Salon Negligence Caused Allergic Reaction to Hair Dye

Published: 09th April 2010
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Hair dye is lighter than ever before, with less damaging chemicals that cause permanent damage to hair. Yet even in today's up-to-date salons, about 5% of clients are allergic to commonly used hair dyes. Allergies can be detected by a patch test, which is a little application of the hair dye 48 hours before the full appointment. If the customer's skin becomes irritated or inflamed, then the colour is too dangerous to use. This test should spare customers the pain and embarrassment of a full blown allergic reaction to their new haircut, which can cause enduring damage to the scalp and hair.

Reasons a Patch Test Isn't Always Performed:

· Hairdresser neglectfulness.
· Poor hairdresser training.
· Over booked beauty salons cutting corners.
· Poor communication between stylists.
· Misunderstanding about the dangers of hair dying products.

The simple patch test should be impossible for a beauty salon to miss or do incorrectly, but sadly this is not the case. Each day, many people suffer acute blistering and irritation as a result of their newly dyed hair. For some, these symptoms are fairly mild, and mostly irritating, but for others the skin and hair damage can be so acute it demands hospital treatment.

The greatest cause of allergic reactions is simply a failure to execute the patch test. Even after extended training, many hairdressers don't realise that a patch test needs to come about before every application, not only the first one. Many people develop allergic reactions over time, so even if somebody has used a colour lots of times, they still could react badly to the product. Whilst it might be awkward to arrange regular patch tests, a salon that takes the time to do so is satisfying its duty of care. Hairdressers who don't, risk inflicting pain and distress on their customers through willful neglectfulness and bad practice which could lead to criminal prosecution.

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