Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?

Is it OK to use hair dyeing products when pregnancy?

This is a question most OBs and midwives get asked on a regular basis.

And the answer to this questions is no so straightforward.  Recently, the Huffington Post interviewed several experts in women's health and dermatology, and these are the some of the comments they heard back:

  • “It just does not stay in contact with your skin long enough to absorb into the blood stream in a way that is harmful to a growing fetus, My vote is that hair dye is completely fine.”
  • “Intact scalp skin should absorb very little dye, a cut or scrape can increase absorption. That means if you have any open cuts on your head, you may absorb more product."
  • “If you want to be ultra-conservative, for any situation, any medication exposure, waiting until after the first trimester is something you can do, but there’s really no reason from expert consensus to do that.” 

To dye or not to dye?

The best thing you can is ask your doctor or midwife even if the answer is not clear.