Post # 1
What do you think of getting hilights during pregnancy? my online research seems to show that doctors have mixed opinions due to fumes and potential for absorption of color thru the scalp.
What at about getting a Brazilian? I hate shaving my bikini area and would rather wax, but after reading that pregnant women are more susceptible to UTIs I’m a bit hesitant even tho my salon is super-clean, because I know waxing can sometimes introduce bacteria and I feel like I should be extra health conscious right now. Has anyone else worried about this during pregnancy?
like many of you, I felt awful during my first trimester with morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) and fatigue. I also had zero sex drive. Spa/salon treatments were the last thing on my mind and I feel that I let myself go. Fast forward to week 15 (can’t believe it!) and I’m actually starting to feel better and would love to do some grooming but it’s all unknown territory for me during pregnancy. I would really love to hear what some of you have decided on these issues!
Post # 2
Miss Mochaccino: i think it’s iarebridezilla has a pretty funny very pregnant brazillian story.
I know my sister got her hair coloured while pregnant, but I know they were careful to keep the dye off her skin. I would talk to your doctor about it – but I know a lot of people still do it, just not every 6 weeks.
Post # 3
Miss Mochaccino: considering that highlights are literally just bleach and developer, I think those are fine to get as long as the area is ventilated well.
Post # 4
You can totally have your hair done while pregnant! Highlights are no biggie, especially since foil is used to keep it off your scalp. Even if you chose color to the scalp, the amount of chemicals absorbed isn’t even close enough to affect your baby. And I wouldn’t worry about the fumes. Think about the pregnant hair stylists who breath it in day in day out during their pregnancies. The smog city-dwellers breath in on a daily basis is so much worse. I wouldn’t reccomend breathing in the fumes in a place with poor ventillation, but they tend to design salons with more open spaces. As for the brazillian, that’s up to you. A bikini line wax would be fine, but I wouldn’t let them near your lips or either of your, ahem, openings. (Brazillian means different things to different people.) Your blood volume to that area is increased and it would be sooo very tender. I don’t think you would get a UTI from the waxing. They wouldn’t go near your urethra.
Post # 5
If you get highlights, the dye doesn’t touch your scalp, and therefore can’t be absorbed into your skin/bloodstream at all….the other thing to keep in mind, is a very good point my hairdresser made when I asked her, which was “every woman who works in this shop has had multiple healthy children and works with the dye every day. You being here for two hours won’t do anything”
She did mention that she’s found good ventilation to be necessary, but she also said that’s mainly because you have a heightened sense of small, and it might make you feel sick, eventhough it’s not actually harmful.
Post # 6
Miss Mochaccino: I’ve been getting Brazilians for years and have never had an issue. I think it’s even more necessary now that I’m pregnant bc soon I won’t be able to see anything! There shouldn’t be a risk of bacteria bc it’s not like they are inserting anything in you. I have never heard of anyone getting a UTI from one either. They alao clean well before and after. I also don’t think it feels any different than before, I think that’s just different with everyOne. A true Brazilian means they do your butt. They could do a bikini and your butt strip and that would count. If you don’t want to let them near your intimate parts I would just get a bikini wax, it would be a waste of money otherwise. You should be fine if you want to get one though! I know lots of girls that just start getting them when tbeh are pregnant!
Post # 7
MsGinkgo: thanks! I would love to hear iarebridezilla’s Brazilian story 😉
IzzyBear: good point re hilights being made of just bleach and developer. I think some of mine might have also had some color in the past, but like pp are saying… It’s so minimal anyway when it’s hilights.
aoppenhuizen: thanks for your really thoughtful reply. Good logical points about the hilights. I am feeling better about the thought of getting it done now. Re the Brazilian, I have always had them take everything completely off, butt included haha, because I like the completely clean feeling/look. That said, yeah, having them wax my most intimate places just has me a bit worried because I keep reading about how immunity is down while preggers and even something about how your partner should be careful no to blow air into the vagina during oral etc. I was never worried prior to pregnancy but now I’m just thinking about this extra stuff. Will prob talk to doc about this one at next appointment.
sara_tiara: thanks! That does make logical sense. 😉 and I am sure they will be understanding regarding need for ventilation.
EmilyJoy: this is a good suggestion, thanks. Yeah,if I’m that worried about it perhaps for now I can just have them take off less instead of everything (true Brazilian) like I usually do
Post # 8
If it’s a clean salon, you have no worries as far as infection goes. Just don’t go swimming for a few days! I had my legs waxed at the beginning of summer then went for a dip in the lake later in the afternoon. Every single follicle got infected. My mom did the wax job at her salon, and when I called her, she told me that swimming probably wasn’t the best idea immediately after a waxing. I went to my doctor and the infection was definitely from swimming, not the salon. It was painful!
Post # 9
if you’re concerned about bleach, you could always do an ombre style that way you know the bleach isn’t touching your scalp. I see nothing wrong with getting waxed, a lot of places offer all-natural wax as well. just keep drinking plenty of water and shower after your wax so any remaining residue will not form bacteria and give you a UTI.
Post # 10
Miss Mochaccino: As others have said, hightlights/foils will keep the dye off of your scalp. I’m allergic to hair dye but I can still get foils. Just make sure your salon is well ventilated.