Can You Bleach Your Hair if You’re Pregnant?
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to give up great looking hair. You may decide to change up your look during pregnancy, but it’s important for you remember that hair products for bleaching and dying contain chemicals. Experts are divided on whether bleach and dyes will penetrate the scalp, but say the risk is generally low if you’re healthy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believe dying and bleaching while pregnant isn’t toxic to the fetus. There are a few precautions that researchers and members of the medical community suggest you take whether you’re bleaching your hair or dying it.
The first trimester is a time of rapid change for mothers and the unborn child. Doctors recommend waiting until the second trimester before dying or bleaching. Bleaching your hair after week 13 is considered safe. However, rather than bleaching, experts recommend highlights or balayage instead.
Almost every woman has experienced at least one food, taste or smell that they weren’t able to tolerate while pregnant. The skin can also undergo changes, with women developing skin allergies and conditions they never had before. Talk with your doctor before coloring or bleaching if you have eczema or psoriasis, or if you develop it.
You may be more sensitive to hair products or experience irritation where none existed prior to pregnancy. Stay with the same dyes and bleaches you’ve used in the past to lower the risk of a reaction. Make sure the area is always well-ventilated. If you’re doing your own hair at home, always wear gloves.
Working in a Salon
You’ll probably continue to work during your pregnancy, but if you work in a salon you’re going to be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals. Make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask to reduce the risk of inhaling chemicals.
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