Keratin treatments may seem like a great idea during pregnancy, as they make your hair much more manageable and cut blowdry time in half. But are these treatments really safe to get while pregnant or breastfeeding?

The answer is actually much more complex than a simple yes or no. The Keratinworks Smoothing System is non-toxic and formaldehyde-free, and adheres to Health Canada restrictions so in theory, it is safe to use on someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. However, we do not recommend doing any keratin smoothing treatment during pregnancy or while nursing.

Here’s why:

The reason for this is that during pregnancy or breastfeeding , a woman is going through many hormonal changes – hence many changes in the texture, degree of curl and frizz of the hair. So what often happens is that the product will seem to work one day and not on another because the hormonal fluctuations.

The constant change of hormonal levels affecting the individual at this time may alter the result of the treatment, and affect its performance. The treatment may even work, but not last as long because of this hormonal imbalance.

To get the best value for your money, we recommend waiting until after this period to get a keratin treatment done.