Hair treatments during pregnancy and breastfeeding: Checklist for how to protect yourself and your baby

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Minimising your exposure to hair treatments

checkmark I have researched the use of hair dyes and other hair treatments in pregnancy and breastfeeding
checkmark I am happy with the decision I have made regarding the use of hair treatments in pregnancy and breastfeeding
checkmark I am not in the first trimester of pregnancy when I use hair treatments
checkmark I have thought about using highlights to minimise exposure to the chemicals in hair dye and treatments
checkmark I will ensure my scalp is washed thoroughly after using hair treatments
checkmark I will test hair dye on a strand of hair or small section prior to use
checkmark I have a well ventilated area to colour my hair / have it treated
checkmark I will avoid products containing ammonia or formaldehyde
checkmark I have considered the use of pure vegetable dyes such as henna as an alternative to chemical dyes

If I am applying the product myself:

checkmark I will wear gloves
checkmark I will follow manufacturers’ guidelines
I will dye my hair in a well ventilated area
checkmark I will not mix products

If I use these products in my job:

checkmark I will work in a well ventilated area
checkmark I will wear gloves
checkmark I will not eat or drink in my working area


Kindly written and reviewed by Dr Allison Johns  BSc (Hons) MBBS, Doctor, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Editorial Advisory Board Member of Parenthub and Virtual Medical Centre.

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References

More information on hair treatments and hair dyes during pregnancy

114360549 Woman getting hair done For more information on hair dyes and hair treatments during your pregnancy see Hair treatments and hair dyes in pregnancy.
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Date Created: January 1, 2013 Date Modified: March 12, 2013