Get ready to enter a stage where you will feel beautiful, despite the pounds you have gained. Pregnancy is a time of great transformation in the woman’s body and life, as well as happiness and hope. The result is an enormous asset for the body and the soul. With hormones running high, the hair tends to become more voluminous and silkier, the skin brighter, the nails less brittle, the breasts fuller, the curves more pronounced.

Well, life is not a bed of roses. You’ll have to endure gray and frizzy hair. Most hair treatments are a nay during this time of your life, especially the first three months. See, there is a risk that some chemicals may be absorbed by the skin, getting to the bloodstream, and then it could be able to reach the fetus, which a study suggests, could lead to fetal abnormalities and even leukemia. Also, being pregnant weakens body immunity and may leave the pregnant woman more prone to develop an allergy to one of the products used in hair treatments and – let’s not forget – most allergy drugs are not pregnancy-friendly.

Read bellow which hair treatments you should or shouldn’t have done at the salon or home. Word of advice: before doing any type of treatment while pregnant, talk to your ob./gyn. Only your doctor knows your history and has the information needed to give you a go safely.

 

Hair dye

Most doctors will recommend pregnant women to skip coloring their hair in the first trimester. Those first three months are a high-risk period for fetus mutations and malformations. Truth is there aren’t enough studies to prove whether chemicals present in hair dye are safe or not for the fetus.

In doubt, it´s best to wait for as long as you can bare – the third trimester is the goal (28 weeks or more), or at least once you have passed the 20-week gestation mark – and make sure you use products with no ammonia or heavy metals

Semi-permanent colors and natural dyes, such as henna, are recommended over permanent colors. Though check the label before buying, some “natural’ dyes are mixed with chemicals and will be just as harmful as regular ones. Take precautions when you’re getting the treatment done: treatments should be done in a well-ventilated area, so you don’t inhale fumes, do not leave the chemicals on your hair any longer than indicated by the directions. If you’re going DIY, wear gloves.

Highlights, lowlights, frosting and streaking

For these techniques, color is painted on the hair shaft, it has no contact with your scalp, and therefore are recommended frequently as a safer alternative to regular hair coloring. Preferably, you should wait until your 20th week of pregnancy and let your stylist know not to go up to the roots. Some doctors will suggest that you wait until 28 weeks.

Hair Straightening Methods

All chemical straightening methods are forbidden during pregnancy. The reason is the presence of toxic ingredients in their composition. These chemical substances can harm the baby. Make an effort to read the labels, and look for words like formaldehyde, methylene glycol, polyformaldehyde, polyoxymethylene, formalin, methylene oxide, methanol, formaldehyde 40 formic aldehyde, Lysoform, oxomethane and many more synonyms of formaldehyde as well as guanidine, ammonia thioglycolate and others. Therefore, the best and safest way to straighten your hair is to get a blow-dry or use a flat iron with no chemical products whatsoever.

Hair Bonding and Keratin Treatments

For the most part, hair bonding treatments have formaldehyde and, for that reason, are forbidden for pregnant women. Keratin treatments, if they are made of Keratin and no harmful chemicals are ok but should be done only after the first trimester and never touch the roots. Word of wisdom: make sure you go to a hair salon you trust, ask about the use of formaldehyde, and ask the professional you know to look for other dangerous substances such as lead and hydroquinone.

Moisturizing Hair Masks

Moisturizing hair masks are a go! You can hydrate and treat your hair with repairing creams as well as oils for split ends. Shampoo and conditioner won’t harm you either.

Hair Botox

Despite its name, this treatment does not have any botulinum toxin in it. It works sealing hair cuticle, repairing and hydrating hair. As it also has no chemical components prohibited for pregnant women, it can be done during pregnancy.

Read next:

+ Pregnant skin: learn how to properly care for it

+ Shoes: which ones to wear during pregnancy?

+ Breasts: how to start caring for them

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