It is a well-known fact that when you fall pregnant your body experiences many changes, including the hair. Some women may find their hair grows much faster. Because of this, those with coloured hair will see roots showing more frequently than before. So this begs the question: Is it safe to dye your hair whist pregnant? We spoke to our resident hairdresser, Gareth and he had this to say…
In today’s society almost everybody colours their hair to keep up with latest trends and just because you have fallen pregnant, that doesn’t mean you should stop. It’s important to realise that you can still look your best, guilt free with the peace of mind that hair dyes today are a lot safer than they used to be.
Chemicals found in the most popular hair dyes available today contain very little toxic elements. Although there aren’t a great deal of publicised studies on the subject, it is believed by most medical professionals that dying your hair whilst pregnant will have no adverse effects on you or your baby. This is because most of the chemicals in the hair dyes are absorbed by the hair shaft itself, not the scalp. Therefore, only trace amounts of chemicals are actually absorbed into the bloodstream.
That being said, medical professionals would usually advise an expecting mother to avoid colouring her hair until at least 12 weeks into the pregnancy. This is because the baby is developing fastest during this first trimester and is therefore more susceptible to external chemicals.
It is also worth noting that all the extra hormones produced during pregnancy can have many different effects on your own body and indeed your hair. There is no guarantee that you would experience the same results from your regular hair dye as you normally do and it is always recommended to perform a strand test even if you have used the product before.
There are alternatives to a full-head colouring for those who prefer to remain cautious. For instance, you could opt for highlights or lowlights. When you highlight the hair, you usually apply the dye a few centimetres away from the scalp taking away the risk of absorbing anything into the bloodstream. Semi-Permanent dyes also have a lower amount of chemicals such as Ammonia and Peroxide and are therefore considered safer. You can also find less harmful products such as colour enhancers, toners and colouring shampoos which you can use to change the look of your hair without dying.
So the answer is yes, it is perfectly safe to colour your hair whilst pregnant. Many women do and haven’t experienced any problems. But it’s also good to know that for those who believe it simply isn’t worth the risk, there is always an alternative. If you have any questions, speak with your local hairdresser and always seek medical advice from a doctor or midwife.
You can email gareth at: [email protected]