You’ve just invested in a beautiful new living room set – the sofa sectional that you’ve had your eye on for quite some time. And, as luck would have it, your three year old spills something on it and you are now facing the first cleaning. Rather than risking bleach streaks across the whole set, you follow the instructions of a professional cleaning company and do a patch test before applying cleaner to your beloved new upholstery. Smart move? Certainly. So, why would you allow a stylist to start painting complex chemicals on your beautiful, hard earned strands that you’ve invested time and lots of top-end products on without a patch test?
A patch test is a simple test, mandated in certain countries, that allows you to dip your toe in the water of color before you dip your whole head. There have been many reactions to the ingredients in hair color, some resulting in death, so it’s important to work with professionals trained in working with and applying chemical treatments and also to allow them to conduct a patch test to ensure you have a safe, and effective, treatment.
- Reduces any potential reaction – Yes, we agree, the possibility of having a reaction to hair color is minimal. We take great care in selecting haircolor that is the safest product, while providing fantastic results, but the potential is there. So, when you get a patch test and do get a reaction, it’s a much smaller area therefore the reaction is smaller.
- Protects you and the stylist – both you and your stylist are interested in your health and well-being. That’s why most professional salons will insist on a patch test to ensure that chemicals used during your service will be safe for you.
- Allows for preventative care – once you know that certain chemicals don’t react well with your body, you can ensure that you don’t come in contact with these chemicals going forward. Both in and out of the salon.
If you’re already thinking you’ve had color done and know you are fine, you must remember that every color product is different and so are the formulations and therefore the reaction. Nine times out of ten (more than that actually), you will be fine, but any professional salon will insist on patch tests to make sure you aren’t that one person that has a reaction. We care, so should you.