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Pregnancy and Hair Color

By March 21, 2014 No Comments
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Pregnancy is an exciting time...for you and your hair color!

Pregnancy is an exciting time…for you and your hair color!

The whole salon celebrates when we find out one of our beloved clients is expecting!

And the biggest question we hear from our clients is whether or not hair color is safe during pregnancy.

First and foremost, we can’t stress enough that you should consult your doctor. We here at The Root Salon are hair color experts but we are not health care experts. Your doctor knows you best and his or her opinion comes first.

Things We Can Do for You

Once you get the clear from your doc, ask your colorist to give you a patch test to be sure your new state of maternity has not caused an unexpected sensitivity to your usual hair color.

Some women choose to color their hair after the second trimester when the fetus is much less vulnerable. We don’t know of any scientific studies on this subject so it really depends on your personal comfort level and your doctor’s opinion.

Ask your colorist about ammonia-free, demi-permanent hair color that can be used to blend your gray and produce tone on tone color that is less assertive than permanent color. This type of coloring doesn’t have harmful fumes that may not be the best thing for the mommy to be.

We can use color that does not get applied to your scalp at all (which is how it might transfer to your blood stream). Instead, the hair color is applied with the use of foils or paper. This process is great for lightening your hair color, low lighting to blend gray, and creating dimensional effects.

If you go to another salon, please be advised that a traditional bonnet dryer to process your hair color should be used with extreme caution! Only gentle, non-ammonia hair color should be processed this way especially when you are pregnant. (At the Root Salon, we won’t do this to you.)

And finally, don’t be shy. Please tell your colorist if you have ANY skin irritation, experience fumes that bother you, or have an uncomfortable body position during your appointment.

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This is henna powder. Proceed with caution!

This is henna powder. Proceed with caution!

At-Home Options

Others choose alternate options like vegetable or henna dyes. But we really recommend that you proceed with caution!

So-called natural or organic color products can lead to unpredictable results that may not please you. And unfortunately, just because it says “natural” on the box, it can still contain the same ingredients that are contained in the traditional, professional, permanent dyes (the same stuff you are trying to avoid).

Hennas can be used at times to some success…but it’s tricky business. The henna must sit for a VERY long time on the hair shaft to make a difference. Another unfortunate byproduct is that when you want to return to permanent color after your pregnancy, the henna can lead to disastrous results for your colorist. Plus, henna turns gray hair to orange!

Obviously, those options aren’t our favorite.

Let Us Help You

The bottom line is, The Root Salon will do whatever it takes to make sure you and your doctor feel comfortable with our methods. Feel free to book a consultation with your colorist to discuss the available options so you can take the information back to your doctor to double check. We want you to feel safe AND beautiful while you enjoy this wonderful time in your life!

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