Is It Safe to Colour Your Hair During Pregnancy?

Your body comes under a lot of stress during pregnancy and your appearance changes in a lot of expected – and unexpected – ways. That also includes your hair, especially when it comes to hair colour that contain chemicals. Here we answer the question, “Is it safe to dye your hair during pregnancy?

Are hair colour chemicals harmful?

Some studies have shown that exposure to high doses of chemicals found in hair dyes could cause harm. However, when you are dyeing your hair you are only exposed to very low levels of chemicals, so the potential risks are much lower. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes are not considered to be highly toxic or dangerous to your health.

Is it safe to colour my hair during pregnancy?

Taking the above information into account, it is perfectly safe to colour your hair during pregnancy. However, you may still have some concerns or want to take extra precautions, and there are some things you can do. For example, some women choose to wait until after 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester) as there is an even lower risk of the chemicals affecting the baby.

For example, some women choose to wait until after 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester) as there is an even lower risk of the chemicals affecting the baby.

What can I do if I am still worried about hair colour affecting my baby?

Some extra precautions you can take include:

  • Wearing gloves whilst colouring your hair
  • Washing the colour out after the minimum time has passed
  • Opening windows to reduce exposure to chemical inhalation
  • Rinsing your scalp after the colour has been applied

Are there any alternatives to using hair colour?

If you still have concerns about using hair colour during your pregnancy, you could try semi-permanent pure vegetable dyes, such as henna. There are also organic hair dyes available that could work as an alternative. Which we use in Kartee M Salon.

Perhaps the best alternative is to have your hair highlighted by a professional hairdresser, who can expertly apply the foils to ensure that the chemicals used to lighten your hair only affect your locks and not your scalp or bloodstream.

Is it safe to colour my hair whilst breastfeeding?

Currently, there is not much solid research related to hair colour and breastfeeding, although it is generally considered to be fine. As only a very small portion of hair colour chemicals enter your bloodstream, there is not much chance that it will be passed on to your baby though your breast milk. No known negative effects of using hair treatments have been established whilst breastfeeding.

It’s totally natural to be concerned about the health of your child and being cautious is always the best approach. If you would like to discuss your hair colour options with our team, we’d be more than happy to have a chat to see what works best for you.

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Here at Kartee M Salon, we believe that style and sustainability go hand in hand and that you can have beautiful hair and still look after our beautiful planet.

We are always looking at new ways to make our salon greener so you can come to us safe in the knowledge that we care about your hair and about the environment so you can enjoy your style which is why we have introduced a bring your own towel scheme where we encourage our clients to bring in their own towels so we can cut down on our water usage.

We have all got used to bringing our own cups to coffee shops and bringing our own bags to do the grocery shop so bringing your own towels is the next step for a greener, healthier lifestyle so you look great and feel great at the same time.