I received a reader question regarding keratin hair treatments, pregnancies and perms. It’s actually a two-fold question: 1) Are keratin hair treatments safe for pregnant women 2)Will a keratin treatment help my permed hair behave until I can get another after having baby?
“I had my hair permed in November and it was shoulder length. I became pregnant with my second child weeks later. Now my perm has grown out about 5 inches and looks horrible! I was planning on getting it re-permed, but my doctor says no perm while I’m pregnant. Now I don’t know what to do! I don’t want to cut it off since I’ve been trying to grow out my hair, but I can’t possibly wait until Fall to get my hair re-permed again. The top 5 inches are flat and straight and the bottom is all curly and permed.
I have very thick hair and it’s always been hard to have a style because of that. It’s straight and flat on the top and always get wavier near shoulder length and downwards. I’m wondering if getting the Formaldehyde and chemical free Keratin smoothing treatment might make my hair manageable for the next few months? Is it safe for pregnant women? Will it straighten my hair or just leave it slightly more manageable? Please help!”
I asked keratin treatment specialist, Jordana Lorraine at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey, CA for her input on this hair emergency. Unfortunately, I don’t think the answer is what this expecting mom is hoping to hear.
“Congratulations on your new baby! I’m sorry to hear you’re in a pickle with your hair. It is a common misconception that keratin treatments are chemical-free; while they don’t chemically change your hair like a perm or tradition relaxer, they do contain chemicals which (in combination with the heat it is applied with) bond the treatment onto your hair. These processes are relatively new and therefor are not recommended during pregnancy or nursing. If there is a specific keratin treatment you are considering, I would recommend asking them directly and double-checking with your Doctor. In my salon we do not perform the service on expectant or nursing Moms, based on our manufacturer’s instructions and our cautious nature. From my FAQ page:
Are keratin treatments safe while pregnant or nursing?
“Testing has not been done on this, so Brazilian Blowout suggests waiting until you are done nursing before having the treatment done. Jordana Lorraine takes this advice and your baby’s health seriously, and extend this precaution to all keratin treatments.”
I wish I had better news for you in this situation. My advice would be to explore styling techniques that will compliment the mixed texture…headbands, scarves, braids and updos as seen here from Daily Makeover:
There is good news however, for those of you who get perms and end up with one you just don’t like! Jordana explained that, “A keratin treatment can definitely be done over a perm. It would condition, smooth and strengthen; though the straightening results could be unpredictable, it would definitely help chill it out and make it more blendable!” So, as long as you are not pregnant or nursing, go ahead and get a Brazilian Blowout, or keratin treatment of your choice, to counteract that bad perm!
*image credit: ©Daily Makeover
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