Wisteria Avenue

Hair Colour & Pregnancy

The question of whether it’s safe to colour hair during pregnancy is one that often sparks confusion and concern among expectant mothers. At our salon, we understand the importance of addressing this issue with clarity and sensitivity. Let’s delve into the facts surrounding hair colouring during pregnancy, dispelling myths and providing valuable insights for our clients.

For more information on hair colour, check out our balayage page and highlights page.

Is it safe to colour hair whilst pregnant?

The short answer is yes, it is generally considered safe to colour hair during pregnancy. Whilst advice provided by the NHS isn’t extensive, it is very clear and reassures expectant mothers that research indicates that the chemicals found in hair dyes are not highly toxic and are therefore unlikely to pose a risk to your baby’s health.

It’s also worth noting that the NHS in 2024 suggest waiting for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to elapse before considering colour hair again. 

Understanding the risks

While the overall risk is low, chemicals contained within hair colour is unlikely to be absorbed and is typically minimal. Studies have not found a consistent link between hair dye use during pregnancy and adverse effects on the baby.

The NHS advice is supportive; any permanent colours exposed to skin, whilst unlikely to be in high doses might post the biggest concern if there is one. However clients that opt for semi-permanent hair colours or highlights (or colour in foils) pose the lowest risk if any given the time in contact with much less (foils) and fewer harmful chemicals (semi-permanent colour).

Why the concern?

Despite reassurances from health professionals, many expectant mothers remain wary of colouring their hair during pregnancy. This hesitancy often stems from a desire to minimise any potential risks to their unborn child. Additionally, misinformation and outdated beliefs may contribute to the apprehension surrounding hair dye use during pregnancy.

Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy brings about understandable concern for expectant mothers leading to heightened concerns about potential harm from hair dye chemicals. It’s essential to prioritise their peace of mind and well-being during this time.

Hormonal changes can change the way our hair behaves whether it be hair loss, hair growth or how hair responds to colour. Bleach and the use of toners is typically more favourable and consistent than tints (hair colours). In some rare cases, permanent hair colour can either fade more quickly or not take as well as before.

Personal Choices & informed Decisions

Ultimately, the decision to colour hair during pregnancy is a personal one that should be made based on individual circumstances and preferences. While the NHS provides valuable guidance, it’s crucial for expectant mothers to weigh the risks and benefits, considering factors such as their overall health, the stage of pregnancy, and any previous medical history.

Consultation & Care

At our salon, we prioritise the health and safety of our clients, especially expectant mothers. We encourage open communication and consultation, allowing us to address any concerns and tailor our services to accommodate your needs. Our experienced stylists are trained to use hair dye products responsibly, minimising exposure and ensuring a comfortable experience for all clients.

Conclusion: Empowering Expectant Mothers

In conclusion, the decision to colour hair during pregnancy is a personal one that should be approached with caution and informed decision-making. While the overall risk is low, it’s essential for expectant mothers to prioritise their well-being and seek guidance from trusted healthcare professionals. At our salon, we’re committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment where expectant mothers can feel empowered to make choices that align with their values and preferences. Book a consultation with us today, and let us support you on your journey to motherhood. For further information, you can visit the NHS website for expert advice on using hair dye during pregnancy.

Opening Hours

Tuesday : 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday : 11:30 am – 8 pm 
Thursday : 11:30 am – 8 pm
Friday : 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday : 9 am – 5 pm


Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
OX14 5EA


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