Being pregnant should not mean that you have to forego your entire beauty regime. Hair is an important element of your beauty and it is always a treat to try on different hair styles and experiment with different hair colors. During pregnancy however, you always have to and think before you experiment with your hair. There have always been rumors and myths about hair dyes during pregnancy.
There has been only a handful of research about hair dyes during pregnancy. Tests done on animals do not show any noticeable change during pregnancy. Also, women have been dying their hair during pregnancy but there has been no conclusive answer as to its side effects. According to OTIS, very little amount of chemicals enter your bloodstream through your scalp during such treatments.
Therefore the use of hair dyes is probably safe and might not be harmful to your baby. However the risk remains and therefore many doctors advise against it. If you absolutely have to get some color up there, use treatments that do not come into contact with your scalp. For example, streaking or highlighting.
There is also the option of going natural. There are vegetable dyes now available that are organic and do not contain a lot of chemicals. However, be cautious and scan the ingredients of a product before buying it. A lot of products claiming to be organic also contain the chemicals used in permanent dyes.
Henna is a good example of a natural dye. It is however a messy work and takes a long time to stain. Also, there are no color variations available. There are, however, henna based dyes available in various color options. But you should be wary of the chemicals used in it.
If you decide to go the professional chemical way, there are points that you should keep in mind. The parlor you decide upon should be a well-ventilated space. Also, the fumes might be a problem for the pregnant ladies, sensitive as they are to smell. It is very crucial that you first get a patch test before getting your hair dyed. Also, know the contents of the dye before using it, for example, checking the content for ammonia, which is never good, pregnant or not.
Other hair treatments for the hair like getting a perm or relaxers should also be tested by doing just a single streak first. Because of the changes in hair growth and texture during pregnancy, sometimes these treatments do not ‘take’ to the hair. If you can do without them, do avoid hot treatments for the hair for this period.
To care for the hair during pregnancy, a proper meal is a must. Do consult your doctor or a good nutrition expert for this. While your routine shampoo, conditioner and serum should not be a problem, you could try maternity hair care product lines. For example, Carol’s Daughter and Nine Naturals are a few brands that have garnered good reviews.
So while you could continue with your hair care regime, it would be safe to switch with alternatives for a while. Trying new products might even be good thing and you might discover something that suits you even better. Going natural might be a bit costly but might also be worth it.