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Hair Dye and Pregnancy

Being pregnant has its pros and cons. Topping the list on the positive side, in my opinion, is the bundle of joy you get at the end of the process. The cons...well, my list is too long to go into here, but one concern from many women is hair dye. Is it something to avoid when prego?


According to The Mayo Clinic there really is no definitive answer. While it is likely the skin absorbs a small amount of dye, it isn't really clear how much if any reaches the fetus. However, some recent studies suggest an association between dying your hair when pregnant and some childhood cancers, but the evidence is weak. The best bet is to talk to your obstetrician, since he or she will likely have an opinion on the matter.

For me, I went the "better safe than sorry" route and avoided hair dye while I was prego, but there are ways to minimize the amount of hair dye that may be absorbed through your skin. Here are a few tips from the FDA:

  • Don't leave dye on your hair any longer than needed.
  • Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after use of hair dye.
  • Wear gloves when applying hair dye.

Fit's Tip: The texture and thickness of a woman's hair can change drastically during pregnancy, so you might want to skip the process for this reason too.

I am wondering what you all think on this matter - would you dye or have you dyed your hair when pregnant? Let me know in the comment section below.

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