Friday, February 25, 2005

To Color Hair or Not To?

Ah, the age old question of whether to color your hair while pregnant or not. Some say YES! Some say NO! So what's the lowdown on changing your 'do? I understand how it is to have your hair growing super fast, your roots starting to show in a bad bad way. You just want to get in a salon and work on your hair. Plus the scalp massages can be sooo nice. So should you color your hair while pregnant? There are no conclusive studies about whether hair color will have an effect on a developing fetus. But it is recommended that you wait until after the first trimester before you color your hair. This isn't necessarily for health reasons but because you might not get the desired results if you color your hair during the first trimester. With hormones working into overdrive, your hair might react differently. Also, since morning sickness is particularly high during the first trimester, it might be best to stay away from chemicals and their strong aromas. If you do color, you want to be careful when coloring that the hair color is not directly applied to your scalp. Make sure the salon is well ventiliated so chemicals and fumes are not lingering. If anything, talk it over with your OB and your hair stylist. Go with what you feel comfortable because ultimately it's your hair. And your hair might even change on its own! Your hair texture can change during pregnancy and post pregnancy. In fact, a good friend of mine was a blonde during pregnancy and after she gave birth, she was a brunette! And this was with no hair coloring -- it was simply the change in hormones!