Yes, Pregnant Women Can Get Their Hair Colored
We’ve all been haunted by stories of the dos and don’ts of hair coloring, keeping us from fully experiencing the wonders of our tresses. For those of you who have been restrained by these myths, listen up: Here are top five myths on hair coloring debunked.
- You can’t color your hair when you’re pregnant
It is said that women should not get their hair colored during pregnancy because the chemicals in the hair color will affect the baby inside the womb. In an article by Elle.com, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, at the New York Presbyterian Hospital said that pregnant women are safe to color their hair as long as they are not using formaldehyde-based hair color. However, doctors still suggest waiting until after the first trimester of pregnancy before coloring hair. After this period, chemicals being absorbed by the blood stream would be very little.
- Extreme hair coloring is responsible for gray hair
Superstitious elders sayhat coloring hair at a young age will lead to early growth of gray hair. It is assumed that hair color and gray hair are correlated because once hair has been covered up, gray hair still appears at the roots of growing hair. This is false. Gray hair is caused by stress and aging and most women turn to hair color to die these shades of gray in their head.
- Hair color causes breakage and split ends
It’s true that hair coloring can cause damage to hair if not done properly. The chemicals present in colors have a tendency to make hair dry and dull. However, hair color is not the only one responsible for damaged hair. Breakage and split ends are caused by UV Rays and heated styling tools like blow dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons, too. To keep hair looking healthy and smooth, invest in moisturizing hair conditioners and try to avoid putting extreme temperatures to your hair.
- Mayonnaise can be used as deep conditioner for dry, color-treated hair
Mayonnaise is rich in fatty oils that are known as part of the conditioner formula good for colored hair. However, its fatty oils can also weigh down hair. Instead of going through your kitchen for DIY hair remedies, it’s better to invest in deep conditioners formulated for colored hair.
- Color your eyebrows to match your hair color
The shades of your eyebrows and hair color should not be perfectly matched. Your brows should be a shade darker than your hair. To achieve this, don’t set to color your brows immediately after you get your hair done. Instead, use brow pencil or powder to give them a natural look and shade. This trick will make your hair color standout more than your eyebrows.
What are the common hair myths you’ve heard? Have you debunked them yet or are you still locked in the superstition? Share your thoughts in the comments.