Am around 19 weeks now with my first baby and want to dreadlock my hair, will this affect my baby?

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Faith - posted on 04/07/2010

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Thanks all, you have been very helpful and am finally going to have my new look!

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A Goddess Named - posted on 09/16/2013

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Gretings Sis,

I think it's wonderful that you decided to wear your hair natural especailly in Locs.
I think when your baby is born and see Mama embracing her culture and heritage that sends a since of pride and self esteem th the baby as he or she grows up. Although every culture is beautiful in their on right. It appears that majority of women of African Decent are sending a subliminal message that your natural hair that God blessed you sith is not good enough to be celebrated. Or in order to be beautiful you must have long silky flowing hair etc. Anyway..I don't want to get off topic.

I an am natural hair care stylist specializing in all aspects of locs.
I think its an excellent idea to begin your locs. Yes! it is a safe procedure for you and baby :)

However, I recommend that you check the ingredients of the products you use.
1) Make sure the enviornment that you are in is clean and has healthy air flow and proper ventilation and free of chemicals. This is cruticial if you are going to a salon that also work with process hair (Perms, dyes etc).

2) I recommend using products that are natural and free of chemicals. Such as Jane Carter SLS free shampoo confitioner. This is just one example. but there are plenty of others. I also use Dr. Bonners Peperment soap and condition well afterwards because I love the smell.

3) Use a natural conditioner or home remedies as well such as olive oil mi with rosemary etc.

4) Use a natural hair gel. I recommed Original African Formula. Again check the ingredients.

My point is you want to use ingredients that is healthy for you and baby.
I know chemicals in shampoos, conditioner, hair colors, gels can seep through your skin, into your blood and cause problems. Some research alredy show a corrolation between hair products such as perms and dyes and contributions to fibroides. (Tumors that form in the uterus but thats another discussion for another day). However, if they can cause fibroids tumors in the uterus....tat is where your baby grows.

I know in a lot of health food stores in NYC like Peralndra located on Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn there are natural chemical free hair products and hair dyes that are vegetable based.

Summary:
Locs are safe and beautiful. Rock on Sistah!!!!
Make sure you use natural/organic products (Shampoo, conditioner, Gel, hair color etc).

Peace, Light, and Blessings to you and your little bundle of joy :-)
~A Goddess Named Princess

Krystal - posted on 04/08/2010

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no this will not effect your baby! i've been a stylist for 3 years now and i know that NOTHING you do to your hair will effect your baby. especially dreadlocks, since nothing is done chemically.

however if coloring, bleaching or perming your hair makes you nautious due to the smell it might be good to avoid them, but it will NOT effect or harm your baby in any way. despite the myths that "you cant get your hair done if youre pregnant" .. that is false. you can do your hair and get highlights and perms just like normal.

dreadlocks would be good to get done BEFORE your baby gets here because then by the time the baby comes you wont have to do much with your hair or worry about it, it will be really nice to not have to style much so you have more time to spend with your new baby!

Niki - posted on 04/07/2010

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it will be absolutly fine as long as you dont use an chemicals as part of the process as anything you put onto your scalp will go into your blood stream - and into baby. (some places use things like perming solution which makes it easier for the person doing it but isnt really neccessary. I had mine done without using anything other than a comb, but if you want you could use a dread wax (just look at the additive lists to make sure it doesnt have chemicals) or beeswax.

Stevie - posted on 04/07/2010

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no it shouldnt i havent had my hair exactly dreadlocked but ive had it braided close and as far as i know they didnt do anything to it really but my hair is differant than yours is my sister is black as well as you are im not lol but yeah idk if there is anything different than you do but to my knowledge its just hair pulling maybe some hairspray or something just like carolee said if there is any fumes keep in a well ventalated area

Carolee - posted on 04/07/2010

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I've never been through the process, so I'm not sure what it takes... but as long as you don't have to use really strong fumes, it should be okay. It's okay to dye your hair while pregnant (according to most recent research) as long as you are in a well-ventilated area (which I'm actually doing at this very moment), so as long as there aren't any really strong fumes, go for it.

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