I'm Pregnant and I Have Roots! What Can I Do?
Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! It's such an exciting time in your life; picking out names, nursery ideas, shopping, etc. Then the nervousness sets in. There's rumors that you're not supposed to eat sushi, no lunch meats, no soft cheeses and the list goes on. What else can't you do you wonder. Wait! Can you still color your hair or are your co-workers going to know you aren't a natural blonde now?
We wanted to break it down for you so here's the gist of what you can do. According to The Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), which provides information on potential reproductive risks, there is no "real" risk associated with coloring your hair while pregnant. With that being said, there are still some ways to make it even safer for you. It is generally recommended that you wait until your second trimester to do any chemical services to your hair. This includes color, perms and straightening. Safety increases by the second trimester as most of the major fetal organ development is complete.
As far as the actual color service goes, while all color is considered generally safe, it is recommended to stick with getting highlights and lowlights as opposed to an all over color. The reasoning behind this is that the highlights/lowlights never actually touch the scalp whereas the all over color does go to the scalp. Another added level of safety comes from using a color line that is as natural as you can get. Aveda Color is a great example of a very natural hair coloring system with up to 99% natural ingredients.
Lastly, the most important thing to remember is to make sure that you are having your color done in a well ventilated space. Breathing those color fumes, pregnant or not, can sometimes be a bit much. While there is no evidence that the fumes are harmful to you or your baby, if you can avoid them it's always a more pleasant experience. The most offending odor in color is the ammonia and Aveda also does a great job of combating this by offering a color line which is ammonia free.
So, there you go! You will still be able to rock fabulous hair while also rocking that fabulous baby belly!
Posted on Tue, September 24, 2013
by tabithad filed under