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I’m bored with my hairstyle. What looks best during pregnancy?
“Resist the urge to make a drastic change,” says Vaughan Acord, a senior hair stylist at Bumble and Bumble in New York City and new dad. “Too many physical changes are going on during pregnancy; you don’t need another.
“Instead, freshen up your current style.” If you’re already sporting a short cut, Acord recommends growing it just a bit to balance out your new full figure and adding volume. Place a few Velcro rollers at the crown, warm with a blow-dryer, let cool and remove.
For hair that’s all one length, cut a few long layers all over, and add texture and volume.
Don’t overlook accessories if your hair is long. “Twist it up into a beautiful barrette or pin for a feminine but practical look,” Acord says. Consider shifting your part off-center or zigzagging it to thin your fuller face. Soften bangs with fringy layering, since hard-edged bangs make your face look rounder.
You needn’t fuss with a curly or wavy do. Whether your hair is short or long, apply anti-frizz products while hair is wet, then style.
If you’re considering a perm, wait until after your baby is born and you’ve stopped breastfeeding. There’s a good chance the curls won’t take while your hormones are off-kilter. Also, the harsh chemicals may be hazardous to the baby.
Can I color my hair while pregnant?
“There’s no evidence that hair coloring presents a problem during pregnancy,” says Christann Jackson, M.D., director of the Pregnancy Safety Hotline at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. Get your doctor’s OK, then follow these guidelines:
Wait until the second trimester. “That’s the ultimate conservative approach,” Jackson says.
Don’t color at home. A pro can keep dye off your skin.
Make sure the salon has good ventilation. Although fumes from dyes and bleaches don’t pose a health threat, they can make you feel queasy.
How can I use makeup to downplay my puffy face?
“Emphasize your eyes and lips,” says Celeste Randall, a makeup artist at The Makeup Shop, a studio in New York City.
Randall recommends brushing brows upward with a clean mascara brush or comb. Then mix a soft brown eye shadow with a dot of your favorite moisturizer, and define your brows with an angled brush. “The moisturizer allows the shadow to move and stay,” she says.
Define eyes with a pencil, along the bottom lash line. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and then coat with mascara. Then curl again.
Line lips with a pencil, to match your natural lip color, and fill in with a glossy lip color. And limit blush to a subtle hint; bright cheeks will accentuate your temporarily full face.