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HAIRDYE ..... ADVICE PLEASE

Rachael_
Rachael_

Hiya lovlies....... so ive booked an appointment at my usual hairsressers with my stylist she is unaware of my situation (ivf) 🙈... ive booked in for around the 25th april as thats the only free 4 hour slot she had available (i have to much hair) .... im due to start (all been well) injections around the 12-13th im on a short protocol so will be having injections for around 2 weeks .... im a little concerned that the hairdye may interfere with it all ive heard people say no harsh chemicals at all wile undergoing ivf.... SO ..... im a bit miffed on what to do for the best.... i dont want to ask my stylist as i dont want to go somewere to relax to be faced with 1000 questions .... but i dont want to be putting my self also at risk .... i know there will be Do’s and Dont’s in all this but am i better getting it done and dusted then before things like egg collection and transfer happen orrrr should i cancel ..... ???? IM SUPER STRESSING........

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I personally never get my hair dyed during treatment because of the advice around chemicals and I never want to look back (if the outcome of my cycle is bad) and think what if I hadn’t had my hair done etc would it of been different. I’ve never been told by my IVF nurse not to do it though so maybe you could give your clinic a call xx

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to E_05

Thankyou for your reply E_05 ... im doubting myself about this 100% im thinking im gonna give it a miss and cancel it altogeher 😕 . . Hope you are well xxx

E_05
E_05 in reply to Rachael_

I think you just have to do what’s right for you and if it’s causing you this much worry, if you can wait maybe you’d be better re arranging xx

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to E_05

Theres so many different answers to this its mind boggling no wonder my grays are poking through 😂 major stress head .. xx

E_05
E_05 in reply to Rachael_

I know it’s a tough one because there’s no set answer, id say do whatever you feel comfortable with xx

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to E_05

🙂😘Xx

I had my hair dyed throughout treatment I asked my clinic and they said it won’t cause any harm, I got a BFP and am 28 weeks pregnant and have contributed dying my hair through my pregnancy . Guess it’s Each to their own and do what makes u feel most comfortable x

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Shanks_21

Oh did you that’s FANTASTIC news HUGE congratulations btw... its crazy what we stress over isnt it it dosnt just stop there does it with us ladies ... theres nails eyebrows its never ending i swear im not looking a mess going through this 🤔 x x

Shanks_21
Shanks_21 in reply to Rachael_

Thanks sweet! Yeh I carried on with my usual beauty regime it made me feel better as going through ivf is difficult enough at least if u feel happy with yourself it makes the process a little bit easier to cope with x

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Shanks_21

Thanks it super confuses me.... last week when i went for my eyebrows tinted the lady who did them freaked out a bit when I mentioned ivf in april .... she to is going through it ...... she said she wouldnt be able to use the tint when the whole things happening as she wouldnt like to be responsible for anything.... thats what got me thinking ohh crap hairdye.... xx

Hidden
Hidden

I waited until EC and had it done between that and transfer. My hairdresser confirmed the chemicals are safe for pregnant women but I’ve read about potential damage to egg quality and also that the chemicals could be absorbed by the embryo so just didn’t think it was worth the risk.

Could you hold out to EC and book it in for the day after?

Thankyou for your reply mrsb76 thats a good idea i never even though about the few day gap inbetween Xx

Hidden
Hidden

I had a chat to my colourist about it all. Ultimately you have to do what you feel comfortable with- ultimately your eggs are already made when you are a baby so I don’t know how much I buy into changing egg quality later on but it doesn’t do any harm.

If you are having highlights, the colour does not sit on your scalp therefore the amount absorbed by your scalp is minimal. He said it would be fine to continue my colour during pregnancy as well.

There is no right or wrong answer - do what feels right for you. Be kind to yourself xxx

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Hidden

Thankyou for your advice zoe i know the chemicals she uses on my hair are alot less harsher than what i used to have ... i mostly just have brown dye on all my roots then a toner on the blonder bits ... i will surely be giving this a bit more of thought ... thanks zoe hope you are well xx

Hi Rachael, maybe look for a dye without harsh chemicals eg. Naturtint (available in Holland & Barrett)

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Kari55

Thanks Kari55 ill look into this x x

i carried on as usual with getting mine highlighted throughout. My hairdresser said with highlighting the chemicals dont actually touch your scalp anyway. x

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Blondyboo

Thanks blondyboo for your lovely advice 🙂 xx

On my pregnancy app ovia I got an update yesterday saying yes you can still dye your hair the chemicals are in such small quantities that their isn't any risk to the baby I assume that would be the same for the egg. Your not in the environment 247 it's a few hours plus think about all the pollution we breathe in day in day out, as a woman it helps us feel so much better to look good, carry on as normal keep taking your supplements and I'm sure you'll be fine. Get your hair done I would. Obviously it's up to you 💗🤗😘

Thankyou for your lovely advice Allweneedisluv im stressing a tad to much and i need to stop googleing .... how are you feeling .... xx

Stop googling live your life too much we deprive ourselves of in this journey, 😉

I'm not too bad hun thanks 💗🤗😘

Xx

I agree with allwwneedisluv - what we must remember is women carry on daily activities as normal not ttc and drink etc and still fall pregnant and baby’s are fine. Babies are stronger than people realise. I think if a baby’s right there is very little you could do to loss it- otherwise unwanted pregnancies would never happen!

Obviously it’s up to you and if you feel you would blame yourself if the treatment wouldn’t work don’t do it ( not saying it wouldn’t work) Do whatever makes you happy xoxo

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to jess1981

Thankyou jess for your lovely advice 😊 .... i think getting it done would make me happy ive left it so long this time i could do with a pick me up and a bit of a pamper, i hope you are well jess lots of luck to you 🍀...

jess1981
jess1981 in reply to Rachael_

I had my hair done in my first 2ww after my first laparoscopy and I did conceive so it didn’t prevent it! ( I did sadly miscarry obviously something wasn’t right with the baby )

You deserve treats and your happiness is important- stress is much worse.

You enjoy having your hair done 💗 xoxo

DianeArnold
DianeArnoldAdministrator

Hi Rachael_ I have had a word with my own hairdresser, and she reckons that most of the professional hair colours could be harmful if left on for a while. However, she said that if you were just having something like highlights done using foil, then the roots tend not to absorb much if any of the colour, and the rest of the hair is dead anyway!!

“Holland & Barrett” do carry a range of safe hair colourants to use during pregnancy. They are a nationwide outfit, so I am sure you would be able to visit one fairly locally. I also spoke with the “Cosmetic and Perfumery Association (CTPA) a little while ago, and they assure me that hair colourants are one of the most studied consumer products on the market, and are safe for all women, pregnant or not. But if you are still concerned, why don’t you buy a chemical free semi-permanent dye such as “Clairol Nice’n’Easy”, which lasts from 6 to 8 washes. It might only tone down your roots rather than cover it completely, but better than nothing. Keep beautiful! Diane

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to DianeArnold

Thanks diane thats really usefull info ...... i feel 100% better knowing this xx 😘

DianeArnold
DianeArnoldAdministrator in reply to Rachael_

xx

Hidden
Hidden in reply to DianeArnold

Hi Diane, I had my 1st round of IVF and waiting for a frozen transfer that might be in July. I wanted to get my hair dyed this week as I look horrific and wanted to do something nice!

Do you think it is a risk? I was assuming the chemicals would be out of my system before I started next transfer....

X

DianeArnold
DianeArnoldAdministrator in reply to Hidden

Hi EB2001. If you scroll upwards on this post you will see what I advised the original person asking about hair colour. If it was my decision, I would go ahead and get your hair done. I would go for a semi-permanent colour or highlights, as these tend not to affect the roots too much. We can't have you looking a mess! Hope all goes well with the transfer when done, and of course I wish you success. Diane

Hidden
Hidden in reply to DianeArnold

Haha thanks Diane. Seems so vain especially when so many going through so much on this forum.

But sometimes these treatments can help make you feel 'normal'

Xxx

Hidden
Hidden

Colour Wow is a good work around. It's not a dye but a product similar to eye shadow which you apply to roots. I don't love the product, but its the best non toxic product on the market. I'd never use the toxic colour sprays, they are scary.

It's a bit powdery, but it does stay on until the hair is washed and you then reapply.

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Hidden

Ive seen this advertised on facebook it looks really good thanks for your reply iloveggs xx

Hi, I had my hair dyed while on treatment.... I asked my hair dresser and she said there is no harm. Even when pregnant there isn’t harm.... just means the colour might not take as well. I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant with 1st round. But..... u have to do what you feel..... you don’t want to look back if something doesn’t work and regret. Good luck xxxxxx

Rachael_
Rachael_ in reply to Stephiex

Awwww thats great news stephie ..... congratulations btw thankyou for your reply..... wishing you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy.... i love a positive post like this 💖 xxx

I’ve been fine whilst stimming. Won’t do it in 2ww though.

Thankyou for your reply and advice lizzie its much appreciated 💖.. lots of luck and well wishes for your journey and future treatment Xxx

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