstylist to show you some quick and easy updo hairstyles to expose your neck and give your features a lift. Avoid tight, stiff or fussy upstyles—loosely gathered, imperfect looks (a stray wisp here, a tendril there) are more feminine and flattering. To tame flyaways and leave hairstyles controlled yet touchable, mist with a soft-hold spray like Biolage Complete Control Fast-Drying Hairspray.

In terms of hair color, consider asking your hairstylist for some highlights. If your doctor has asked you to avoid hair color during your first trimester, highlights can be applied away from your scalp so that there is no contact with your skin.  Strategically placed to frame your face, they provide an instant complexion “refresh.”

Stay on Schedule

As your pregnancy progresses, your life gets busier (a foreshadowing of what it will be like as your kids grow)! You’ll find yourself booked with doctor appointments, parenting classes, showers and lots more things “baby”. To make sure your hairstyle doesn’t lose its shape and your highlights look fresh, book regular hair appointments in advance. Planning ahead means you’ll be able to choose the days and times that suit your schedule, and you’ll never wake up in a panic because you have to get your bangs trimmed RIGHT NOW!

Post-Partum Prep

As many moms know, the arrival of baby often coincides with changes in your hair. Once again, hormones are the culprits—causing strands to become skinnier and possibly brittle. Prepare yourself before your due date by discussing volumizing hairstyle options with your stylist. What’s more, a care and hairstyling regimen for fine hair—like the Total Results Amplify collection—can boost strand thickness and provide valuable support for limp locks. Finally, this may also be the time to consider a short hairstyle.  You’ll want to grab every precious minute of sleep possible between feedings, and a cute crop means less styling time, and less chance of hair becoming tangled up in baby’s little hands! 

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