Can You Get a Perm During Pregnancy?

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By Abby McCoy | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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You can get a perm during pregnancy if you take some precautions and your healthcare provider gives the okay. 

A perm uses chemicals to change your hair’s texture and can make your hair curlier or straighter. Research doesn’t say much about the effects of a perm on developing babies

One study 1 looked at the rate of testicular tumors in developing babies after using hair care products, and the results suggested perm chemicals don’t cause this problem. The American Pregnancy Association 2 recommends:

  • Get the hair treatment in a well-ventilated area.

  • Try to wait until your second trimester to get the perm.

  • Wear gloves if you do it yourself. 

Additionally, pregnancy causes some major hormone shifts 3 , which can affect your hair 4 and make your perm turn out differently. If you’re still unsure, feel free to run it by your provider.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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  1. Armen A. Ghazarian, Britton Trabert, Kim Robien, Barry I. Graubard, Katherine A. McGlynn "Maternal use of personal care products during pregnancy and risk of testicular germ cell tumors in sons"ScienceDirect, vol. 164Jul 1, 2018, pp. 109-113https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935118300859.

  2. "Hair Treatment During Pregnancy"https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/is-it-safe/hair-treatments-during-pregnancy/.

  3. "What is the role of hormones during pregnancy?"Hormones During Pregnancy.

  4. Kristine Marceau, Wen Wang, Olivia Robertson, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff"A systematic review of hair cortisol during pregnancy: Reference ranges and methodological considerations"ScienceDirect, vol. 122Oct 2, 2020https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453020303279.


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Can You Get a Perm During Pregnancy?

 Abby McCoy Profile Photo
By Abby McCoy | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Get a Perm During Pregnancy?

You can get a perm during pregnancy if you take some precautions and your healthcare provider gives the okay. 

A perm uses chemicals to change your hair’s texture and can make your hair curlier or straighter. Research doesn’t say much about the effects of a perm on developing babies

One study 1 looked at the rate of testicular tumors in developing babies after using hair care products, and the results suggested perm chemicals don’t cause this problem. The American Pregnancy Association 2 recommends:

  • Get the hair treatment in a well-ventilated area.

  • Try to wait until your second trimester to get the perm.

  • Wear gloves if you do it yourself. 

Additionally, pregnancy causes some major hormone shifts 3 , which can affect your hair 4 and make your perm turn out differently. If you’re still unsure, feel free to run it by your provider.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

Want evidence-based health & wellness advice for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum delivered to your inbox?

Your privacy is important to us. By subscribing you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

Expectful uses only high-quality sources, including academic research institutions, medical associations, and subject matter experts.

  1. Armen A. Ghazarian, Britton Trabert, Kim Robien, Barry I. Graubard, Katherine A. McGlynn "Maternal use of personal care products during pregnancy and risk of testicular germ cell tumors in sons"ScienceDirect, vol. 164Jul 1, 2018, pp. 109-113https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935118300859.

  2. "Hair Treatment During Pregnancy"https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/is-it-safe/hair-treatments-during-pregnancy/.

  3. "What is the role of hormones during pregnancy?"Hormones During Pregnancy.

  4. Kristine Marceau, Wen Wang, Olivia Robertson, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff"A systematic review of hair cortisol during pregnancy: Reference ranges and methodological considerations"ScienceDirect, vol. 122Oct 2, 2020https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453020303279.


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