Coloring Your Hair or other Chemical Services Durring Pregnancy

United States
December 13, 2011 12:51am CST
Ok, so my cousin asked her friends on facebook if she should color her hair blonde. She is pregnant at this point in time and a few people chewed on her for even thinking about coloring her hair because she is pregnant. I am a cosmetologist, I have a son. I worked until I was 8 months pregnant and my son is perfectly healthy and he has always been strong for his age. So much that it shocked a few different pediatricians. I know that everyone is different, but seriously. I colored my hair, blonde, purple, pink, brown and green while I was pregnant and I also did acrylic nails on myself regularly. When I was in beauty school, there were at least 40 students working with the worst beauty service chemicals that you could imagine (It's a school, they use the cheapest crap around which is the worst for you) all at the same time, every single day. There were at least 10 girls who carried their babies all 9 months in the school in direct contact with those chemicals every day and all of their babies were as healthy as the mothers who didn't touch a chemical durring their pregnancy. The school is only a year and a half long and that is taking every course they offer. So what do you think about this topic? :)
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7 responses
• India
27 Sep 12
Welcome to mylot Well i don't have much knowledge about this, but doctors advise pregnant women to be careful in many respects, like use of colors, medicines; they say it may effect the baby in the womb
@hvedra (1622)
14 Dec 11
There are known risks of allergic reactions to hair colourants - even "natural" ones. If it was me I wouldn't take the risk whilst I was pregnant because even if she didn't experience a direct problem, the baby might. I really don't think temporary vanity is worth those kinds of risks.
• United States
13 Dec 11
Well, if it has low or no ammonia, and if you only have to have it in your hair for 10 or 15 minutes, then you might be able to use it while you are pregnant. I color my hair as well, but I don't use the stuff with heavy ammonia and I only use the 10 to 15 minute hair color. You have to be very careful with those chemicals when you are pregnant because there could be the risk of harm to the baby, but it doesn't always happen. Now, if the mother has a history of Asthma, allergies, certain skin conditions, lung, or any other health conditions, my advice would be to stay away from those products, but if you are a perfectly healthy person, then it would be at your own discretion.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
13 Dec 11
Well,as you have said, everyone is different. And chemical certainly do harm to our health. It is a truth. You are so lucky to have such a healthy son, maybe the mothers who take their babies to the school also lucky. But you know, there are also lots of people who get babies with healthy problems just because a small mistake they made during the pregnancy. Therefore, i think it is better to avoid it than regret in the future. Though change one's hair colors or make some curve may let people look more modern, but i think it is not worthy to run a risk of one's baby.
@Arieles (2473)
• United States
13 Dec 11
I believe being around any chemicals while you are pregnant can be potentially damaging to both Mom and baby. It is being immersed in chemical toxins that will eventually cause damage to the immune system and the respiratory system alike. Take a smoker, when they first start smoking the body will be able to fight off any adverse affects of the nicotine, but as the body becomes saturated in the dangerous chemicals, the worse the body becomes causing such diseases as COPD and emphysema. The point I am making is that diseases do not begin overnight, they take time. Ultimately, the choice is yours but if it were me, I would avoid treating my hair with any chemicals until after I gave birth to my baby.
• Philippines
13 Dec 11
I 100% say that it is really bad for pregnant women. The baby inhales what her mother inhales. The baby eats what her mother eats. What's in the mother's blood stream will be flowing on baby's stream through placenta. As you notice, only few medicines are given to first trimester period, this is because first 3months of pregnancy (the most sensitive) is the developmental stage of baby's major organs and physical features. It could be through oral, inhalations, skin application or whatsoever intake will surely enter baby's system because of placental transfer. Placenta is the organ of the baby that connects to her mother's system, food intake, gas exchange, body elimination. Hope it would help :)
• Philippines
13 Dec 11
Hello. Maybe Epic do really Fail? Your experience is very interesting and surprising. I got pregnant once but unfortunately, it was molar pregnancy so i had undergone dilation and curettage. Anyway, every time i visit my ob/gyn she always told me not to do this, you have to avoid this and that, etc. Even my families and friends were very strict on me. It supposed to be our first baby so i was very careful not to risk my "baby's health and life." And since i grown up hearing the adage "prevention is better than cure," so i followed them. I don't want to argue with them coz they always tell me that "that is time-tested measures, which if followed can reduce one's chances of contracting disease or disabilities to the baby." So for me, there's nothing wrong to follow this adage. And i think, all mothers only wants the best for their children. And if ever i got pregnant again, i will still follow them, because i believe that it's better be safe than sorry later. :)