Hair Coloring During Pregnancy: No-No or No Big Deal?

I’m 7 months pregnant and growing bigger everywhere almost every day. I could really use a little confidence boost! Can I get my hair colored or is that a no-no?
- Samantha

Very few studies have really examined the many different kinds of hair treatments and their effects on a fetus. But since very little dye is absorbed through the skin, dying your hair is most likely safe during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor about any hair treatment you may be planning. You may consider using a non-permanent vegetable dye (such as henna) to give you a little makeover without the added worry. Also, having your hair highlighted (rather than dyed) uses far fewer chemicals that generally do not have direct contact with the scalp. If you do decide to use any chemical treatment, make sure to wear gloves, be in a well ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes, and wash your scalp well afterwards.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: November 2010

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