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Can I dye my hair while pregnant?

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably getting lots of conflicting beauty advice. Here’s our advice on whether you can still colour your hair during pregnancy.

There is a lot of controversy around whether colouring your hair is safe during pregnancy.

Michaeljohn’s technical colourist Amie Wilson suggests avoiding it for the first three months, if you’re concerned. Then consult a professional colourist instead of using home colourants.

‘Because of hormonal changes, you can become allergic to the chemicals in the colour, even when you may not have been previously,’ says Amie. ‘While a reaction is rare, it’s important to do a patch test on your wrist every time you colour and wait at least 48 hours before colouring.’

If dark or grey roots are bothering you before the 12-week mark, Amie suggests parting your hair in a zigzag and having lighter pieces painted through the ends. ‘This way, the colour won’t touch your scalp,’ Amie says. ‘Or use a root touch-up stick.’

The Josh Wood Blending Wand (£12.50, marksandspencer.com) is another good solution. Brush the colour on to your roots and blow-dry. The effects last for up to three washes. 

Josh Wood Blending Wands
 
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