Can I Dye My Hair While Pregnant, It is Safe or Dangerous?

Can i Dye My Hair While Pregnant, It is Safe or Dangerous?

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Pregnancy can be a time of joy, but it also brings many safety concerns. One question many expectant mothers may have is whether it is safe to dye their hair.

While the research is mixed, experts tentatively agree that it is safe to dye your hair while you're pregnant, especially after the first trimester. However, there are some caveats and a lot of unknowns.

Here's what you need to know about dyeing your hair while pregnant and the precautions to take to keep you and your baby healthy.


Hair Dye and Pregnancy

As an expectant mother, you’re bombarded with information on how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Everything you do and eat can have an effect on your baby-to-be.

For example, exposure to high levels of lead while pregnant can cause problems like preterm delivery, low birth weight, and miscarriage. And if you eat a lot of fish with high mercury levels while pregnant, your baby could have problems with their nervous system.

Even if you already know the importance of limiting your exposure to these types of toxins while pregnant, you may wonder whether this advice applies to hair dyes.
The good news is that hair dyes aren’t dangerously toxic, so it’s safe to apply color to your hair while pregnant. This is true whether you choose a semi-permanent or a permanent dye.

Small amounts of hair dye can get on your skin during a treatment. Although dye may come into contact with your forehead or scalp, only a small amount of the chemical is actually absorbed into your skin. It’s a small amount, so the chemical is unlikely to have any harmful effect on your baby’s developing body.

How to Color Your Hair Safely

In general, it’s safe to dye your hair while pregnant. But you should still take precautions to minimize the risk of causing harm to your baby.


1. Wait Until Your Second Trimester
Hair can grow at a faster pace while pregnant, so you may need more root touchups during these nine months. To minimize potential harm to a developing fetus, some experts advise against coloring hair in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
You should wait until your second trimester to color your hair. Rapid growth and development takes place during the first trimester. It’s important to provide a protective environment for your baby during this time.


2. Select Alternative Hair Treatments
Hair dye is generally safe during pregnancy, but there’s no harm in being cautious. If you’re concerned about potential harmful effects, choose gentler hair treatments to minimize your exposure to chemicals.

Rather than dye your entire hair, ask your stylist about highlights, frosting, or streaking to avoid applying dye directly to your scalp or skin.


3. Choose a Safer Hair Color
Permanent hair color may provide the best results, but it’s not the only option for color. For a safer treatment during pregnancy, choose an ammonia-free, or bleach-free, semi-permanent hair color.

A semi-permanent color may not last as long as a permanent hair color, but it can reduce your exposure to chemicals and toxins. This can provide peace of mind while you’re pregnant.

Other safer options include natural vegetable and henna hair dyes.

Can you dye your hair while breastfeeding?

Dyeing your hair when you’re pregnant is a slightly different thing than when you’re nursing. Breast milk typically contains the same kinds of chemicals that are in your bloodstream, including what you eat and drink. This is why doctors advise against drinking alcohol or eating very spicy foods when you’re nursing. The chemicals in hair dye are absorbed into the bloodstream in very minute amounts and will be even less present in your breast milk. Therefore, the chance of them entering the milk and posing a risk to an infant are unlikely.

If you choose to color or otherwise treat your hair while breastfeeding, take the same precautions you would while pregnant, including following the directions closely, using a well-ventilated room, and doing an allergic reaction patch test.

Tips for dyeing your hair during pregnancy

Here are five tips to ensure you get the hair color you want while protecting your baby-to-be.

    Wait until the second trimester. Is it safe to use hair dye during pregnancy? Research on this subject is limited, but many experts advise mothers-to-be to wait until around the beginning of the second trimester. No doubt, you may be ready to hit the bottle (of hair dye, that is) after about a month — with all of those pregnancy hormones racing through your body, your hair may be growing faster than ever and may even have a different texture and color than you’re used to. But the first 12 weeks are a time of major development for your baby: Organs are taking shape, muscles and vocal chords are forming and nail beds and hair follicles are starting to develop. Even though you don’t absorb much of the chemicals in hair dye — and there's actually no hard evidence that those chemicals are indeed harmful to your baby — why take the chance?


    Opt for the safest services. Once you get the go-ahead from your doctor to book the salon appointment, you may want to reconsider which service you get. Root touch-ups and a root-to-tip color change are considered single-process color; this means dye is applied to the hair and scalp, where the pores in your skin soak up the chemicals, which can enter your bloodstream. For a safer alternative, try techniques where color is painted directly on to the hair shaft — highlights, lowlights, frosting and streaking, for example. Pulling hair through a cap and then applying color is a less common method but equally as safe, since the cap covers the scalp. 


    Use gentle color. Also important to keep in mind is the type of coloring you use. Ask your stylist about gentler options, like color with an ammonia-free base. If you’re more of the DIY type, consider a semi-permanent color — it doesn’t contain ammonia and typically doesn't contain peroxide (bleach). Plus, it's more forgiving than permanent dyes, and fades gradually after a month or so. Vegetable and henna dyes are other less-toxic at-home alternatives, though check the label before buying. Some so-called “natural” processes contain just as many chemicals as their traditional counterparts.


Using hair dye when you're pregnant

You may decide to wait to dye your hair until after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the risk of chemical substances harming the baby is much lower. If you're colouring your hair yourself, you can reduce the risk further by making sure you:

  •     wear gloves
  •     leave the dye on for the minimum time
  •     work in a well-ventilated room
  •     rinse your scalp once the dye is applied


Highlighting your hair, by putting the dye only on to strands of hair, also reduces any risk. The chemicals used are only absorbed by your hair, and not by your scalp or bloodstream.

Semi-permanent pure vegetable dyes, such as henna, are a safe alternative.

Do remember that pregnancy can affect your hair's normal condition. For example, your hair may:

  •     react differently to colouring or perming than it usually does
  •     become more or less absorbent, frizzy or unpredictable


It's always a good idea to do a strand test first using the hair dye or treatment you intend to use. Speak to your hairdresser for advice.

Thanks Mommy.

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