5 Things to Note about Your Hair During Pregnancy

Published on Mar 03, 2016

Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy!

Pregnancy can be really happy and stressful at the same time as you prepare to welcome the little one who shall change your life forever.

To help you minimize some of your hair-related stresses, here's 5 pregnancy-related hair facts we wanted to share with you!

1. You will have Fuller, More Voluminous hair during Pregnancy


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Say hello to a full head of beautiful luscious locks once you spot that positive sign on your pregnancy kit!

You will experience many uncomfortable physical changes throughout the pregnancy but one positive change is - fuller more voluminous hair!

This is because during pregnancy, levels of estrogen and androgen are at a high, which results in hair that looks healthier, shinier and fuller!

2. Results of Retexturizing Service May Not Last That Long


Although your hair is fuller and more voluminous, you may still want to go for a retexturizing service e.g. straightening or perming to sculpt your hair the way you want it to look.

However, keep in mind that any retexturizing service MAY not last that long. This is due to hormonal fluctuations as the increased estrogen and androgen may alter your hair texture and make it curlier, straighter or more oily than before.

It's all quite uncontrollable, unfortunately!

3. It’s Safer to Wait Till The Second Trimester Before Going For A Chemical Service!


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There is NO concrete evidence that going for hair colouring services or other hair services will cause defects to the unborn child. Although limited, most research show the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent colours are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. Moreover, only small amounts of hair chemicals may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus. As such, this small amount is not considered harmful to the fetus even if it is exposed. Nevertheless, the first 12 weeks are a time of major development for your baby, which is why experts often advise mothers-to-be to wait until around the beginning of the second trimester (14 weeks) before going for that hair colour or retexturizing service that you've been itching to get.

Second trimester is also possibly the best time to get your hair done as the tummy is not that big yet.

Thus, it's not as uncomfortable sitting in the chair for 2-3 hours as compared to when you are in your third!

4. Some Hair Chemicals are Safer for Your Baby than Others!

Although hair chemicals are possibly safe for pregnant ladies, those of us who want to be a little more careful should consider going for safer hair services that are devoid of toxic chemicals such as Ammonia, PPD and Resorcinol. Although more effective and produce long lasting colours, these chemicals are often toxicants or possible carcinogens that may cause allergies such as dermatitis.

Hair Colour Brands with Minimal Toxic Chemicals

1. O&M: Original And Minerals


Ammonia-free, PPD-free and Resorcinol-free, O&M hair colour is possibly one of the safest hair colour option we’ve seen for pregnant ladies out there. By blending micro colour pigment molecules with a blend of micronized mineral and natural ingredients, O&M has created a hair colour that pregnant ladies and the health-conscious can trust. Minerals included in O&M:

  • Illute (allows micro pigment to permeate and saturate hair with colour)
  • Kaolin (guards against colour fade and ensures colour stays locked)
  • Montmorillonite (nourishes the hair and scalp to improve hair and scalp condition)

The hair colour also includes sunflower seed wax and sweet almond oil to further strengthen the hair and scalp. As there is no ammonia, the awfully strong salon smell is absent. Best of all, it can achieve 100% grey hair coverage and up to 5 levels of lightening!

Before and After Back

For those of you in Singapore, Focus Hairdressing is one of the few salons offering O&M Hair Colours! Read about Agent G’s experience with O&M Hair Colour here.

2. Colour Herbe

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The “original” non-ammonia hair colouring system, Colour Herbe is one of the few (if not the only one) with:

  • No Ammonia
  • No Alcohol
  • No Parabens
  • No Perfume
  • No Odour

Colour Herbe contains natural ingredients such as Meadowfoam (which is rich in vitamins E and F), White Birth (which acts as a hair tonic and remineralizing agent) and Witch Hazel (which is rich in flavonoids and essential oils to treat the scalp) as well as Echinacea Angustifloia (which rehydrates and cleanses) to nourish your hair and scalp, making your salon experience during your pregnancy that much more comfortable, stress-free and harmless. Do note that Colour Herbe still contains a small amount of PPD (3%) and Hydrogen Peroxide to help customers achieve longer lasting colours. The formulation is still among the gentlest in the industry, so it's definitely worth a try after the first trimester! 

3. Redken Ammonia Free Chromatics


Chromatics is a permanent colour that does not have odour or ammonia. We love the vibrance and shine of this colour! So for those who love the Redken range, Chromatics is definitely a healthier choice than the usual Redken colours.

Redken Chromatic Hair Colour

Agent S tried out Redken Chromatics hair colour and loved it!

If you are interested in Redken colours, you should definitely inquire about it at Kenaris Hair Salon or Chez Vous Hair Salon.

4. L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA

INOA (Innovation No Ammonia) is L'Oréal Professionnel's leading no ammonia permanent hair colour range, which uses a new oil delivery system that ensures zero odour and no ammonia. NOA is also a healthier alternative if you find L'Oreal colours attractive. You can find it at Pro Trim Korean Salon or Style NA Korean Salon in Singapore.

Hair Retexturizing Service

So far, the only brand that is free of ammonia is MUCOTA DYNA Argan Oil Treatment. Although often used as a treatment, many salons have also used DYNA successfully to straighten hair.

mucota dyna straightening

MUCOTA DYNA Straightening by Focus Hairdressing

It can even be used to perm and create waves and curls!

after perm and colour back view

Perming using MUCOTA DYNA by Kenaris Hair Salon

Do note that the absence of ammonia means that the results of the retexturizing service tends to be not as strong as typical perming / rebonding creams. Therefore, expect the straightened or permed hair not to last as long (whether you are pregnant or not!)

5. You May Experience Drastic Hair Loss 6-9 Months after Delivery!

Fortunately or not, the above hair changes do NOT last. When your hormones finally settles down 6 - 9 months after delivery (later if you’re breastfeeding), your hair growth cycle will go back to normal. This may trigger drastic hair loss in some new moms, so be prepared emotionally and mentally for this change!

Do you have any hair-related queries during your pregnancy?

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