Can You Highlight Your Hair During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy can do wonders for your self-esteem – in either direction; and sometimes it can fluctuate from day to day. One of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re pregnant is give yourself a regular makeover. If you look in the mirror and don’t particularly like what you see, change it! Add some lipstick, comb your hair and put on a scarf or headband in a color you like. Or if you think something a little more long lasting is in order, you might like to try coloring your hair.

This has long been an issue for mothers-to-be, who fear that anything they do to their bodies inside or outside can harm their baby. To a certain extent this can be true and where hair coloring is concerned, there is one main reason why the jury is still out on deciding how safe or unsafe it is: which pregnant lady is going to put her hand up to be a part of a clinical trial of hair coloring agents?

Highlighting is the best way of giving your personal color scheme a bit of a lift. Because the chemicals don’t go onto the roots of your hair, nothing is absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore, there is minimal chance of your baby coming to any harm. Also, the fumes are enclosed in the foil that is wrapped around the processing hair.

Before you get too precious about the word ‘chemicals’, remember that some natural products can also be toxic. Consider the case of aromatherapy and how some essential oils, such as rosemary, should not be used in pregnancy.

Basically, if you follow the simple rule of checking with your pharmacist or physician before using anything about which you have doubts, you should have no reason to be concerned. There are a gazillion things to avoid when you’re carrying a little bundle in your belly, from drinking tap water to enjoying a spell in a Jacuzzi. Erring on the side of caution is always best during pregnancy, and also, asking around about other people’s experiences is wise.

One important consideration is to avoid anything even remotely risky during the first trimester when your baby’s development is at its most crucial stage.

As for highlighting your hair, go ahead and check with your doctor – a quick call may be all that’s required and then you can take off to the hairdressing salon and make that makeover happen.


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