Almost every woman has come across on this trend that has been around for a while, hair rebonding. After all, a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. However, during a woman’s pregnancy, she experiences hormonal imbalance that affects the thickness of the hair. And due to this instance, many pregnant moms are thinking of hair rebonding. But the question is, is rebond safe during pregnancy?
Can you rebond your hair during the pregnancy period?
Hair rebonding is a type of hair styling that effectively straightens the hair. However, the process uses certain chemicals, as well as heat, to relax the cells in the hair. After applying the chemical relaxant along the entire length of the hair for an hour, your hair will be washed and blow-dried. However, the procedure doesn’t end there. The Keratin lotion must be applied to the hair that moisturizes, manages frizz, and de-tangles your hair before it becomes straight. And finally, hair serum is used, before the hair is straightened with a hair straightener again. Those are the necessary process of hair rebonding. And as mentioned earlier, it involves a lot of chemicals such as relaxants and creams to alter the structure of your hair to make it look straight.
Even they only apply those chemicals along the length of your hair; it’s still possible that these chemicals may come in contact with your scalp. It creates an opening for these chemicals to enter your bloodstream and eventually reach your baby through the placenta. Furthermore, some hair relaxants contain a chemical that is called Lye. It can cause skin irritations, thus making it unsafe for a pregnant mom’s sensitive skin. Also, some chemical relaxants and lotions have an overpowering smell. It irritates the respiratory tract and causes you to feel nauseated.
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Hair rebonding is not completely risky as long as you go to a well-known salon. Make sure also that your chosen stylist is well experienced and a professional and has done a lot of hair rebonding before. However, health experts recommend being cautious about hair rebonding, especially during pregnancy. It is to prevent any health issues in your baby in the future. Also, you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, and your hair might not behave as it used to be, so we don’t advise doing hair rebond while pregnant.
What are the alternatives for a hair rebond that is safe during pregnancy?
If you wish not to have a bad hair day during your pregnancy, you can always opt for safe hairstyling that doesn’t use Lye chemicals. Or you can also use an electric hair straightener or clip-on hair extensions as a temporary alternative to hair rebonding.
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Until now, there’s still no medical test that proves getting a rebond while pregnant is not safe. But, it is better to consult your doctor first for medical advice. And if he or she allows it, make sure that the salon you choose is clean, hygienic, and well-ventilated.