The Truth About Coloring Your Hair When Pregnant

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It’s an old rumor passed around: coloring your hair during pregnancy will harm your developing baby. But is there actually substance to this claim? The results may surprise you.

The research

Doctors may seem to give mixed messages about the decision to color your hair when you’re pregnant. They tend to err on the side of caution by recommending patients to avoid coloring their hair when pregnant, especially in the first trimester, according to WebMD. That’s because in the first trimester, the baby undergoes critical developments that are important for its future growth.

But many studies on both animals and humans have searched for health risks associated with the chemicals in hair dye. In the studies, there were no changes seen in a developing baby whose mother used hair dye. No definitive research has shown a direct link between hair dye and fetal health.

In fact, very small amounts of chemicals from hair dye, if any at all, will reach your baby, experts say. That’s because your skin does not absorb enough chemicals from the dye to cause harmful effects, in you or your baby. Therefore, most researchers and experts have concluded it’s unlikely that using hair coloring products during pregnancy will pose an increased risk to your baby’s health, according to the Mayo Clinic.

However, many doctors and women like to play it safe – just because current research doesn’t show any red flags doesn’t mean there aren’t any potential risks. Our Color Director Estelle Baumhauer says she recommends that women wait until after the first two to three months of the pregnancy before coloring their hair, just to be safe. But she also says many women go ahead and color anyways, without any negative results. In the end, it comes down to your own personal decision to color or to wait. If you’re still unsure, you should talk to your physician for a medical opinion.

Take precautions

You can also take general precautions when coloring your hair:

  • Keep the room well-ventilated
  • Make sure to wear gloves
  • Follow your coloring instructions carefully
  • Don’t leave color on your hair longer than prescribed
  • Rinse your scalp thoroughly after the application

So in the end, if having beautiful hair will make the bloated feet more bearable, then go for it. If you think the potential risk will cause you worry, then wait a few months to color. If you’re still concerned about the health risks, then we recommend consulting your physician to be safe.

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