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Hair Treatments During Pregnancy

Many women wonder if it is safe to have their hair colored or permed during their pregnancy.

Research on dyes, perms and other chemical treatments are limited, but because only small amounts are absorbed through the skin for short periods of time, they are generally considered safe during pregnancy. It is a good idea however to wait until after the first trimester.

If you are applying the treatments yourself it is helpful to wear gloves, make sure to follow package directions, and rinse well so as not to over expose your scalp. You may also consider applying natural dyes which are produced using pure vegetables rather than synthetic chemicals.

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.