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Is Dying Your Hair During Pregnancy Safe?

December 26, 2016

Is Dying Your Hair During Pregnancy Safe?

Dyeing Your Hair During Pregnancy: What Do the Experts Say?

When professionals are asked whether dying hair is safe during pregnancy, there are normally two main answers. One answer is that there is no strong scientific evidence today that shows that mothers' hair coloring has a detrimental effect on the development and the future health of the baby. The second answer argues that the aggressive components of chemical dyes can be absorbed into the bloodstream via the respiratory tract and the skin of the head of a pregnant woman. Through blood flow, harmful substances can enter the circulatory system of the fetus and cause harm reportedly.

In refutation of this theory, some experts argue that the amount of chemical absorbed into the blood during hair coloring, is negligible. In addition, the child in the womb is protected by the placenta, which shields the baby from harm.

Thus, most of the facts suggests that hair coloring during pregnancy assumes no risk for the future baby. However, it should be kept in mind that a woman's body during pregnancy undergoes various hormonal changes which in return may cause unpredictable consequences. For example, a dye, which she enjoyed for years, may suddenly cause an allergic reaction and that in return may cause some effect.

Better Safe than Sorry

Although most modern scholars do not regard hair coloring during pregnancy as potentially injurious to the baby's health, there may still be a tiny probability that the chemical components in the dyes can harm the baby. On the other hand, the constant stress being experienced by expectant mom because of dissatisfaction with her appearance, may be no less dangerous to the health of the child. To solve this dilemma, obstetricians recommend the following guidelines when hair coloring during pregnancy:

- Try not to dye your hair during the first trimester of pregnancy because it is in this period laid the vital organs of the future baby.

- Choose colors, which do not contain ammonia, resorcinol, hydrogen peroxide and PPD since these substances can cause severe allergic reactions, inflammation and decreased immunity which may adversely affect the health of mother and unborn child.

- Stay in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling harmful substances that are part of the dyeing process

- Give preference to gentle staining techniques such as highlighting, coloring or brondirovanie.

- Pay attention to the natural dyes such as henna, Basma, chamomile teas, rhubarb, walnut, onion peel, and so on.

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