Hair colour reactions are rare and only occur within a small number of people however with studies and reports of allergic reactions to hair colour on the increase I thought you might like the risks explained and to know how best to avoid a hair colour reaction.
Firstly what causes an allergic reaction?
Your immune system protects you from bacteria and viruses and sometimes it mistakes a harmless substance for a threat and starts your body’s immune response. Unfortunately for hair colour, it seems the molecules that make up the colour seem to fit perfectly into your body’s receptors and can cause an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can be very severe or even fatal so it’s important that we try to avoid them happening as much as we possibly can.
How do we avoid an allergic reaction?
The first thing we can do is an ALLERGY ALERT TEST this will tell you if you are allergic or have any sensitivity to the colouring products your stylist is going to use.
An ALLERGY ALERT TEST is carried out in the salon 48hrs before your appointment, it takes less than 10 mins and is complimentary, your stylist will talk to you about your colour and what you are looking to achieve and together you can decide on the right colouring products and shades for your look. Your stylist will then mix a small amount of these colours and apply them in tiny dabs on the inside of your elbow. AND THAT’S IT! So long as you don’t experience a reaction in the 48hrs following your allergy alert test, you are good to colour your hair.
The second thing we can do is choose colouring products which actively reduce the risk of developing an allergy such as Koleston Innosense, it uses a revolutionary new colour molecule called ME+ which has been awarded the FIRST EVER European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation SEAL ON PERMANENT COLOUR WITH UP TO 100 % GREY COVERAGE AND 3 LEVELS OF LIFT. Safe and effective, what more could you want from your hair colour?!
So when is an ALLERGY ALERT TEST NEEDED?
You will need to be allergy tested 48hrs before your first colour appointment and just once a year following that if your colour is saying the same. If you want to change your colour brand or the shades used you will need to be re-tested with the new colours, you will also need to be re-tested if you have had a tattoo since your last appointment or if it has been more than 6 months since you last had your hair coloured in the salon. If you are not sure if you need an ALLERGY ALERT TEST call the salon before your appointment and have a chat with your stylist they will tell you what you need to do, also if you are concerned for any reason it is completely fine to be allergy tested 48hrs before every colour appointment.
HAPPY HAIR COLOURING!