When is it safe to dye my hair if I am pregnant?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing Specialist

If you were a dye-hard before you got pregnant, you may wonder if it's okay to continue to color. Find out what nurse midwife Paula Greer has to say about dyeing your hair when you're expecting by watching this video.

Hair coloring is not recognized as a danger during pregnancy. Some of the chemicals in hair dye can be absorbed through the skin via the scalp, but there's very little risk, especially if you choose to do highlighting or streaking, which involve less direct contact with the scalp. Temporary dyes that you apply at home are less toxic than permanent ones, but make sure you wear gloves and use them in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes.

Another option is pure henna, a semi-permanent dye that's been used for thousands of years. It's messy and has to be left on for four to eight hours, but it's safe and leaves an orange-red hue (other colors of henna don't count because they may contain potentially risky metallic compounds).

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Dr. Robert W. Chalmers, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

The chemicals that are used in hair dye sometimes can make people feel nauseated, so as long as they're in a well-ventilated salon, coloring hair during pregnancy has not been shown to cause any abnormalities with babies or any complications during pregnancy.

There are no large-scale, high-quality human studies of hair coloring and hair dye products and pregnancy outcomes. In observational studies of hairdressers in the Netherlands, no adverse effects of exposure to hair coloring products on pregnancy outcomes were detected. In case-control studies of various fetal and childhood problems, including brain tumors, the use of hair dyes by the mother was not associated with an increased risk of brain tumors. Based on the data available, moderate use of hair coloring and hair dye products is not likely to be associated with an adverse impact on pregnancy.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Chemicals can be dangerous to your baby when you are pregnant. Watch this video to learn if dying your hair can affect your pregnancy.

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