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I'm Pregnant and Still Color My Hair

I was born a natural blonde, a “tow head” as some liked to call me.  As the years have passed, by blonde locks have slowly gotten darker and darker now resembling a shade that I like to call “mousy brown.”

I started highlighting my hair when I was a freshman in college and have been doing it ever since.  I honestly don’t remember the last time that I had my hair its natural color.

When I found out I was pregnant with Harlan, I panicked because I had just gotten my hair colored a week before.  My initial thought was that it was harmful to the baby and I  was exposing it to harmful chemicals and toxins.  I was sure I wouldn’t be able to get my hair colored for the rest of my pregnancy.  The thought of having my hair grow and become half blonde, half brown terrified me, but knowing I wasn’t harming my child made it worth it.  

At my first doctors appointment one of the first questions I asked my doctor was if I was allowed to color my hair. I was relieved when he approved of it and gave me the go ahead to get it done.

Once I got the okay from my doctor, I went to get my hair colored every six weeks.  I often saw other pregnant women in the salon getting their hair colored as well.  I was never questioned or looked at strangely for having a huge bump and hair dye on my head.

I’ve continued to color my hair with this pregnancy and even went to get it done prior to knowing I was pregnant.  Now at 20 weeks pregnant I have gotten my hair colored three times this pregnancy.  At my 20 week appointment, my doctor said the baby is looking happy and healthy.

If you are still worried about whether or not it’s ok to get your hair colored while pregnant, read this great article by Sonya Benham, a hair colorist, that has research from many sources.

Do you color your hair while pregnant?

 

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