So, I got a request a while back about updated my regimen, but at the time I had just found out I was pregnant, so I didn’t want to write a post on a regimen I knew would change.
Prior, I would:
Condition (with heat)
Roller set or Air dry
Monthly I would clarify and protein
Wash (1x a week-2x monthly and clarify when needed)
Condition (with heat always, protein when needed)
I’ve also made some changes in products I use. Because some essential oils and other items are not safe during during pregnancy, I had to cut A LOT of items out my life for now. A lot of stuff penetrates the integumentary, some to different extents. I’ll explain.
Paul Mitchell: contains rosemary and henna which are not recommended. It’s diluted in and stuff, but I’m just not taking chances.
Redken Cleansing Cream: Contains Retinol Palmitate. A big no-no.
Millcreek Organics Keratin Conditioner: contains retinyl palmitate
Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner: #lesigh contains clary sage and thyme oil. Also no-no’s.
Naturelle Grow: the marshmallow contains cinnamon (no-no) and the chamomile and herbal blends both contain slippery elm which have not been recommended because it needs further research. My youngest sister got a nice care package #hmph
Darcy’s Botanicals: see Pumpkin Seed
Hair One: too many essential oils.
Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In:
Contains frankincense and myrrh.
Any oils Ayurvedic or with essential oils, hibiscus, or extracts that I cannot currently drink in a tea have been put to the side. Anything with tea extracts should not have caffeine so for the time being I have not eliminated those.
As for what I am using
Bobeam Honey and Oats Shampoo bar
John Masters Bare Shampoo
Clarifier- Just purchased Eluence Moisture Acidifying which contains natural Grapefruits Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Silk Dreams Conditioners.
Naturelle Grow Coconut and Mango without emu oil.
Annabelle’s Perfect Blends with the smallest amount of preservatives.
Komaza Care protein treatment.
Kanechom Shea Butter and Keratin (All ingredients in different conditioners are not created equal with this line).
CHI Silk Infusion
Inphenom Hair Treatment
Kerastase Oleo-Relax Serum
Dominican Magic Serum
Leave-in and Moisturizers:
Silk Dreams Wheat Germ Conditioner
PuraBody Naturals MuruMuru Moisture Milk
Annabelles Perfect Blends Coconut and Olive Hair Lotion (works well as a blow-out cream too)
The next time I plan to relax is in July. I have rarely heard anything bad about relaxing during pregnancy, just that the hair grows so fast it is pointless. I am going to honestly say I am agreeing with that so far as I am 5 weeks post and I have growth I would normally see at 8 weeks post.
I know it seems extreme, but I’d just rather err on the side of caution. Most of this stuff (essential oils and certain chemicals) are only an issue if used directly or in high concentrations, and most warning pertain to skin care since the concentrations are higher, but not when it’s mixed in and diluted, but I still don’t want to deal with chances.
Thanks for asking. Little does anyone know, this made me get my hormonal booty together lol. I will be updating my face regimen soon and trust me, a face regimen is much harder than a hair regimen during pregnancy.
One Day, It Will Happen