Just because you're pregnant or have recently had a baby doesn't mean your desire to look good suddenly disappears! One very popular and labour saving beauty innovation is eyebrow and eyelash tinting. The treatments are pretty long-lasting and would save you the hassle and cost of continually having to apply makeup during a busy time in your life.
But is it safe to have these procedures carried out when you're pregnant or breastfeeding a new baby? Read on to find out more.
Hair dye and your baby
The first thing to note is that the chemicals used in modern permanent and semi-permanent hair dye products are not highly toxic. Furthermore, the tiny amount of dye used in eyebrow and eyelash tints would probably be far too small to cause any harm to your unborn baby.
The chemical constituents of hair dye cannot be absorbed into your bloodstream through your eyebrow or eyelash hair, although it is possible that minute quantities could enter your body through your skin. So tiny are these amounts that they would not affect a developing foetus or be passed to a newborn baby through your breast milk.
If you're still concerned about the possible effects of hair dye on your baby, it may be a good idea to find a beauty salon that uses natural, organic hair colourants that contain no chemicals. Alternatively, you could wait until after the first trimester of your pregnancy when the risk of harm to your baby is much lower.
At the beauty clinic
It's a good idea to explain that you're pregnant or nursing when you contact the beauty clinic to make your appointment. In some cases, women find that their skin changes during their pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes, which can lead to the development of allergies. If your beautician is aware of this, they will be able to carry out a skin patch test before starting the tinting procedure in order to make sure that you won't suffer from an adverse reaction to the dye being used.
Another consideration when attending for any form of cosmetic treatment is your own comfort. If you are reaching the more advanced stages of pregnancy, you may find it uncomfortable or even impossible to sit in a reclined seat in the salon for the hour or so it may take to carry out the procedure, and it might not be practical to get up and move around if you need to.
If you want to have your eyebrows or eyelashes tinted and you're pregnant, have a chat with your beautician when you make your appointment. Remember to ask if they use natural products and check out the type of seat you'll be sitting in.