“Is hair dye safe?” is a question that comes up frequently. It’s one of the things you’re told to stop doing during pregnancy, and a number of studies link it to certain cancers, so by that logic, it seems like the answer is a resounding no.
However, once you start digging into the research, you quickly begin to realize that it’s a bit more complicated than that and it’s difficult to generalize all hair dye as bad or unsafe. A number of other factors should be considered, like how often you’re coloring your hair, how long you’re leaving it on and, perhaps most important, what ingredients are in your dye.
We spoke with Pia Theresa-Budde, senior manager of R&D product development for Clairol, and celebrity stylist Priscilla Valles for some clarity.