Can i dye my hair?

Ashley - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 117 moms have responded )

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can i use an at home dye to color my hair while im pregnant? (23 weeks)

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Laura - posted on 01/22/2010

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im 15 weeks and i dyed my hair about 2 weeks ago, i used a semi permanent dye. it came out fine, i think u just have to keep an eye on it cos ur hormones might make it go a funny colour. i wouldnt panic too much about doing it, most of the people i asked said they carried on dying their hair as usual when they were pregnant and all of their babies are fine.

Heather - posted on 01/22/2010

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the doctor normally will tell you not to cause it will do something to the baby what they say but i know alot of people that does dye there hair and it dont bother them

Danielle - posted on 01/22/2010

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YES U CAN I AM A HAIR STYLIST I ATTENDED PAUL MITCHELL THE SCHOOL MICHIGAN AND I ASKED EVRY QUESTION THERE WAS TO ASK. I ALSO LIGHTENED AND COLORED MY HAIR WHILE PREGNANT AND MY BABY WAS HEALTHY

Carol - posted on 01/22/2010

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I agree with Katherine, when I was pregnant with my son I dyed my hair red which is lighter than my natural hair and it worked okay. My husband was the one having the problems, he couldn't breath from the fumes, this pregnancy we ended up bleaching my hair, then dying it. It didn't work, and it made me sick, and my eyes where burning even in the bathroom with the window open. The only thing I know you can't get is tattoos cause the artist normally wont do them because the ink can get into your system cause you may bleed during the process.

Kaci - posted on 01/22/2010

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So coming from the beauty industry. It isnt recommended to use at home dyes, but if you go get it done professionally they have amonia free dyes. And those are ok to use. Obviously ask your doctor. I dyed my hair a couple times while I was prego with my first and second.
Congrats on the pregnancy!

Katherine - posted on 01/22/2010

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Im a hairdresser and I know its ok to color your hair while Prego. The only problems you may run into is the smell may upset you tummy and the color may turn our some funny weirdness that has nothing to do with the color your putting on in the first place. The way hair dye is made it only stains or penetrates the hair shafts.The only thing it will do to you skin in stain the dead skin ( we all have that) there is no way it can get into you system threw you head (unless you have a cut and most hairdressers wont put a chemical on your head if you do) as long as your in a well ventilated place the only thing that can go wrong (this happens to some but not all) is your hair can turn a funny color because of the hormones goin on in your body right now.

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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YES you can! I was told the same stuff by my mom, that it wasn't good to do because of it leaking threw your scalp or whatever..BUT, I have a piece of paper from my doctor that says Do's and Don'ts of pregnancy, and it says that you can dye your hair. So I went more than half of my pregnancy not dying my hair but once I saw that I was like psh, totally dying my hair, haha. But, I also was 8 months..but I don't think that makes a difference..if you're really worried about it I would just ask your doc and make sure. Take care!

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hey well in my opinion it's not great for you to be in the smells but lots of people get their hair done, and you have to know that your body is changing and your hormones which means that your hair might not turn out just like you want it. I would ask your doc about if they think you could do it or not, I asked my doc and she said i could and so i did and it was okay, my baby moved around all nite after that (like he normally does :)) and my hair looks great. Again I don't think everyone is the same and I really believe you should talk to your doc about this first. . .Hope I helped a little.

Samantha - posted on 01/22/2010

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I did, twice, with bleach kits and had a perfectly healthy boy. I read that there is no real evidence that states its dangerous, they just dont advise it because they dont know. They also say that if you are going to do it wait until the second trimester. I know of lots of friends and acquaintances that all dyed their hair while they were pregnant and nothing bad happened. Id say as long as you are in a well ventilated room and dont let it soak into your scalp you are going to be okay to do whatever dying you want to do.

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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doctor told me its fine, i have been dying my hair....im 21 weeks....the little bubbas are pretty well protected in there as long as ur not drinking the dye or anything silly

Paula - posted on 01/22/2010

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yes it is perfectly normal to dye ur hair after 3 months thou.. i dye my hair when i was pregnant. Just make sure you do it with a fan going with the door open so you dont be breathing the chemicals as much as in a close room..

Olivia - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi ashley im olivia and im a hairdresser by trade. Many people say you can not colour your hair while being pregnant due to the smell etc blah blah blah... Each to there own" its perfectly fine!!! if the smell bothers you i would then say dont! but other wise its perfectly safe!!! i was pregnant while working in the salon right up untill my son was born and also coloured pregnant womens hair and myself and there children are fine! goodluck with the colour! :)

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i know like a ton of people already helped you; but i just thought that id tell u that my friend was a hairdresser and she did my hair when i was pregnant. i was about 6 months felt like i needed it done. i think that it is really the strong smell that isnt really good for you. but it really dosent hurt. i think as long as u only do it once through out the time ur pregnant it wont matter. i did and i was fine and my son was healthy. if u feel liek u want to, then do it. its hard feeling & looking great when pregnant so it might be just what u need for a little self esteem boost, u know? as long as u dont go platnium or anything that is like super super strong- youll be just fine :) i hope i helped a little bit. its goos to ask, but in the end do what u feel is right, and the best for you !! ♥

Anna - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi I have 2 kid's and I used to dye my hair while I was pregnant with them and they came out fine with no problems.But instead of dying my hair every month I would dye it every 2 month's just to be on the safe side. I would buy the dye from the store and do it my self to.What does your doctor say?Mine told me that I could dye my hair.

Tameka - posted on 01/21/2010

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YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO.. THEY SAY THAT YOUR BABY IS BEING EXPOSED TO THE CHEMICAL..

Kristen - posted on 01/21/2010

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Yes you can. It is recommended you wait until after the 12 week mark which you are now past. I dyed my hair through both of my pregnancies & I have 2 happy, healthy childen! I was advised by several midwives & hairdressers that this is fine to do as the amount of chemicals absorbed is minute just make sure you keep the room you're doing it in well ventilated. Don't give up looking good just because you have a bump out front...There'll be plenty of time for looking average once Bub is born & takes up all of your time!!!

Jasmine - posted on 01/21/2010

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I've researched on it and it doesn't really specify anywhere that you can't, but most ppl don't to be on the safe side.

the only thing that's a down side if you do is sometimes the color doesn't take due to all the changes your body is going through...but that only happens with some people though from what I've heard.

Lindsey - posted on 01/21/2010

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i just finished cosmetology and i was pregnant the last three months and my instructor said that the smell of perms isnt good not color but if u do get it done it doesnt soak into the scalp but since u take pre-natals it puts a coating on the outside of ur hair that makes it hard for the color to go through and it doesnt usually turn out to what u want... so alot of stylists dont want to do it.

Ragan - posted on 01/21/2010

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My ob-gyn said that is o.k. to dye your hair in the third tri-mester in a well ventilated area. I have dyed my hair with all three of my children in the third tri-mester with at home dye but i did where a mask.

Leah - posted on 01/21/2010

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Ok lemme help....I've been a hairdresser for 7 years and it is absolutely ok to color your hair when pregnant...the reason most hairdressers won't is because they either believe that the chemicals will magically get to you blood stream or they don't trust your hormones....when you a pregnant the hormones in your body do crazy things to your hair and it is almost impossible to gauruntee any result. No hairdresser no matter how long they have been in the business or doing your hair knows what will actually happen when the color is put on a pregnant womans hair.....I suggest staying within two levels of you natual color and waiting about 4-6 months after you baby is born until you do anything more dramatic.....good luck!

Nikkole - posted on 01/21/2010

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i did. my best freinds dose hair and she told me thats it fine. i asked my doc to and she said after the third mt its ok to.

Anna - posted on 01/21/2010

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i did and it didnt hurt me or my daughter. check with ur OB first but i dont think there is a problem with it

Sallie - posted on 01/21/2010

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I did when i was about 4 months and long. The only thing that happened was that it didn't stay. It washed out very fast because of the hormones.

Francesca - posted on 01/21/2010

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Just so you know this is one of those things that has no proof whatsoever. Toxins don't soak through your scalp at any more of a dangerous rate than the toxins from using a plastic water bottle.



http://www.babycenter.ca/pregnancy/isits...



However my hairdresser warned me that because of hormones, my colour may not exactly be what I think it should be.

Breanne - posted on 01/21/2010

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I was told by my doc, OB, and in prenatal classes that it was okay. The formulation of box hair dye has changed. Just make sure it's in a well ventilated area.

Megan - posted on 01/21/2010

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My doctors told me it was fine as long as I didn't dye my hair often, stayed in a well ventilated room, and only left the dye on for the minimum amount of time. I've dyed my hair twice (36 weeks pregnant now). I've had no problems so far, but I would ask your doctor first, just in case.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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From what i've read and heard from doctors and other moms that it is better to have it done professionally and to only do hilights/semilights/lowlights and foils to prevent the color from seeping into your skin on your head...i know they also say you shouldnt do anything until after your first trimester since the baby is less vulnerable...also make sure you do it somewhere well-ventilated to prevent inhaling chemicals

Christy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I was told that its not a good idea because the chemicals some dyes have. the ammonia free ones arent supposed to be as harmful. But, from my personal experience, I colored my hair when i was about 5 months pregnant with my daughter and it turned out horrible...no where close to the color it was supposed to be. When i was pregnant with my son, it turned out ok....so.....its a risk either way you look at it.

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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My stylest said its full color is not reccommended but highlights would be okay

Brandi - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a cousin who is a hairdresser and when she was pregnant, her dr. REQUIRED her to wear gloves and a mask when doing colors as the chemicals can soak thru the skin, and she wasn't to dye her own hair until after the baby was born, so i say if the prego hairdresser isn't allowed, maybe better to wait til little one is born.

Katie - posted on 01/21/2010

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As a woman who colors her hair often per my papers from the military obgyn

Good news: You don't have to abandon hair dyes and highlights throughtout most of your pregnancy/ Coloring agents can pass through the scalp and into your bloodstream, but such minute quantities that they are generally thought to be harmless to a devolping fetus. The data is limited but suggests that hair color doesn't cause birth decfects or other problems.

If you have questions you should also ask your dr.

Hope this helps

Dawn - posted on 01/21/2010

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I was told when I was pregnant that it was 100% safe, but that because of my hormone changes the color may not turn out the way you think it will. In my case, I waited until the 3rd trimester and blonde highlights turned out a little red..But it was still cute. hehe

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2010

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hey! My name is Sarah and I'm a hair stylist. It is usually not recommended to color your hair in the first trimester. After that the risk goes down. -Hair color is a lot safer then it was in let's say the 80's. I wouldn't use an at home color though. The chemicals in them tend to be a lot harsher to the hair (hence why they never come out). I would recommend seeing a professional and doing a semi or demi color. It doesn't have to stay on as long and doesn't penetrate as deeply as a permanent color would. If you are worried you could always do a heavy foil so the color doesn't touch the scalp at all. Hope this was helpful for you!

Jean Ann - posted on 01/21/2010

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my sister is a hair dresser and i worked at Toni & Guy hair salon threw my whole pregnacy, my sister said it has really to do with the smell, you are fine as long as you are in a well vented area/ room. i dyed my hair about 5 times professtionaly when i was prego and doctors always told me it was ok and no one had ever heard of anything being wrong with it.

Mandy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I'm a hair dresser and it is completely safe to dye your hair while pregnant! alot of colors now a days have mild to no smell so make sure it doesnt have a strong smell so you wont get sick

Rachel - posted on 01/21/2010

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As a professionally licensed hair stylist I myself dyed my hair after my first trimester was over. I am diabetic and high risk, I worked on clients until a week before I delivered, I would however stay away from perming chemicals, they are much stronger than the small amounts of ammonia and peroxide in permanent hair color, also demi-permanent hair color has little to no peroxide and is almost always ammonia free. It is safe to color your hair when pregnant, the Dr. will say no b/c there isn't enough research to show either way, but he is just protecting his own ass against a possible lawsuit if your child is born with any birth defects. If you are uneasy about all over color, do anything you want inside foils, it doesn't seep in to your scalp that way.

Patti - posted on 01/21/2010

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if you feel squirmy about it then wait but there really is no harm in it. i had like 5 touch ups during my pregnancy

Karah - posted on 01/21/2010

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I'm a cosmetology student and am pregnant with my 3rd child, im around perm solution,hair coloring, and bleach, i was told its fine as long as ur not inhaling it constantly. If things we smelled were harmful, then we wouldnt be allowed to go out in the polluted air everyday.

Jamie - posted on 01/21/2010

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I didnt die my whole head but got highlights, if you want that all over color you can have all of your hair foiled. This will keep it off the scalp. My doc didnt see a problem with it. If you dont want to breath in the chemicals where a hospital mask. Sorry but there is no way I could go 9 months with out having my hair done. My hair is really dark and I get it done really blonde.

Catherine - posted on 01/21/2010

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I'm the daughter of a hairdresser that has been practicing for over twenty years and now owns a high end salon in the Seattle, Wa area. I'm also currently pregnant and choose to keep my hair a more natural color after years of interesting colors and cuts but I still get some highlights to brighten it up. My sister's wedding is the week before I am due and I will likely get a hair overhaul including an all over dye. My mom would never put color on my hair if it was likely to hurt the baby. There is no chemical in either the bleaching or coloring process that is strong enough to hurt the baby which makes it perfectly safe to color your hair at any point in the pregnancy so long as the area is well ventilated meaning the bathroom of your home is not the best option. The only thing that would be unsafe to do during pregnancy would be to perm your hair as the chemicals produce a really strong odor even in a well ventilated space; however, many women choose to keep their locks curly and have had perfectly healthy babies. Hope this helps!

Hilary - posted on 01/21/2010

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Consider waiting to color your hair until the second trimester, when your developing baby is less vulnerable. Also, rather than using an all-over hair color, consider a process like streaking, highlighting, painting, or frosting, in which the chemicals have little or no contact with your scalp. (Any hair-coloring agents absorbed into your system would come through your skin, not through your hair shaft.)

Candice - posted on 01/21/2010

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Yes you can. My OB Doctor said it is okay but don't do it ALL the time and be in a place that is well ventilated.

Angel - posted on 01/21/2010

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I got high lights when I was pregnant, my son is 5 and it never hurt him. My dr said it was ok as long as there was good ventalation.

Tuesday - posted on 01/21/2010

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be in a well vented eara when doing it. at beautey school we work with so meny cemicals but it was a big eara. and we where gloves. if ur body says i dont like this smell dont do it. thats for any thing. meny girls where preg at school

i had a very healthy baby. 8.14 lb 21 in drate color

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