A common question among pregnant women is about the safety of hair dye and pregnancy.
There is no clear link between birth defects and the use of hair dyes during pregnancy. However, it’s difficult to perform studies to determine a link. Most pregnant women wouldn’t want to line up for a study like this. As a result, no one knows for sure whether there is any risk to the developing baby.
Many doctors will advise waiting until after the first trimester to color your hair.
The fumes from the chemicals are the biggest concern. The fear is that inhaling the fumes may cause damage to the baby. Again, there is no definitive link to prove that this is the case. Absorption of the chemicals into the bloodstream is another concern with using these products during pregnancy. Since the baby’s major organs and systems are developed during the first trimester, it seems prudent to wait until the second trimester.
Hair Dye and Pregnancy - When you are ready to dye your hair, there are some things you can do to limit your exposure to these chemicals:
Don’t leave the product in your hair for any longer than is absolutely necessary. A shorter processing time results in less exposure.
Be sure there are no cuts or abrasions on the scalp to limit the amount of dye that is absorbed into the skin. Always wear gloves when applying a home hair coloring product. When processing has completed, be sure to rinse the hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.
The less you use the products, the better for your baby. Many women touch up the color every month. To help limit exposure, try to go a little longer between treatments. Rather than coloring the hair every month, try to do touch ups every other month. This will cut the number of times you use the products in half. But, if you can hold off entirely, this may be the best option.
Consider using natural products, such as vegetable dyes. These products do contain some chemicals, but the amount is far less than what is used in traditional dyes.
Another option for coloring your hair is to use products that are semi permanent. These wash out gradually over time and don’t contain as many harsh chemicals as permanent color. Before you know it, baby will be here and you will be able to color your hair as often as you like!
Remember, always take your time and become as informed as possible about hair dye and pregnancy. The more informed you are, the safer and healthier decisions you will make for yourself and your child. Ask your doctor and/or your stylist if you ever have any concerns.