Dying Your Hair When Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Dying Your Hair When Pregnant
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When women want a style change, they oftentimes schedule an appointment at the local salon or purchase a box of Loreal from the drugstore and change their hair color. A woman’s hair color defines her individuality and personality, helping her express herself in ways that even a wardrobe change cannot. New hair color signals change, helps cover gray hairs, and makes her feel like a new person. 


But, when a woman enters a new stage in life and decides she wants to become a mother, it’s no longer all about her. When she becomes pregnant, the little things that never mattered before are suddenly more important than anything in this world. Soon-to-be moms take every precaution to protect their unborn baby. This leaves many women second-guessing the safety of the once enjoyable hair coloring process.


Hair dyes contain a number of chemicals that cause concern for pregnant women. Can these chemicals harm the unborn fetus? Can they cause sickness during pregnancy? These are only two of the many concerns associated with hair coloring during pregnancy. But, is hair coloring during pregnancy really dangerous for baby or is the process completely safe during those nine joyous months when a little bit of color can really help her flaunt that pregnancy glow?

Types of Hair Dye

Temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent hair dye options are available with both at-home coloring kits and salon coloring available. Each type of hair dye contains special chemicals that change the color of the hair for up to six-weeks. Temporary color usually washes out after washing the hair a few times and contains few chemicals. Semi-permanent colour lasts about two weeks and permanent color lasts up to two months. Permanent color has the most chemicals of the three choices. No matter how exciting it is to color the hair, it simply isn't worth harming the baby! 


Fortunately, the chemicals found inside hair dyes are non-toxic and will not hurt an unborn baby. Furthermore, the chemicals in the hair dyes are absorbed in the skin only in very small quantities, further reducing the risk that it reaches the fetus or causes any problems. Most researchers and scientists (as well as expectant moms) believe that using hair dye during pregnancy is completely safe. However, they do warn against coloring during the first trimester. It’s a critical time in the growth of the fetus. Wait until the second trimester to color; just to be on the safe side.

So it is Safe to Dye My Hair?

Go ahead and schedule an appointment with your stylist or purchase your favorite shade and brand from the local pharmacy and let the coloring fun begin! It is safe to dye hair during pregnancy and is a great way to add more fun and exhilarating to those joyous nine months! Ongoing research concerning the use of hair dye since 1975 adds more assurance that your baby is completely fine should you decide that it is time for a color change. Color your hair without any worries or concerns of harming baby.

Hair Dye Alternatives

If you’d prefer a new look but would rather leave the chemicals out of the equation, numerous hair dye alternatives exist. Those alternatives include:


  • Henna and natural hair dyes are available. These products are chemical-free and further eliminate worries of hurting baby. Read the label carefully. Some products with henna and all-natural labels still contain chemicals!
  • Wigs/Extensions: In just a few minutes, a wig changes your hair color and style. It’s just as easy to revert back to your old style by removing the wig. Tons of colors, styles, textures, and lengths of wigs help you get a new look without any hair dye necessary. Extensions are usually added at a salon, but change the look and length of the hair.
  • Consider highlighting the hair rather than an all-over color. Highlights don't touch the scalp.
  • Glaze and gloss are two additional coloring options that minimize the risk of chemicals harming your unborn baby. This technique simply revitalizes the old color and brings back the life that it has lost. If you are not battling grays, this is a great option to consider.

Precautions to Keep in Mind When Coloring Your Hair


  • When coloring at-home, choose a gentle color. A little research helps find the best products for pregnant women. The internet is always a great place to go to research the options. Selecting an ammonia-free hair dye or a temporary or semi-permanent color is best.
  • Use the supplied gloves in the at-home hair dye kits when coloring your hair. Wash your hands immediately if any of the dye leaks onto your hands.
  • Wash your hands after coloring your hair, even if gloves were worn.
  • It is important to perform a strand test before coloring your hair. This test is always important since it detects any allergic reactions or other problems before the color is all over your head. But, when you’re pregnant, the strand test is even more important since fluctuating hormones may cause drastic changes in skin sensitivity.
  • Color your hair in a well-ventilated area. Consider opening the windows in the room to allow fresh air inside.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the box.
  • Do not color your eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • Use a sulfate-free shampoo that is safe for dyed hair. Such a shampoo will not strip your hair of moisture and locks-in the color so that it looks better for a longer period.

Final Thoughts

Being pregnant is an amazing experience that any woman will cherish for the rest of her life. The nine months are special and there is no reason to miss out on coloring your hair when it is a beauty trick that you enjoy so much. 

Coloring your hair while pregnant will improve your confidence and enhance that already gorgeous pregnancy glow. It certainly helps you feel like the million bucks that you are. If you want to color your hair, by all means do so with assurance!

(Last Updated On: June 4, 2018)

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