Safety Tips When Coloring Hair
If pregnant women would still want to push through with bleaching their hair, then they must ensure to follow the safety precautions administered by the FDA.
- Wear a face mask and do it in a well-ventilated area
- Carefully follow the instructions printed on the box of the hair dye. It is common for hair dye products to have a separate set of instructions for pregnant women.
- Always wear the gloves provided inside the box.
- Do not leave the hair dye on your head for more than what is instructed in the box.
- Thoroughly rinse the hair dye from your head.
Never be afraid to approach any health expert and ask for help in regards to using hair dye during pregnancy.
Risks of Having Hair Bleached/Dyed During Pregnancy
There are no risks discovered yet pertaining to pregnant women bleaching or dyeing their hair. Pregnant women may have their doubts when they breastfeed after having their hair dyed, but it is still safe for them to continue breastfeeding.
Breathing in any fumes from bleach can be harmful. That is why inhaling hair bleach during pregnancy may not be good for pregnant women. The best way to avoid inhaling hair bleach fumes is to color your hair in a well-ventilated room.
Most of the health risks involved with hair dye or bleach involve allergic reactions. If a pregnant woman shows signs of being allergic to hair dye after doing a patch test, then they must discontinue using it. Even after delivery, they should refrain from using hair dye that they are allergic to.
Alternatives to Bleaching/Dyeing Hair
There are many alternatives to bleaching/dyeing hair. One such alternative is using henna. Because henna is a type of dye that comes from a plant, it is free from harmful chemicals.
Another tip for bleaching/dyeing hair would be having only the tips of the hair dyed. This way, pregnant women don’t have to worry since the dye does not make direct contact with the scalp.
There is nothing wrong with pregnant women wanting to look and feel good by having their hair dyed. Should they choose to color their hair while pregnant, they should make sure to take basic safety precautions, and to not bleach or dye hair if they are allergic. The bottom line is there is much we do not know about the health risks of hair dyes. If pregnant women want to stay on the safe side, then it is better to wait after the first trimester or until they have delivered their baby to have their hair dyed.
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