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Pregnant & Breastfeeding

Advice for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers 


Most research, although limited, shows that it's safe to color your hair while pregnant. Some studies have found that very high doses of the chemicals in hair dyes may cause harm. However, these doses are massive compared to the very low amount of chemicals that a woman coloring her hair is exposed to. 

It is recommended to wait to dye your hair until after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the risk of chemical substances harming the baby is much lower. If you are coloring your hair yourself, you can reduce the risk farther by making sure that you:

  • Wear gloves 
  • Leave the color on for the minimum time
  • Work in a well-ventilated room 

Highlighting your hair or using "off the scalp" techniques also reduces any risk. The chemicals used are only absorbed by the hair, and not by your scalp or bloodstream. 

Semi-permanent colors are a better alternative whilst pregnant, however a sensitivity test is still recommended.

Do remember that pregnancy can affect your hair's normal condition. For example, your hair may:

  • React differently to coloring or perming than it usually does
  • Become more or less absorbent, frizzy or unpredictable 

It is always a good idea to do a strand test first, using the hair dye or treatment that you intend to use. 


It is very unlikely that a significant amount of the chemical used in hair dyes will be passed on through your breast milk. This is because very little enters your bloodstream. In the past, many women have used hair treatments while breast feeding with no known negative results. We recommend following these steps:

  • Wait for 4 weeks after giving birth
  • Start with a Semi-Permanent color or "off the scalp" method of application
  • Always do sensitivity and strand tests

Information provided by Organic Colour System (OCS)