Pregnancy beauty tip #3: Show your true colors
We’re sorry to say it, but you’re better off skipping most hair dye during pregnancy. Permanent and mineral colors contain harmful ingredients like mercury and lead oxide, exposure to which could lead to higher incidences of birth defects, says a 2010 International Journal of Pharmacology study. If you can’t bear to part with your hue, opt for natural dyes extracted from plants and vegetables, like henna. Or try highlights, which pose a lower risk, suggests Schweiger. Rather than being absorbed by your scalp, the color only touches your hair strands.