(Closed) Is dying your hair unsafe while pregnant, any bees done it?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4429 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

im not sure about the unsafe part ive always heard that all the color might not take to your hair

Post # 4
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My doctor told me that after the first trimester it’s fine.  However, you would be better off doing it at home to avoid all of the fumes of the hair and nail products at a salon.  Make sure your area is well ventilated and you don’t leave it on too long.

Post # 5
1151 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@HappyBride827:  I’ve had my hair highlighted twice since I found out I was pregnant. I know the fumes at the salon can be a concern but also read that doing a full dye job where the dye is on your scalp should be avoided. I haven’t had any issues with my color turning out weird or anything because of hormone changes. Do what you are comfortable with, you can find articles that say its really unsafe and others that say its not an issue at all. 

Post # 6
6361 posts
Bee Keeper

Using a permanent or semi-permanent dye while pregnant is unsafe, please don’t do it.

However, try safe options like Manic Panic. It’s made of all natural and even vegan ingredients. It will eventually wash out, but you can extend its life in various ways, and it’s no risk to your health, or your baby’s.

Post # 7
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

What about bleaching your roots?

Post # 8
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My doc advised anytime after first tri is fine.

I colored mine the day before I gave birth.

Post # 11
3042 posts
Sugar bee

OP it is best not to crowd source pregnancy questions- always ask your doctor. There are a lot of people who live a fear based, old wives tale lifestyle instead of one backed by scientific research and spread misinformation.

for what it is worth, I don’t dye my hair, but if I did I would continue during pregnancy. 

Post # 12
6361 posts
Bee Keeper

@mamadingdong:  some chemicals (especially the tar-based ones used for darker dyes like dark red, brown, and black) are already known to be carcinogenic, while the vast majority are entirely untested. The chance that all those additional untested chemicals happen to be perfectly safe for a fetus are pretty low.

The fact that they have to run expensive studies that nobody wants to fund, to prove each chemical dangerous AFTER it looks like a lot of people are getting sick from the untested chemical that is put to market in their product (and the fact that studies involving dangers to pregnant women are almost never done, for kind of obvious ethical reasons), is REALLY not in the favor of a pregnant woman who is relying on an official announcement that something is dangerous in order not to use it.

Just please stick with the Manic Panic (and safe natural dyes like that). It’s only 9 months. Better to be safe than sorry.

Many people think chemicals are tested for human safety before they are put on the market, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

Post # 13
3042 posts
Sugar bee

@joya_aspera:  we can agree to disagree. There is no proof that hair dye causes problems in pregnancy. if hair dye was so dangerous it would be on the label and I’m sure the oncologists I work with wouldn’t have dyed hair. 

Again, I urge OP not to listen to fear based, unsubstantiated opinions and seek that of her physician. 

Post # 14
6361 posts
Bee Keeper

@mamadingdong:  No, I won’t agree to that.

There is already some proof and the system is designed in the favor of the chemical industry so that any proof is very, very, VERY difficult to obtain.

Hardly an ambiguous scenario. This idea that it is “not proven, don’t worry your little head until it is proven, anyone concerned is a fearmonger,” (yet there is extremely poor true testing regarding the danger, and what danger has been found is downplayed severely), is called “the manufacture of doubt,” a marketing strategy first devised by the tobacco industry, but now heavily used by the chemical, fossil fuel, and nuclear industries, as well.

It is not a true unknown, it is not a coin-flip. These chemicals should be proven safe for human use before they go to market, but the industry knows that such pre-market approval human testing would disastrous for them.





Post # 15
6818 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t agree either to what joya_aspera has said.  If this is the case than many many women who work in salons who have had/been pregnant would have many issues.  In fact my colorist who only does color worked her whole pregnancy. The chemicals used today are much less harsh than what they used to be. And I would tend to believe what the Mayo Clinic says.  


I myself colored my hair several times in a salon when was pregnant. 

Post # 16
3042 posts
Sugar bee



In all honesty, I don’t care if you agree. You are simply not in the right here- I was being generous. Like I said, I work for an NCI designated cancer center and science is paramount. I trust the people I work with as they are leaders in their fields and brilliant. Internet people who know it all? Not so much. people have been dying heir hair for years. Even if the big bad corporations tried to cover it up- at this point the link would be clear. 


I present information from 3 trusted organizations regarding cancer links as well as pregnancy risk (in addition to the one above).




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