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Dyeing hair during pregnancy – no-go or totally okay?

The first gray hairs are the reason for many women to resort to coloring or tinting. Even pregnant, many do not want to do without this option. However, there is a widespread opinion that chemical hair coloring harms the unborn child. But is this true? Tikbow asked the expert.

Conceal the roots, strengthen the natural hair tone or cover the first gray hairs and simply feel better: The reasons for dying hair are as varied as they are individual. In fact, many pregnant women find it difficult to do without the usual haircutting session at the hairdresser, while the changeover to a healthy diet and abstaining from alcohol are comparatively easy. But how dangerous is hair coloring during pregnancy really?

Is hair coloring during pregnancy really harmful?

The chemicals contained in many hair dyes are repeatedly suspected of being harmful to the unborn baby or infant. Many pregnant women and nursing mothers therefore refrain from dyeing, believing that the additives could be absorbed through the scalp and then pass through the mother’s body to the baby. But what’s really to it? Tikbow asked the popular Berlin hair salon Farkas and Manthei.

German products strictly controlled

Michael Manthei gives the all-clear: "Hair coloring is also harmless during pregnancy, but in addition, contact with the colorants can be minimized so that the color only touches the scalp when it is washed out." In fact, cosmetic products in Europe are very strictly controlled and any possible harmful substances are clearly indicated on the packaging. Hair products could theoretically contain chemical additives such as P-phenylenediamine (PPD). According to German law, however, only a maximum of two percent is allowed, which according to scientists is completely harmless. If this amount is exceeded and there is a health risk, the product must be withdrawn from the market.

In the end, however, one should literally listen to one’s own gut feeling. "Emotional well-being is an important factor in pregnancy. And anyone who feels good about themselves is also doing something good for the baby," says the hairdresser. He recommends that unsure customers ask the hairdresser for comprehensive advice and alternatives. For example, there are ammonia-free plant-based colorants that eliminate any risk. The same applies to dyes, i.e. washable colors that only adhere to the surface of the hair and, like strands, do not penetrate into the interior.

Natural hair alternatives

Pregnant women who still want to play it absolutely safe should rely on simple alternatives. Tönung shampoos freshen up your own natural hair tone and can soften gray hair. Tanning fluids have a somewhat stronger effect, but are also only temporary. Like mascara, they are applied to the hair with fine brushes and last until the next hair wash.

If you want to avoid using chemicals when coloring, try natural hair dyes based on henna and plant substances such as leaf extracts and bark. But here, too, caution is advised. Colorants from non-European countries, like chemicals, can contain substances that are harmful to health and should not be applied to the skin outside of pregnancy. If you are calmly pregnant and don’t want to worry about hair color, simply accept the gray hair for a few months; this is and remains the simplest solution in the end.