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FEATURES May 14 2012 12:43AM
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Can I color my hair while pregnant?

ANGIE SAYS: I never dyed my hair during any of my pregnancies, so I don’t have personal experience, but I’m pretty certain that it is safe to color your crown and not harm your baby. In fact, one of my girlfriends never let a piece of gray hair poke out of hair head, and her daughter is beautiful and smart. I have to point out though that dying your hair can cause extreme dryness and breakage—this is rather you’re pregnant or not. And while your hair may be growing long and beautiful now, after giving birth, it will go through a breakage period, and any type of color or treatment will only cause it to break more.
 
The Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), which provides information on potential reproductive risks, says “there are no reports of hair dye causing changes in human pregnancy.” They also point out that very few chemicals applied in the hair are actually absorbed into your system. So I say, color on! But if you’re still concerned, consider waiting to color your hair in the second and third trimesters, when your baby is less vulnerable. Also, instead of using all-over color, try streaks, highlights or frosting—these processes have little or no contact with your scalp. Also, as always, make sure your hair is getting as much moisture as possible. Use sulfate-free shampoos that don’t strip away your hair’s natural moisture, and always use a deep conditioner. This is a good time to try Carol’s Daughter’s Olive Oil Infusion kit.
 
Pregnancy is tough enough, and with all the changes your body has to endure, it’s important that you feel beautiful and good about yourself, so I say, if coloring your hair makes you feel good—go for it!

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