E.G. asks from Briarcliff Manor, NY on July 29, 2007
I was wondering if anyone knows if it is ok to dye your hair when you are pregnant? The first time I was pregnant I was told not to and now I'm pregnant again and some people are telling me its ok. I am about 31 weeks pregnant right now and my hair looks horrible!! Please advise! Thanks.
A.M. answers from New York on July 30, 2007
Well, I dyed my hair with my first and second baby. I asked my doctor and she said anytime after 15 weeks was ok. :)
C.S. answers from New York on July 29, 2007
I got married when I was 26 weeks pregnant and I had my hair highlighted for the wedding. They say the cap is better because the color stays off the scalp and therefore its less likely to enter the blood stream. I will say that having my hair colored was a terrible experience because sitting under the dryer was brutal. I was already hot all the time and I thought I was going to die sitting under that dryer thing. If you can stand the heat, you should be fine. Bring a cold bottle of water with you!! ;)
N.K. answers from New York on August 27, 2007
Well, I stopped coloring my hair during my pregnancy. But everything I read and my doctor said it was okay. Especially the store bought variety. I guess the theory is that so little of it gets absorbed into your body in the short time its on your head. I think it just depends on how careful you want to be. I was of the better safe than sorry mentality :o) I know the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" has a couple paragraphs on hair coloring too. Hope that helps.
B.A. answers from New York on July 30, 2007
I think that since you have not been coloring your hair throughout your pregnancy and you are well past your 1st trimester, you should be fine to color your hair. I don't think there have been enough studies done to say for sure what the risks really are and the advice from the "experts' seems to be mixed. Ask your obstatrician what he/she thinks. Mine told me it was fine after the fist trimester. Highlights are the least risky since there is little direct contact with the scalp. There are also no amonia or low chemical hair colors out there. If you go to a good colorist, they can probably help you find a good compromise.
I can understand your concern for your baby and I can also understand the need to look attractive at this stage in pregnancy!!
All will be fine whatever you decide, I'm sure.
Good luck- B.
R.L. answers from New York on July 30, 2007
hi it is ok to dye your hair when pregnant. the only thing is it may not take as well as if you weren't pregnant. you hair folicle changes while your pregnant. but it won't damage your hair.. at all. herbal essence has a nice dye that is natural no ammonia. and is gentle yet the colors are great i use that on my hair, (i have very thin, fine hair) so i have to be careful also. good luck. may i ask about your stay at home business. i have a son at home that is 8 with adhd and get called from school alot. and something like that would be great for me or even if i did it part time for extra income
C.W. answers from New York on July 29, 2007
Hello and Congrats to you. My name is C.. I just had a baby girl 3 months ago. I also have a 6 year old. Both girls. I also work from home. I am a licensed cosmetologist. I have a hair studio.Dream...Artistic Design. I pet sit too. "Country Pet Day and Night Care"
As far as coloring your hair when you are pregnant, You will be fine. There is no proven scientific link that hair color will harm your baby. Trust me I have researched it. If you have more questions, let me know. I hope i helped. Thanks C.
N.M. answers from New York on July 30, 2007
Dont color your hair while pregnant. The color wont take anyway
Q.F. answers from New York on July 30, 2007
definitely ask your dr. 1st...but from what mine said, it was ok, after the 1st trimester, but you have to have as much ventilation as possible (windows OPENED). there is one thing you have to realize 1st, which my dr. also informed me on..with all the chemical changes your body is going through right now, the color may not come out quite like you want, or like it has in the past. it can become a completely different color (too light, or dark), and there's a possibility that it just won't take as well as it should (look faded from the beginning). BUT it may just come out as perfect as it had in the past, just double check with the dr. before you decide anything.
O.S. answers from New York on September 12, 2007
I have three children and my CNM advised against using the OTC brands because they're not safe for the baby.
However, she suggested using Henna or some other brand that has all natural ingredients. I've seen some all natural hair coloring brands on www.drugstore.com--some have gotten great ratings from satisfied customers.
So my suggestion would be to use an all natural brand that does not contain any harmful ingredients like the OTC mainstream brands have.
P.M. answers from New York on September 02, 2007
I wouldn't do it, but that's just me and I know many who did and were fine. I think highlights are less risky, since it doesn't go to your scalp/roots. I would just be afraid with everything changing day to day (one day is ok to do something and the next it's not). If you have to do it, do it with a safe brand like the organic brands, or try henna. good luck