According to an article on Parents.com, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t done any conclusive studies on the effects of hair color chemicals on a developing fetus, but it’s better to play it safe.”
The article, Pregnancy and Hair Coloring Safety, offers these tips for pregnant women:
* Wait out the first trimester.
*Avoid processes that involve scalp contact.
* Try temporary hair color, like a hair mascara wand or pencil.
* Opt for highlights (they don’t touch your scalp).
Read the full article and more safety tips here.
And if you are more into perming or straightening your hair vs. color, remember that the same concept applies: whatever is absorbed through your scalp will circulate through your body. Also, many hairdressers say that hair will react differently to chemicals during pregnancy, according to women’shealthtopics.com. Your best bet? Avoid perming or straightening (and coloring) while pregnant.