Will Colouring Harm My Baby?

Lissa Logan

Pregnancy is a special time in your life. So do whatever you can to celebrate it. One treatment that makes women feel really good is getting their hair cut and coloured.

For years, women are told to give up getting any hair colouring treatment done while they’re pregnant because it was feared that the ingredients in hair colour products would negatively affect the unborn child.

Now, the Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), the organization that provides information on potential reproductive risks states that colouring your hair while pregnant is relatively safe because so few chemicals are absorbed into your system, especially if you limit your colour to highlights, lowlights, or balayage techniques. In other words, opt out of all over colour.

Just like massage, OTIS recommends that you wait until the beginning of your second trimester before colouring your hair. Just note though, that because your hormones are fluctuating, the colour may not absorb as properly. The result could be lighter than the colour you expected, but we can easily correct that.

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