The Truth About Dyeing Your Hair When You're Pregnant

Updated 01/27/18
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When it comes to pregnancy, as a mum-to-be you want to do everything you can to ensure your baby is safe and your pregnancy runs as smoothly as possible. The trouble is that there are so many contradictory points of view about many aspects of carrying a child, especially on the internet, that it can all become seriously confusing and overwhelming fast.

Now we’re not a parenting website, so we’re not about to delve into the merits of breast milk versus formula (oh no), but what we can help you with is the matter of whether or not it’s safe to dye your hair when pregnant. To get to the root of this old wives’ tale and to find out whether there is any truth in it, we called on Melanie Smith, creative master colourist at Josh Wood Atelier to set the record straight on the subject once and for all. Keep scrolling to find out whether you can reach for the hair dye from behind your blossoming bump.

Fact or fiction?

We had expected to get a long-winded answer when we asked Smith whether pregnant women should avoid dyeing their hair. Her response? A simple, “No.” Adding, “this is really such an old wives tale, but there’s no basis to it. It is completely safe to dye your hair when pregnant.”

Yes, hair dyes are chemicals but very little of it, if any, gets into our system during the process. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re using permanent, semi-permanent or wash out options. “There is no difference to the safety of the dyes, it’s about the result you’re looking for,” confirms Smith.

So now that you know you can have your hair dyed when you’re pregnant will you want to? While it’s great to have some downtime, sitting in a salon chair might not be the most relaxing if you’re super pregnant. Sam Silver, Stylist's beauty director and co-founder of the website This Is Mothership said, “During my pregnancy, I booked in for shorter colour appointments for quick-fixes like a touch of balayage to brighten up my colour which took under an hour.

“This was much more comfortable than sitting for hours in the chair with a large bump and meant I wasn’t in the salon for too long breathing in the fumes.”

If you’re a slave to highlights but don’t want to keep up the commitment when you’re pregnant or as a new mum, then Smith recommends asking your hairdresser for an ombre look “root pull,” which involves blending your root colour further down your hair.

“This blends into the blond nicely and is more low maintenance, as you would match the root colour to your own natural colour as closely as possible. I’d recommend using Wella Colour Touch. It’s not a permanent colour so roots don’t show through, it’s super glossy, super shiny and kind to the hair.”

Want to colour your hair at home? Keep scrolling for three DIY options we love.

L’Oréal Paris Préférence Glam Bronde 03 $8
Bleach London Total Bleach $7
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour $10 $5

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