Can You Dye Your Hair While Pregnant?

Can You Dye Your Hair While Pregnant?

As the reality of pregnancy starts to sink in, all sorts of questions start firing. What do you need to do? What do you need to change? Clothes? Food? Activities? And horror: Can you dye your hair while pregnant? Or is this really the moment to let that color grow out?
Ok. Let’s take this one step at a time.

Firstly, in case you need to hear this right now: you’re still yourself. Just pregnant. And the way you do pregnancy is totally up to you.

Next: pregnancy and hair dyeing can definitely work together. Based on the research that’s been conducted so far, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is okay with it. The amount of chemicals that are absorbed through the scalp are minimal—so the risk of those chemicals getting to your baby is too.

So if you want to keep up (or change up) that color, it seriously shouldn’t be a problem—and there are ways to make it even safer.

Here’s the deal:

Dying hair while pregnant: The facts

Is coloring hair during pregnancy safe?

  • Dye your hair in a well-ventilated area. (Tbh, a good idea anyway.)
  • Opt for kinder options. Try to steer clear of ammonia. Semi-permanent and temporary dye works well. Henna and vegetable dyes also work well. They’re not as packed with punch as permanent dye is. (Just read the labels. Packaging can be deceiving. “Natural dyes” are often just as toxic as regular ol’ permanent dyes.)

Can I dye my hair in second trimester?

Dying your hair in the second trimester (versus the first) is often advised. In the first trimester, your body is still getting used to the whole pregnancy idea and that zygote is barely more than a thought. Best to keep things as safe as possible in the early days.

Can you bleach your hair when pregnant?

Bleaching hair when pregnant appears to have the same level of risk as other kinds of permanent dyes (i.e. not much, as far as we know). Again, best to wait until you’re about 12 weeks in. And there are gentler treatments available if you would prefer not to take the chance.

Can you highlight hair while pregnant?

Yes, you can—and in fact, highlights may be an even safer option. The lower the chemical exposure the better, right? Highlighting can be a great substitute if you need a little lift but you don’t want to go full steam ahead with a whole head of color.

Can I get my hair dyed at a salon while pregnant?

The golden rule with most activities that you do when you’re pregnant is: tell people first.

And yes, this applies here too. Tell your stylist that you’re pregnant. Sure, this will likely cause eruptions of elation in the salon—but it will also give them the opportunity to advise you on gentler treatments.

Some good swop outs include:

  • Going for highlights rather than full head
  • Choosing plant-based options, if they have them available
  • Keeping those chemicals away from your scalp, just in case. Yes, this might be the perfect time to try balayage.

So, can I dye my hair while pregnant? Yes, you can.

Go for later. Go for gentler. Go for windows open.

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