Before my bundle of joy arrived in my life, I took great care of how I look. I’ve always been the one who religiously wears makeup, have regular salon and derma appointments, and a gym membership at one or two fitness centers.
Once I became pregnant, I continued to take care of my appearance more than ever. I was determined to look as decent as possible before going out. Fortunately, my skin was cooperating. For 9 months, I basked in the glow that pregnancy has caused to my skin. My skin was clear and I felt more beautiful than ever. But just as I was enjoying every bit of it, that wonderful feeling left post-pregnancy.
Feeling Unattractive After Childbirth
After I gave birth, I felt saggy, tired, and ugly. I was no longer the fit girl in those gym selfies or the smart gal at work who could spew trivial facts or rile up someone with my critical observations.
I simply lost what I thought was making me amazing.
Sleep deprivation, less sexual intimacy, and the lack of ‘me time’ led to the negative self-image. There’s that physical and mental impact that childbirth has on a woman. Grabbing only four to five hours of sleep every night meant heavier under-eye bags, dry hair and skin, and becoming forgetful.
Moreover, the drop of the hormone estrogen in the body led to significant hair loss during the first few months after I gave birth. This prompted me to sport a ponytail even in my sleep.
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The Wakeup Call
I wasn’t completely aware of my self-neglect until a gay acquaintance who worked at a shopping mall spotted me shopping for baby diapers.
Our chance meeting happened after my 10-hour day shift job and on the exact day, I chose not to wear any makeup!
He was shocked beyond belief to see me, almost not recognizing his so-called “idol” at first.
I saw the disappointment on his face as he tried to remember how I fared in his memory back in our hometown.
“You’re my idol back in the day. You’re so smart and beautiful. What just happened? You look like a typhoon just hit you!”
His blunt remark was a slap in the face! I thought maybe he’s not aware of the fact that I just gave birth and that’s the reason why I was shopping for nappies at the baby’s section. But that didn’t matter anymore. It was my wakeup call.
I decided I don’t have to wallow in my post-partum body and start to resurrect my amazing old self. After all, I didn’t have the time in the world to let other people I meet know that I just gave birth and feeling apologetic for being such an eyesore with my miserable appearance.
Treating my Crowning Glory
For me, the hair plays a huge role in our self-esteem. I associate confidence with feeling in control and in a way we can have a lot of control when it comes to our hair. When styled and well-kept, hair gives us the appearance of being well-managed that can eventually boost our self-esteem.
With that in mind, I decided to undergo a series of hair treatments to get rid of my dull, wavy hair. I opted to have my hair rebonded and dyed on the same day.
I sat for almost eight hours just to get my long locks rebonded and colored thereafter at a local salon. I opted for the Original Brazilian Rebond + Hair Coloring + Hair Treatment package that the said salon offers.
Now, a lot of people are skeptical of this because they deem hair treatments dangerous to the baby when a mom is still breastfeeding.
When you breastfeed, a lot of what you put into your body will reach the baby through the milk. That’s why alcohol consumption, smoking, and taking drugs are a huge no-no because they will reach the baby through breast milk.
So how about hair treatments like hair coloring, bleaching, perming, or rebonding while breastfeeding? Chemicals from such treatments are feared that they would be absorbed by the skin, through the mother’s bloodstream, and be passed on to the baby through her breast milk.
You might want to prosecute me right now and send me to the guillotine for committing such selfish behavior, but listen up!
Well, it turns out that, in general, it’s OK to rebond and color your hair while breastfeeding!
Hair treatments should be safe for breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies. The chemicals from hair dye and perm solutions do not soak into your skin and get into your blood or milk as explained by Jennifer Peddlesen, a lactation consultant in Calgary, in Today’s Parent magazine.
Although there hasn’t been much research into the effects of these chemicals during pregnancy or breastfeeding, there are no known reports of negative effects on the baby. While small amounts may indeed be absorbed, it’s unlikely that it can harm the baby. These days, the chemicals used in hair dyes and rebond solutions are not highly toxic.
The only problem you may be facing is when baby won’t like the smell of the chemicals on your hair post-treatment. You may also want to avoid brushing your newly straightened hair on your baby’s skin if he or she has a sensitive one.
So what really happened after I had my hair rebonded and dyed while still breastfeeding at home?
When I came back home after the treatment, I scooped up my little one only to be met with a fuss. She arched her back and pushed me away, crying. I understood what was happening. The strong smell of the treatment proved to be unpleasant for my little monster. The baby was just not having any of it at the moment. However, I quickly resolved the issue by changing into fresh clothes and placing my hair in a shower cap.
The next day, everything went back to normal with the baby enjoying and not having any negative reaction to the breast milk!
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The big win though? I look and feel FABULOUS! My self-esteem shot up and I could feel the strength that I lost slowly coming back.
Sure, being a new mom can be very exhausting and emotionally challenging, but we all deserve to look and feel beautiful. Therefore, it’s completely fine to treat yourself to a touch-up. That too tired and too busy to shower or brush her teeth new mom is a trite phrase; however, it’s a bad habit to get into.
Be kind to yourself mommies. Always remember that a happy mom makes for a happy baby! Not only that, but you’d amaze the hell out of your husband by managing to still look attractive despite showering in baby spit up.
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IonAugust 2, 2017 at 10:46 am
Looking good, mommy! I also felt terrible and ugly months after giving birth…and well, like you, a hair rebond fixed things up! Haha. It might sound shallow to some, but looking good definitely makes any mom feel good ☺️ P.s. May I ask which salon you went to? ☺️????
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezAugust 3, 2017 at 1:36 am
Thanks for reading! I’m assuming you’re from Cebu? I had my hair treatment at a salon near where I live. It was in Ric D’ Salon Minglanilla Branch. I chose it because it was budget-friendly and my colleague at work recommended it to me. Another wonderful salon that I tried that specializes in hair rebonding is at 887 Rebonding Digital Beauty Chateau, it’s located in the first floor of Sarrosa Hotel in Cebu City. 🙂
IonAugust 3, 2017 at 5:47 am
Cool! Might try the salon in Sarrosa since it’s nearer. Thanks! 🙂
weenjhel ann espinosaDecember 30, 2017 at 2:04 am
How many days did the smell went away?
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJanuary 4, 2018 at 5:41 am
Hi mommy weenjhel! I’m not sure when the smell went away, must be a day or two after. 🙂
weenjhel ann espinosaDecember 30, 2017 at 2:05 am
How old is baby by the way when you went thru rebonding? And also, how about when you go to sleep ? dont you co-sleep?
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJanuary 4, 2018 at 5:42 am
Hi Mommy Weenjhel. My baby was at least 4 months old when I went thru rebonding. We do not co-sleep. My baby sleeps in her crib at night.
MichApril 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm
I just gave birth 7 weeks ago and I’m about to cut and treat my hair through rebond tomorrow. Is it ok na kaya? I was having doubts because of the many don’ts I’ve heard. But I badly want to bring my old self again. Plus, I might harm the baby because of the post treatment smell.
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezApril 20, 2018 at 7:04 am
I believe 7 weeks is fine. But you can always consult with your OB-Gyne for an expert opinion. I’m pretty sure you’ll get her approval. 🙂
nancyMay 20, 2018 at 2:55 am
hi..isnt ok for the breastfeed mom to treat Brazilian blow out?
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJune 21, 2018 at 5:02 am
Hi Nancy. Sorry, but I am not sure if it’s okay for nursing moms to undergo a Brazilian Blowout. You need to check the label of the product first to see if there are no chemicals or ingredients harmful to the baby. Best to consult with your GP. All the best.
Chantal LamkeJune 1, 2018 at 2:11 am
Amazing! I’ll be sharing this with my bestie, they will love to see this.
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJune 21, 2018 at 4:59 am
Thanks for stopping by Chantal!
LetteOctober 10, 2018 at 8:28 pm
Hi, any severe hair fall after the rebond treatment? Thanks
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezOctober 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Hi Lette. I didn’t notice. Results may differ, especially when breastfeeding moms are prone to hair fall. But as for severe hair fall, no I didn’t notice or experience any.
renNovember 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm
while you are on rebonding session and coloring your hair did you pump your milk and dump since you expose on chemicals?
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezNovember 21, 2018 at 11:09 am
Hi Mommy Ren,
To answer your question, no, I didn’t. The chemicals from hair dye and perm solutions do not soak into your skin and get into your blood or milk as explained by Jennifer Peddlesen, a lactation consultant in Calgary, in Today’s Parent magazine.
My baby didn’t experience any negative effect. Please note, though, that you have to wait at least 3-4 months after giving birth to undergo the procedure.
If you want to be extra sure, you can pump and dump if you like. Or ask your pedia for their expert opinion. ????
Lyka MarasiganJanuary 21, 2019 at 4:45 am
Pwede po ba magparebond kahit naglalagas ang hair ? 4 months na po baby ko..
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJanuary 30, 2019 at 7:40 am
I also experienced hair fall before I rebonded my hair. I think this is normal for us breastfeeding mommies to have constant hair fall. I think you should assess your hair fall first. Is it severe? If it’s normal, then you should be fine. But if it’s severe, it’s best to consult with a professional before undergoing this treatment.
Angeline M. AmbradJune 22, 2019 at 4:23 am
Hi, almost 5 months na si baby, pwede napo kaya ako mag pa rebond. Breastfeeding mom here. ☺️
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJune 24, 2019 at 7:23 am
Hello po. Thanks for dropping by and reading my blog. Yes, I got my hair rebonded mga around this time rin. Best to go to a salon that has a great reputation and ask a hair specialist if they can handle your hair given your current condition. Wala namang negative reaction baby ko noon after the treatment. Can’t say if it will be the same for you, but I hope your baby will be fine. 🙂
Angeline M. AmbradJune 24, 2019 at 11:51 am
Hi sis, nakapag pa rebond nako yesterday. And yes! Okay naman sya. 😊 And i also asked sa nagrebond sakin. Home service lang ako. Okay naman daw.. Basta atleast 3 months. And hindi naman ganon katapang yung gamot. Kase yung 2nd na gamot na nilagay. Mabango naman sya. Thank you for posting your experience here sis. ❤️
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJune 25, 2019 at 3:38 am
Hello momsh! Thanks for the update! This is great as other moms would know na ok lang talaga mgparebond mga around this time. Temporary lng din naman ang amoy ng treatment, mawawala agad pg nakaligo na after a couple of days. 🙂
MyyieJune 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Hi is it okay to rebond hair breastfeeding mom here, 2months na ai baby
Nikkah Lubanga- SanchezJune 25, 2019 at 3:41 am
Hi Momsh Myyie! Thanks for dropping by. I would advise siguro momsh na at least 3-4 months pa bago ka mgparebond. Baka magreact si baby sa amoy ng chemicals at ayaw na lumapit sayo para mgbreastfeed. May mga treatments din naman na mabango, but based on my experience, it’s best to wait lang muna siguro. Konting tiis lang momsh, mga next month, okay na yan. 😉