Yesterday in my baby blog I talked about beauty and some questions about chemicals in beauty products. A listener brought up one thing that I did not mention, but does apply to me. Hair dye.
I've been known to dye my hair all sorts of colors, but lately I've kept it pretty natural with the exception of a few subtle highlights. From what I've read highlights are ok because they don't touch your scalp, but when you're dying your whole head you should be wary of chemicals in the dye you choose. Though there is no evidence that hair dye can cause harm to a developing fetus there are some people who don't want to take the risk.
If you wait until your second trimester to dye your hair the baby is less vulnerable. You can also choose a natural hair dye. Henna vegetable dye is the safest, but it is very messy to use and it can give your hair an orange hue so be careful. If you dye your own hair wear gloves, don't leave the dye on longer than suggested, rinse your scalp well and be sure you're working in a well ventilated area.
The best choice would probably be to talk to your stylist. They may have the right product to use and they are the ones messing with the dye so you don't have to worry about it contacting your skin.