Ask a Beauty Blogger: I’m Pregnant, Can I Cut My Hair?

I’ve been receiving a huge number of questions about hair care while pregnant. I get them in my inbox, over twitter, in blog post comments… This is the only one that was actually submitted to the Ask a Beauty Blogger question form, but I thought it was a good time to address the haircut during pregnancy question and a few other pregnancy hair care questions (note that I’m not even going to try to answer that hair dye and pregnancy question that is always so controversial. I leave that up to you, your OB and your hair stylist).

Pregnancy Hair Care

First, to answer Sushmita’s actual question, I pulled in the big guns. Meaning, my hair stylist from California, the woman I miss dearly (my hair stylist here in Michigan is good, but she just isn’t Shannon), and if I could afford it I would really, truly fly to California every 6 weeks to see Shannon. She is that nice of a person and that good. Shannon Ely works at Salon TM2 in Irvine, if you go and see her tell her I say hi!

Here’s what Shannon had to say to Sushmita:

Of course you may cut and trim your hair throughout your entire pregnancy. I, personally, tell my pregnant clients that I won’t do any drastic changes to their cuts at this time however because hormones make them want to change their look and then they typically are regretful. Soo… Wait for your hormones to get back to normal before you decide to try that pixie cut you’ve always wanted.

This is soooo true. I can’t even tell you how many of my friends have chopped (and I mean chopped) and all of them regretted it. Everyone blamed it on hormones run amok.

Want to learn more about postpartum shedding?

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing

Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!



  1. Anonymous
    March 16, 2013 / 2:53 am

    Is this for real? The question? No joking? I hardly can believe it…

  2. March 16, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    Yeah, that is what we were wondering, but I've actually gotten a few variations of the same question, from different people! Hence, I answered it. Hair is dead stuff, you can pretty much do whatever you want to it while you're pregnant, but beware the hormones and regretting your cute new pixie hair style!

  3. Marianna
    September 16, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Hi, was wondering if you have any do/don’t ingredients for hair shampoo/conditioner as you have for skincare/makeup that are beyond helpful!!!! I found one shampoo to have salycic acid?! Is condition safer as it’s usually mostly on the ends ?

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      September 17, 2018 / 11:30 am

      I’ve been told you don’t need to worry about shampoo/conditioner since very little of it actually reaches your scalp.

  4. Amanda
    September 19, 2018 / 3:42 am

    What are your thoughts on coloring hair while pregnant? Do you have any brands to recommend? What ingredients should we avoid? Thank you! šŸ™‚

    • 15mins
      September 23, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      It’s fine to color! If you’re super worried I’d just use foils, that will keep the product off of your scalp.

  5. allison t.
    November 16, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Hi Dr. Christine, thank you very much for going to the lengths you’ve gone to for pregnant women! It’s a whirlwind of new information and your posts have been very helpful.

    I was wondering if you think eyebrow tinting and lash tinting are safe during pregnancy (or maybe 2nd trimester on?). I am blonde and am used to doing both those things. The eyebrow tinting especially, as it does sit on the skin below for the 12-15 min. it takes to tint (and does dye the skin for a day or so, whether done at home or in a salon). I also get lash lifts every now and then so if you know anything about that process any info. would be helpful!

    The product I use to do at-home eyebrow tinting is Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch-up in light brown. Ingredient list:

    Permanent Color Creme: Water, C12-15 Pareth-3, Ammonium Hydroxide, Oleth-10, Dilinoleic Acid, Cocamide MEA, Linoleamidopropyl Dimethylamine Dimer Dilinoleate, Steareth-21, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-22, Sodium Sulfate, Fragrance, Erythorbic Acid, Resorcinol, Caramel, P-Phenylenediamine, P-Aminophenol, M-Aminophenol, Sodium Sulfite, Iron Oxides, Mica, N,N-Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, Sodium Metasilicate, EDTA, 1-Naphthol, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Titanium Dioxide. Color Activating

    Lotion: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-21, Laureth-23, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Etidronic Acid.

    And I believe my local eyelash place uses vegetable dye for lash tinting.

    Any help would be wonderful.

    • 15mins
      November 17, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      I don’t see anything that really stands out to me in those ingredient lists. Hair dying itself is ok while pregnant. I would probably check with you doctor just to make sure. I don’t know anything about lash lifting, sorry!

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