Blake Lively stopped dyeing her hair completely while pregnant: no big deal?


Blake Lively has been all over the place this week, but this is the first time we’ve had photos of her in a while. Blake was spotted leaving a NYC hotel yesterday. Which is weird, because she and Ryan own an apartment in NYC? Maybe she was at the hotel on business. As for her look in these photos – I like that coat. And I like that she’s wearing pants, because a month ago, she was going through a weird maternity-minidress phase and I feared some pregnant “Marilyn Moments” from her.

People have also been discussing Blake’s hair a lot lately. Apparently, she stopped dying it blonde when she got pregnant, so she has long, dark roots coming in, which you can see in these photos. THR even wrote an article about it, seriously. They spoke to “L’Oreal celebrity hair colorist Kari Hill,” who said: “Blake has decided to not color her hair at all, thus growing out her darker roots.” Hill suggests that Blake try some highlights so that her dark roots blend in with the double-process blonde she had pre-pregnancy. You can read more here. Granted, I’ve never been pregnant, but I thought the general consensus was that most hair dyes are safe to use while pregnant? Or is it different for blondes?

Blake has also been giving some interviews, although none of the quotes are very interesting (to me). Blake told People Mag that her mom is her icon of working motherhood, etc. Blake also spoke to the Daily Mail about Christmas stuff.

Meanwhile, word is that Blake’s husband Ryan Reynolds will be playing Deadpool. Filming starts in March? I wonder when Blake is due. My guess is still January/February.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. mkyarwood says:

    Nope, No Big Deal. Blake is an ‘organic’ pregnant person, so she would avoid all chemical processing which includes hair. I used to be a platinum blonde devotee in some desperate grab at my childhood shade, but after the second one I won’t be doing that again. Currently shopping some caramel highlights for my ‘deep ash’ natural colour.

    • Jegede says:

      That’s interesting.
      I’m black so this not something I can relate to. lol!

      And Blake’s hair looks like Gisele’s when she was pregnant.
      Texture. Length and all

      • Chris says:

        I’m just hoping she doesn’t pull a “full Gisele” once the baby comes and announce that anyone who colors their hair whilst pregnant should be imprisoned.

      • Miller621 says:

        I was going to say she looks very Giselle esq in the picture of her walking. I think she looks beautiful with or without her hair dyed, she carries off pregnancy well. She may decide after she gives birth to stick to a darker easier to maintain color. Blonde is a b!itch to maintain!

  2. InvaderTak says:

    I thought it was perfectly fine after the first trimester.

    • Lee says:

      Same! She stopped dying her hair but keep wearing those risky high heels.
      On a side note, I see she keeps wearing stuff she sells on Preserve…anyone here know how that website is doing? I find it silly and pretentious.

    • L says:

      My doc said it was fine at any point (although she admitted not all the doctors in the practice feel that way)-but basically said the first trimester thing was because the smell would most likely be to much for many pregnant women.

      I’ve opted not to dye mine just to be on the safe side-but most doctors seem to think its fine.

      • Jen says:

        Same here. First trimester was a no-no (but this was almost 12 years ago and things change a lot and quickly). I switched to a gloss for the second half of my pregnancy because there was no peroxide and I just felt better about it. ETA- I went to an aveda concept salon and the gloss was uber natural. Back when I had money….

    • Dani says:

      My OB laughed at me when I asked him if it was safe. He asked if I planned on eating the dye. You’re supposed to do it in a well ventilated area just because the smell is strong and can be stronger for pregnant women, causing nausea, dizziness etc. I dyed my hair twice while pregnant, my daughter turned out fine. She’s going to be one hell of a sanctimom.

      • Wilma says:

        Dyed my hair twice too. I did ask about it, but my doctor said the only thing that might happen was that the dye wouldn’t ‘take’ because of the hormones, but that that was something I had to experience for myself.

      • Jenny says:

        How is she necessarily going to be a sanctimom for deciding not to dye her OWN hair while pregnant? You sound pretty judgmental yourself.

        As far as I know she has yet to even comment on this herself, since this did not include any quotes from her; it’s not like she is making a statement that no pregnant women should dye their hair. I chose not to dye my hair while pregnant and I don’t judge anyone for making a different decision. Many things are deemed okay in moderation by doctors that a lot of pregnant women abstain from, ie: alcohol, cigarettes, hair dye, nail salons, etc.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      As a health care professional, I fully support the “err on the side of EXTREME caution” because the skin is a 2-way membrane: things get pushed out through the pores, and chemicals/substances can be absorbed by the pores INTO the body as well. So you CAN get systemic contamination through trans-dermal absorption.

      • Tessy says:

        Yes of course chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin. I’ve had medications compounded for my cat that I rubbed on his ear instead of pilling him and it is very effective. I had to wear rubber gloves to keep from absorbing it myself.

      • Oz- says:

        By all means, err on the side of caution. But as a molecular biologist and now pharmacist, I can at least reassure you that a lot of systemic absorption of chemicals thought intact skin is largey (and at times solely) dependent on the base that the chemical is dissolved in. For example the medication you rubbed into your cat’s ear (probably for his/her thyroid – quite common in cats) is usually in a DMSO base, which is chemically designed to cross the skin. Whether the base is lipophillic or hydrophillic, as well as the molecular size of the chemical is also important. Hair dye is fine to use while pregnant – although if in doubt just wait till after the first trimester which is when the baby is morphologically formed. After that the baby is mainly growing rather than developing limbs/organs so the risk of mutation is extremely low…or pretty much a non-issue.

    • jaye says:

      When I asked my OB if I could dye my hair during my pregnancy, he said I probably shouldn’t. Mind you, this was almost 20 years ago and so many of the “rules” about pregnancy have been adjusted or completely dismissed since then.

  3. MelissaManifesto says:

    Most people, like me, thought she was a natural blonde. She looks great.

    We should brace ourselves for all the post pregnancy interviews she will give about breastfeeding, weight loss (when it doesn’t look like she’ll gain much), baby clothes, organic baby puree, Ryan’s parenting skills (he’ll be a natural I swear), and so forth.

    Can someone please tell me what bag she’s carrying?

    • LadyMTL says:

      I liked it too, I found it on the website (Preserve)…but it’s $900, yikes! I don’t like it that much, lol.

    • Kitten says:

      I freaking love that entire outfit.

    • Greek Chic says:

      I thought she was natural blonde too.. Maybe her hair was lighter when she was younger and are darker now? I used to be natural honey blonde until 17 but now that i am 29 when my roots are growing are in Blake’s roots color.
      I dye it blonde but i miss my natural blonde hair…

  4. Talie says:

    I thought she was a natural blonde, but I guess not… or her hair got darker as she got older.

    • Jegede says:

      I think she is, her younger & teen pictures prove it.
      And her brother and father are super blonde.
      While her half-sisters are red heads

      But its likely darker with age or maybe the pregnancy

      *Her bump is bigger than I thought it would be

    • TeaAndSympathy says:

      Lots of people are fair when young because of their lack of melanin. It’s completely normal to darken as we get older as most of us get our full quota of melanin. My sister had white hair as a little child. It gradually darkened as she grew up, and, as an adult, now has almost black hair. The same thing happened with all our kids, nieces, nephews etc. It’s no big deal.

      BL was a bottle blonde. It’s not dye. It’s bleach. That’s why she’s stopped and the dark roots have come through.

  5. Lee says:

    There were other pics of her and Ryan checking out a hotel with luggage so they defo stayed at a hotel…maybe they sold their apartment clue!

  6. Jegede says:

    In Blake’s baby pictures and her teenage high school year books her hair is very blonde
    (So is her super gorgeous brother Eric – I had a crush on him since High School)

    My guess is her natural colour is probably ashy blonde but with the winter and lack of sun exposure is coming out darker.

    I’m not sure about the debate of hair dye and pregnancy though, cause many celebs like Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson and currently Carrie Underwood sported brighter blonder hair while pregnant without problems it would seem

  7. minx says:

    My natural color is close to hers; I’ve been coloring it blonde for decades. When I was pregnant with my son 23 years ago I let it grow out but I used–don’t laugh–a little Sun-In with a hairdryer. My roots were still darker but the contrast wasn’t so jarring. I actually liked the color but then went back to all blonde. When I was pregnant with my daughter 16 years ago I let it grow out again but gave up and went back to coloring it with my usual Loreal at about 5-6 months. My daughter is perfectly healthy.

    It’s her choice, but with all her resources I can’t believe a hairdresser couldn’t make her look less, I’m sorry, trailer trash, using some healthy natural product.

  8. littlemissnaughty says:

    She’s either going to be the most annoying of the celeb moms EVER or she’ll repeat her wedding photos stunt and just shuts up about it entirely. I can’t wait either way.

  9. Isadora says:

    I know people will probably be hateful and say it’s unnecessary etc. But come on, it’s just hair and if she feels safer without dye, why not? A lot about pregnancy and raising a child has to do with what you feel is right. There is no “perfect” way, but if you feel better doing this or that or avoiding some stuff, I think that’s okay as long as you harm nobody. And Blake’s roots are definitely not harming anyone.

    Personally I would love to see her with completely natural/darker hair, I think it would be a nice change from her blonde Gossip Girl look and give her a new edge.

    • Pix says:

      I Agree 100%

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    • Mixtape says:

      Yep, she’s entitled to make (and abide) by her own rules on this.

    • Agreed. My understanding is that the people most at risk from hair dye are pregnant colorists, who work with the stuff for much of the day.

      But it’s a harmless way to get peace of mind, which can be hard to achieve during the yammering.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I completely agree. Its her hair, she can do what she wants.

      I had a friend who was coloring her hair from brown to blonde, and when she decided she wanted to get pregnant, she went back to brown so she wouldn’t have to make the should I/shouldn’t I color my hair decision during the pregnancy. As an actress and model for hair coloring, I am kind of surprised Blake didn’t plan something like that.

  10. vauvert says:

    I didn’t colour while I was pregnant or breast feeding and switched to a natural nail polish. I don’t criticize anyone who does not change her routine while pregnant, to each her own, but it was during that time that I started being concerned about what went on my face/body and what I was eating too, and slowly switched to organic and natural products. Funny how I did not care before but all of a sudden, for the sake of a little new person, I did. And after making the switch then, I stayed the course, including cosmetics, food, detergent etc.
    I think her hair looks fine anyway!

    • Really says:

      vauvert- I agree. I don’t think anything that smells that toxic could be good for you or baby. Why risk it? Blake’s hair looks amazing.
      I’m Prego with #2 and this time around I’m even more thoughtful about what not only I eat/drink, but what chemicals are in beauty products.

      • Lex says:

        My haordresser uses the brand original&mineral which is natural (but really effective) and it is chemical smell free entirely.

        Getting foils means the dye doesn’t actually touch your scalp so there’s no risk of it being absorbed by your skin. The blonde I get is a seaweed lightener which gives great results.

  11. lisa says:

    Blake looks really pretty. I assume that pregnant women do what they are comfortable with when it comes to hair dye, alcohol, exercise etc.

  12. The Original Mia says:

    I always assumed (from her eyebrows) that she was a bottle blonde. So color me not surprised by her dark roots.

    • Birdie says:

      A friend of mine has very dark eyebrows but natural very blonde hair. It’s funny, in the wintertime she gets darker and in the summertime she basically has platinum hair. Another friend of mine has dark hair and skin but has blonde eyebrows.

      • MrsB says:

        I am blonde with dark eyebrows! My hair is more like a dirty blonde now so they match a little better, but when I was little I had white blonde hair and dark eyebrows. I used to hate it, and always wanted to bleach my eyebrows, but never had the courage.

  13. scout says:

    That’s good thing, good job Blake Lively! 🙂

  14. aenflex says:

    She’s bigger than me, and I go in today to give birth. I think she might be getting close?

  15. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I have highlights put in my hair, and it don’t think I would if I were pregnant. It just smells so strong and chemical, even though I have heard it was safe I don’t think I would do it. Absolutely no judgment here, I can just understand why she wouldn’t do it in spite of it being considered ok.

    • Greek Chic says:

      The first time that i did highlights in my hair i threw up in the salon’s bathroom. I was 20 and it was embarassing but the smell was so strong that it made me sick… Imagine what it would be for a pregnant woman.

  16. Amanda_M87 says:

    Her natural hair colour is nice too. Perhaps she should keep it.

  17. OriginalTessa says:

    It’s a great excuse to find out what your natural hair color is and start fresh. I bet she’s surprised her roots are that dark. She probably been highlighting since her early teens.

    • Senaber says:

      That’s what I did! After over a year of pregnancy & breast feeding, my “real color” was close to chin length. I chopped the rest and voila- my natural color that I haven’t seen since I was in 5th grade. And you know? I love it. Not going back!

  18. anna says:

    it’s ironic that her last name is lively

  19. Granger says:

    Forget the hair — look at those heels! What must she be doing to her poor back?

  20. launicaangelina says:

    I’m in my second trimester and my OB said dying and highlighting was not an issue. She just said to make sure the place is well ventilated. I’ve colored my hair during my pregnancy. To each their own.

  21. Shelley says:

    With foil highlights or with cap-highlights, the product never touches your scalp. She could get heavy foil highlights every month or two, and the brown roots wouldn’t even show. However, I bet she looks great with her natural color – would love to see her try it. But the two-tone hair is pretty awful on anyone.

  22. Carebearvancouver says:

    I got major blonde highlights right before I gave birth. My ob said no problem , no issue but each to their own. Most women now know there is little issue with hair colour and do colour their hair except early on in pregnancy bc of the smell….

  23. BendyWindy says:

    I’m annoyed by the idea that she “needs” highlights. It’s perfectly fine. Yes, looking good is part of her job, but this seems like needless nitpicking. LEAVE BLAKE ALONE! LOL.

    • perplexed says:

      I agree. I can understand the criticisms for the other stuff she’s done (i.e. her blog), but the highlights issue is weird to me — weirder to me than criticizing Jessica Simpson for what she liked to eat while pregnant (at least that issue one could sort of ponder for the health implications that it might have on her children). But not dying your hair???? And when you’re not even on set and not working?? There’s observing, and possibly being critical, and then there’s this, which I have no idea how to categorize. Unless she’s spoken out against not dying one’s hair and criticized other women for dying their hair, I don’t get the point of the stylists’ advice on this one.

      Is the fashion industry terrified that pregnant women might follow Blake Lively’s lead, thus resulting in a loss of hair-dye sales?

  24. Mzizkrizten says:

    Honestly I attribute the increase of autism cases to the lax attitude about pregnancy these days. Docs prescribe antidepressants to pregnant women, say it’s ok to inhale hair dye while pregnant, etc. It can’t be good for a developing fetus. So much intricate design is going on in utero and we all know lots can go wrong even when the pregnant mother does everything ‘right’. Why risk it with chemicals and shit.

  25. Marianne says:

    Isnt that good that she’s not dyeing her hair while pregnant. I mean sure, there probably are some organic dyes out there and what not, but its good to see someone who isnt so completely vain.

    • siri says:

      Exactly! Hasn’t it always been that, first, they say it’s safe, only to find out 20 years later that it wasn’t…? I applaude her for considering possible damage to the embryo, and leave things out where she’s perhaps not sure about. It’s a personal choice, but there’s nothing wrong with staying away from any kind of unnecessary chemicals during pregnancy.

  26. Wren33 says:

    I think hair dyes, especially bleaches, used to be a lot harsher back in the day. Everything I read during two pregnancies said that it was considered safe. Pregnant hair dressers are allowed to work with that stuff all day, so I can’t imagine a couple times over the course of the pregnancy would be that bad. I also understand that most people tend to be more paranoid their first pregnancy. I avoided hair dye and caffeine. The second time around I didn’t.

  27. Zigggy says:

    Some people just think “better safe than sorry” during pregnancy, and that’s all good. 🙂

  28. Domestic_diva says:

    I just had two kids in the last three years and was always told not to color my hair while pregnant.i’m black and was also told I shouldn’t relax my hair while pregnant either….something about the chemicals seeping into the mother and them crossing the placenta…either way especially with first baby I took every precaution I read about. So it’s understandable that so would she good for her and she looks really pretty and chic In these photos

  29. nicegirl says:

    I did the same for my pregnancies, but no judgement to pregnant moms who color their hair either – I had heard hair dyes (particularly the box buy at drugstore kind) COULD POSSIBLY be bad and thought, better safe than sorry. Although all that hair color talk could just be crap.

    She is such a pretty girl, pregnant or not, dark roots be darned. Just PLEASE STOP with the heels to high Heaven! I am so afraid she is gonna fall on that baby bump!

  30. Jag says:

    Good for her! And to answer your question, if you read the ingredient list for hair dye – even “natural” ones for blondes – there are still ingredients which can be toxic to the body. I don’t like her, but I love that she’s taking such a step to protect her baby. That’s wonderful. 🙂

  31. Bros says:

    Im the exact same color and got my hair highlighted the whole time. She almost looks like her baby is breach.

  32. Janna says:

    I don’t have any problem with coloring my hair during pregnancy, but I took the opportunity during my last pregnancy to grow my natural hair out (for the first time in 15 years!) because I knew no one would question it. The whole ombre hair trend was at its apex as well, so it worked out perfectly. I haven’t lightened my hair in 4 years now and I love it! So much less work.

  33. Lucky says:

    I didn’t dye my hair with either of my pregnancies. Granted my kids are 19 and 17 so it was a while ago. At the time I was dyeing it a very light blonde with lots of peroxide. My OB who is not an over cautious dr told me he didn’t know if it would cause problems but suggested I stop doing it while I was pregnant. I figured why take the chance. My pictures are pretty funny though. Turns out both my boys are disabled so whatever

  34. Lia says:

    I have a three year old and I’m pregnant with my second. In the short period of time between my last pregnancy and my current pregnancy, the risks associated with several previously “safe” substances have been questioned. If you live in the US, taking every assurance of safety with a grain of salt isn’t a bad idea. The chemical industry lobby is so influential in shaping our government policies. It’s not fear mongering or conspiracy theorizing to look at the discrepancies between regulations here and in other western nations (Scandinavia and western Europe, Japan, Canada etc…) and wonder just what’s going on. Follow the money. Long story short, there’s nothing wrong with erring on the side of caution, especially when the information available to even medical personnel is heavily influenced by lobbying.

  35. perplexed says:

    I’m surprised people can be criticized for not using hair dye.

  36. GFunk says:

    Don’t think Blake and Ryan have an apt in NYC. They have a huge house north of the city and an apt in Boston. Blake is often photographed at NYC hotels, so no apt.

  37. karkar says:

    When I was pregnant I chose not to dye my hair while pregnant & breastfeeding. My hair dresser said she refused to dye pregnant women’s hair. Especially, to those pregnant women who wanted to go bleach blond.

  38. birch says:

    I don’t have a lot of patience with this woman but give me a break. She’s placing her child’s safety above her looks . The risk is pretty low but why on Earth should she be criticized even a tiny bit for this? Show a pregnant celebrity with a beer or a cigarette in her hands and she will never live it down but then also rag on a celeb who in her first pregnancy is a bit over-cautious in the way the majority of women are by bringing up her roots as if it was a matter of equal importance to having a healthy baby.

  39. phlyfiremama says:

    I will reiterate my response from above: the skin is a 2 way membrane that ABSORBS chemicals INTO the body as well as excreting metabolic wastes out of the body. Chemical contamination is a very REAL consideration to be aware of, especially at ANY pregnancy stage. Hair is considered a part of the integumentary system, as well as skin pores and skin itself and a number of other structures. Breast cancer rates skyrocketing? Look at what anti-perspirant does: it closes the pores at a major cluster of lymph nodes, trapping metabolic wastes in an area designed to help expel them~all while poisoning that same area with aluminum, a metal with known toxic effects that build and accumulate over time. Unless you eat a LOT of cilantro, which is one of the natural heavy metal chelating plants.

    • Oz- says:

      I was with you to a point in your previous post, but this one is almost hysterical fearmongering. I understand all the big words you used to try and make your point, and can tell you that you dont really know what you are talking about. Skin is a BARRIER as well as a ‘membrane’ and to suggest that chemicals move freely in and out is, sadly, ignorant though well intentioned. As previous posters have pointed out, the risk is far greater from inhaling fumes in a confined space (e.g. Colouring your hair in a tiny, unventilated bathroom) than from skin contact with the dye.,the lungs are far more permeable and effective at transfer of gases and chemicals than the skin, which is protected by a thick epidermis and dermis, and by tight junctions holding the epithelial cells together. It does not indiscriminantly pass things to and fro – it would be totally ineffective at its job if it did this. As for your claims regarding aluminium and cancer…not proven and no association exists. An intersting theory yes, but aluminium is not a carcinogen or a mutagen. More evidence exists for cancers being linked to hormones in meat and food than deoderants/antiperspirants or hairdye. Sorry.

  40. Max says:

    She looks so pretty without the harsh blonde, but I understand it’s the glamour factor. Stunning as a brunette.

  41. aisuzieya says:

    i think im seeing her alot now that shes pregnant

  42. Ewissa says:

    I was dying my hair whole pregnancy.As long as they have no ammonia they are safe.
    And got beautiful and healthy boy.
    BTW they say that you should not stop doing something abruptly-that you are normally used to like drinking coffee,eating habits etc in pregnancy. Coz it could be kind of shock for body.if you used to eating junk food often and then suddenly you become healthy veggie and salad eater it can do more damage than good.Been told by MW.

  43. Carrie says:

    It’s fine after the first trimester. Generally the first trimester is the most dangerous since your placenta isnt developed. Once the placenta is in place you can take it easy. I personally was double process blonde before I got pregnant and I waited until my fourth month to do my roots, and then recently went back to may natural color and said forget about it. I’m going on six months now.

  44. Veruca Salt says:

    I’m just surprised she isn’t a natural blonde.