When and if to color hair while pregnant
In order to make your decision on whether to color hair while pregnant, trust an expert on the issue. Once you review the facts yourself, you can make your own personal decision regarding your hair treatment.
The American Pregnancy Association published this recommendation in the "Is It Safe?" feature on its website:
"Although fairly limited, most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. In addition, only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus."
Timing and alternatives
Despite multiple articles and various expert opinions, many pregnant women are still uneasy about causing potential harm to their babies. The first trimester represents a pivotal time in the early development of your baby, so waiting until the second trimester is generally recommended.
If you are still uneasy, consider using highlights rather than all-over color. The dye is only applied to strands of hair during the highlighting process and does not touch the scalp. Other color options that do not involve the application of chemicals directly to the scalp include lowlights, frosting, balayage or streaking.
Different dyes have different effects
Another thing to keep in mind is the type of color used. Talk to your stylist about ammonia-free alternatives or other gentle color options. It's a good idea to have your hair treated in a well-ventilated area to reduce the chance of inhaling chemicals.
In addition, keep in mind that pregnancy brings with it many hormone changes that can also impact your hair. Color that may have produced a subtle highlight before may look completely different with the presence of new hormones.
In the end, coloring your hair during pregnancy is your choice. Always consult your doctor for the best medical advice for you and your baby.
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