It is important for pregnant women to take all the precautions to ensure they bring a happy healthy baby into the world. You may know all about what to avoid and what to indulge in, but something that may have not crossed your mind in the beginning, is hair dye. Is it safe to dye your hair while you are pregnant?
With so many women putting some sort of dye into their hair this is a valid, and important question. We all want to look our best, especially while documenting our pregnancy through memorable photos, but more importantly we want to keep our future child healthy. Luckily, the answer is yes, it is safe to dye your hair while pregnant!
Why Is Hair Dye Safe to Use During Pregnancy ?
The chemicals that are found in dyes, both permanent, and semi-permanent are not highly toxic, this means that it is safe to dye your hair while you are pregnant. When getting your hair dyed such a small amount of dye comes into contact with your scalp, and is absorbed by the skin that barely any would actually end up reaching the fetus (americanpregnancy.org, 2017).
If you are opting to dye your hair with a do it yourself kit from the drugstore you need to follow the directions closely. Always make sure to wear the clear plastic gloves that are included in the kit while you are applying the dye. Leave the dye on for the exact time that is instructed on the box, do not leave it in your hair for any longer. For the last step make sure to thoroughly rinse your hair and scalp (Harms, 2014).
The chemicals that are found in dyes, both permanent, and semi-permanent are not highly toxic...
Alternatives For Hair Dying
If this does not put you at ease, and you are still feeling hesitant to dye your hair there are other popular alternative options:
Highlights and Other Popular Hair Trends
The first being highlights. With highlights the dye is carefully placed on the strands of your hair so the dye does not come into contact with your scalp. The highlights can give your hair the color boost it needs while keeping your worries at bay.
Balayage and Ombre are currently two of the hottest hair trends which are both great options to keeping the dye off of your scalp while keeping your hair looking fabulous (americanpregnancy.org, 2017). Ombre is when your hair fades from a darker shade to a lighter one, this could be a perfect solution to keeping your roots dark and untouched by dye, while lightening up the ends for a fresh look. Balayage is a technique for highlighting hair, it is applied on the surface of the hair and carefully painted on by a hairdresser, this dye does not come into contact with your scalp.
Another option is to use a more natural hair dye, like vegetable dyes. An example of this is henna. Henna is a plant that produces a reddish-brown dye. It is important to note that natural henna only comes in a reddish-brown color, so if certain brands advertise colors such a blonde, black, or brown it likely contains other chemicals (Cartwright, n.d.).
Before you decide to dye your hair, or pursue any of the other options it is important to realize that pregnancy can naturally change your hair texture. This means that your hair may react differently with that one specific color that you love and have used for years. Sometimes the best option is to just wait until after your bundle of joy arrives to do anything to your locks (Harms, 2014).
When it comes to dying your hair while pregnant it comes down to what you feel most comfortable with. It has been found that dying your hair while pregnant is safe, but for some expecting moms taking the chance is too nerve-wracking. If you decide to dye your hair while pregnant that’s perfectly safe and acceptable! For those moms who decide it’s not the best option for them, just ignore your roots, they’ll only be around for nine months, but your baby and the happiness they bring last a lifetime.
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