Should Pregnant Women Get Their Hair Relaxed?

pregnant womanWe’ve all heard the saying “eating for two,” but when you’re pregnant, you’re doing more than just eating for your baby! It’s very important to be careful what you put into and onto your body during pregnancy, because it can directly affect your baby’s health and development.

If there’s one question hair stylists hear most from pregnant women, it’s probably this: Is it safe to chemically treat my hair during pregnancy? Women usually want to know whether it’s safe to get their hair relaxed or colored during pregnancy.


There is no proof that having your hair relaxed while pregnant will have ill effects on the baby, but unfortunately, there’s no evidence in the other direction, either. What we do know is that hair relaxers contain strong chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream, potentially coming into contact with your developing child. In the absence of scientific evidence, most stylists feel that it is best to embrace natural hair during pregnancy, just to be safe.


The issue of coloring hair while pregnant is similar to getting a relaxer. Hair dyes can contain chemicals that are not known to be decidedly safe or unsafe for your baby in utero, and like relaxers, they can enter your body through the scalp as the color sits on your hair during the dyeing process. Experts advise most pregnant women to avoid coloring their hair during the first trimester, but many women opt to skip coloring for the duration of the pregnancy.

Ultimately, it’s up to you what you decide to do with your hair during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and looking for natural hair care alternatives, contact us! Our experienced stylists are passionate about helping you achieve a beautiful look that fits your style and your life. We would be more than happy to help you find a transitional or natural hair style that will help you flaunt your gorgeous glow during pregnancy and beyond. Call us at 770.423.9900 to book your Marietta salon appointment today!

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