For most women, part of the "glow" of pregnancy is sporting a thick, full head of hair. During pregnancy, an increase in estrogen slows the normal shedding of hair. With the extra "bouff" in your bouffant, you may be thinking about adding some color or curls. Is it safe? Probably. Although there have been very few studies of hair dye use in pregnancy, it is known that only a small amount of anything used on your scalp is actually absorbed into your system. So hair coloring and permanents are thought to have no effect on your babies. Still, your doctor may be extra cautious and suggest you avoid coloring your hair while you are pregnant.
Call Doctor If:
- You have hair loss during pregnancy. This could indicate a vitamin deficiency or another health problem.
- If your doctor says you can color your hair while pregnant, wear gloves when applying hair treatments yourself.
- Make sure the area is well ventilated before using hair chemicals.
- Follow all directions on the product package.