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Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Is it bad to color your hair when you're pregnant? Are there any safe products you can use?

Re: Is it bad to color your hair when you're pregnant? Are there any safe products you can use?

The Bump Expert

In general, it appears to be safe to color your hair during pregnancy, although there are no scientific studies that have conclusively determined this. There are some things you can do to minimize the potential risks: dye should avoid contact with your scalp, if possible; consider highlights (the dye solution does not contact the scalp and is covered in foil); wait until after the first trimester to color your hair.

More from The Bump Editors: During your first trimester, you can alternately try an all-natural hair color like henna. Later in your pregnancy, cut back on chemicals in easy ways by looking for dye with little or no ammonia or peroxide. If you color your own hair, pick the brand with the least number of chemicals on the label, work in a well-ventilated room, and wear gloves to keep the chemicals from passing through your skin. If you go to a salon, ask for the earliest possible appointment to minimize your exposure to chemicals.

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Dr. Ashley Roman

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

You say there is not scientific study showing it is safe to color your hair during pregnancy.... but is there any scientific study that shows it is NOT safe? This idea that its not safe to color your hair during pregnancy is a myth perpetuated by rumor!

Rose |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i'm a hair stylist. and some of the older women i have met always laugh at this. people have become so paranoid. everyone used to color and perm their hair pregnant. and your mother and fathers seem fine don't they? i'm not recommending doing it all the time. and specially in the 1st trimester because hormones can make color react weird on the hair. and of course coloring your hair too often isn't good for your hair!

brainwashxx |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I go to a womens hormonal specialist who is just awesome and I asked her this very question. She told me that while there is no proof that it damages your unborn child, there are studies that show that the chemicals remain in your blood stream for up to 24 hours. She said she wouldn't advise me either way and I asked her, well if it was you...what would you do. She told me she would not do it if it was herself. So I'm going with the docs opinion.

Prayhard08 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My mom was a hair dresser for 25 years and she said it's perfectly safe as long as the area is highly ventilated.

blackdollhouse66 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Does all this information also apply to facial hair bleach? If you're pregnant does that mean you cannot bleach your facial hair?

2121Glover |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i agree. i do think that we worry excessively about everything. mostly because we are fed information through commercials and articles up the wazoo. if you're worry (i asked my doc about this one) wear a mask. as for the facial hair, i'm not sure about this one because you do inhale the fumes the whole time, so maybe waxing would work better. uneducated guess, but still something to think about...

opheliaslove |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairdresser and it is safe to color your hair during pregnancy however the chemicals in your body are way out of whack due to changing horemones therefore your hair may react differently to to coloring process, a color you normally use may turn lighter or darker and bleach may fry parts of your hair off or in your body the chemical changes may be so slight that your hair reacts exactly the same, as always I recommend doing a patch test in an area that is not highly visable at first

kaysumss |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor said it was safe to dye my hair.

Renarudo |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am by no means a scientist or a hair dresser, so please take my answer with a grain of salt. However, I am also one of those out there concerned with the amount of chemicals we may be feeding our babies.... and ourselves for that matter. I've actually quit dying my hair for the past three years because it just seems so toxic to me. If it is bad to breathe and to ingest it must not be very good to absorb through my skin. Also as a side note, yes as a society we have become very warry of what we are consuming.... but that does not mean we do not have serious cause to. It is not all worrying for the sake of worrying. In a very amazing book called Ecoholic by Adria Vasil there is a section on children and babies. One paragraph struck me as frightening. Apparently there have been tests conducted on unborn children across the country that have shown there are on average over 200 foriegn chemicals already introduced to your child before it is even born.... most are not harmful but a good percentage have been proven to be highly toxic such has dioxins and carcinogens. Now how can that not have an affect on our babies? And for those out there that have commented "look at our parents, they seem to be fine". I'm sorry but look at the rise in cancers in the past 50 years. We as a people started doing a lot of very stupid things in the 50s and 60s and I believe we are still very much paying for those mistakes. And that comment sounds very much like a relative of mine who claimed it's ok to smoke while pregnant because she did with her children "and look they turned out just fine". I'm just saying, please don't laugh off those for being too cautious.

Whitters23 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Personally I'm going to skip the color ~ it's a small price being so selfless just to be on the safe side. If we're supposed to get it done in a highly ventilated area doesn't having it touch parts of our scalp (even with a foil treatment they get some on your skin) and then transferring to our growing babies...not worth the risk. It's only 9 months...

cmkeough |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Im n my 2nd tri. I just recolored my hair again. nad it last me for months so i wont be getting anymore!

mcoleman1 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There is really no reason why you should feel ugly while you are pregnant. Permanent hair color contains a small amount of ammonia in darker colors and more in lighter colors. I would advise against on the scalp bleaching services while you are expecting because of the extremely high content of ammonia against your dry shin can cause scalp abrasions. If you choose to have your hair bleach just have it foiled with highlights, this keeps the ammonia off your skin. If you want light blond colors, see a professional and ask for high lift color instead of bleach on the skin. Darker colors are totally safe if done by a pro. I would stay away from box dies though so that you don't have to get the color on your skin trying to do your own hair. Some box dies contain metals which can also have a damaging effect to your hair and skin. Color away just play it safe. The safest color for your hair is ammonia free demi- permanent color!

danichaffee |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor said it ok to dye your hair, but she did not recommend having the roots done. She said highlighting was the better way to go.

Mirage222 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I've read in a couple different places to just wait until the second trimester. I had never heard about the hormones affecting the color, which is interesting. I waited until the second trimester, and my hairstylist just did a touch up. The color was a perfect match, and there haven't been any complications with baby.

Athena5692 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If you are concerned about chemicals, why not look into an Aveda salon in your area? That is where my mom went when she was pregnant with my youngest sister, as their dyes are 95% vegetable dye, and are good quality to boot!

lensappeal |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hairdresser and I did want to comment on the henna suggestion. You should be aware that henna cannot lift or lighten natural pigment (so is of no use if you color your hair lighter than it is naturally), stains hair in a very different way than hair dye, and can react strangely with hair dye. Using it for 3-9 months instead of regular color is actually not a great idea in most cases as the results can be inconsistent from your previously colored hair and can create issues when you wish to convert back to your regular regimen. Doing heavy highlights around the face and crown for gray coverage or lightening (which the VAST majority of clients do) would be a better option, as it would keep the product off your skin but give you plenty of coverage in the most important areas. Also, in response to the pp who said that color gets on your skin even during a highlight, I have to say...not if they do it right. ;) It is possible that the product would come into contact with your skin during the shampooing process, but the contact would be so quick and minimal that it would be inconsequential. Our skin is not quite THAT porous. For the record, I'm also quite concerned about the levels of chemicals and toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, but I do think that a properly performed highlight is an excellent compromise with no risk of exposure to the color.

barbiegirl17 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I agree completely with barbiegirl, I'm also a hairstylist and the henna comment above made me cringe! For anyone concerned with coloring your hair during pregnancy think of it this way: Hair stylists have healthy babies all the time and we are around those chemicals A LOT more than you will be in your 9 months. If you are super worried about it, highlights for lighter results, lowlights for darker results, or semi/demi-permanents which contain no peroxide or ammonia. Whatever you choose, remember that your hormones can throw your results off by a little... and sometimes by a lot :o)

hockeybride113 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If you really are worried about the chemicals in the dye I would completely forgo the all over color. I don't believe the chemicals will hurt you, but the stress that you're feeling about it could. However, if you're going slightly grey and cannot completely go without for 9 months, foils are a COMPLETELY wonderful alternative. They should NOT touch your skin at all if your colorist knows what they are doing! The bleach is fairly potent so if you're afraid of the smell, there are alternatives such as lowlights using a color that is very low in ammonia or ammonia free (Matrix makes an ammonia free color called Imprints) All in all, I've been doing hair for almost a decade and I have yet to have any of my preggo color clients have an issue with the baby due in part or in full to coloring their hair.

ELE62284 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I use aveda products to color my hair...better ventilation at their salons,and 95-99 percent chemical free.

asiyah |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There are no research studies that prove hair dyes, as a category, are harmful to the baby during pregnancy. The chemicals are also not in contact with the skin very long. For those reasons, many experts believe they are “probably safe”. However, the results are not as encouraging when you look at the ingredients individually. Propylene glycol, disodium EDTA, and benzyl alcohol, for instance, are all commonly used in hair dyes and are linked to embryonic death and other birth defects in animal studies. It’s unclear what this means to the topical risk for humans. If you’re concerned about the hair dyes, a safer strategy is to use foil highlights where the active chemicals aren’t sitting on the scalp. It’s also good to be extra-cautious during the first trimester when most of the baby’s major organ systems are forming. “Organic” hair and skin care products are trendy right now but they are no guarantee of safety for baby. Many herbs and plant extracts are naturally allergenic, poisonous, or teratogenic (causing birth defects). For example: salicylic acid (willow bark), glycolic acid (fruits), rosemary oil, and even aloe vera are all linked to harmful effects on the fetus. What’s important is that the manufacturer has thoroughly reviewed the prenatal safety of each ingredient-- whether natural, synthetic, or organic. If they don’t specifically mention it, you can always contact them and ask. Best regards, Jason Rubin, MD Belli Medical Director

Fabgirl2 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Whoops! Looks like I was signed in with my wife's account. I'm not actually "fabgirl" :)

jasonrubinmd |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor told me just to be out of the first trimester. She also said, just don't do it ALL the time...it's called common sense. A few times while your pregnant will be fine.

BabyCrawford |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I work at a salon and I would definately not recommend using henna. THis damages your hair very badly, most women we have seen who have used henna have a very hard time trying to correct or repair their hair when it was time to use something else. I agree with most of the posts- moderation is key.

Michelle_Bennett |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Dr. Oz (on his tv show) just said yesterday that it is safe to dye your hair while pregnant.

BrookeNJody |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I think the biggest problem is the possibility of it reacting with hormones and turning your hair a strange color. A friend of mine tried to do blonde in her hair and it turned a blue-ish green color in some places!! I however had died my hair (I was pregnant but didn't know) and had no problems with the box dye or pro high-lights. I would just suggest the Aveda hair dye if they're plant based. Otherwise just wear a mask and rinse well, then drink lots of water!

funnelcake_fashion |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I think it is pretty funny that people are saying the hormones are different, so your hair will turn weird colors. If this was true, really only the very roots would be affected because your hair is dead keratin and doesn't change with hormones

kloesk |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My sister-in-law is a hair stylist and I'm going to start trying to get pregnant in the new year, so I asked her this question too! She said it is considered safe now, but some women still prefer not too. She said if you are really concerned avoid all over colour and get highlights, they don't have to touch your scalp. The salon is also better than doing it yourself.

Savoy1984 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

how is hair dye good for you pregnant or not? everyone i know with dyed hair has dead hair

dixiecu |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hairstylist, and I would never recommend putting henna on your hair. It doesn't come out until you cut it out. I would say if you have to get your hair coloured while pregnant it would be best to have foils done. When you apply colour straight to your scalp the chemicals have a chance to soak into your skin, which is why some salons will do patch tests on your arm or ear. When you foil colour into the hair, it doesn't touch your skin and the odor is more contained. Chemicals in your body can deposit into your hair, but not the other way around.

hairdresserchick |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Henna is safe. It will only dye your hair red and the exact shade will depend on the color of your hair before you dye it. It takes some getting used to, as the process is very different from chemical dyes, but it leaves your hair smooth and glossy with a beautiful shine. I've been using ha to dye my brown hair auburn for a year now and I won't go back to chemical dyes again.

HisBelovedOne |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

im a studying cosmetologist and i wouldnt reccommend it because i have to wear a mask when im around the chemichals so just imagine if theyre on your body and scalp

homegurl_fo_life_26101 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I was 3 months pregnant when I started cosmetology school. While I was pregnant I dyed my hair 1 time and it was before I knew I was pregnant. Otherwise I didnt touch the chemicals directly. I wore gloves the whole time and I had a perfectly healthy baby girl. She is now 3 and has no problems! Henna is horrible on your hair! It only coats the hair and it builds up with each application. Therefor it has to be grown out and cut off before many reputable stylists will attempt to put any other chemicals on them. And for the record ALL FAROUK products are 100% safe and all natural!

Celerity |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My thought is that there have not been studies showing either way. But think about it... you are exposing yourself to chemicals. People keep saying that "they were fine" but what about the increase of so many disabilities including autism. We still don't know exactly why it occurs so often, but research does suggest exposure to chemicals. Why allow yourself to willingly be exposed to things when you don't really know the affects?

curriekana |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Check out http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com for all your skin care, hair care, make-up, etc to see how safe they really are? My opinion is don't color your hair. Back in the day they did it because they didn't know. Now we know it's bad for you and baby so why take the risk.

IlonaK |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist, and while there are no studies showing one way or the other, I also know that right now where I work there are 5 of us pregnant, and none of us are quitting our jobs while we're pregnant...and we come into contact with the stuff on a daily basis! And most of us have already had normal completely healthy kids!! A lot of the things that you use on an everyday basis have "chemicals" in it, including shampoo and conditioner. The one thing that I wouldn't do is use henna based products like this website suggests...even though it's natural, it's almost completely impossible to get it back out of the hair and will mess with the results on any future salon colors you might get! And as any doctor will tell you, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe to use during pregnancy!! So in the end, I suppose it's a personal decision, but e!ven though there are no scientific studies, hairstylists have been a "test group" for years, and I have yet to hear of one that had a child with problems that can be traced back to haircolor.

jdannelly |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am 5 Wks and my sister is a hair dresser and I just highlighted my hair (not all over just partial highlights) and just dont let it touch your skin. and dont be surprised if it doesnt come out the color you want it cause being pregnant makes your hair do weird things. Oh and stay away from chemical that smell too strong.

erica_kidd5 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i just started going to an organic hair salon, and we talked about this very issue just yesterday. Organic hair color is safe because it uses no ammonia or bleach products. I was amazed that there wasnt even any smell to the product. the cost was the same as when I colored my hair normally and it turned out great. Organic color is the safe way to go for mom, baby, and mother earth!

jclarke1 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I TALK TO MY DR ABOUT THIS AND HE SAID IT WAS OK. HE STATED HE HAS PT'S THAT WORK ARE AROUND BEAUTY SHOPS ALL DAY. THE ONLY THING I RECOMMEND IS BUYING ONE THAT SAYS IT IS AMMONIA FREE AND POSSIBLY ODOR FREE CUZ I CANT STAND THE SMELL! EVEN THOUGH THESE MIGHT BE ALITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE ITS WORTH IT ;]

ssubia00 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I got a touch up on my highlights when I was about a week pregnant. When I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks later I decided that I would skip my next appointment and wait for the appointment after that and just do all over highlights again so that I would be in the second trimester. I will wait until my third trimester and do all over again in the 8th month so my hair will still look decent when I have this one. I didnt get my hair done during my first pregnancy and the pictures of me holding my new baby look like a teen mom even though i was in my mid twenties. I want to look and feel like a grown up this time around!

1Mmommy2 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I've said it before and a few peopl have said it here, but I'll say it again cause it's worth repeating. Better to err on the side of caution. If there's a risk of harming you or your baby to do something that isn't absolutely necessary, DON'T DO IT!!! As for "these people did it and their kids are fine" I have this to say. I was painting my house and fell off the scaffolding with no safety equipment. I wasn't seriously hurt, I was fine. But I started using more caution and using the proper safety equipment. Why, when I was okay? Because I may not be so lucky next time. We hear all the time that something "increases the risk of..." Well, everybody who does that or uses that doesn't have the harmful effects, but more do than those who didn't expose themselves. It's only a few months - can't you let your roots grow out natural and avoid your favorite food or activity for a while if it means you have a better chance of a healthy baby?

Scooby1970 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hair stylist as well. When clients ask me this question, I always tell them about a teacher that I had in hair school. For some reason, there's somthing in her genes that the first born looses all the colour in their hair when they turn 12. (Like crazy fast the go grey....she said within 2 months she went from a dark brown to completely white. Strange I know.) Anyways, her mom wouldn't let her colour her hair until she was 16 SO for 4 years, which are almost the WORST years in terms of fitting in, she was completely white and teased a lot. Needless to say as soon as she turned 16 she coloured her hair...every 10 days. She's coloured her hair through both pregnancies every 10 days and she's had 2 beautiful girls with no problems at all. So...by hearing that and the many other stories that I've heard I'd say you're good to go. However, if you are concerned, opt for foils instead. The colour doesn't touch your scalp. Happy hair health!

LindsO29 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hair stylist... I color my hair every 3 months with no problems. Just an FYI, your hair is already dead. Only your roots would be effected if your hormones change during pregnancies. If you go to a professional, then you aren't around the chemicals long enough to even make a different so you should be safe. I highlight my hair and it looks great so don't be shy ladies, go have some fun and make yourself look pretty. One thing about pregnancy i can tell you right now, you want to find ways of looking pretty anyways, why not color your hair and get some new makeup and live it up!

candygirlsisland |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

As a mommy to be and a licensed cosmetologist... it is safe to do single process colors your hair while you're pregnant. More importantly it is safer to use SEMI/ DEMI-PERMANENT with low volumes of hydrogen peroxide.

erincandelaria |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I use a demi to dye my hair only professionals can get it but there is no ammonia or harsh chemicals you cant even smell it. like mostly everyone is saying wait until after the first trimester but ask for a demi its like shampoo with color. Im extreme high risk after losing 5 babies and the doc said thats the only kind i can use

HeatherBray |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm reading What to Expect When You're Expecting and it pretty much says that you should at least wait till the end of your first trimester. No studies show that its safe or unsafe... That's what I read anyway.

bdigar10 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hairdresser and i have colored other womens hair while pregnant and there babies have tunred out fine, and I also asked my doctor if I could color my hair and she said as long as it's not TOOO OFTEN and i'm in a WELL VENITLATED area. I used on the scalp brown color becuase it will last longer than outgrowth from highlights...

beccawest09 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm so sick of hearing this question. I am a hair stylist and now i'm pregnant hair stylists have been coloringb there hair for years and their babies turn out just fine. If it was proven that it could do any kind of damage at all the state health department would make us display a warning similar to the warnings you see in bars about pregnant women drinking. so girls if you let your hair go you not going to feel good about yourselves. now that my body is gone for a while i have to do something that makes me feel beautiful and good about myself.

sweetheart1079 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

yes it is the hair color only will affect your baby is you have an open wound on your head wich can cause it to go into your blood stream

LizzMarsh13 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

no

jenlashae |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There is nothing wrong about it. The guide from my doctor's office and Woman's Hospital said it's fine. My doctor said it's fine. Sorry, but my sister-in-law is getting married this summer and it means a whirlwind of events. I have to look nice and I want to look nice. It disturbs me that people come on this site and try to scare everyone into what is safe and what's not. Don't drink alcohol, don't smoke, don't do drugs, don't eat raw meat/fish and you're fine. Stressing yourself about this stuff is not good. As for the chemicals give me a break! Do you pump gas? drive in traffic? breathe the air outside? Use pesticides in your garden?

caseymm |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am 19 weeks pregnant and got a few highlights but while I was in there, which wasn't too long, someone was getting a perm. it smelled up the place... how bad is it if pregnant stylists are working?

rms21681 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'm a hairdresser and im 24 weeks pregnant, i dont think clients should be worried about coloring their hair normally during pregnancy because 1. You only would get your hair colored like at the most; 3 times during the 9 months and 2. Hairdressers that are pregnant should be the ones who should worry if anything, cause i use the colors and perms everyday. They've made haircolor sooo safe nowadays compared to how it used to be; dust-free bleach and colors that dont do damage to the hair or scalp. I DONT recommend henna like someone else suggested because if you try to color your hair afterwards with any other haircolor it causes MAJOR damage and stress on the hair because it doesnt come out. I wont color someones hair who has henna in it because its that bad to try to get out. And when it comes to doctors, you're better off listening to a licensed hairdresser/cosmotologist because we have to learn like 30 chapters on hair and scalp deseases and bio and chemistry about haircolor and services and doctors only have 2 chapters on general hair and scalp. And regarding that other person that said doing foils still gets product on their skin or scalp; their hairdresser is messy and inexperienced because ive only been doing hairdressing for 2 years and i dont get product on the skin or scalp if im doing a full-head foils and dont see a reason why anyone would. Either way in the end its your own choice but i know enough about hair color to know its defineatly safe to color your hair during pregnany, if anything just being around the smells of color and bleach is what makes me feel sick because i cant get away from it doing someones color or perm and my nose is more sentsitve since being pregnant.

BrittanyNBaby |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

well i dyed my hair when i was 5months preggers. and everything seems to be fine to me. so i dont think its a big deal as long as ur in a good ventaled area. but everyone sees it their way. so idk what else i can say.

SindeeLou |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

You shouldn't bleach any hair on your body but dying isn't harmful!

sailo0rsprinc3ss |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

well I foiled my hair. but truly if you want to color your hair do it.... and yes it is safe

kelseydanielandbaby |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I was told yesteday by my doctor that you can color or highlight as long as you are in a well ventalted area( windows open) You dont want to be breathing in the fumes. Other than that your fine :-) I was very happy I wont have to gothrough pregnancy with roots! lol.

xoiloveseaox05 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i asked my doctor as well he said after the first trimester as well but he also said that hair dye with no ammonia would be the best. i am 26 weeks and i dyed mine like 2 days ago with a no ammonia hair dye and i couldn't smell anything at all. so if u want to do your hair just do it. i know if i wouldn't have my roots would be a foot long by now and i would have felt even less pretty than i already do i meen with gaining all this weight and all...lol

Krystalf1991 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am 8 weeks pregnant and just asked my doctor this question. She said that it is absolutely safe. Go for it and feel good about yourself!

dyekar |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I have blonde highlights and roots done every 6 weeks. I waited as long as I could and had to get a touch up at 8 weeks prego. My mother was dead against it as well as other family members. But I went with my feeling and did it!

prego1977 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I think it's better safe than sorry. Why would you want to risk it? If you really want to color your hair Clairol Natural Instincts is peroxide and ammonia free. It's not permanent but it's also not damaging. I just spent a year growing my hair out for my wedding and quit using permanent color several years ago. It's terribly damaging (especially of you're trying to grow it out) and lifts color so your natural color is never the same and you have to keep dyeing (and damaging) your hair. I use Natural Instincts every few weeks and my hair is beautiful looking and feeling. Even my stylist is impressed with the color. I swear I don't work for Clairol!

dzymzlzy |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There really is nothing showing that it is dangerous, but there isn't anything showing that it isn't (100%). Since the first trimester is such a sensitive time, I would not get my hair died until it has passed. After that, I think it is a decission you will have to come up with on your own. If getting your hair done is going to cause you to be constantly worried...then you probably shouldn't just so that you aren't adding to your stress. If you are itching to get your hair dyed and feel comfortable doing so with the information you have: go for it. To put it in percpective though: we can paint, use most cleaning products, get our nails done, walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke in order to get into the mall (lol), so how is getting foils or a dye done going to make TOO much of a difference? The key is to avoid excessive skin contact, keep things ventilated, and trust what your gut is telling you (whether it's saying to go for it or to hightail it from the salon). I'm not getting mine dyed (for my wedding even!) mainly for the fact that my natural hair color is decent and I haven't actually seen it for several years until now! I also figure its a way to save money and time and I won't have to worry about my roots showing if I don't get it touched up asap.

stiffleramy27 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Ok, I am about to make quite a few of my fellow hairdressers quite mad, here goes. As with anything you put on or into your body while pregnant, coloring your hair is a calculated risk. Research has been inconclusive on whether the amounts of chemical absorbed through skin contact are negative on an unborn child. As a hairdresser I do not feel the need to take that risk, however small the percentage, for the sake of my vanity. There, I said it. Coloring your hair is a vanity issue, not one of life or death. I don't feel that my vanity should ever run the risk of affecting the health of my child. Most highlights require a toner to look professional, a toner is a form of haircolor, and it will come in contact with your scalp. Even if you do lowlights you run the risk of the color contacting the scalp when you are rinsing it out in the sink, I don't care how good your hairdresser claims to be. If she is that good the foils are so close to the scalp the action of washing it out will create the contact! As for the haircolor with no ammonia, I am under the understanding that it needs a longer processing time (more time on your scalp) and still has plenty of less than desirable chemicals in it. In the end it is a personal choice, just like eating lunchmeat, soft cheese, or taking pain meds. We all want what is best for our baby. I feel bad for anyone who feels the need to scoff at those that are more willing to sacrifice a few things for the nine months. As for the henna, the rest of the girls are correct. Henna will cause issues when you want to go back to your original haircolor, so do your self a favor and steer clear!!

bodyboarder |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I've heard several conflicting opinions about coloring hair and pregnancy. If you do, don't do it during the first trimester and always, prego or not, do it in a ventilated room...then again that's just common sense. People are saying doing highlights is better b/c it doesn't technically touch the scalp, and darker colors are harsher. If you do color your hair, just look at the ingredients and make sure it's ammonia free and it's the most natural hair color you can find. And don't use henna...it will cause issues. I haven't colored my hair in months...maybe almost a year. The only reason I'm coloring my hair while I'm pregnant now is because Im getting married in 2 1/2 weeks and my roots are dark and the rest of my hair looks like a horrendous brassy light brown. :( I certainly don't want that in professional wedding photos. But I'm looking for the most natural color I can.

krazyshay1987 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

krazyshay1987 You are the exception to the rule! When you have a large amount of regrowth the right stylist should be able to match your ends with your natural hair color and since the goal is to only cover the ends, not get close to the scalp, there should be no skin contact. Haircolor does not soak up your hair shaft like a wick, your hair is actually dead when it comes out of your scalp. So the only concerns you have are to find a stylist that specializes in color and ask to be in the most well ventilated area of the salon. And I wouldn't be worried about having to go with your natural hair color for the wedding, updo's have a way of making any hair color look beautiful. I think that having one solid color looks chic and timeless in updos! Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck with the rest of your wedding planning!

bodyboarder |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor told me it was 100% safe!

StaciLynn810 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I have been pregant twice and alothough I have died my hair in the past I did not while pregnant. I know that there is nothing to prove that it is bad for the baby but i figure it is a small thing I can do to enure that my child is safe.

tkordis |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

coloring your hair while pregnant, isn't the best idea, there are a few thing you need to see, what is the level of ammonia that is in the color you are using. if it has a high ammonia %, btw in store color/ box dye it has over 40% thats BAD!, as long as its Hemp, Semi, Temporary, or PROFESSIONAL color you should be fine. but i always say, go with your gut, if it doesnt feel right to you. then dont do it. your the mommy, you know best

jonmel |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

The safest hair color that you can use while you are pregnant would be AVEDA. AVEDA hair color is 97% naturally derived and has some of the lowest amounts of ammonia out of any other line of hair color. For hair color with NO ammonia, AVEDA Deposit Only hair color is a line that provides great colors and shine, but is safer for your baby. As extra precaution, you may want to use foiled highlights or lowlights to keep the product off of your scalp.

brittani89renee |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist and instructor..the one thing i wanted to note about using all natural haircolor i.e. henna is that once the henna/natural color is on the hair, standard haircolor that is mixed with peroxide (box colors from the store or professional color most sylists use) can have very damaging results on the hair...even breakage/melted hair. So just remember that any hair that ever was treated with a natural haircolor should not be treated with tradition haircolor until hair is cut off or completely grown out. My suggestion if your worried is to use a temporary haircolor that coats the hairshaft and requires no to little chemicals (downfall you need to refresh after washing hair or fades fast) or just waiting until after 1st trimester :) Good Luck everyone!

rmp5604 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I colered my hair with my first pregnancy. My daughter came out perfectly normal, their only concern was sugar related and thats due to genetics not chemicals! To those who said well hormones shouldnt affect the hair coloring process, they do, when pregnant your body releases hormones that can make the hair greasy or oily even when just washed. That will in fact cause in some cases problems with dying, I know it did with my dying, I discovered I had to got 2 shades darker to get the light brown I wanted or it wouldn't come out correctly and I had very blonde hair when I got pregnant with my first daughter. This prenancy I have not dyed my hair. I have kept it incredibly short though, so my last hair cut actually took off all of the previously colored hair, my hair is at its natural color, I wanted to go darker because I am getting married tomorrow, but I don't want to screw it up and it look awful the day before. My doctor(s), my previous ob retired the year after my oldest was born, so i have a new one, both advised just don't bleach!!!! Bleaching the amonia is often far too strong. If you are going to bleach there are some (including box dyes) out there with very little or no amonia in their lighter colors. Garnier is a mostly all natural box dye that I have always enjoyed using, it doesn't kill my hair and in a slightly less ventilated room there are fewer chemicals to deal with.

mommydale |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I actually was wondering if it was okay to just tone your hair darker instead of doing all over color?! would a toner be safer??

marinewife709 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I don't know if this will help anyone, but this was my experience... I got the go ahead from my Doctor, I researched the hell out of this topic prior to, and then I waited until I was in my second trimester to dye my hair, and I went with my normal darker red tone permanent dye. It darkened my pre-dyed hair and made my massive roots, since my hair had grown so fast, so bright red that after many washes it hadn't dulled at all. Afraid to do it again, even just a root touch up, I went to my stylist today to see if she could fix it. We opted out of bleaching for numerous reasons, and decided to do an all over permanent, no ammonia, darker red that I liked, and that she said would do an all over color to correct my problem. About 5 minutes into her dying my hair my poor scalp was on fire. I have never had this reaction to any hair dye, and I have been dying my hair for the last 12 years. We washed it out immediately, and went with a dark, no red toner. It worked perfectly. There was absolutely no reaction with my skin; it covered the two mishaps, and made my hair extra shiny. It doesn’t have the ammonia, peroxide, and other chemicals most dyes have, so it will fade quickly, but it is so much cheaper (and now safer, for me) than normal dye, so I won’t mind having to go back in a few months to have it touched up. So here is my lesson (at least for myself) for today: if pregnant (and you probably are if you are reading this) always do a skin test no matter how many times in the past you have dyed your hair, even if while pregnant. I had dyed before when pregnant both at home and professionally, so you will never know if you have all of a sudden developed an allergy or sensitive skin out of nowhere.

tashajo81 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If anyone is worried about dying their hair when pregnant then simply buy your hair dye from this website - www.naturesdream.co.uk/naturtint/ Its BRILLIANT! All their hair dye is ammonia free and all natural- so it doesnt harm you, the baby and doesnt make your eyes sting! lol its brilliant- and ive used two dyes from there, i'm 18 and a half weeks pregnant- the colour hasnt faded and you also get free shampoo and hand creams etc. I recommend this product!!

kellyconaghan |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Quite honestly, if you HAVE to color your hair, opt for a natural dye. What I cannot understand is the inability to put aside one's vanity on the off chance that the dye could hurt the baby- why take the risk??? Once this little joy enters our lives, its needs/safety should come first.

squirrlymills |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I have natural blonde hair but I've had my hair dyed black for about 4 years. When I found out I was preggers I stopped using permanent dye and went to the temp. It doesn't have amonia and has the least amount of chemicals. I even wait a couple longer to recolor my hair. The roots don't show when I wear it up, and it still keeps my baby safe. Why risk your baby when there are alternitives. don't be selfish!

SarahStarrFish |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Do NOT do NOT do NOT try an alternative natural method to color your hair during the 1st trimester. As a hairstylist, I know that Henna STAYS in your hair and will NOT come out. It leaves warm tones that not everyone wants, and is often dark and unnatural looking. Bleaching hair to decolorize it won't even work. If you don't want to do permanent hair color, try a demi-permanent deposit only hair color to blend in the roots during your first trimester, or opt for highlights. My OB personally said it was ok to color my hair (I previously would bleach and tone my roots to go from a medium brown to a bright level 8 red) however we were able to get the same tones using a high-lift blonde at a level 7. High lift blondes are permanent hair colors that give more lift than your normal hair color + developer, but only to virgin, non color-treated hair...which makes them perfect for your roots. You may not be able to be that white blonde, but you can be pretty close!

opaquelace |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Both my step mother and I have different doctors. (I'm scheduled to have a baby brother and a child of my own in the same year). YAY! lol. Anyway, both dr's said after the 1st Trimester. If you are really concerned and are scared to color your hair while pregnant but hate your roots that have grown in, I suggesty coloring to a shade close to your natural color so that you don't notice roots as much... or just wait til the last trimester when you are doing your maternity photo shoot and you presume your SUPRISE baby shower is coming soon. :-D

JessieM08 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

my obgyn said it was fine as long as you're in a well ventilated area, kinda like painting. :)

Etip |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I think some woman are too perinoid now-a-days! There are some things that are like, DUH.. you shouldn't do that while you are pregnant, but just because you are pregnant does not mean you should stop living your life! Research and medicine makes people crazy thinkers, we are all alive and our parents were not that perinoid.

aWm2010 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

my doctor said as long as i don't sit in a closed room for hours with the hair dye it's safe. dang, and breathing in those fumes was my favorite thing to do.. =P JUST KIDDING! but yea it's safe.

cdo0001 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I did when I was pregnant with my son and it was never an issue! I even permed my hair and they usually don't think you should do it because it is hard to get it to stick! I have always been told that either is FINE.

mommymug |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i'm a hairstylist and when i was pregnant the only problem that i had was that the smell of it made me sick so i wounldn't colour clientst hair but it will not harm your baby but if you are that worried about i wouldn't do it

hopefully2012 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I colored my hair twice while I was pregnant. Once, early on, right after I found out; and when I was about eight months pregnant, right before my sister's wedding. Both times I was in a professional setting, and I got both an all-over color and highlights. I gave birth to a very healthy baby girl, and she's had no illness in 15 months. So, from my experience, coloring your hair during pregnancy is fine. My mother, wh was a NICU nurse for fifteen years, says it doesn't seem to hurt them.

menotyou87 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor said that I could color my hair, but just go to the salon instead of using an at home kit.

karenane915 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There is a type of hair dye that is called Demi-perm hair colour. It has very minimal chemicals, no smell, and all natural. It is 100% safe to use during pregnancy. However, demi hair color doesn't last quite as long as perm color, so will need to refresh it more often. Call around your local hair salons to find more details.

kateb5126 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If there is even a doubt in your mind about whether or not it's safe, and it's not something that is NECESSAIRY to your health or survival...why do it? Maybe there aren't immediate damages or miscarraiges because of it...but who knows what long term effects chemicals like that can have...so much is developing in your body...why even risk messing any of that up? Every doctor's answer is different...and no offense to hair dressers, but you're not doctors. People used to smoke, and yes, their children are alive...but I'm sure studies could show links to asthma, colic, and who knows...there could be links to other iussues people have in their adult lives that stem from the womb. I want to give my child the best chance @ having a good healthy body & brain. So no 1 cup of coffe a day, no glass of wine on special occassions, and I'll deal with my roots for a few months...

rmazza213 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

http://completewomenscarecenter.com/faq.shtml My doctor has it posted on her site its safe..but after all she's just an OB/GYN and all..

Klamarie67 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

The only question i have is if it is okay to use creme hair bleach (like Sally Hansen's) for body hair. I've used it for years to lighten my arm hair. I don't do it all the time just in the summer, however, I am going to be 4 months pregnant for my friend's wedding and I'm a bridesmaid so it would be ideal for me to lighten my arm hair again. Creme hair bleach only stays on for 10 mins to do the job so i think it would be okay as long as i'm in a well-ventilated area but i need a professional's opinion!! Thanks =)

RachyD |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

While my mom was undergoing chemotherapy she was forbidden from using haircolor because it does enter the blood stream.

preggerz2011 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

This is what I was told by my doctor! It's a myth, it wasn't too good to do years ago when there was ammonia in hair dyes and perms. Now there is not ammonia in them! Just do it in a well venilated area! *****The color might not take or perm because of the hormones in the body!

angie116 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Just to put in my 2 cents - I colored my hair throughout my pregnancy and my kid is fine. I just made sure the color I was using was ammonia-free (which is better all around for your hair in general). I would also use a surgical mask to decrease the amount of fumes I may be breathing in. Not sure if that made a difference, but it made me feel better. =)

RunningMommy |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i am not a hairdresser or dr. something to look into maybe an aveda salon. they are mostly organic so they would be less toxic due to more natural then other products. they use plant based products to create their products.

punkgurlly |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

You can ask the salon you go to if they carry organic dye, that's what my hairdresser has used twice on my hair now and I am actually going to make another appointment for my hair.

nickrosy92057 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Yes, there are no studies proving that it is NOT safe to dye your hair. Why? Because that kind of study would be in violation of the code of medical ethics. It is known that hair dye is a toxin that has a mild link (think cigarettes would be a strong link) to cancer. Just because a baby is born perfectly healthy doesn't mean an exposure to a toxin hasn't hurt them in the long run. I have worked on an oncology unit (including a pediatric oncology unit) and have seen devastating cancers appear in people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. We just don't know the whole picture with cancer yet. With these facts in mind, I am focusing on limiting my exposure to toxins during my pregnancy. This is pretty difficult as we are surrounded my toxins in the US, so I just have to pick and choose where I can and want to limit that exposure. For right now, that means delaying the highlights til after pregnancy or limiting it to just one trip to the salon if my roots really drive me crazy!

nycerinva |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist. I have asked my doctor if I should be worried about over exposure. I do up to 5 colors in a day. She said as long as I wear gloves and the salon is ventilated I will be fine. I work with 6 other girls who have worked through their pregnancies and their children/babies are 100% normal. No asthma, no birth defects. ALSO I was reading some older comments and there was a comment on Aveda products. I have worked in an Aveda salon and there are chemicals in all their products. They use natural/plant bases but the still very much have ammonia and peroxide in their color. There is no way to have a permanent color with out those components. I would suggest to do high or low lights in foils or a semipermanent color if you are worried. Getting your hair done every 8 weeks throughout your pregnancy is perfectly normal. That only 5 times! Oh yea.. And DO NOT use henna.. Its horrible. It will NEVER be able to be removed from your hair shaft. It creates bad chemical reactions when you put a different color on it or try to lift it by highlighting through it. Henna is not a good option. Narly roots are better than henna.. Just sayin :)

StefaniePace |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

you can color you hair but make sure its in a large open space so the fumes dont surround u.. same for painting nails and stuff like that

mommy2be92 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a stylist and currently pregnant, my doc said not until the first trimester. I did my hair at the beginning of the second trimester and don't plan on touching it again till after the baby is born. CHI haircolor or Aveda is the safest to use since it doesn't have all the toxic ingredients like Amonia. Hope this helps, my best advice is wait if you can :)

agardner212121 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist and pregnant. I actually talked to a specialist about this (I'm over 35 so my Dr. sends me to a specialist for testing). She said that I get worse chemical exposure from living in LA and stepping outside. The amount of chemicals that are actually absorbed into your bloodstream is so small that it wouldn't do anything to the baby. As a hairdresser being around it much more than the average person, she did recommend wearing gloves, a mask and keeping the room well ventilated. If you're still concerned, wait as long as you can stand it until you're out of your first trimester before having it colored again. Or get some highlights in between to last you longer. I strongly agree with the other hairdressers about Henna. It's horrible for your hair and other coloring will react strangely to your hair once it has henna on it. You basically have to let all your hair grow out and be cut off before you can use other color on it. Happy coloring!

Hoeydancer |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I see a perinatologist as I'm high risk. He is fine with hair dying. I have highlighted my hair twice while pregnant. The first time I had no clue I was pregnant. My hairdresser uses a no fume Redken developer or maybe it was Matrix. I can't smell anything when she does my hair. It's never on my scalp either. It should never be. I won't be doing my hair again until after pregnancy. However, I won't step foot in a nail salon. I can barely handle it when I'm not pregnant.

Nikollicious2011 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

When i asked my doctor she told me it was okay. but since all my nutrients where going to the baby the color may not turn out the color i wanted . hope this is helpful

Alexa14 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

It is a MYTH that you cannot color your hair pregnant! I promise!!! it's in Cosmetology test books!! I wouldn't color it every day or go crazy but the hair color doesn't even penetrate your scalp anyway so you're fine!!!

sailors sweetheart |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I actually dyed my hair right before I found out I was pregnant. It was black with red high lights. now I'm brown with blonde highlights and that happened on its own. The highlights slowly went from red to pink to blonde and all of the black just disappeared. So if you're going to dye your avoid having a professional do it because you'll spend $100+ on one hair color and end up with another by the end of your pregnancy.

sdravecz |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I dyed and highlighted my hair and three days later found out I was 6 weeks pregnant. The process was already done. I am concerned that I did damage before I knew I was pregnant. Any help? Also.....how do I handle covering grays over the next 9 months?

secondbaby39 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I highlight my hair once a year and usually add a rinse also. While pregnant with my twin boys in '07, I did the same and even permed it at 5 months. This time, I am in my 25th week and I've already permed my hair. From experience, theres nothing wrong with fondling with your hair while pregnant. If you want to look more fabulous during pregnancy, do what you want and stop being scared! Unless you deliberately tear your scalp open and pour chemicals into it, you have nothing to worry about.

babypooh629 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If it wasn't safe for unborn babies, would we be doing it to ourselves??

lowis13 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I asked my OB she says that hair dying, nail polish, relaxers/perms, and so on are TOTALLY safe although the odors may make us queezy it is safe for the baby. Btw she also said it is safe to fly up to 32wks:)

wychets |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

im 33 weeks pregnant and alot of people say not to color your hair during pregnancy but my roots were horible and i did it anyways. My baby is ok and still as healthy as the week before, my recent sonogram and doctor conformed this. In the end its your decision but i wouldn't have done it in my first trimester.

brittkf1 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I colored my hair a month after i found out i was pregnant & it turned out fine i also got my mother too do it for me & it was ammonia free base i used Garnier i guess it would depend also if you've ever dyed your hair & it always came out funky color's then you should stay away for hair dyes

Mandiie |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My stylist told me to use organic hair color and make sure the area is well ventilated.

terpkeemia |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I understand the need to dye your hair but if it could even in the most remote way hurt your baby would you do it? or could you wait nine months?

trisha1092 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doc said dying, and highlighting is OK, just no perms. My hairstylist suggest I use ammonia free.

aloblo |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I just want to say Thank you for all the answers where it seems there is no clear yes or no on this it at least tells me that I can dye it once to get it close to my natural color so I don't look like an idiot and get in trouble at work for the two toned hair thing.

mindyjane283 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am going to dye mine as close to my natural color. My hair stylist is using a pregnancy safe product called Eco Colors. Then I wait till baby is born to go back. It comes down to your own gut feeling about it. Sure many women have had their hair dyed, permed, smoked or drank while they were pregnant, but you have to ask yourself is it worth it? That's the bottom line. Live with no regrets!!

jfreeman2003 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

To those talking about the increase in cancer in the last few decades, please remember one thing: early detection has been preached and preached, and the payoff is in the form of more cancer DIAGNOSES than before. This does not mean that there is an increase in cancer, just an increase in the diagnosis of cancer. The rate of cancer survival has actually increased over the years because of early detection. Reliable sources are key; anyone can write a book or post on the internet, but as a scientist myself (admittedly B.S. level, not a Ph.D.) I know that most "real" scientists will spend a great amount of time studying and triple-checking and looking various outcomes before even formulating a hypothesis, let alone running to the press, and most their conclusions, based on YEARS of research, are not press-worthy anyway. That being said, it is a woman's choice as to whether she wants to dye her hair during pregnancy. What I would do is to look up the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (if available) for the product and check out the ingredients. Contact the manufacturer if necessary. If you are not okay with the ingredients in ANY product, don't use it. This requires a little work on your part, as MSDS are not the easiest thing in the world to read. Keep in mind that many things are considered carcinogenic and thus you must look at LEVELS of the chemical that are dangerous; e.g. caffeine has been observed by reliable sources to contribute to birth defects in rats, but at levels equivalent to about 10 to 15 cups of coffee A DAY for a prolonged amount of time. When you are educated, it's your INFORMED call, and you're not just repeating something you read in the media or a "study" on the internet. This does not just apply to hair dye, but many items you use every day. Best of luck!

BGo |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I meant "teratogenic" not "carcinogenic" (though this is true also) in my post above. Here is a very useful link to the NIH's "Household Products Database" for Natural Instincts Hair Color: http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=brands&id=3021035

BGo |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I would think that after all these years of women coloring their hair that if it was truly dangerous, there would have been some epidemic of problems after birth. I am in my first trimester and have a business trip that I have to attend with my very large company. No one knows I'm preggers yet so if my roots are not able to be touched up with one of those mascara-type wands, I will get highlights.

MommaTracey |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Im 14 weeks and I still color my hair I actually have it blue:) but I stay away from amonia I only bleach my roots like onces a month and just use cream hair color from manic panic. those products r not bad at all.

jeomaram |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I work fulltime in a salon as a colorist and I get asked this question all the time by my clients. I tell them it is up to them whether or not they get their hair colored, but I myself think it's pretty safe when you're getting it done professionally. As a colorist, I can use all sorts of different products that contain no ammonia. If you think about it, I, myself and my co-workers are around these chemicals daily and they seem to have had great pregnancies.

mariarpotter |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Of course that there has to be some kind of a risk, but that's only because of the vapors that the chemicals in the dye have. Supposing that you are not subjected to them everyday, I can't see any other argument not to dye your hair at least once during pregnancy. We can't all have short hairstyles or styles that don't need that much maintenance, so I think we should just relax and trust our physicians when they say it's ok.

junebugmmm |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Okay seriously.... I AM A HAIR STYLIST. I understand that there are many things during pregnancy to be cautious about, especially during the first trimester. I get it. No need to ask the dr. about hair color when they dont know anything about it though. Likewise i would'nt presume to know how to do a c section! So here's the skinny on hair color... if the color is in foils it doesn't matter how strong the ammonia is because its not on your scalp anyway. If its directly touching your scalp meaning a root retouch or all over color you do want to keep the ammonia to a minimum. Generally speaking if your going lighter youll probably want to keep it in foils only. If your going darker its safe fora retouch or all over color because the ammonia needed is so low, or even better a demi permanent doesn't require any ammonia at all. I typically lighten my base color with a root retouch and add highlights. However being pregnant im still going lighter im just keeping it all in foils. There is no reason to suffer through 9 mo of regrowth when you can still look pretty AND have a healthy baby! Anyone who suggests otherwise is not well informed.

shannong35 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I used a temporary (no ammonia!) hair color a few days after I found out I was pregnant. I have not heard the end of it. First of all every current book I've read says there is no proof it's dangerous. Second, how many hair stylist do you know that have children? Did they quit their jobs for 9 months? Ingesting and inhaling a chemical is not the same as putting it on your skin. The skin is designed to protect us. Unless you are bathing in the stuff on a regular basis or have open sores on your scalp, there is very little to worry about. I would advise pregnant women not to dye their hair, simply so they don't have to have this discussion with every uninformed person they've ever met. Also because your hormones can change the way the dye reacts with your hair. Mine is about 5 shades darker than the box predicted, but I kind of like it. :)

newraven |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

For the people saying why would you do anything if it isn't NECESSARY for survival.....seriously? Just because you are pregnant your life is supposed to be miserable? What about watching TV, there aren't any studies that prove its safe, best not to do it. Or sweeping the floor, no studies on safety there either. Oh and the horrible chemicals in dish detergent, guess I shouldn't do that. Probably shouldn't kiss my hubby, what if he didn't floss and we all know there is cancer causing bacteria lurking everywhere waiting to eat our babies. I think you should make yourself as comfortable as possible when you are pregnant. Yes it is important to listen to your doctor, because medicine has lowered the number of still births, birth defects, and miscarriages. No you shouldn't be paranoid that something you do while pregnant is going to give your child cancer. Well let me tell you something, something you do one day will mess your kid up. If not physically then psychologically and there is no way to tell what that thing is going to be. Nobody is a perfect parent. Pregnancy isnt awesome for everyone. In fact, sometimes it SUCKS, so let me enjoy the little things. I have had sips of wine, dyed my hair, had a COLD turkey sandwich, and a greek salad with feta cheese and green olives and you can ALL KISS MY ASS with your paranoid judgement.

wonderhopey |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

PP - THANK YOU!!! I hate when people are always saying "why take the risk"... getting in a car and driving everyday is probably putting the baby's health at greater risk than cheese, lunch meat, and hair dye combined. That doesn't mean I am going to walk to work everyday! If people feel better being super cautious - that's completely fine - I don't judge them for doing what they feel is right for themselves during their pregnancy. But don't rant that I'm going to be a bad parent because I highlight my hair and am obessesed with gorgonzola!! I asked my doctor if I could dye my hair and if she had any recommendations regarding restrictions (not coloring in first trimester, highlights vs. all over color, etc.) She laughed and said the only legitimate risk was that the color could come out funky. I trust my doctor and don't think she would have made a joke about it if there was any potential of risk to the baby. I got my hair highlighted around the end of my first trimester and the blond came out more of a brassy gold than usual, but wasn't anything too horrible.

mvmierzw |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I have always wondered this myself considering My hair is quite dark after 2 children and when not prego I normally keep it VERY blonde. Now that I am prego with #3, I asked my OB as well as a hair stylist and both told me the same thing... As for safety, you want somewhere that is well ventilated and make sure the dye being used is ammonia free as that is the main chemical that people worry about being dangerous in ur blood system. And definitely try a test patch somewhere that is not noticeable just to see how your hair will react due to the hormonal change in your body.... TRUST ME!!! With my 2nd child, I went to have my hair bleached like I always have and.... it came out orange! NOT CUTE!!! lol! So, test first and then go from there. :) Good luck!

Mommyof2new |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and I was personally struggling with this decision. I called my doctor and they said it was perfectly safe to have your hair highlighted but reading online made me nervous about the decision. When I arrived at the salon yesterday I was truly unsure what I was going to do. I ultimately made the decision to low light my hair with a demi-gloss. The darker color of the low lights has less chemicals and the demi-gloss also has less. My hair was also in foils the entire time and my hair dresser, who is aware of my current state, was very careful. Ultimately, I think the decision is personal BUT you have to feel comfortable either way!

AlleyK01 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

WHat about using hair color removal products? Are these safe? Or is it the same "may have weird reaction" and "use ventillated room" response?

melaniega |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

this website has more info. http://americanpregnancy.org/isitsafe/hairtreatments.html

megankw85 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

To be honest will you die if you dont colour your hair for a few months? No.. i would wait after 3 months to colour your hair.. i would avoid it all together.. drugstore hairdye contains ppd's which are carcinogens along with many other very bad chemicals.. i would choose a more natural die (NOT HENNA) or just avoid it alltogether.

bianca102883 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

In my opinion, I really don't think there is a problem coloring your hair during pregnancy. Definately not a bad idea to wait until you are passed the first trimester, though. I am 30 weeks and have colored my hair twice while, once at the salon and just recently on my own at home. The stylist knew of my condition, and at home I made sure the room was ventilated and even used a couple of fans. I did my research, talked with hair stylists, and even my OB and regular doctor and everything looked perfectly fine to me! That is my take on it :) it is what ever is most comfortable

Jess3n |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist and newly pregnant and I am not worried about it at all! The only thing it could effect would be from breathing fumes causing respirtory problems. Hair is dead skin cells thats it!!!! it doesnt go in your body, hair is actually what is coming out of your body hence having a illness, change of diet or tramatic event can mess with you hair. If you are worried about the fumes you might as weel be worried about all gasses and polution in the air! I was worried about being pregnant in the salon because we had a stylist employed who did brazillon blow outs. Those however contain fromaldahyde! I didnt want to be breathing that in but she left our salon last month, good timing! happy coloring!!

megjack09 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

There is no proof that coloring hair while pg can harm baby. Many salons will not do it bc the color may not come out exactly as planned due to hormones. Mess a pg womans hair and you might not live to see the next day. If you are still worried fallow same guidlines and kourtney k.

FallinLove2011 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hair dresser also. It IS safe to color your hair pregnant. I have been doing hair for almost 20 yrs. and I'm currently pregnant with my 4th child my oldest being 12. I colored my hair throughout each and every pregnancy and my three oldest are all in alpha classes in their school. Do you know how many hair dressers there are out there? If you're saying it's not safe to breathe in those "CHEMICALS" are we all supposed to quit our jobs making it hard to build up our clientele again? No. There's no one who would support us just so we can stop working to have a baby. Ive worked with many pregnant stylists all who have colored their hair during pregnancy and every baby just as beautiful as the next. If we shouldn't color our hair because of the chemicals then shoot we shouldn't have our nails done either or clean our houses or have massages or pedicures or pump gas for that matter. All of those contain some type of chemical. Color has come such a long way it doesn't contain near the chemicals it did so long ago. If you still feel uncertain then try and go for a semi or a demi permanent. I understand the ones that don't want to take any risks and it IS only 9 months...but we dont have to go around looking all frumpy just because we're pregnant...it's hard enough to feel beautiful. And I agree all of us hairstylists out there are scientific studies are we not?

brindyn |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I read in the book, "What to Expect when You're Expecting" that it is completely safe to color your hair while pregnant, but perhaps consider highlight instead of doing all over color to prevent dye from touching your skin, and check with your stylist to see if they can use more of an all natural product. Note: Your hair changes while pregnant, so colors and perms may respond differently than they have in the past.

alwaysyours3 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

During my first pregnancy I colored my hair with henna hair dye and vegetable dye hair dye and it has no harsh chemicals and worked great so that's what I'll be doing this pregnancy as well. I wanna look great while knowing my baby is safe so to me it's an easy choice.

littleloeschfamily |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I colored my hair with Natural Instincts for my first pregnancy and my son turned out just fine. It hardly smells, and has no ammonia in it. I plan on doing it for this pregnancy as well after I hit week 12.

DemonSeedling90 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Hair colors contain chemicals which can cause various problems like itching and can effect your health also.

harun55 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

As a hair stylist I would confidently color a pregnant womans hair. The reason why a lot of people think it is bad is becuase of the amonia in hair color. The thing about it is, technology has come so far in the beauty industry that hair color contains very little amonia. Some, such as the CHI profeesional line contains no amonia at all, only MMA's. Also, unless you have an allergic reaction, the hair color will affect your body and baby in no way at all becuase it isnt on your scalp long enough to enter the blodd stream. As a fair warning though and as a fellow pregnant woman who loves having her hair every different color, HORMONES PLAY A BIG PART IN HAIR COLOR RESULTS! Because your body is going through so many changes and you might be on a certain medication due to a medical issue, hair color might not take or it might turn out a completely different color then was meant to be.

alishc08 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i work in the medical field and if i was worried about chemicals and stuff like that i would have to quit my job. so coloring my hair is the least of my worries because around blood and urine all day

nanapunkin |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S SAFE OR NOT, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE AN AUNT WHOM DIE HER HAIR RED A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT AND MY BABY CAUSIN WAS BORN WITH A FEW(MORE THAN 20) RED HAIRS ON HIS HAIR FROM HIS HEAD..

Rosa1822 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Ok... I am a stylist and have been for a few years.. I am no pregnant and if you think about it... do you think if it wasnt safe to color your hair that we wouldnt be working the whole time we are pregnant. The only reason we tell you not to color your hair in the first trimester is because your hormones are racing and you color may not turn out... I have seen this happen... it is how I figured out my client was pregnant before she even knew... I used a permanent red and it washed right out at the sink.. I had never seen it happen... come to find out the next day she called me and said she was! But people dont be so paranoid... there are so many things they say out there now that our parents had no idea and we all turned out just fine.

Bralin8487 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

it is bad to use dyes that contain are harsh fume to the unborn infant. but there are all natural hair dyes that don't create that fume that harms the unborn infant. it is made from beeswax. go to your stylist and ask.

wyattsmommie09 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

i need to know in which month can i dye my hair?? I'm in the 15 week now

Nada Solih |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Henna is NOT SAFE!!! Just because it is touted as natural, doesn't make it safer! The colors in henna are actually created by METALLIC DYES AKA LEAD AND MERCURY!!!

mvestey |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Schwarzkopf has a natural line of hair colour called Essensity that is: 0% ammonia 0% silicones 0% paraffin/mineral oils 0% parabens 0% alcohol 0% artificial colourants 90% naturally-derived ingredients etc. It's great and the colour is gorgeous and shiny. It doesn't stink AT ALL. I used it even before I got pregnant. All that being said, I probably won't colour my hair again while I'm pregnant, just to be on the extra safe side (and to save $)

toureiffelbride |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

This is interesting... I used to think that it's not safe to dye your hair during pregnancy, I was determined not to try if I get pregnant. Now I am starting to change my opinion, of course, I'll do some further research but I am starting to believe it's possible. I am now using a HairEnergizer to keep my hair in best shape, if that works out fine I'll think about options in dying my hair.

lennn |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I think you can colour your hair. I did it for my engagement party. When you spent a lot of time planning your party you want to look perfect when you go their.

ioana06 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

you can, but a lot of people say don't. i have & my baby is perfect and healthy the doctors say, so don't worry about it.

alyssarenee1024 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist and have had plenty of clients prego and getting their hair done. They all have had healthy babies. I am now pregnant and have decided to not color my hair in the first Tri. Now that I am past the 13 weeks I will just do foils to keep up my professional look. But this is just my personal way I want to do it. I think you should feel good about yourself so Do what you think is the best. :)

MrsP56 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I am a hairstylist there is not a color molecule small enough to penetrate your epidermis. I think if there was any research on color or chemicals affecting unborn children then children of hairstylists would be the biggest case study none of my co workers or family (which my family has been doing hair for 50+years) has ever had any problems and have colored our hair from first trimester on. Also beware of henna color once you use it there is no removing it, it is a stain and can look very! Opaque

kristinff |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I just want to note, some of us don't color our hair just to have pretty highlights. Like my father, I was all white by my early thirties. I usually get my hair colored every 3 weeks, so of course I dyed it at 4 weeks pregnant before I even knew. I wait 6 weeks instead of 3 right now which is not a pretty picture and I use b&b spray poweder color a bit so I don't look absolutely ridiculous in between coloring. It's very easy to be high a mighty about coloring over a few grey hairs or adding highlights, but some of the folks on this chain should consider women like me. I would have several inches of white hair versus my dark brown if I waited through the first trimester. This isn't even just a vanity issue. I'm a high level executive and it would severely hurt the perception of me at my job.

kvn202 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

At some point, i had my hair dyed at a salon and my hair turned to straw. When i went to Studio Green in Nashville, Tn they used this organic hair color and my hair was soft again!!! Studio Green uses Organic Color Systems - www.organiccolorsystems.com. It is ammonia free and organic. I got all over color and it covered my grays completely and the color was beautiful. No weird chemical smell or any bad side effects. They also had organic hair products, of which i got the Surface Bassu shampoo, conditioner, hydrating oil and hydrating mask. worth it. To find a salon that offers this hair color in your area, call (888) 213-4744.

jilliosanderson |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

As a stylist I would recommend going to a salon. One of the dangers of hair color is the ammonia and strong odors. Salons are large and much more ventilated than a bathroom. Plus it is nice to be pampered.

Morgen529 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

If you are concerned about any chemicals in the products you use while pregnant, call 1-800-733-4727. It is free and confidential, and a certified genetic counselor will help ease your worries and find alternatives if need be. This service has helped me a lot and I hope it can help you too!

hockeymom27 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

My doctor said its fine. I do highlights every 8 weeks. She said just make sure the place is well ventilated.

emslade982 |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Yes! what fool would walk around with grey hair. my stylist is also pregnant. She uses natural products. Why would you ever use harsh chemicals on your hair pregnant or not!

superflyracer |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

I had my hair dyed the week that implantation occurred but at the time, I thought I was getting my period. Should I be really worried? Any thoughts would be really helpful as this has been bothering me.

xtine_xtine |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

"cut back on chemicals in easy ways by looking for dye with little or no ammonia or peroxide" Peroxyde?! is not dangerous, its water with an extra mollecule oxygen!! But for the rest, I would definitely stay away from it. I wonder about henna... and I mean lawsonia innermis, grind leaves from the plant only, activated with lemon juice, with no added chemicals.

canuckintulips |

Q&A: Can I color my hair while pregnant?

Generally it is safe to color your hair during pregnancy but it would be recommended to do it quickly so you would not inhale the toxic vapors. In case of staining the clothes you should find an eco-friendly stain removal company that would clean it for you.

amyabel68 |