Is it safe to dye your hair when you’re pregnant?

There are so many things that may cause a pregnant woman to worry. Who wouldn’t be if everything that she consumes (from the thing that she eats, comes in contact with her skin, and even what she thinks about) may have a positive or an adverse effect on her baby? She just has to think twice, even more, of anything that concerns her — from the tip of her head to the tip of her toe. That includes the hair treatment that she may consider to receive while she is pregnant. For a woman who would like to be perceived as appealing even with a huge bump on her tummy, anything that will do the trick is a matter of concern.

Pregnancy and hair dye for pregnancy

During pregnancy, the woman’s hormones are producing more than that usual amount needed by the body to function as expected. As a result, the expectant mother may experience several changes, including an oily (or dry) skin or hair. As a result, she will consider any possible hair treatment to address any hair problem that she might have at the moment. One of the common questions that every expecting mother may have is whether there is a safe hair dye for pregnancy that she can use.

What’s in your hair dye?

There is actually right or wrong answer when it comes to hair dye treatments during pregnancy. But as dyes, like any other product, may contain hazardous chemicals like ammonia, peroxide, and resorcinol.

These chemicals can cause some serious health concerns like skin, eye, and lung irritation. Improper handling can also cause hair breakage, blisters to the scalp, and chemical burns. The worst thing that had been the major concern of many is the possibility of these dangerous chemicals to affect the health and development of the baby.

Are hair dyes really that bad?

Overall, hair dyes are not that bad. It only becomes bad if it any hair dye product is not used as it is intended. When it is applied by professionals who understand the proper use of the dye, it can not be as dangerous as many think it is. Naomi Knights, Davines Color Educator, impressed exposure to the chemicals in a hair colorant is quite limited to have any significant effect on you, much more on the unborn child. You may need to apply a hair colorant on your hair several times a day every day to see if there is any lasting effect, however.

What should you be concerned about hair dyes, then?

What you should take in consideration, however, is the possibility of irritation or a potential allergic reaction when the dye product comes in contact to your skin. Although there had been studies linking the use of hair dyes to certain types of cancer, there were also studies that established no connection at all.

Even with these significant pieces of information on the use of hair colorants, it is not impossible that a pregnant woman like would still have concerns regarding the safety in the use of hair dyes. It’s no wonder why may health providers would recommend to stop using any hair colorant, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. During this period, the fetus’s organs are not yet complete and can make it quite vulnerable to anything.

As a precautionary measure, you may consider our suggestions:

Go natural

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that you can use if you want to have a different shade on your mane. Henna, indigo, black walnut powder, and black tea or coffee are some of the most common choices.

Opt for brands that offer organic solutions

Hair color brands like Radico are formulated to be safe. They do not contain any hazardous chemicals and contain natural ingredients, too. They were also tested for heavy chemicals and were made to be free of synthetic chemicals as well.

Read the labels

Note that not all products that are indicated as organic and natural may be 100% safe. Check for any ingredient that may be associated with any adverse effect on you and your baby’s health.

Bring your own color to the salon

You may not know what your stylist may use on your hair. To stay on the safe side, just bring your own color. Make sure you’d ask the salon manager during consultation beforehand, however.

Use nitrile gloves when you DIY

These gloves are often referred to as medical grade gloves as they have a higher resistance to most chemicals. They are also made to be latex-free and puncture resistant, so you wouldn’t have to worry about getting stained with any of the hair colors that you choose to use when you decide to do it on your own. It’s also a good thing to do your hair in a well-ventilated room.

Follow the instructions to the “T”

Overexposure can also be a contributory factor and it is best that you leave the hair color on your hair not longer than as indicated in the directions.

Test for any allergic reactions

To make sure that your scalp won’t be irritated or have an allergic reaction, do a patch test before coloring your hair.

Rinse thoroughly

When done with the process, makes sure to rinse your hair thoroughly. Pay special attention to your scalp and the edges between your face and your scalp.

Opt for other dyeing techniques

If you would really want to have a striking look without having to color every strand on your head, you can opt to have highlights instead. It can also be a very appealing change anyone will take note of.


You can always embrace your color and just wait for a little longer until the second trimester, or, perhaps even after your baby is born.

Pregnancy only lasts nine months. But any adverse effect of the things that you do on your body may last for a lifetime. Consider the guidelines we provided to be assured of a healthier and happier pregnancy for you and your baby.

Eugene + Shu Chen | Love Beyond Words

Eugene may not be the typical romantic kind of guy, he doesn’t sweet talk much, but when he said “I Love You” he meant it and he showed it through actions. Here’s a story of Eugene, how he fell for Shu Chen, how he saw her in his eyes and said it through the poem that he wrote for her.

Dylas + Shirley | Live.Laugh.Love

Puppy love is a term to be described as transitory love or affection felt by a child or adolescent. In many cases, puppy love won’t last, but the one Dylas and Shirley are having have lasted for the past 12 years and still going strong.
It is clearly not a puppy love.

Their story started in 1996 when they sat in secondary school. Dylas described it as a “love at first sight” and he was totally smitten by her! He secretly admired her and never gave up even though she was attracted to others. His friends have asked him to give up and look for someone else, but a 13-year-old Dylas insisted them that “It’s either her or no one else.”. Finally after four years of pursuing, she agreed to be his girl and with that they began 12 wonderful years of courtship.

We went to Sydney to shoot their pre-wedding last month. Typically Sydney will be unpleasantly hot in the Summer so we never recommend anyone to shoot there during that period. Considering their busy schedule and their wedding day which is two months part, we had no other choice but to fly there and prepared to be grilled. Yet the strangest thing happened; It was cold most of the days! Thank goodness! The weather was so pleasant, it made our photo shoot a real breeze even though we had to wear extra jackets or cardigans to brave the cold wind (we came packed with only shirt and shorts).

We’re so grateful to have met with a super funny, super kind (fyi, Shirley loves to donate blood), super lovely couple, Dylas and Shirley. I can’t stress you enough how this couple had made us laughed through entire photo shoot. Even though they always tease each other, I can see they simply can’t live without each other (just admit it, Dylas hahaha). What they had is sincere and unpretentious. I love them!

Thank you Dylas & Shirley, for the awesome time we had in Sydney.
Always remember to eat well, laugh, and stay in love. Have a good life :)


Mulyadi + Kartika | Studio

One of the deals of being a wedding photographer is you gotta give up most of your weekends. But hey, when you met interesting, awesome, super friendly couple like Mulyadi and Kartika, it could be the highlight of your whole week! When I typed this, I just returned from shooting for TIka and Mulyadi’s wedding. Congratulations you happy couple! Let’s meet up soon after your wedding & honeymoon ;)

Now before I posted some of the sneak preview photos, here’s some shots we took for their pre-wedding photos few months back in our studio. Enjoy!


Toni + Yulis | Life is Sweeter Together

Mid last year, we went to Bangka for Toni and Yuli’s pre-wedding shoot and now that they are getting married, we’re excited to share some of the photos!

On a first meeting with a couple, usually I will try to analyze what kind of couple they are. From there I will know roughly what kind of style and direction should we go. Toni & Yulis is definitely one wacky and fun couple. We sat down and listen to their stories of how they love to shower each other with “surprises”, some are romantic surprises and some are more towards shock therapy! (trust me it was quite bizarre). Yet despite of their wackiness, I can tell from the way he looks at her and the way she smiles at him, they are definitely in love.

While Toni is an entrepreneur, Yulis works as a doctor and she really loves chocolate. In many occasion, Toni sometimes will get a bar of chocolate just to cheer her up. That inspired us to come up with the chocolate bar device, stated with the percentage of its sweetness (just check out the photos and you’ll know).

After the brainstorming session with them, I was really looking forward to the shoot. Not only because this is our first trip to Bangka (Yulis’ birthplace, which is known for its glorious noodle and pork porridge!), but also we have a really interesting couple to work with. When we arrived, we expected to hit the beaches that Bangka is famous for. But when Yulis showed us tin mines that her family own, we quickly changed our plan. I’ve never shot at a mining site before and the idea of it intrigued me. I always thought mining site as a rough and tough place but it was a real surprise seeing a wide clear blue lake right in the middle of the mine. The lake was so beautiful and alluring, I would have jumped in if I wasn’t told it might be contaminated with tin.

The photoshoot was trickier than usual because of the location. I even encountered “quicksand” moment when I accidentally stepped on a deep mud and half my body got sucked in. Luckily, I managed to save the gears (Yes, as photographer, the safety of our equipments comes first haha). But I’m glad everyone had a good laugh for the rest of that day. Thank you Toni and Yuli for the wonderful and memorable experience and also for being such a pleasant couple to work with :) All the best for your big day.

Enjoy the photos!

Albert + Stella | Wedding Day

I used to think that doctors are mostly very serious and uptight. But as I began to meet more doctors couples who are not just good looking but also charming and fashionable, I quickly changed my perception. Albert and Stella are the living proofs of doctors who are not always dorky, both of them are cool and really fun to be with.

I love how carefree their wedding was. I love seeing they had fun even under the gloomy Melbourne weather. It was raining that day, but nothing can wipe off the happiness on their faces, they simply jumped in the rain and dance. I love this couple! They celebrated their wedding twice, one in Melbourne and the other one in Singapore which was captured beautifully by our friend in Axioo.

Speaking of which, a few months before Albert & Stella’s wedding, I went to Bali to shoot for another doctors couples, Jonathan & Wendy, who held their wedding there. It turned out Jonathan and Albert have been working in the same hospital. What a small world indeed.

Congrats again to the happy couple, hope you enjoy the photos :)

Hendra + Kartika | Wedding Day

About a year ago, I received a surprise Facebook message from a long lost childhood friend. Turns out my friend, Tika, was getting married and would like me to be her photographer. I remember Tika as one of the popular girls in school and it was a pleasure seeing her marrying a great man, Hendra, who is kind hearted and patient.

The wedding day started with morning make up session by Mimi Kwok, followed by hilarious gate crashing session, solemn holy matrimony and lastly, a joyous red, black, white themed wedding celebration in the evening. The day went perfectly well and smooth.

Let’s toast to their happiness!



Kenneth + Melissa | Wedding Day

after a super fun pre-wedding now we have a super fun wedding of Kenneth and Melissa. They are indeed one of a kind couple. Melissa is the first bride I saw wearing sneaker for her actual wedding day! And guess what their wedding car is? a 1966 Volkswagen Bus! So cool! Not forgetting Kenneth brought his Vespa too (the one we used in their pre-wedding photos) as an additional props for the wedding decoration.

I have a blast shooting for this wonderful couple. Thank you Kenneth and Melissa, for letting me be a part of your most precious day. I wish both of you a lifetime happiness and blessed marriage, stay fun and lovely!

Ady + Silvi | Home is Wherever I’m with You

Two years ago I had a privilege taking Hendra and Siska’s pre-wedding pictures in Sydney. This time I got to shoot another pre-wedding photos of Hendra’s brother Ady, and his lovely fiancee, Silvi, in the paradise island, Bali.

Ady is currently running his family business while Silvi is in the midst of pursuing her passion for fashion. Given their busy working schedule spending quality time at home, watching dvds, and enjoying each other’s company are simple things they cherished the most. Inspired with that idea, we designed an icon resembled ‘home’ and had it captured in every places we go.

They both are open for any fun and crazy ideas, if you’re a photographer, you know you’re lucky to have such client. Thank you Ady & Silvi for trusting us and for the awesome time we had together!

Check out their photos and you’ll see how much fun the had. Enjoy!

p.s. we’re gonna post their pre-wedding video soon. Stay tuned!

Jonathan + Wendy | Wedding Day

After watching Sea Games final football match between Indo vs Malaysia few days ago, I couldn’t help but thinking which side will Jonathan take.. His father is Malaysian while his mom is indonesian. Now he’s holding Malaysian passport but he lives in indo his entire life and his wife is Indonesian. Hmmm.. But anyway, I had a pleasure of shooting for his and Wendy’s intimate wedding in Bali and can’t wait to share it.

Attended only by close friends and family, Jon & Wendy’s wedding was simply lovely. Their ceremony was held in the iconic beachfront Conrad Bali and their reception was at the Edge, which is, literally, located at the edge of a cliff with a breathtaking views of the ocean. Just perfect for these two doctors in love.