Why hair salons have to skin test every 3 months

Here at James Bushell Hair, we use Wella Professional Hair colours. It is essential to have the patch test or a colour within one of our 3 salons every 3 months.

We understand it may seem annoying if you are just outside of the 3 month, but it is a small price to pay if it could prevent you from having a severe reaction. It is very common to hear of someone who has had their hair coloured for many years suddenly develop a allergic reaction to colour. Many permanent and some semi-permanent hair dyes contain a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which is a known irritant and allergen. This is the culprit of most reactions to hair dye.

Most commonly asked questions

If i’ve already had a colour do i still need one?

If it has been longer than three months since you’re last colour at any James Bushell Hair salon in Birmingham or Solihull, you will need to have an allergy test. Although you may have never had a reaction before, the colour formulations can change over time and so can your skins sensitivity.

Are Skin Tests Essential?

Our client’s health and safety is essential so, yes they are. We wouldn’t want to put anyone at risk of having a reaction.

Should I skin test now I have found out I am pregnant?

In cases of pregnancy, it is not necessary but we would advise skin testing before every colour due to hormonal changes within the body. You should consult your midwife if you have any worries or doubts.

How long should I wait between each colour application?

We advise that you leave 4 to 5 weeks between each colour application.

Can I have my hair coloured if I am under the age of 16?

No. Hair dye is not intended for use on persons under the age of 16.

Skin Tests take about 5 minutes to complete, so if you are unsure about whether or not you need to renew your patch test just call up one of our 3 salons and our reception team will be able to let you know.

0121 711 1100

Edgbaston – Option 1

Solihull – Option 2

Harvey Nichols – Option 3