Celebrity hair colorist Barbara Farnworth sheds light on the dye dilemma during pregnancy.
Q: Can I dye my hair while expecting?
A: I advise my clients to ask their doctor. Usually the reply is not in the first trimester, but other medical professionals suggest using off-scalp color—which translates to highlights.
Q: I’m itching to cover my grays—what can I use instead of traditional hair dye?
A: An alternative to a base color with peroxide is a demi-permanent color. This does a great job of covering gray; however, it can’t lift base color. It is more of a staining process than a permanent color, so be prepared that some of the gray may be resistant.
Q: Any advice on hiding my roots between visits?
A: Spray colors and powders are excellent masking products. It can take some trial and error to find the exact match, though, because everyone’s color is truly different.
Q: Do vegetable dyes work well and hold their vibrancy?
A: The short answer is no. Vegetable dyes are not up to par with results that can be achieved safely through other means. If the client is truly worried but in need of color, it can be left on for a shorter period of time. As a colorist with more than 30 years of experience, I have no problem applying color for moms-to-be as I feel it is a safe endeavor.
Q: Will coloring my hair damage it permanently?
A: Today’s color is very efficient at preserving the integrity of the hair. Most damage actually comes from the heat of flat irons, curling irons and metal brushes, as well as overwashing hair with inferior products. At-home care is the key to healthy hair. Try air-drying whenever possible, use sulfate-free shampoo, and apply a conditioning treatment once a week.