Organic hairstylist in Bend, Oregon talks pregnancy and hair care
Hair has been said to be a woman's crown. For many, the upkeep is a weekly thing. For some (like me) it happens when your mom says she'll pay for you to make an appointment with your stylist. This is why I have stopped coloring my hair because I will have three inches of grow out before my dear mom says something to me.
So what do you do with your hair when pregnant? I asked local organic hair stylist Heather Greene about hair care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Tell us a little about yourself and why you chose the organic hair care
Firstly, its a pleasure to be interviewed for this blog topic, so thank you! My name is Heather Greene and I'm an organic and eco-friendly hairstylist here in Bend Oregon. I began working in the industry about 11 years ago, the first 7 being at an Aveda salon. I dug everything about the Aveda culture from its mission (using naturally derived ingredients and sourcing them responsibly), to the education, to the smell of the products, but after 7 years I wanted to see what else the industry had to offer. Although I got to experience using more pigment packed color and luxury product lines, my hands started having reactions to the shampoos and styling products I was using (rashes, flaky skin, itchy hives). In addition to the skin sensitivities, I started craving more natural aromas again. The ultra perfumey, fruity, highly synthetic fragranced products just weren't doing it for me any more. After making the decision to move from Portland to Bend Oregon, I knew this would be the perfect time to transition to using a more natural, organic, and eco-friendly hair color & product line.
Can you tell if a client is pregnant by her hair?
As a hairstylist, there's no way to tell if a guest is pregnant via their hair alone, however, there's usually signs that a woman has had a little one within the last year. Due to changes in hormones, it's common for women to experience a little bit of hair loss around their front hairline. To be honest most of my clients wont notice the hair loss around their face, however they DO notice the little baby hairs that start to grow back in after baby is born, or when they are finished breast feeding. During this time most mommas will also experience an unusual amount of shedding. It can be a little overwhelming for some, but is incredibly common. While a woman is pregnant its typical to experience a lack of regular hair shedding, which is why many talk about having such thick and luxurious hair during pregnancy (if only our hair could stay like that all the time!).
Is coloring your hair while pregnant safe?
What options are there?
I love this question because I feel there's no 'one size fits all' answer. Much of it will depend on your own intuition, and what you individually consider to be a possible toxin or sensitivity to you and baby. Over the last decade I've had the pleasure of serving many of my clients during their pregnancies, and each woman (as well as their doctor / midwife) have had varying opinions about choosing to color their hair while pregnant. To be completely honest, I feel many professionals have no concrete knowledge about the possible side effects of coloring hair while pregnant, and often leave it up to the mother to decide whats best. Here are the following options I talk about with my soon to be mommas: 1) Discontinue coloring your hair during your first trimester, 2) Keep all hair color off the scalp to avoid it sitting (and therefore possibly absorbing) on your skin. This is achieved by using foils and doing either highlights, lowlights, or both, 3) Choosing to use an ammonia free color line, 4) Discontinue coloring your hair during the entire pregnancy, or lastly 5) Continue to color exactly as you have been. Majority of my clients end up choosing option 2, a nice middle of the road approach. As a hairstylist, I truly feel any of these options are safe options, and encourage mommas to do what feels right for them. The one thing I WOULD suggest pregnant women steer clear from are straightening treatments, due to the fumes they produce.
What about shampoos and conditioners?
It's relatively easy to find a shampoo and conditioner nowadays that boast being "natural", "clean", or "organic". but whats' sucky is that just because the label claims to be these things, it doesn't mean they actually are. Educating yourself on common beauty toxins and then reading labels is the ultimate way to go. I've also had many clients purchase clean shampoos and conditioners from Whole Foods or other natural grocery stores, but what they find is that they don't tend to work all that well. Although professional beauty lines are starting to get better with removing common beauty toxins, it's difficult to achieve the same professional styling results. It was incredibly difficult as a stylist to find an entire hair care line that was clean, AND did what I needed it too... but I found it: Innersense Organic Beauty. This line is the cleanest of clean (read more about them on the Think Dirty app!), is simplistic in size, and still super affordable. Another clean line I enjoy using is Oway. Not only do they rid their products from common toxins, but all of their products are packaged in glass and aluminum containers, rather than plastic (cool, right?).
Any tips for birth day hair?
Treat yo' self! Make an appointment for a wash & style (or "blowout") appointment with your hairdresser right before you anticipate going into labor. My second tip is to keep some dry shampoo handy. This will be an essential for those first couple days (or week) after baby arrives! My current favorite is https://innersensebeauty.com/product/refresh-dry-shampoo/ . This foam to powder dry shampoo is just the right consistency to help your scalp feel refreshed, without leaving a white powdery residue (my brunettes absolutely love this!).
Postpartum hair loss is a bummer, any advice?
I wish I had some magical tips or tricks, but unfortunately all I've got is "don't worry sister! Your hair is doing what it's supposed to ". Your hair density is leveling back out and those little baby hairs along your hairline will grow back... I promise. One thing some clients have found helpful is to continue taking their daily vitamins, especially ones that pertain to hair, skin, and nails.
So there you have it from one of Central Oregon's one and only organic and eco-friendly hairstylists. Feeling beautiful inside and out is important. How you want to continue your hair care routine really comes down to what you feel is best for you and your baby. Reading labels and doing a little research can help you make those decisions.
Thank you again to Heather Greene for her time and willingness to conspire with this blog.
If you would like to get in touch with Heather you can find her at www.hgreenehair.com or on instagram @hgreenehair