We turned to the experts to find out if it’s OK to hit the dye bottle when you’ve got a baby on board.
A few years ago, if a sexy star started showing serious roots, it was a tell-tale sign that she was going to be a mother. Remember Britney Spears with her bleach blond hair and brunette roots? What was a girl to do but suffer without hair color for nine whole months? As if the hormonal fluctuations and swollen ankles weren’t enough to deal with! These days moms-to-be seem to be rebelling against that trend and have no qualms about touching up their roots. As Creative Director of Lock & Mane, a site dedicated to all things hair, I was intent on finding out the truth behind the hair dye controversy when I was pregnant last year. The conventional wisdom on hair coloring during pregnancy has actually changed drastically.
According to Dr. Michael Lorin Reed, a renowned expert in hair and scalp disorders, the amount of hair dye chemicals absorbed through the scalp is “so minimal,” studies have shown that there is no clinically significant evidence of adverse effects. Additionally, The Organization of Teratology Information Services, which provides information on potential reproductive risks, states that many women have dyed their hair during pregnancy with no known reports of negative outcomes. Along with the minimal absorption, they conclude that hair treatments in pregnancy are unlikely to be of concern.
Despite the studies, many pregnant women still choose to forgo hair coloring and use only all natural and organic products on their skin and hair. If you are going this route, we love Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Colore pens, which are a great option for root cover up as well as adding subtle non-permanent highlights. Additionally, Lock & Mane carries many all natural and organic brands like Intelligent Nutrients, which is so all natural the company claims the products are edible (!) and Lulu Organics, a fantastic all natural dry shampoo.
If you’re a hair dye addict like me but are still nervous, you should just wait to color your hair until the second trimester, when your baby’s development is less vulnerable. When it comes to pregnancy safer is always better, but you no longer have to live in fear of the dye.