Safe to colour hair when you are pregnant?

It's best to avoid colouring your hair until after 13-weeks of pregnancy, suggest GURJIT KAUR in her latest column


| Health Tips | 3 Sept 2017 | Asia Samachar |

By Gurjit Kaur

Many of you have written or called me to ask, “I am pregnant. Can I colour my hair? Is it safe? Will my baby be safe? Will my baby get cancer?”

This article is drawn from studies done. Please share this article with your friends and loved ones, too.

A study done in 2005 suggested an association between the use of hair dye during pregnancy and the development of childhood cancer neuroblastoma. However, other studies haven’t reached the same conclusion. Most researchers say it’s unlikely that maternal use of hair products before or during pregnancy would increase the risk of childhood tumours.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic belief that, if necessary, precautions are taken then there is no harm but they also caution that the mother should speak to her gynaecologist.

The American Cancer Society, Harvard School of Public Health and American Journal of Epidemiology belief that there is an association between chemical hair dye and certain types of cancer in young children.

Other studies, however, haven’t reached the same conclusion. Many researches argue that it’s unlikely that a woman having her hair coloured before, during or after her pregnancy may increase her child’s risk to cancer.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada had published an article regarding the safety of hair products during pregnancy.

My suggestion to all expecting mothers would be this: It is best that you avoid colouring your hair until after 13-weeks of pregnancy. The reason is that your first trimester is when all the major organs of the child are being developed. Speak to your gynaecologist and ask for his/her advice. Voice out your concerns to him and make an informed decision.

Compared to chemical colouring, naturally organic colouring and henna hair + herbs is a friendlier alternative. I believe in ensuring that clients are aware of the pros and cons of organic hair colouring and henna hair + herbs. The decision is ultimately yours as to what you are comfortable with and what you believe is right for you and your child.

Gurjit Kaur Sekhon is founder of Simran Beyond Beauty, an organic hair, beauty & waxing spa


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