Why Skin tests are so important  also called patch tests


  Most salons have a strict policy when it comes to skin testing – before you get your hair coloured, especially with new clients. It is most important to see only safe hairdressers that follow this practice. This is always our practice at The Gardens Salon located near Congleton and Biddulph 


This year most especially if you have been victim of Covid19 your skin test is vitally important as there have been reported cases of an increased likelihood in reactions to hair colour


You may not feel this is worth it, but even if you have been colouring your hair for a long time, a reaction could happen at any time! Especially important if you home colour your hair 


Some people are susceptible to a skin reaction called contact dermatitis. This means their skin becomes red, dry and irritated (inflamed) when they come into contact with a particular substance. The substance may either be an irritant, directly damaging the skin, or an allergen, triggering an allergic reaction that affects the skin.


What is Skin-Patch testing?


Patch testing is essential to ensure that the active ingredient within colour does not cause an allergic reaction. Patch testing is a procedure used by hairdressers before applying colour to the scalp  It is a simple and safe way of identifying whether the dye will cause an allergic reaction with your skin.


Whilst it may be a little inconvenient to visit your salon 48 hours before your appointment, it is essential to ensure your safety. This usually involves dabbing a small amount of the colour with developer behind your ear or on your inner elbow and leaving it to dry. You will be asked to leave the colour for at least 24-48 hours. If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the patch test, please let me now ASAP.


If your stylist or therapist is requesting that you come in to the salon for a skin/patch test before your service, please be respectful and cooperative with them. They are asking you to do this for your own safety, so that they can make sure you will not experience a reaction to the colour they will be applying