What can (and can’t) you do to your hair when you’re pregnant?

Can I dye my hair when I’m pregnant?

In a nutshell, yes, but there are some provisos.

As a starting point, consult your doctor rather than your hairdresser. “Virtually every colour service involves a chemical and you will be exposed to it,” Jack Howard , hair colourist and leading Balayage educator tells me. “If your doctor doesn’t have any worries, then go ahead.”

Once you’ve been given the green light, timing is the next consideration to bear in mind. The experts I’ve spoken to agree that mums-to-be shouldn’t colour their hair during their first 12 weeks of pregnancy (the risk of chemical substances harming the baby becomes lower after this). However, a skin test is essential before having your colour done, even if you’ve had one done before. “Pregnancy changes your sensitivity, potentially making you more susceptible to allergic reactions,” organic hair colour expert Karine Jackson explains. Top hairdresser Paul Edmonds also notes that hormone changes that occur during pregnancy, can affect the porosity of hair and its strength, so extra care should be taken to protect its integrity.

Technique will be crucial to your 12-week abstinence-following hair-color strategy. To lessen the risk of exposure to toxins, choose procedures that keep the dye from coming into contact with the scalp. You absorb fewer chemicals because they don’t touch your scalp when you apply color with highlights or a lived-in Balayage, according to Karine. “In addition to being trendy, it grows out beautifully and doesn’t leave any stark regrowth.” ”.

Clare Drawbridge, Senior Creative Colourist at Hari’s Salon also recommends considering booking in for high or lowlights rather than a full head. “They develop in foils which protects the scalp,” she explains, to keep the risk of irritation to a minimum.

What dye should you use? The NHS highlights that the chemicals (and the levels of them) present in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes aren’t highly toxic. If you’d prefer to use a less chemically-loaded alternative though, for greater peace of mind, there are a growing number of options to choose from.

“We use Organic Colour Systems colour,” says Karine. “As it doesn’t contain ammonia (and contains the lowest level of PPDs possible – the ingredient that makes colour permanent but also causes most reactions), it’s less likely to irritate someone with a skin concern or a pregnant client.” What’s more, its fresh scent is more pleasing to the nose, which will come as good news to those experiencing the drawbacks of a heightened sense of smell!

Vegetable color and henna are additional gentler options; in Clare’s experience, they are two of the least chemically-laden coloring options available. Although both are excellent options for darkening hair (especially useful for greys), they are not suitable for everyone. According to Claire, “You can’t lift hair without chemicals.” “Therefore, instead of going for highlights, think about embracing your natural hues.” ”.

The variety of root cover-ups that are currently on the market are another option to your colorist’s brush for maintaining your color between appointments. The new Magic Retouch Precision products from L’Oreal Paris, Josh Wood, and Color Wow are especially effective in this regard (read my full review here).

Some keratin treatments contain formaldehyde, which may be harmful to you and your unborn child’s health. All formulas containing formaldehyde should be avoided, even though non-formaldehyde keratin treatments are “probably not” a bad idea. Avoid formaldehyde-containing treatments whether or not you are pregnant because they can cause cancer. So that you are aware of the exact ingredients being applied to your hair, ask your stylist for the specific ingredients.

Look for other, healthier options to keratin treatments to keep your hair in check while you are pregnant. To keep hair moisturized and less frizzy, get regular deep-conditioning treatments. Apply conditioner to your hair thoroughly, cover your head with a shower cap, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. For more frequent defrizzing blowouts, visit a salon, or blow dry and style your hair at home with a round brush.

Keratin treatments are thought to be better for your hair because they don’t use as strong of chemicals as perms and relaxers do. However, the treatments may have an impact on your unborn child because they do use keratin proteins to momentarily alter the structure of your hair. Most hairdressers will advise you to wait to get them done until you’ve given birth and stopped nursing. There is no concrete evidence that keratin treatments won’t harm your child, and they are a relatively new procedure.

Keratin treatments work wonders on frizzy and puffy hair. Your hair is given keratin proteins during these treatments, which makes it more moisturized and less frizzy. Your hair is given keratin treatment by a salon professional, who then flat irons the strands to seal it in. Keratin treatments might not be the healthiest choice for you or your unborn child when you’re pregnant.

Although at-home hair treatments might seem secure, you should always check the product’s ingredient list. Some at-home keratin kits have been known to contain the carcinogens ethandial and glyoxal, which are both present in some of these kits. They may result in complications like irritation of the skin, eyes, or respiratory system. Avoid all keratin treatments while pregnant, even at-home versions.

How may keratin treatments for hair be avoided by expectant mothers?

One of the procedures that pregnant women undergo most frequently is hair keratin treatment. In hair keratin treatments, a chemical is used to weaken the bonds in the hair shaft so that heat and chemicals can be applied to the hair. Several precautions can be taken to reduce the chance that hair keratin treatments will be harmful to your unborn child:

You should discuss the best course of action with your doctor. Investigate the various hair keratin treatments that are available, then pick one that has few or no harmful ingredients.

Avoid exposure to UV rays and direct sunlight both during and after therapy.

Wear protective gear, including sunscreen, both during and after your treatment.

Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol when you are expecting.

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