The Power of Blonde | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Power of Blonde


I've just had my roots done! FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHTEEN WEEKS!

What do you mean 'thats not even worthy of a tweet, let alone an entire blog post'!! If you had any idea how happy I am now that I've spent the afternoon reading magazines and drinking diet coke with my head covered in foil you would be surprised I'm not writing a book about it. I'VE EVEN POSTED A PHOTO OF MY FACE [yes, that's me up there]. That NEVER happens on Modern Mummy (as Mama Cymraeg will tell you!)

For reasons unknown (possibly house moving stress, general pregnancy tiredness or a severe lack of social engagements) getting my hair done has been at the bottom of my list of priorities over the last few months, but after seeing photos of myself taken a few weeks ago where my roots were so bad I looked like I was wearing a SWIMMING HAT I decided it was time to take action.

I've been talking lots about maternity style recently, and commenting on how important it is to feel good during pregnancy - and of course that not only relates to fashion but extends to hair and beauty too.

So I booked up with my awesome friend - and mobile hairdresser - Nicola (she tweets here - follow her!) and let her work her magic.

The change in my mood since having my hair done just a couple of hours ago says it all really. I've been feeling really shitty these past few weeks, mainly down to an early onset of SPD (gah!) but also about the way I look (this pregnancy has not been kind to me, stretch mark wise, complexion wise or weight gain wise!). And getting my hair done has brightened me up no end. I don't care how materialistic it sounds; you can have a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes and a make up bag exploding with amazing beauty products but if you've got two tone hair (of the non-deliberate, fashionable variety) you are bound to feel like crap.

So give yourself some me-time. Treat yourself to a trip to the hair dressers. I insist that you all do.


Now for The Facts about colouring your hair during pregnancy.

Firstly, don't forget that pregnancy can effect the condition of your hair so when it comes to dyeing or highlighting it, even using your usual hairdresser or home dye kits, it's a good idea to do a strand test first. Pregnancy can make your hair greasier or drier - and therefore more or less absorbent - which can affect the reaction when colour is put onto it.

There has been limited research into the effects colouring your hair has on your unborn baby. The NHS website says that 'some studies have found that very high doses of the chemicals in hair dyes may cause harm. However, these doses are massive compared to the very low amount of chemicals that a woman colouring her hair is exposed to.'

As a general consensus, most people seem to agree that the best thing to do is:

- wait until after you're 12 weeks pregnant before you colour your hair/get your roots done
- opt for highlights rather than block dyeing with bleach, as this way the bleach doesn't actually touch your scalp and get absorbed into the bloodstream
- use semi permanent vegetable dyes (like henna) as a completely safe alternative
- make sure dye is applied in a well ventilated room.


Happy hair dyeing, gorgeous ones xoxox
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