Q. I had very curly hair before I got married. About two years of marriage - and taking the Pill - later, I noticed my curly locks going stick straight. I'm on my third pregnancy in three years and have noticed my hair going straighter and straighter all the time. Is this hormone-related? Will I ever have my curly hair back again?
A. It's possible that the horror-mones of pregnancy have changed your hair for good. My hair did just the opposite of yours– after each pregnancy, my thin, straight hair got thicker and curlier. The same thing happened to my sister.
Most people long for what they don't have (as far as hair types). I, for one, was happy with the change. If you really want your curly hair back, you may need to visit your local beauty parlor.
Q. Hair coloring... I was told not to use any products until after the first trimester. I can refrain from everything else “bad” during pregnancy, but the gray hair is making me feel old. What do you think? I'm actually having guilt dreams about this.
A. To color or not to color? I, too, faced this question during both of my pregnancies. There is a commonly feared risk that bleach, hair dyes and chemicals from permanents can be absorbed into the bloodstream, potentially harming the developing fetus.
However, studies thus far have shown that there is no link between the use of such chemicals during pregnancy and the development of birth defects.
It's difficult to make decisions between what is pleasant for you versus what may be best for your baby. My personal feeling is that I had to give up so much in order to be a host for a life-in-progress, so I decided to keep my blonde highlights.
It is true that the first trimester is the most critical to fetal development, so it may be wise to wait a little. Maybe try a stylish hat.
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Q. I am pregnant with my second child and was wondering if it is safe to get your my permed, since the perm chemicals contain ammonia? I have heard yes and no, so I wanted to make sure before I did it.
A. Chemical treatment, like getting your hair colored or permed, is considered among the "maybe" risks. (See the other "hair" questions for more details.)
The only reason I might advise you against getting a perm is because it may be a waste of your time and money. In most women, the horror-mones of pregnancy change the hair and scalp to be more oily, therefore resistant to the chemicals of a permanent. My girlfriend Liz got her hair permed when she was six months. It looked good for a day. The first four inches of her hair (closest to the scalp) resisted the perm, while the rest got super curly. She ended up looking like some kind of weird poodle-head.
Q. I am in my last week of pregnancy, and around 25 weeks I noticed an increase in fuzz on my face. Is it normal to grow facial hair during pregnancy? Will it go away?
A. It's the horror-mones of pregnancy that can cause an increase in body and facial hair during pregnancy. This just "peachy" condition is quite normal, and thankfully the excess hair growth usually disappears shortly after childbirth.