Hair Dye Safety For Pregnant Women: Part I
Whether you have been, are pregnant, or know someone who has been through a pregnancy you would know that it's an out-worldly experience. The body undergoes a wide range of changes as the baby develops. Weight gain, unexplained food cravings, fatigue, heartburn, swollen ankles, and many more changes that may leave you feeling drained. These changes are inevitable.
During this time it is also not unusual for women to want to try new things on themselves. Hair coloring can help you with refreshing a refreshing new look. However, you may have safety concerns since hair dyes are made of chemicals- some of them corrosive.
These are valid concerns, and there is a lot of information to help you decide whether it is safe to color your hair when you are pregnant.
Hair Dye and Pregnancy
Expectant mothers have a lot to take in at once. Safety information, diet dos and don'ts, supplements, and physical activities. For nine months anything and everything you do may have a direct impact on the developing baby, and you want to ensure that they are all for the good.
Fortunately, hair dyes are not dangerously toxic to a developing baby, and can be used during pregnancy. And this is true for both permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes. It is true that the chemicals in hair dye come in contact with the scalp during treatments. And, that it could get absorbed into the skin. However, this amount is so small that it is unlikely to produce a harmful effect on the fetus.
Coloring Your Hair Safely
In any case taking a precaution is always the best way to go about things you are unsure about. Here are some points to consider before using a hair color:
1. Waiting Until The Second Trimester
Foetal development happens rapidly during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Hence, it is important to ensure that the environment is as safe as possible during this time. Also, hair can grow faster during the first trimester compared to the rest of the period. Waiting until this sensitive time is over can minimize any possible harm to the baby.
2. Selecting Safe Hair Treatments
Although hair dyes may be safe to use for pregnancy take the extra effort to use brands that are free of ammonia, PPD, paraben, resorcinol, SLS, and silicones. Go for products that have been made using stringent guidelines as opposed to those which claim to be “natural”.
Read the product label carefully. It does not hurt to use hair dyes that go the extra mile to make the product safe as opposed to those which are cheap and harmful. Some products are also enriched with essential oils which improve hair texture and reduces roughness.
Other Ways to Reduce Chemical Exposure
Choosing a safe product is the first step. Safety measures while applying the dye can further reduce harmful effects.
- Ensure that you apply hair dye in a ventilated room. This can prevent the toxic fumes emitted from them from hanging in the air.
- Wear safety gloves. High quality hair dye brands provide these along with the hair dye because they prioritize customer safety.
- Don’t leave the chemicals on your hair for longer than the necessary amount of time. Each brand may have their own time, so read the instructions on the label carefully.
- Ensure you rinse the chemicals from your hair and skin thoroughly. If you have hair dye stain on your skin ensure that it is completely removed.
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In this case your chances of exposure are higher and more frequent. Here are some precautions that will help you minimize your exposure:
- Ensure that the protective gloves are replaced frequently.
- Avoid eating around the work station.
- Always wear a face mask while doing chemical treatments.
- Wash away any traces of hair dye from your skin.
- Getting a hair treatment while pregnant may likely not harm the developing baby.
- Take all the necessary safety measures.
- You can start with a strand test before coloring your hair.
- During pregnancy hormonal changes could affect the way your hair reacts to a dye.