During this special time in a woman’s life, she wants to look as beautiful as she feels; so the question many soon to be moms often ask is whether hair colour is safe for pregnant clients and stylists.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG), some hair dyes with safer ingredients may be safe to use during pregnancy because so little dye is absorbed through the skin. There are still several precautions that are recommended to take by health care providers.
“Consider waiting through the first trimester to receive chemical services, but if you insist on colouring your hair, use Organic Colour Systems which contains more natural, organic, safer ingredients than all other permanent hair colours,” says Dr. Stephen Mazer, who has been a practicing and consulting physician in both government and the private sector for over 40 years.
“A pregnant stylist should try to reduce exposure during this time and restrict their colour use to less toxic hair colour products like Organic Colour Systems,” according to Dr. Mazer.
When considering receiving or working around hair colour or any chemical treatments during pregnancy, one should carefully consider the products ingredients and consult their physician. By providing the doctor with a list of ingredients in the hair colour or other chemicals to be used, they will be able to give a well-informed recommendation. Make use of a full list of ingredients found in Organic Colour Systems to bring to your physician.
According to Dr. Mazer; “Sometimes during pregnancy women might find themselves sensitive to products that wouldn’t ordinarily affect her. It is advised that a Skin Allergy / Sensitivity Patch Test is performed prior to any chemical service.”
There is an excellent example of step-by-step salon skin patch test instructions on the Organic Colour Systems website.
During pregnancy, it is critical to select a colour line that is ammonia and bleach-free like Organic Colour Systems. Dr. Mazer advises his pregnant patients to not breathe chemical fumes from hair colour or lighteners that contain ammonia as this could be harmful to the developing baby and should be avoided. He also recommends choosing a highlight or lowlight procedure instead of an all-over application. These procedures keep the product inside of the foils, protecting the scalp from coming in contact with the hair colour. This reduces the risk of products being absorbed into the skin.
According to Dr. Mazer; “Pregnant Stylists should also make sure all chemical services are provided in a well-ventilated area and should always wear gloves during chemical services. This will eliminate the possibility of the product absorbing into the skin.”
During pregnancy, a woman may become more sensitive to smells. If she has to sit under the dryer, consider giving the client a cloth, towel, or even a mask to diffuse the smell from the air that is blowing downward towards her face. It is always good advice to follow the manufactures instructions for the hair colour and lighteners, and don’t process any chemical service for longer time than recommended.
After the service, make sure to rinse the product thoroughly from the hair and follow up with a shampoo and conditioner free of sulphates and parabens, like those from Organic Care Systems. It is important to continue using safer products like these throughout the pregnancy.
Never colour or lighten a pregnant client’s eyebrows or eyelashes due to the risk of eye infection and swelling. Do not eat or drink in the work area to reduce the risk of contamination.
Organic Colour System’s SOOTHE PLUS is also safe for babies and perfect for treating adult and baby eczema.
It is important during this delicate time to know exactly what is being put on, or in the body. By consulting with a physician, taking all recommended precautions, and by using Organic Colour Systems and Organic Care Systems, pregnant clients and stylists won’t sacrifice their health, beauty, or the wellbeing of the precious life growing inside of them!
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