I was getting my hair cut Thursday, and the hair stylist asked me if I was going to dye my hair. A little background for you--I'm gray as a mule even though I'm 34. I'm always asked why I don't dye my hair. Even though I know there are absolutely no reports out that show the chemical hair dye is bad for a breastfeeding baby, I just can't bring myself to take that risk. So, I explained this to the hair stylist. She gave me the whole, "Chemicals in the hair dye won't affect the quality of your beastmilk" talk, but then she added, "However, it might affect your breastmilk supply." Has anyone heard of this? I found it very interesting.
Incidentally, I did dye my hair this Sunday with a henna hair dye called Surya. It's more expensive than the other do-it-yourself chemical hair dyes, but this doesn't stink to the high heavens, it isn't toxic, and it covered my gray really well. I have a nice even brown hair color right now. I was just so sick and tired of being gray-headed.
Wow! i had not heard of that at all! I had heard about women not bleaching or dying their hair when they were pregnant and nursing, but that it could affect supply is strange. I'm 26 and had a streak of gray before I got pregnant, but now it has expanded. I've been considering dye, too. Tell me more about the henna dye.
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
It's called Surya Brasil. Here's the link: http://suryabrasilproducts.com/. You can buy it at Central Market and Whole Foods if you have those stores. The image on the box is a little off-putting, but it really seems to work for me. I'll warn you that the henna hair dye is really hard to get out of shower curtains, so I suggest that you wash the shower curtain right after you use the dye. Also, the powder hair dye is a lot cheaper than the "creme", which is more of a liquid, but the powder is really messy. I am so gray that I am almost white headed, so I bought the black color in the creme dye in order to get the brown effect.
Never heard that before! I had my hair dyed back in March and didn't notice any drop in milk supply.
DS - Stephen 7/5/06 (born 6 weeks early)
DD - Sophia 9/16/11 (born at 37 weeks, 6 days)
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