Streaks or highlights during pregnancy: can they be done safely?

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You are pregnant and you want to go to the hairdresser to fix the color, maybe just before the big day. But some treatments are not recommended in pregnancy. Resistant pregnancy dyes are prohibited because the ammonia used is toxic and often causes allergy. During pregnancy, hair becomes thicker due to the increase in estrogen hormones and its growth and fall cycle is blocked, leaving it to fall out together after delivery. But what about highlights and highlights? Let's go and discover together some more tricks to have your hair in order even when pregnant.

In this article

  • Yes to streaks or highlights during pregnancy
  • Hair after childbirth
Read also: Hair before and after childbirth: what changes and how to intervene

Yes to streaks or highlights during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the hair becomes stronger and more beautiful. After the fourth month the hair becomes thicker and brighter thanks to the blood circulation. Many gynecologists advise against dyeing your hair, at least in the first 3 months of pregnancy. In reality, the aforementioned risks do not apply in the case of sunburn.

The dermatologist doctor of the Humanitas hospital explains that although in the scientific field no studies have ever been carried out on the effects of hair dye in pregnant women, however in the scientific literature no risks for the fetus related to its use have ever been reported. of hair dye. "Over the years, hair product formulations have greatly improved and the dyes used today are decidedly more delicate compared to a few decades ago. Therefore, following some recommendations, even the pregnant woman who wants to cover some early gray hair, or wants to revive her natural hair color, can continue to do the dye without fear of harming her baby: do the dye no more than one. once a month, starting from the third month during the entire gestation, choose delicate products free of potentially toxic substances such as ammonia, resorcinol, PFD (paraphenylenediamine), prefer light oxidation dyes, that is, semi-permanent dyes without ammonia that maintain hair color for up to six to eight washes and, in general, have a lower covering and reflecting power than permanent ones which contain ammonia and oxidizing substances and decrease the normal shutter speed ".

If we talk about streaks and highlights, these are done starting from a few millimeters up to a few centimeters from the skin, so the substances used for lightening do not come into contact with the skin and, consequently, with the blood and with the fetus. The bleaching cream is not placed on the skin, so it does not enter the circulation. It is true that there is also absorption through the hair shaft, but it is a very low penetration compared to that which occurs through the follicle, which is already minimal.

A few tricks

  • contact a specialized salon 
  • make sure you are positioned in a well ventilated area so as not to breathe harmful substances
  • do sunburn from the fourth month of pregnancy onwards
  • better to use aluminum foil
  • use dye without ammonia

Hair after childbirth

Immediately after the birth, however, the situation is reversed. Hair tends to fall out as a result of prostacyclin, then gradually become weakened, dry, difficult to manage, especially for women who are breastfeeding since the increase in prolactin weakens the hair. Then there are secondary effects such as a depletion of nutrients and a lack of sleep. Here then we come to the aid of suitable products for the care recommended in case of damaged hair: diet rich in vitamins in which there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables and the mineral salts contained in eggs, dried fruit, cereals, red meat and legumes.

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