When Kate Middleton appeared lighter shade of brown hair during her pregnancy, many media shout that this princess is really something as she dares to risk her baby health with hair dye. Many women ask can pregnant women dye their hair? The answer is ‘it depends’. Hair dye products has lots of toxic chemical ingredients that have proven contain carsinogeneic and terratogenic factor. Carsinogenic means hair dye may result in cancer risk while terratogenic means hair dye may result in premature or defect to the fetus.
However question can pregnant women dye their hair recently has positive answer where with the recent formula of hair dye products that contains less chemical ingredients, pregnant women may dye their hair at the second trimester of their pregnancy. The first trimester is the crucial phase of the fetus growth. You need to provide best condition for yourself and for your baby. The second and the third trimester you can start pampering yourself that psychologically important for both you and your baby.
Can pregnant women dye their hair with permanent hair color? The answer is yes, but you need to know that permanent hair color contains more chemical ingredients compare to demi or semi permanent hair colors. Permanent hair colors contain ammonia for example that is important to open the cuticle to receive hair pigment. This is why the color will stay last longer. Dangerous toxic chemical that is commonly found in permanent hair dye are resorcinol and PPD paraphenlene-diamine. You need to check on these chemical ingredients and try to avoid them.
There are many safe hair color can pregnant women dye their hair these days if you cannot stand to dye your hair. Look for organic and natural hair color such as Tints of nature, Natursyle, Herba tint, Nature Color or Atlantis Hair color. However, do not be surprise if they cost your double to triple of normal hair color price. This is because natural hair colors use lots of plants pigment for coloring and herbal ingredients that is difficult and rare these days. If you want to compromise a little bit, you can try Clairol Natural Instinct that contains non ammonia but less peroxide. Peroxide is used in hair color that it is use as color developer that help the pigment to form the color. This is why many consumer comments that Clairol Natural Instinct result in better color compare to other natural hair color. If you are used to Garnier Nutrisse’s Hair color product, you may want to try HerbaShine line from Garnier with non ammonia formula or Olia, which is oil-based hair color. Garnier has claimed that the Olia product can be used by pregnant women in their frequent question” can pregnant women dye their hair with olia?’
Most of non ammonia, non PPD and non peroxide hair color are categorized in semi or non permanent hair color which means the hair color only last for in average 28 washes or one month. This means that the color will fade out earlier than permanent hair color. To protect the hair color, it is better to use special hair color protection products such as hair mask, shampoo and conditioner with formula that also safe for pregnancy.