creative director of the school of stylists “Avanscena”
Below we have collected the most common statements regarding hair coloring during pregnancy. Most of them are passed by word of mouth without questioning. As a result, many expectant mothers deny themselves the pleasure of looking beautiful for 9 months. And after childbirth, another round of superstitions begins. But more on that another time. And now – about what most pregnant women are sure of.
“Since there is a smell of ammonia, it means that the paint is harmful”
Ammonia does act on the sense of smell and can irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract, but it cannot be avoided. To fill the hair with pigment, you need to deliver it to the core, this is what ammonia does. It opens the scales of the surface layer of the hair (cuticle) and lets in the pigment. But this is not a reason to refuse staining.
In fact: Ammonia is a natural chemical compound of nitrogen with hydrogen, related to the human body. It is found in blood and urine, it is present in medicines, for example, in ammonia-anise drops, which are approved for use even by pregnant women.
Like any substance, ammonia can be both a medicine and a poison, it’s all about quantity. When dyeing, you can check with the master what percentage is contained in the dye, on average, the figure is from 1.4 to 2.5%. The smaller it is, the softer the effect.
It’s important to know
In persistent paints sold in mass markets, the percentage of ammonia is always the highest – counting on a consumer who does not know the intricacies of coloring. The paint should cover the gray hair in any case, hence the guaranteed penetration to the full depth of the hair and the durability of the dye. As a rule, here, too, the percentage of ammonia is in the range of permissible values. However, it is important to take into account that dark shades of little-known manufacturers can contain salts of heavy metals, their accumulation in the body is much more dangerous.
“It is better to choose an ammonia-free dye, it is 100% harmless.”
But this, alas, has not been proven. Now many manufacturers produce “ammonia-free” paint. But what has replaced the “harmful” ammonia? Indeed, without it, the pigment, as we already know, cannot penetrate the depth of the hair.
Monoethanolamine is a colorless liquid that has the property of ammonia to open the hair cuticle. Due to its lack of odor, this substance often inspires unconditional trust.
In fact: monoethanolamine is a synthetic substance, and its safety has not yet been proven and is rather a marketing ploy of the manufacturer.
“The paint penetrates into the bloodstream and even if the harm is not noticeable now, in the future it will come back to haunt the baby’s allergies and other problems more than once”
For obvious reasons, scientific experiments on the effect of dyes on the health of pregnant women and babies have never been carried out. But scientists are observing, and for many years no direct evidence of harm has been found. This is not surprising, because when the paint contacts the scalp, the percentage of substances absorbed into the blood is too insignificant.
In fact: even if a small part of harmful substances gets to the fetus’s habitat, it will not get inside, because the baby is surrounded by the placenta, which filters everything that comes close to the fetus and does not let uninvited guests through the so-called “placental barrier”.
Hair dyeing specialists recommend that their clients in the position do a dye allergy test. You need to apply a little dye to the strand and see how the hair reacts. At this time, hormones are raging in the woman’s body, which can interfere with the shade of staining – in this case, the desired color will not work.
“Pregnancy is the time to remember about henna and basma”
Not necessary at all. If the natural shades of henna and basma are already familiar and suitable, you can continue to enjoy. But if the gray hair is not painted over evenly, it is better to paint the roots with persistent paint (it is she who copes with the gray hair), and maintain the natural color along the length.
In fact: the most difficult case is blondes. But even here there is a way out: highlighting on foil. The brightening composition does not come into contact with the scalp, and the subsequent toning does not penetrate deep into the hair, while it camouflages gray hair well, if any.
“In the cabin, it can become bad: the head will spin or nausea will appear, allergies may occur. No, staining during pregnancy is too risky. “
Dyeing in the salon is the safest way to add beauty. The craftsmen will always discuss with the client his individual characteristics. If there was no allergy to the paint before, most likely, it will not arise now, but just in case, before staining, they will conduct a test.
A pregnant woman can really get sick from the smells of ammonia and other substances floating in the cabin. Therefore, it is recommended to sign up for coloring in the morning, while the air is fresh and not filled with chemical aromas. The only limitation is toxicosis. The reaction to odors during this period is unpredictable, and it is better to postpone the visit to the master for a while.
In fact: even doctors note that positive emotions from contemplating one’s own beauty during pregnancy are beneficial for the woman and the baby. Therefore, you should not limit yourself in joys and if it’s time to dye your hair, do it!
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