MYTH: You can’t color your hair while pregnant.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, at New York Presbyterian Hospital told us its safe to color your hair during pregnancy. “Older dyes were formaldehyde-base. While it is difficult to find these nowadays, they should be avoided.” said said.
“The period of Organogenesis (the initial formation of all the baby's organs) is generally completed by about 10 weeks gestation, which is why some people suggest waiting until outside of the first trimester if you want to use color or other chemicals. There is very little that gets absorbed into the maternal blood stream” She clarified. Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman recommends getting your hair colored by a professional to avoid unnecessary contact with chemicals and good enviromental ventilation.
MYTH: Shaving makes the hair grow back thicker and darker?
No — shaving hair doesn't change its thickness, color or rate of growth.
Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker — but it's not.
Waxing is a great alternative to shaving because it helps equalize the cycle of hair growth! Waxing removes hair from the root which results in hair-free skin for weeks. It leaves the skin feelings soft even if you touch it against the hair growth. Plus, waxing will eventually reduce hair growth!
MYTH: Lemon Juice will lighten your locks.
Lemon Juice is citric acid, and when it heats up in the sunshine, it opens the hair cuticles, lifts out some the color pigment and can result in lighter looking streaks.
Of course on the downside, you’re probably going to end up with dry and tangled hair. EVEN after washing and conditioning! Also, the color will probably be blotchy or lack in continuity because it was not applied by a professional. And more than likely, you’re not ending up with a pretty blonde- you’re getting a really BRIGHT orange color! That's because, chemically, citric acid is not as strong or controlled as actual hair color, which is needed to get the desire blonde highlight.
Look for next weeks post when we start experimenting with popular hair growth myths!
Gia Smith,Hannah Rose, Brittany Dabney and Ally McMahan.