The period of the birth and development of new life in the womb of a woman is shrouded in many secrets and prohibitions. Some of the taboos seem completely absurd – the ban on eating red berries (a child will be born with a blush on her cheeks), stepping over the threshold (for difficult births), knitting (knitting a bad fate for the baby), etc. But if everything is clear with these ridiculous restrictions, then what about the question that torments many expectant mothers: “Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?” This ban still does not seem completely devoid of common sense. There are many opinions on this subject. We’ll get to know some of them now.
Where the “legs grow”
How does the majority of taboos and warnings in relation to hair appear? The roots of almost all prohibitions go back in time. Our ancestors identified hair with something mystical, considered them a charm that protects a person from evil forces. Any manipulations with curls were carried out on certain lunar days, otherwise, misfortune overtook the disobedient. The hair was considered something akin to the “antenna” with the karmic world. A woman wearing a baby’s heart didn’t even dare to think about a haircut or coloring. Of course, in ancient times there was no chemical hair color for hair. In the east, henna was actively used for these purposes, the Romans dyed their hair with flower pollen, and the English women used sulfur and saffron powder to obtain fiery red hair.
Why you should not dye your hair during pregnancy: rational reasons
You should not be skeptical of this taboo, because from a medical point of view, dyeing your hair with too “vigorous” dyes is harmful not only for pregnant women. In some permanent paints of the modern sample, a significant part of the periodic table is present. These chemicals can harm a baby who is comfortably located in the womb and does not expect such a dirty trick from her. After all, hazardous chemicals enter the bloodstream through the scalp and are rapidly spreading throughout the body. If the paint contains the following substances, then its use is better to refuse
- Hydrogen nitrite (ammonia) – can cause vomiting, nausea, chronic headaches.
- Sony Yun (hydrogen peroxide) – peroxide often causes acute allergic manifestations, burns.
- Resorcinol – reduces the protective properties of the body, affects the mucous membrane of the throat and eyes, causes cough, rash on the skin.
- PPD (paraphenylenediamine) is an additive that is often an additional component in henna-based hair dyes (you should be extremely careful!). This substance can cause rapidly progressive inflammation.
These substances are harmful to any woman, even if she is not pregnant. Although today there is no officially fixed prohibition on hair coloring during the period of carrying a baby, it is definitely not worth using chemical paints at this time. Even pairs of ammonia and other chemical-based dyes quickly enter the lungs, and from there spread through the blood throughout the body.
Hair coloring in the first trimester
During this period, an organism of crumbs is formed in the womb. The use of chemicals in the first months of pregnancy, including as part of hair dyes, is strongly discouraged. This can lead to improper formation of the child’s organs and will negatively affect future health. Therefore, you should refrain from dyeing hair in the first trimester. In the early stages (up to 12 weeks), the fetal life of the baby passes without the necessary protection, because the placenta has not yet been formed.
Alternative hair dyeing options
But what should a pregnant woman do, who wants to remain attractive during this momentous period? Should I dye my hair, risking my health and the future of the baby, or endure? Do you really have to go with terrible regrown roots and an incomprehensible haircut? No, you don’t have to! You can get a haircut – and this is not discussed. All old prejudices must be forgotten. And you can dye your hair with gentle natural dyes, which not only do no harm but also make your hair even stronger and silky.
The most popular and safest hair coloring methods
1. Semi-permanent paints without ammonia. These products do not contain harmful dyes. The sharp and repulsive aroma characteristic of ordinary paints is also absent. However, such products do not “hold color” for a very long time and are quickly washed off.
2. Organic dyes. These funds are 90% composed of natural ingredients. However, you should be aware that a minimum percentage of amines is still present. These paints cost an order of magnitude more than usual but are a safer option for a pregnant woman.
3. “Silk dyeing” with the use of safe paint. The name of the procedure speaks for itself. It is worth contacting only a real professional who will conduct all the manipulations as competently as possible. This staining method can also be used during lactation.
4. Use of tonic or tint shampoo. Such products do not contain hazardous elements in the composition. However, the staining lasts until the first “bath procedure” with a head wash using ordinary shampoo.
5. Staining with henna. This natural component does not adversely affect the body of the future mother. Henna has been actively used in the beauty industry for several centuries. As a result of staining, a persistent and beautiful shade is obtained.
To get different shades, you need to add the following safe components to henna:
- Basma – allows you to get a bronze hair color. It is enough to mix henna with Basma and hold on your hair for no more than half an hour.
- Red strands are obtained as a result of “symbiosis” of henna and two tablespoons of ground coffee.
- Cocoa in tandem with henna gives the hair a shade of mahogany.
- To obtain a softer golden color of hair, you can use a strong decoction of onion peels. Tea leaves will allow you to get a dark brown shade of dies. As a basis for a natural dye, you can use green walnuts, lime, cinnamon.
- A strong broth of chamomile, mixed with henna, gives the hair a bright golden hue.
Tips for expectant mothers
1. Before carrying out the staining procedure, it is necessary to check the paint for individual tolerance (even when choosing a safe product). To do this, apply a small amount of dye to the elbow bend and wait 10-15 minutes. If no reactions have followed, then you can safely proceed to restore beauty.
2. Do not overdo the dye on the hair!
3. Do not very often experiment with your appearance, changing hair color every week. It is enough to refresh the shade once every 4-6 weeks.
4. Do not use permanent paints with chemical additives. Replace them with gentle and organic products.
5. Regular application of protective and restorative agents to the hair will help restore the natural shine to the dyed curls.
6. It is not recommended to visit beauty salons in the evening when the air there is oversaturated with chemicals. If there is no way to call a master at home, then it is better to visit a hairdresser in the morning.
7. It is worth considering hormonal changes in the body of a pregnant woman, because those paints that previously did not cause absolutely any reactions, now, during pregnancy, can cause dangerous allergic manifestations. It is still recommended to consult with your gynecologist about the advisability of using hair dye during pregnancy.
What conclusions can be drawn
Of course, dyeing hair or not during pregnancy is every woman’s business. There is no definite advice on this matter. All studies related to hair dyes did not focus only on women in position, determining the safety of the procedure for dyeing hair throughout the whole of humanity. The results of such experiments were not comforting, because scientists have proved that paints with ammonia and other harmful components can cause dangerous pathological processes in the body. Therefore, it is worth considering before you buy such an ambiguous coloring agent.
The golden time of bearing your own blood should be filled with positive and beauty. In order for the expectant mother to remain beautiful, healthy and joyful, she should use safe organic preparations for staining curls. And you can simply return to your natural shade of hair because naturalness is in fashion today.