Just because you are expecting doesn’t mean you can’t look your best.
If you are pregnant and considering having a Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatment done at your salon, you probably are naturally cautious about whether or not it is good for you and your baby.
The answer is “yes, but …”.
Dangers of Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a chemical that is used in many different applications, one of which is hair straightening chemicals. It’s also known to be harmful to pregnant women because it can be absorbed through the skin or breathed in through the mouth.
Many countries have placed limits on the amount of formaldehyde that can be used in commercial products. Typically, the limit is 0.2%.
Some keratin treatment kits contain chemicals that include formaldehyde. So if you are having a baby, you probably want to avoid using these products.
You Can Still Get a Keratin Treatment
Fortunately, there are some Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatments that are formaldehyde-free. So if you want to get a keratin treatment during your pregnancy, make sure you consult with your stylist to make sure they use one of these kits.
Professional salon technicians have the experience and training to know which types of chemicals can and can’t be used safely with pregnant women. So it’s important that you make your stylist aware of your pregnancy before requesting any type of hair treatment.
During pregnancy, some women experienced heightened senses, especially smell and taste. So you may be more sensitive to the odors you experience at the salon than you would have before your pregnancy.
If you can smell things such as chemicals and straighteners more clearly during your pregnancy, you should take this into consideration before committing to a Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatment.
It might simply be too much for you to handle.