Q: Will the color take to the hair of a breastfeeding new mother?
A: The hormonal changes in pregnancy can cause a change in the way the hair grows and responds to various treatments, but it is
important to realize that most of the effects will only become apparent months into or well after the pregnancy since the changes are
in the way the hair grows. The hair could become more resistant and be less able to absorb the hair color being applied.
Most of the women I know who are pregnant or recently post-pregnant are concerned over the
possibility of problems with chemical services and possible effects on the baby. To this end, I suggest you confirm with your doctor
that having a hair color service is safe for you during breastfeeding. In my experience there has been no problem with color services
and pregnant women but you may have specific circumstances that could be at issue.
Once you know that there’s no medical concern over the process, talk to your stylist about hair
color services and your concerns over the potential for the color to fail to take. Your stylist can help you by using clarifying
shampoos prior to the service, performing strand tests for the color, and performing a pre-softening service if needed. All of these
are useful steps when dealing with the hair color.