Pregnancy-Safe Hair Treatments

Expectant moms are always on the lookout for the appropriate beauty treatments for pregnancy they can use as pregnancy brings with it several physical changes due to changes in the hormonal levels. And a common concern during this period is related to hair treatments. As most hair treatment products have chemicals and dyes in them, many pregnant women wonders if it is safe to have any of these products on their locks.

Types of Hair Treatments

Hair coloring

There are so many colors that you can choose from: classic brunette, ombre, platinum, and a whole host of other color variants. Each may be available as permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary dyes.

Hair Perming

This treatment requires heat and chemicals to modify the cross-linking bonds in the hair structure to transform straight hair to have semi or permanent waves. Permanent waves involve two processes: waving and neutralization of the curls.

Hair Bleaching

Bleaching and highlighting the hair removes the original color of the hair by oxidation. This process removes the pigment on the hair and will make the hair to turn white if the hair bleaching product is left longer than necessary on the hair.

Hair straightening or relaxing

This treatment uses the same chemical reactions as that of hair perming. However, instead of using curlers, the hair is straightened with a hair iron. Relaxers either contain either a lye (sodium hydroxide) or no lye (potassium, lithium, or guanidine hydroxide) formulas to straighten the hair permanently.

Are these hair treatments safe for the hair during pregnancy?

Though there are studies conducted which indicate that the chemicals found in either semi- permanent and permanent hair dyes to be safe for pregnant women, they are limited in number. These studies also prove that only a small amount of the hair dye will be absorbed by the skin. This means that very little of the hair dye product could possibly reach the fetus and will not cause any harm to the unborn child.

The same thing happens if the woman received a hair treatment while breastfeeding. Hence, the treatment may be deemed to be safe for pregnant women.

Still, many doctors would suggest having these hair treatments only after having the baby. If you would still want to have any of these treatments, consider the following tips.

Precautions When Having Hair Treatments

If you decide to receive any of these hair treatments, make sure that it is done in a well-ventilated area.

This will minimize the exposure to harmful chemicals that may be present in the formula used for the treatment.

Make sure that

The hairstylist (or yourself if you are doing the treatment yourself) follows the required time to allow the treatment to set on your hair. Otherwise, the treatment may damage your hair instead. It will also expose your skin longer to the chemical used, which may be dangerous to your baby’s health.

Ask the hairstylist to make sure that there is no residue of the formula left on your hair.

Always inspect the label.

If there is any ingredient indicated in the label that you find unsure of, ask the hairstylist, Google it for more information, or seek your doctor’s consent.

Always do a patch test.

This will confirm if the formula that will be applied on your hair will not result to any allergic reactions. You can also see how the portion of your hair will look with the treatment. You can request for alternative formulas if you don’t like the results of the test.

If you prefer to DIY, use hand gloves to ensure that no to a little amount of the formula that you are using will touch your skin or enter your pores.

Hair dyes are for the hair on your head and not for your brows and lashes

Doing so may cause swelling and infect the eyes.

As a common observation, pregnancy affects the color and texture of your hair

If you can wait, just have the treatment once you have delivered your baby. Besides you can use other natural methods to keep your mane looking gorgeous even if you are pregnant.

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