Q: I'm just wondering if I can straighten my hair with the system called "Bio Ionic Straightening" when I'm trying to
get pregnant. Is it too chemical? Is there a problem? Or is it not a problem when I'm not pregnant yet?
A: The Bio Ionic System is no more harsh on the hair and system than perhaps a standard perm or thio-straightening would be. Iíve found
many references to expectant mothers who have had the service during pregnancy and before with no ill effects.
However, because many salons use different formulas by different makers who have slightly differing ingredient lists, you may want to check with your local
salon about the specific products they use and the chemicals contained therein, and then speak to your ob/gyn about possible problems from exposure to these substances.
Regardless of the doctorís okay, I would expect the salon to perform a patch test on you to ensure
that you have no sensitivities to the chemicals involved. Also, if you have to have a retouch service while you are pregnant (results
often last for 6-9 months before needing retouch) you should plan a visit to the salon to make sure you havenít developed sensitivity
to the chemicals as a result of the chemical/biological changes of being pregnant.