How To Maintain Your Hairstyle During An MRI

Updated 5-20-2021
Tips for  MRI Scan MRI Scan
Tips for  MRI Scan 

Maintaining Your Hairstyle


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The purpose of an MRI is to examine the tissue in the body and make a diagnosis of things; such as brain lesions, cancer, spine issues, or a multitude of other conditions. Always follow the direction of your doctor to help prevent the wrong diagnosis or injury when having this test done.

There are certain precautions you must take with an MRI:

According to NHS,

As the MRI scanner produces strong magnetic fields, it's important to remove any metal objects from your body.

These include:

  • watches
  • jewellery, such as earrings and necklaces
  • piercings, such as ear, nipple and nose rings
  • dentures (false teeth)
  • hearing aids
  • wigs (some wigs contain traces of metal)

Remove Earrings for an MRI

A few more items not to have for MRI Scans because they may have traces of metal are:

  • hairpins, 
  • belt buckles, 
  • underwire bras, 
  • Loose change,  

Make sure to let your physician know if you have something metal that can't be removed; such as, a pacemaker, dental fillings, or etc.

MRI Scan
MRI Scan

How to maintain your hair during an MRI

Have you ever had to get an MRI or knew someone who did? I have had the privilege of styling many beautiful ladies' hair. On occasion, some of them have gotten a beautiful style they love, just to get to their appointment and have to take out their hairpins, leaving their style unsecured. 

One of these beautiful ladies was told, "they can where plastic hairpins for the MRI". So if any of you need to get an MRI, but don't want to mess up your beautiful style, ask your doctor when your appointment is scheduled if you can wear plastic hairpins. 

If your doctor approves, pick up some and take it to your stylist for your hairstyle before this procedure is performed. Here is a brand that I have used on a client for that reason. 

They may be a little more expensive than regular bobby pins but can be saved to reuse at another time in your hair. They are larger than the bobby pins I usually use, but I must say they served the purpose wonderfully.

Another reason for the use of plastic hairpins:


Some people are allergic to nickel; therefore, they can't use regular hairpins.

      Picture of plastic HairPins

Picture by good hair

Arica Hart, the stylist with a "HEART"

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