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! 🙂

    • 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!

  6. Maria Stocks
    February 12, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Hi Doc,

    I sometimes leave my shampoo/conditioner on my scalp a bit while I do other stuff. I just want to be super extra careful,,, whenever you get a chance, would you advise if the following would be okay?:

    Redken Extreme Shampoo
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Parfum/Fragrance, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Quaternium-33, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Benzyl Benzoate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Linalool, Fumaric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propylsilanetriol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid (D184533/1) Us Pat./Brevet Américain: 6,294,160.

    Redken Extreme Conditioner
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Citric Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Quaternium-33, Isostearyl Alcohol, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Dodecene, Sodium Sarcosinate, Poloxamer 407, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Arginine, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate (D184844/1).

    Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Coco-Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Polyquaternium-10, Parfum/Fragrance, Amodimethicone, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Propylene Glycol, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Carbomer, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Sodium Isethionate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Trideceth-6, Benzyl Salicylate, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Limonene, Linalool, Magnesium Nitrate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Sodium Acetate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Arginine, Serine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cetrimonium Chlorideglutamic Acid, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid (D184886/1).

    Redken Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Parfum/Fragrance, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Trideceth-5, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Trideceth-6, Benzophenone-4, Trideceth-10, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Salicylate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Limonene, Linalool, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Arginine, Serine, 2-Oleamido-1,3- Octadecanediol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glutamic Acid, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Acetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract, Sorbic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta (D184707/1).

    SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo
    Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon Fruit) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate.

    Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Creme Rinse
    Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin (Vegetable), Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Undecylenate.

    • 15mins
      February 12, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      The conditioners are all fine but those shouldn’t go anywhere near your roots anyways. Since you’re letting the shampoo hang out on your scalp for a bit checking the ingredients is likely a good idea, but unfortunately both of the Redken shampoos have Salicylic Acid. The SheaMoisture is ok though.

  7. Lyv
    February 26, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I am thinking about highlighting the ends of my hair. At the time, I will be 18 weeks. I haven’t talked to my OB yet, but I would like you to explain me the whys.
    I have extremely long hair, and the product that my hairdresser uses to bleach the hair contains ammonia. I won’t be coloring the roots. However, it takes more or less six hours to dye my hair (from previous experiences). Isn’t it too much time to be near ammonia smell?
    Either way… I just wanted you to confirm, what if was some of your patients asking? I will triple check with my OB before, and I wont do anything that he says I shouldn’t… I just want to understand, because you can find anything online.

    • 15mins
      February 27, 2019 / 12:53 pm

      Coloring your hair in general is fine while pregnant, but that is a really long time! I would think that as long as the area is well ventilated you’re probably ok but if you are worried I’d ask your OB about it

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