Coloring/bleaching your hair during pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did’t change a thing while coloring my hair while pregnant.  The chemicals in the colors are not as harsh as they once used to be. My colorist was pregnant and that is her job to color people’s hair she was fine with working with it everyday.  Some will say to stay away your 1st tri.  I didn’t even know I was pregnant til almost into my 2nd tri and had color done. 

It is not a huge issue anymore

Post # 3
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had made the switch to ombre to grow out some highlights before I was actually pregnant, so I haven’t had anything chemical done since then. However, I’ve heard there’s nothing that says it’s harmful, but it might be a good idea to refrain from touching up color for the first trimester.

Also, I’m a lot less careful than a lot of people… I don’t really avoid much (obviously I don’t go out drinking or anything), but there are a lot of people on here who avoid A LOT of things that I was never told could be dangerous. So you might get a range of responses!

Post # 4
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would think this is something you could probably ask your doctor.  As with all chemicals/risks during pregnancy, the more you can avoid coming into contact with them the better.  Some people will have the occasional glass or wine or cup of coffee during pregnancy and everything turns out fine.  I think it just depends on how cautious you want to be, pretty much everything is seen as a risk by someone lol.

Post # 5
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve colored my hair every 3-4 weeks during pregnancy. I’m now 34 weeks and baby is developing perfectly. 

Post # 6
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

coffeedrinker:  The reason that is is still recommended that pregnant women avoid hair dye is because there is little or no research on the chemicals used in those products and their effect on the fetus. It would be unethical to do such testing.

Thus we are left with only anecdotal evidence from women who continued to use the products and say they had no problems. The problem is, they will never know what their baby would be like if they hadn’t continued to color their hair. Would the baby be brighter, longer, heavier? We have no way of knowing that.

Post # 7
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I usually get my hair highlighted every 8-12 weeks, but I’ve decided to forego it altogether during my pregnancy.

Post # 8
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am a super cautious mama when pregnant. I am not confident that hair dyes and bleaches are as safe as we assume.


That being said, I will have had lightening foils twice this pregnancy. I feel comfortable enough with foils since the chemicals do not touch my skin, and it is always done in a well ventalated area.

As with many things, we truly have no idea what the haircolourng risks are while pregnant. It comes down to what you are personally comfortable with.



Post # 9
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I was always told that you would be fine as long as the chemicals did not touch your scalp. Foils which don’t go all the way down to the root should be fine.

Post # 10
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My doctor said it was safe, just make sure the area is ventilated.

Post # 11
35 posts

I am a hairstylist and I colored my hair during pregnancy. Most of my clients do as well. However, I am not a physician and everyones situations are different. I always stay on the side of safe than sorry so talk with you physician. 

Post # 12
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My SIL who is 10 weeks pregnant just recently ask her doctor along with just got her hair dyed a couple of days ago. Her doctor said as long as the salon is on the larger side and has proper ventilation it’s fine (Don’t take what her doctor says to heart id still ask your own doctor). She said if you walk in/sit there and all you can smell is hair dye then it’s not the best but it’s also a personal decision. I don’t dye my hair but if I did I would probably get it done if it was needed and only when it was needed. 

Post # 13
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

My doctor recommended avoiding it during the first trimester. I’ve chosen to refrain during the rest of my pregnancy- I’m doing as much as I can to avoid chemicals (made adjustments to my makeup), and since hair dye would always give me a headache pre-pregnancy, didn’t seem like the best idea to keep up with it. While I’m not thrilled about the grey that’s come back in, I’m a lot more self-conscious about it than anyone else is. 

Post # 14
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

coffeedrinker:  My coworker wouldn’t even paint her nails during pregnancy for fear of the chemicals!! But I really think it’s just your personal choice, the same as whether you drink coffee or not, or swim in a chlorine-treated swimming pool. Also, if you think about it, we’re exposed to plenty of awful chemicals just walking by a busy road…

Post # 15
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I stopped coloring my hair once pregnant to be on the safe side.  I think it’s a personal choice but is generally advised to be avoided, especially during the first trimester.

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