Is it safe to dye my hair when pregnant?

Kristie - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 70 moms have responded )

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I'm 23 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair but am nervous. My doctor said it's fine. How many of you dyed your hair when pregnant?

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Terri - posted on 01/10/2009

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I dyed my hair when pregnant... in fact every 8 weeks. It made me feel "better". They say the products they use today are safe. I looked into it first.

Mary - posted on 01/09/2009

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I've done it with all 4 of my prenancies. I suggest that you book the first appointment of the day (if possible.) I had horrible morning sickness with 3 of mine and the smell of the dye made me sick. By going in early in the day, the salon didn't reek of dye and it made me feel less sick.



Also, like Amy said, the hormones could affect the color's outcome so tell your colorist. If you're doing the color at home, be extra careful and do a color strand test (even if it's a color you regularly use because of the possibility your hair will "take" to it differently.)

Angie - posted on 01/09/2009

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i'm a stylist also..we've had 8 pregnant stylists in the last 2 years, and trust me..we ALL colored our hair many, many times..and we all worked around the fumes & chemicals the entire time as well, so don't even worry about it!!

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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your fine, I colored my hair twice when I was pregnant with my daughter, just as lond as you're out of your first trimester. 

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Michella - posted on 05/20/2012

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I'm 33 weeks with my second child and with both pregnancies I kept up my normal hair coloring the entire time. If the fumes tend to bother you, you could let your hairdresser know and she can find a color with less ammonia.

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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your fine, I colored my hair twice when I was pregnant with my daughter, just as lond as you're out of your first trimester. 

Amy - posted on 01/10/2009

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Quoting Kristie:

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair but am nervous. My doctor said it's fine. How many of you dyed your hair when pregnant?






I colored my hair twice during my last pregnancy and the baby is now a healthy 9 month old... bald, but healthy :)

Tricia - posted on 01/10/2009

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I dyed my hair while pregnant and everything was fine.. I did manicures, pedicures and painted the house, all was fine

Shayne - posted on 01/10/2009

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I used chemicals on my hair throughout my pregnancy, I had my hair colored and had no difficulties with my pregnancy and mur baby came out perfectly healthy.

Lindy - posted on 01/10/2009

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I did it with both of my kids. I didn't have any problems with the kids. I just made sure I had the fan on in my bathroom.

Lorraine - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hi Kristie, I coloured my hair all the way through my first pregnancy.  I'm 20 weeks pregnant now on my second pregnancy and had it done just before christmas.  If your Doctor says its safe then your fine.... I think it's important to feel good when your pregnant, get your hair done!! Best of luck :) 

Shauna - posted on 01/09/2009

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I DID IT!  lol.  I think I dyed my hair while pregnant with every one EXCEPT my first.  I was just at the salon academy because I am re-starting classes this March.  I was going to school for hair my first pregnancy & had to drop out because back then they thoguht it was cray to be around the chemicals.  Over the last 10 years (since my first) the amount of ammonia and other chemicals have dramatically dropped.  There are far more natural chemicals in products that you would get even in the store.  So go ahead girl!

Rachael - posted on 01/09/2009

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I coloured my hair throughout my pregnancy, my little man was born happy, healthy and is still growing strong today as a todler! Go for it!

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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I colored my hair the entire time I was pregnant. My daughter is completely healthy - and a normal little girl. Have no fear...!!

Heather - posted on 01/09/2009

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I'm a hair stylist and it is fine to color your hair while pregnant.  I did it myself when pregnant for both of my children.

Nancy - posted on 01/09/2009

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I put blonde highlights in my hair when I was pregnant... and she's fine.. i think LOL she's 9 & healthy & gives the teachers a run for their money because she wants to learn more & more!

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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Quoting Kristie:

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair but am nervous. My doctor said it's fine. How many of you dyed your hair when pregnant?






I dyed my hair when I was pregnant.  They have some out there that are safe for pregnant women.  I did mine around that time too.   

Vicki - posted on 01/09/2009

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Kristie,



I have been coloring my hair the entire time I have been pregnant and I am now 28 weeks along.  I spoke with my colorist and he said there is no links to hair color and any birth defects.  I have had 2 ultra sounds with this pregnancy and by baby is growing and healthy.  Therefore I would say go for it you probably are not feel all that great these days you might as well try and look good.



Vicki (35 year old Mom of 2 and one on the way!)

Helen - posted on 01/09/2009

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If your doctor said it's ok to dye your hair when pregnant then it's fine hun, I kept bleaching my hair right the way through my 3 pregnancies and never had a problem with it turning a diffrent colour, Just make sure you do it in a well ventilated area :)

Patty - posted on 01/09/2009

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this is funny:   I got my hair highlighted a few days before delivering my son 3 weeks early and his hair actually had frosted tips....obviously this was a coincidence, but it was funny!!  He is now turning 10 on Sunday and perfectly healthy.  I say get your hair done, your toes done so that you will look and feel fabulous after delivery!!  Good luck!

Angela - posted on 01/09/2009

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I am a hairstylist and I have coloured my hair through all 4 of my pregnancies as well as coloured the hair of many pregnant ladies!!

Congrats and good luck!

Marcelina - posted on 01/09/2009

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I had my hair hilited three times while pregnant. I think hilites are safer than a full on dye because the dye doesn't touch your scalp. You deserve to look your best!

Katie - posted on 01/09/2009

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I would say it would be fine.  I am also a hairdresser and I colored my hair after the second trimester.  I just wouldn't do it in the first.  You might want to stay away from bleach though because of the fumes.  I would stick with just regular hair color.  Hope this helps. :-)

Cheryl - posted on 01/09/2009

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i died my hair twice wen i waz pregnant even at da last stage of my pregnancy da doc sez it cant hurt them at all

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2009

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I colored my hair when I was pregnant! My baby is healthy!! I asked 3 out of 4 doctors in my OB practice and they all said it was completely fine. One doctor did say that there really isn't much research on it or any concrete evidence that it is harmful or not. So, you end up hearing different opinions about it. I am pretty sure it would be fine!

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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I got my hair colored with both my kids. My best friend is a hair dresser and says it is safe. Go and get it done, we all feel like a Diva just after we get our hair done.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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I am a hairdresser trust me its fine the only thing that could go wrong is the colour due to your hormones, it will have no effect on the baby, as does not enter the blood stream,the colour sometimes fades quicker,but go ahead and have it done, you need to still pamper yourself.sarah

Kassi - posted on 01/09/2009

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I colored and bleached (with plenty of ventilation) my hair throughout all three of my pregnancies-ALL children are healthy. It's an old wives tale that coloring your hair during pregnancy will harm the child you're carrying. The reason why you're told NOT to color your hair while pregnant, is because your body may react completely different to hair dyes and/or bleaches as a result of HORMONES! It has nothing to do with the baby-no worries and have FUN! :)

Claire - posted on 01/09/2009

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i am a hair stylist and coloured minet through both my pregnancies with no problems. and have also coloured and permed clients whilst they are pregnant. Hormones can sometimes affect results in chemical treatment and condition of hair.

Rita - posted on 01/09/2009

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You will be fine. It is not dangerous by any means. I have worked for an OBGYN and on L&D for 5 years......never heard of it harming your baby. Plus..like the other gals said..when ya look good...ya feel good!

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i did every 4 weeks the whole way through my twin pregnancy it made me feel better to look good. Do it dont worry. Take care

Rebecca - posted on 01/09/2009

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Hi there! I did it - at a good salon with good, natural products. No harm to the baby. The chemicals don't pass thru to the fetus so it won't hurt any aspect of your pregnancy. I am a firm believer in when you look good, you feel good. Therefore, your baby will feel good too! So go for it. I asked my doctor too before I did it, and he said it was fine. So go for it girl! And good luck with your pregnancy!

Katia - posted on 01/09/2009

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i colored my hair throughout my whole pregnancy. My son is a very healthy child, needless to say it is completely fine.

Joanne - posted on 01/09/2009

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I have got 2 children and I coloured my hair while being pregnant and everything was fine I think that its just a old wifes tale that u should not colour your hair while pregnant

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I did it 2 times during my prenancy, it was totally fine. I would trust Amy, I have 1st hand experience on the "different" color she speaks of. Sadly it was the BEST hi-lights/color I have ever had & it (w/out those dang hormones) has never been duplicated!! Sniffle Sniffle. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2009

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I did it with both of my pregnancies.  My dr. just said to make sure it was in a well ventilated area.  It does get very stinky and that was my biggest problem.  I was overly sensitive to smells.

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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i didnt colour my hair while pregnant but if the doc says its fine then i dont see why you could'nt but if you dont feel right aout it then dont, another couple of weeks wont hurt.

Samantha - posted on 01/09/2009

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I just hit the 20 week mark and got my hair colored last weekend.  I can feeling baby moving like crazy, so I think he/she is not affected by it. 

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2009

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You are ok to colour your hair, it won't harm your baby but the colour may not take the same. My baby is 7 months old, i had my hair bleached and coloured every 5 weeks or so and nothing happened to either of us!

Marianne - posted on 01/09/2009

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I colored my hair every 6 wks while I was pregnant, it's perfectly fine. I highly recomend doing it when you are pregnant and you are gaining weight and don't always feel so good about yourself, it's nice to do things that make you feel good.

Marianne - posted on 01/09/2009

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I colored my hair every 6 wks while I was pregnant, it's perfectly fine. I highly recomend doing it when you are pregnant and you are gaining weight and don't always feel so good about yourself, it's nice to do things that make you feel good.

Rosie - posted on 01/09/2009

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I coloured my hair at least twice whilst I was pregnant. It is safe don't worry. I think if you couldn't colour your hair there would be alot of miserable and very self concious pregnant ladies out there. Take care

Joanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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It's fine to dye your hair after your 1st trimester. The chemical smell may bother you, but it's no harm to your baby. I actually had a perm while I was pregnant with my 2nd.

Paulette - posted on 01/09/2009

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Hi Kristie, It is ok to color your hair during pregnancy. I did it woth both of my kids. Just try to pick one with a better odor so you are not nauseated. Take care.

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2009

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i wouldn't do it because the the changes in your body - i'm sure you noticed your skin and nails may have changed well your hair does too ... you may not get what you want - i waited 3 months after the birth of my son and it still didnt come out right ....

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2009

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i wouldn't do it because the the changes in your body - i'm sure you noticed your skin and nails may have changed well your hair does too ... you may not get what you want - i waited 3 months after the birth of my son and it still didnt come out right ....

Jen - posted on 01/09/2009

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As a mom and a hairstylist, I promise you this will be fine! YOur color might not come out just as it should but there is NO harm to yourself or the baby!

Amy - posted on 01/10/2009

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Quoting Kristie:

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair but am nervous. My doctor said it's fine. How many of you dyed your hair when pregnant?






I colored my hair twice during my last pregnancy and the baby is now a healthy 9 month old... bald, but healthy :)

Tricia - posted on 01/10/2009

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I dyed my hair while pregnant and everything was fine.. I did manicures, pedicures and painted the house, all was fine

Shauna - posted on 01/09/2009

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I DID IT!  lol.  I think I dyed my hair while pregnant with every one EXCEPT my first.  I was just at the salon academy because I am re-starting classes this March.  I was going to school for hair my first pregnancy & had to drop out because back then they thoguht it was cray to be around the chemicals.  Over the last 10 years (since my first) the amount of ammonia and other chemicals have dramatically dropped.  There are far more natural chemicals in products that you would get even in the store.  So go ahead girl!

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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Quoting Kristie:

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and really need to color my hair but am nervous. My doctor said it's fine. How many of you dyed your hair when pregnant?






I dyed my hair when I was pregnant.  They have some out there that are safe for pregnant women.  I did mine around that time too.   

Helen - posted on 01/09/2009

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If your doctor said it's ok to dye your hair when pregnant then it's fine hun, I kept bleaching my hair right the way through my 3 pregnancies and never had a problem with it turning a diffrent colour, Just make sure you do it in a well ventilated area :)

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