Lots of women color their hair.  If you’re thinking of getting pregnant or are pregnant, is it OK to continue? Should you quit or switch to something different?  There aren’t any scientific study results to give you a definitive answer, but there is no evidence that the chemicals in hair dye will harm your baby. The amount of dye you would normally use on your hair is not enough to pose an increased risk to either you or your child.

If you’re concerned about dying your hair during pregnancy:
• Use gloves so that your skin absorbs less dye.
• Be sure the room is well-ventilated so you don’t breathe in chemicals for too long.
• Don’t leave dye on longer than the instructions recommend.

If you’re still concerned, consider highlights. Because dye from highlights doesn’t usually touch your scalp, your skin can’t absorb it. Dye can’t be absorbed through hair alone. You can also try vegetable dyes or henna, but the color choices aren’t as broad.

Information courtesy of The March of Dimes

Is it safe to color your hair during pregnancy?

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