To dye or not to dye. That is the question many pregnant and breastfeeding women ask themselves before making their 4-6 weekly trip to the salon. Pregnancy brings on a lot of changes, both to your body and lifestyle, but your visits to the hair salon don’t need to be sacrificed. But, the worry about the potential risk to your baby’s health is unavoidable. If you’re wondering whether your usual hair routine will have to change now that there’s a baby on the way, or you’re nursing, fear not. We have the answers!
Dealing with hair changes during pregnancy
During pregnancy, you may notice a change to your skin, nails and hair. Many women notice their hair becomes thicker, frizzier, unpredictable, or reacts differently to dyes or perms. The increased oestrogen during pregnancy prolongs the growth phase of your hair. The usual amount of hair won’t fall out, making your hair seem fuller and thicker. When you give birth, this stage finishes and all of that extra hair may fall out, making you feel like you’re losing your hair. You’re not! It’s just going back to it’s normal state. Visiting a professional hairdresser during pregnancy is important because they can give you advice on which styles, colours and treatments will work best to manage the changes to your hair.
Ammonia-free hair dye: the healthiest choice
There is no evidence to suggest that colouring, perming, or otherwise treating your hair during pregnancy or breastfeeding causes harm to your baby. These chemicals are applied to your hair and, though they may come into contact with your scalp, only a negligible amount will be absorbed. Nevertheless, using traditional, ammonia-containing hair dyes is something you should consider switching away from regardless of whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or otherwise. Ammonia is a strong chemical which strips the hair of its natural colour, and deposits the dye into the hair shaft. It’s what causes that nasty smell during the colouring process and leaves your hair feeling dry and heavy.
Ammonia- and PPD-free hair products have burst onto the market as customers have become increasingly health- and eco-conscious, and are demanding safer, healthier options. These products contain fewer nasty chemicals, and leave your hair softer and shinier.
There’s really no reason NOT to make the switch.
As you can see, you don’t have to stop dying and treating your hair while pregnant or breastfeeding. Ammonia-free hair dyes are kinder to your hair and are an all-round healthier option for any woman.