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A member asked:

Is it safe to color your hair while pregnant?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Prefer not!: It is really not safe to use any unnecessary chemicals when you are pregnant. Less is always better. On the other hand there are not a lot of studies that answer that question because we dont like to do studies on pregnant women!' its always best to err on the side of caution.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
I do agree with Dr. Tuakli, but there is at least one study of pregnant women who are also beauticians or cosmetologists. That study did not show any increase in pregnancy complications for that population - and those patients would have had a much greater risk by virtue of their daily exposure compared to the minimal exposure for a single episode of hair coloring during pregnancy.
Dec 17, 2011
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology 39 years experience
Don't color pregnant: If you're pregnant it may not be safe to color your hair so don't take the chance.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to color my hair during pregnancy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: In the first half of the last century, hair coloring actually contained "coal-tar dyes" which were not only unsafe for the pregnancy, but were questionable for the mom as well! today's hair colorings are safe -- therefore, safe for pregnant moms.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is risk of doing your own hair color when pregnant?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Virtually none.: Very minimal impact, if any, on the baby.
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Dr. Byron Hapner
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Thank you for answering this question first. I hear it every single day!
Apr 5, 2012
Wichita, KS
A 25-year-old female asked:

If you are pregnant, can you color your hair? Not all over color, just a few pieces

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes, but..: You can color your hair, provided no extensive chemical/toxic exposure to your follicle roots during the first half of the pregnancy - best if you can minimize exposures to potential toxic agents during pregnancy, so consider postponing all elective activities such as hair-coloring until after the pregnancy.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Hi I am 5 weeks pregnant, can I color my hair?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Depends on hair dye: Depending on the hair dye you use, some are safe in pregnancy and others are not. The amount of systemic absorption, assuming you have no open sores in your scalp, is minimal, however...You need to research the brand you want to use and assure it is safe in pregnancy.
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