Hair Dye During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?

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Hair Dye During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy brings beautiful, luscious, glossy, and voluminous hair to most women. Have you been wondering if you could use hair dye during pregnancy? We have all the answers here!

Is Hair Dye Safe During Pregnancy?

As per the American Pregnancy Organisation,  “Although fairly limited, most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. In addition, only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus.”

Hence, as a woman who is looking to get some color on her hair while pregnant, you may be please to know that most hair treatments are safe during pregnancy- given you take precautions and inform your stylist about the baby in advance.

What you should keep in mind for dyeing your hair during pregnancy?

1) Avoid coloring your hair in the first semester

Your pregnancy hormones may want you to do a lot of things in your first trimester of pregnancy, including eating things you’ve hated before and perhaps, an irresistible urge of getting your hair dyed. During the first trimester of pregnancy, the growth of the baby is typically in the spurt. Their organs begin to take shape, their muscle cords begin to form, nail beds and hair follicles begin to develop in full flow and amidst all this, though the chemical of your hair dye may not be absorbed in the body, the suggestion here is to not take a risk in the first trimester of pregnancy. We agree that your hair follicles may also be growing like wildfire, exposing greys sooner than earlier, given your pregnancy hormones, but wait at least until the second trimester before you dye for this new chapter to settle in.

2) Do not look for cheap stylists, find a reliable stylist

You may have been visiting a relatively cheaper, cost-effective stylist in your pre-pregnancy days. However, now that you are carrying a baby, the priority should be to look for services that are reliable and not just cheap. Opt for safe stylists and safe services. For example, instead of getting your regular root touch-ups or a root-to-tip color change, you may perhaps get a safer service like a highlight or lowlights, frosting, and streaking. This is because a root touch-up or a roots-to-tip color change opens up your pores and the chemicals are then soaked into the scalp, potentially entering your bloodstream. In a highlight or other similar services, the color is just painted directly onto your hair and hence, there’s no risk of chemical absorption or chemical entering your bloodstream. An established and professional stylist will be able to recommend to you what’s best for you and your baby.

3) Look for gentler color alternatives

As important as it is to find a reliable stylist and a safe service, it is equally important to pay attention to the color going on your hair. If you do decide to dye your hair during pregnancy, look for brands and types of colors that are good to use. Resort to gentle hair colors like a peroxide-free or an ammonia-free dye. Vegetable and henna dyes or even home-made DIY semi-permanent colors are considered safe for application during pregnancy.

4) Keep ventilated and covered

Regardless of where you dye your hair- a salon to at home, you should always make sure that you seat yourself in a ventilated area and keep your hair covered. Here’s why: The chemicals in hair dyes might release highly toxic fumes unsafe for inhalation by pregnant women. By covering your head after application and by sitting in a well-ventilated area, you can safely rule out that possibility. Moreover, in case you are dyeing on your own, it is also recommended to wear gloves before the application and thoroughly wash your hair to ensure there’s no product left on your hair or scalp.

5) Strand Test

At home or in a salon, before e you go all-in and dye your hair, always make sure to first conduct a strand test- even if you are using a dye that you have been loyal to in your pre-pregnancy days. We recommend a strand test because your pregnancy hormones may react differently to a dye and apart from causing harm you may even get a color that you did not really sign up for.

What are some of the best hair dyes during pregnancy?

Here are some of the stop recommended hair dyes to use during pregnancy-

  • Ammonia free hair dye: Garnier Olia Ammonia-Free Hair Color
  • Natural, permanent hair dye: ONC Natural Colors Permanent Hair Color
  • Henna based hair dye: Hannah Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder
  • Safe and permanent hair dye: Keune So Pure Permanent Hair Color
  • Herbal hair dye: Herbatint Permanent Herbal Haircolor Gel

As you may have guessed while some of these are permanent dyes, some only work as a semi-permanent treatment (like the herbal dye). The dyes are recommended on the basis of the overall reviewers on Amazon. Many women have suggested these dyes work rather beautifully and are marked OK to use. However, if you happen to experience a chemical reaction like itchiness, redness, or inflammation, reach out to your doctor immediately. Aways also follow the manufacturer provided information guidelines and do not leave the dye for more than the recommended time duration.


Excited to welcome your baby? Do not forget to take care of yourself first; happy momma = always a happy baby! Have you been using another dye or have suggestions for the momma community? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Hair Dye During Pregnancy FAQs

1) Is it okay to dye your hair with a cap during pregnancy?

When you dye your hair with a cap, you will essentially be pulling your hair through a cap and then applying color. Though this is a less common method, it is considered safe for practice during pregnancy as the cap covers the scalp.

2) Is it OK to get a piercing while pregnant?

As a pregnant woman, you can expect your immunity to be weaker than pre-pregnancy days, making a mother more vulnerable to infections. Hence, though a piercing during pregnancy may be safe, the following infection due to the piercing may pose a risk to the mother and the baby.

3) Can pregnancy hormones affect hair coloring?

Hormones during pregnancy can majorly influence the final resulting hair color post-application. You may be using a dye that looked a certain way post-application pre-pregnancy, however, due to your pregnancy hormones, the same color may come out differently during pregnancy. Hence, it is always recommended to run a strand patch test to ensure your hormones do not adversely affect the final result.
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