Why colour allergy alert tests are so important

We want to colour you safe as well as beautiful, says Base Colour & Co master colour tech Amanda, and that’s why we’re so hot on ensuring all our hair colour clients have regular allergy alert tests.

Are allergy alert tests really necessary?

The answer to that is a great big yes. Allergic reactions to hair colour can range from mildly irritating to life-threatening and everything in-between. You just don’t want to go there, so always, always ensure you have regular allergy alert tests if you colour your hair.

This still applies even if you have been using the same product for years with no problems. Allergies can develop over time so it’s vital to remain vigilant. This is why regular allergy alert testing is essential.

What causes allergies to hair colour?

Allergies occur when our immune systems react to substances that are normally harmless. The effects are usually mild but can be extremely serious.

A few people are allergic to the ingredients found in hair colour such as PPD.

Wella Professional colour is a superior brand which does not contain PPD.

Thanks to Me+ technology, Wella Professionals formula reduces the formation of free radicals and the risk of developing a new allergy to hair colour. In addition to this, the line offers balanced color results, natural depths, and endless shine in a range of colours from natural to fashion shades.

How often should a test be done?

Our tests are free, quick and easy. We’ll always do an allergy alert test if you’re new to our salon – even if you’ve recently had a test at another salon.

We’ll also need to do a test if:

  • You have recently had any type of permanent or temporary skin tattoo, this is because black henna can contain very high levels of PPD and may make you allergic to hair colour.
  • You’ve had a reaction to any products you’ve used since your last visit.
  • We’re using a different hair product or brand on you.
  • You haven’t had colour done with us in the last 6 months.

Otherwise, we’ll keep tabs so you don’t have to worry and will let you know when your next test needs to be done. Allergy alert tests normally have to be done 48 hours before your appointment.

Using hair colour products at home

It’s not just when you visit the salon that you need to test. If you use home box dyes it’s vital to follow the instructions on the hair colour products. You MUST carry out the allergy alert test as directed on the packet before applying the colour to your hair. Don’t assume you’ll be OK because you ‘never’ have an allergic reaction to anything. There’s always a first time and it’s just not worth risking your health.

Book a colour consultation

Thinking of having a fresh new look or refreshing your colour? We can advise on the best colour treatments for your hair and do a free allergy alert test while you’re here (it’s really quick and simple) so you’re ready for your colour service appointment. Book a consultation on 061337455.

And of course, if you have any questions or concerns please do call or pop in and we’ll put your mind at rest.

Our online booking offer of a complimentary in salon Lipid Booster Infusion when you book your colour and or cut online. This offer is available for the month of February and extends to online booking only (not available on rescheduled appointments, offer on cut/colour appointments, online booking only) basecolourandco.ie/booking/

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