It is believed that pregnant women should take a break from hair dye. This claim attracts different opinions. While some doctors recommend no dying, others give a go-ahead sign.
What does science say?
One of the reason accounts for the mix opinions is the lack of research on the effects of dyes in pregnant women. Scientists think it is possible for the chemicals in hair dye to get absorbed into your body through your scalp, then pass down to your baby. The first 12 weeks are the prime time for your baby’s development from head to toe. Therefore, it is reasonable to wait until the second trimester for a hair dye. Even if there is no hard evidence on the absorption of dye chemicals, better safe than sorry, right?
How to safely dye your hair?
So now the first trimester has passed, you can going with your hair maintenance routine, but there are still precautions to take.
Go for the safest services.
Touching-up the root of your hair or changing the color from root to tip may not be safe for you since the dye must be applied on your scalp, where it may be absorbed. Try another technique where you only need the dye on the shaft of your hair such as highlight or streaking.
Choose gentle color.
A gentle color is the one with an ammonia-free base or a semi-permanent color which does not contain bleach. Vegetable and henna dyes are also safe alternatives you can consider. But remember to read the label to make sure the product is as natural as it claims to be.
Do your hair in open space.
When you start your coloring process, there is one more thing to keep in mind. Ask the hairdresser to sit you in a well-ventilated area. If you are a home, open your windows to let the fresh air in and the toxic fumes out. If you do your hair on your own, wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt. Make sure you wash all the residue from your scalp when you are done.
Although there is not much research on the effects of hair dye on pregnant women, it is still possible that the chemicals in dyes can have some bad effects. If you can, wait until after delivery. If, for professional reasons, you cannot wait, take extra precautions to make it as safe as possible for you and your baby.
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