Pregnancy myth #2: "You can't dye your hair!"

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Fear not dye-hards. Turns out you won't have to hide those roots for 9 months!

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Most research shows that despite previous scares, it is actually safe to colour your hair while pregnant.

In recent years some studies have shown that that very high doses of some chemicals in hair dye may cause harm to an unborn baby. This is based on the notion that some chemicals may pass through your scalp and into your bloodstream.

For these chemicals to truly cause harm they would have to be in vast quantities. Considering the very low amount a woman dyeing her hair is exposed to, the risk is minimal.

Many professionals suggest waiting until after your first trimester before touching up your roots.

A good hairdresser will always perform a strand test before dyeing your whole head, so if you experience any sort of reaction to the dye then it's best to steer clear. If you're using a home-dye kit then always wear the gloves provided, leave the dye on for the minimum time and apply your colour in a well ventilated room.

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

- react differently to colouring or perming than it usually does, and
- become more or less absorbent, frizzy or unpredictable.

If you're still feeling uneasy then why not try a natural dye such as henna? It's chemical free and will condition your hair at the same time!

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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