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Pregnancy Safe Products from Ouai

Pregnancy Safe Products from Ouai

Pregnancy safe beauty products can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from Ouai as of 4/1/2020. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Please note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Which hair products do you need to worry about?

Technically, none. Most OBs will tell you not to worry about any hair products. Your hair is a dead protein, and it can not absorb anything. It’s amazing how pregnancy brain can take over and we forget that simple fact!

Personally, I screened products that would sit on my scalp for a few minutes (aka- shampoos, scrubs, etc). My thought process was that those products would be similar to a face wash, even if washed off right away it sits there for a bit. So, on this list you’ll find products that sit on your scalp. This is shampoo, scalp treatments and root styling products. Other styling products should just be on the hair shaft, and if you’re worried about sprays being inhaled, I recommend holding your breath while you spray and then step away a few feet.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Ouai

Dry Shampoo Foam

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Body Cleanser: Chemical Sunscreen
Body Crème: Chemical Sunscreen
Hair & Body Shine Mist: Salicylate
Rose Hair & Body Oil: Chemical Sunscreen
Scalp & Body Scrub: Salicylate
Shampoo for Medium Hair: Salicylate
Shampoo for Thick Hair: Salicylate
Super Dry Shampoo: Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well.
Note that in theory Hemp and CBD do not have THC in them, it’s breed out of the plant is the official status. However, depending upon how it was processed many CBD oils will test positive for THC. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason.

After Sun Body Soother: Retinoid
Chill Pills: Hemp
Shampoo for Fine Hair: Hemp, Salicylate

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10 Comments

  1. 5.13.20
    Jamie said:

    Hi! Is the body cleanser really not safe for pregnancy? I can’t seem to find the chemical sunscreen ingredient.
    Thank you!

    • 5.13.20
      15mins said:

      A lot of products include chemical sunscreens to prolong product stability and therefore shelf life, but they don’t include enough to bother going through the expensive testing needed to be able to proclaim SPF value.
      In this product it is benzophenone-4, that’s one of the more common ingredients used for this purpose.

  2. 7.9.20
    Michelle said:

    Hi! Is the treatment masque safe for pregnancy?

    • 7.10.20
      Christine said:

      Masks are like conditioners and only touch your hair, which can’t absorb anything.

  3. 7.16.20
    Zainab said:

    Hello!

    Ouai has what looks like a new product for thinning hair. Can you tell me if this is pregnancy safe? Below are the ingredients listed on Sephora. Thank you so much!

    -MSM: A sulfur-based compound known to increase hair growth.
    -Ashwagandha: Naturally helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
    -Amino Acids: An essential element in keratin production.
    -Biotin: Accelerates natural hair growth.

    Omega 3 and 6, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 75 mg 125%, Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU 250% Vitamin E 0.136 IU <1% (as mixed Tocopherols supplying alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols), Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamin mononitrate) 1 mg 67%, Riboflavin (as vitamin B2) 10 mg 588%, Niacin (as niacinamide) 25 mg 125%, Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 50 mg 2,500%, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg 417%, Biotin 100 mcg 33%, Pantothenic acid (as d-calcium pantothenate) 25 mg 250%, Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate) 100 mg 10%, Iron (as ferrous fumarate) 5 mg 28%, Phosphorus (as dicalcium phosphate) 78 mg 8%, Zinc (as zinc sulfate) 5 mg 33%. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 100 mg, Omega 3 Complex (6% EPA & 4% DHA) (fish oil) 50 mg, Horsetail Extract (standardized to 7% silica) 50 mg (Equisetum arvense) (herb), Ashwagandha Extract 50 mg (std. to 1.5% withanolides) (Withania somnifera) (root), Silica Bamboo Extract (Phyllostachys viridis) (leaf and steam) 2 mg, L-Tyrosine 2 mg, L-Methionine 2 mg, L-Cysteine (as L-cysteine hydrochloride) 2 mg, L-Arginine (as L-arginine hydrochloride) 2 mg. Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Calcium Silicate, Silicon Dioxide, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Hypromellose, Polydextrose, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Carnauba Wax. Contains: Sardine, Anchovy, Salmon.

    • 7.16.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok

  4. 8.22.20
    Breah Whitmer said:

    What about the leave in conditioner?

    • 8.22.20
      Christine said:

      Please read above about conditioners and which hair products you need to worry about. As leave in conditioners are made just for application on the ends of your hair and NOT the scalp, you don’t need to worry about them.

  5. 9.1.20
    Stephanie said:

    Hi! Is the detox shampoo safe for pregnancy? Posting the ingredients below. Thank you sooo much

    Aqua (Water, Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamide Mipa, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Vinegar, Peg-150 Distearate, Polyquaternium-7, Glycerin, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Ci 14700 (Red 4), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5), Ci 61570 (Green 5).

    • 9.1.20
      Christine said:

      No, it has a chemical sunscreen. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy