Louis Licari on the Best Hairstyles for Pregnant Women

Plus, an answer to the million-dollar question: Can you dye your hair you're when expecting?

Every day at the salon, I find that another woman is bursting at the seams to tell me she is with child. They sometimes tell me even before anyone else outside of their immediate family, and I think it is because they can finally say the words, “I’m pregnant!” They always have that slight smile that radiates with peace and gratitude.

The other reason they talk to me is because they are wondering how to manage their hair during pregnancy, because they want to look their most beautiful during this very happy time. The most frequently asked question is what they should do differently now that they are expecting, so here are some of my favorite hair tips for pregnant women.

If You're Going for a Cut...

Avoid very short or very long hairstyles. Your face shape and body proportions will obviously change during pregnancy. Excessively long or short hairstyles can make your face look fuller and emphasize your changing body shape. Hair is best worn chin- to shoulder-length with a long bang and soft lines on the side to disguise any pregnancy weight.

Always part your hair off to the side instead of in the middle. This is usually the most flattering and slimming style for women who are pregnant.

Cut your hair in long layers to give you added height and body at the root of your hair. Use a styling product such as a root lift or body-building spray.

Keep your hair in a loose high ponytail or in a messy updo. If a few tendrils fall, don’t fret. The height and wisp around your face will instantly help you look thinner.

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Celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari is our hair expert and a 'Today' show contributor. We love his Ambush Makeovers on Fridays! Follow the "King of Color" on Twitter: @louislicari.

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