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Those of you that home dye, do you do the allergy test each time?

(38 Posts)
Moln Fri 26-Apr-13 00:12:11

Do you?

I never used to, but have recently delayed dyeing so I do. Not sure what changed!!

ToothGah Fri 26-Apr-13 00:26:57

I have done, but only once. I bought a dye I'd never used before and did a skin test just in case.

I didn't want to end up looking like some of the women with swollen eyes you see in the Daily Mail blush

If it's something I've used before, I admit I don't bother.

SwedishEdith Fri 26-Apr-13 00:36:41

No. I thought an allergic reaction would only happen after the first exposure so not really sure that a test would always show anything?? I do try to avoid darker dyes now though

ToothGah Fri 26-Apr-13 00:44:23

You really should test every time as they can change the ingredients.

But like I say, I don't - but I believe the main risk is with very dark/black dye.

SavoyCabbage Fri 26-Apr-13 00:48:24

Yes, I do.

bollockstoit Fri 26-Apr-13 00:55:17

An allergic reaction is unlikely to occur after the first exposure to the allergen, usually on the 2nd or 3rd occasion. But no, I don't bother to test, I know I should though.

hangsbyathread Fri 26-Apr-13 01:08:49

I am a hairdressing trainee and agree with Tooth - they do change ingredients and the reactions you can have from them can be so severe that its just not worth the risk.

PlumSykes Fri 26-Apr-13 06:57:02

No, I don't, though I know I should. I always do it when there is someone else at home, though, so I don't die of vanity.

GymBagHighHeels Fri 26-Apr-13 06:58:08

It can happen anytime

BunnyLebowski Fri 26-Apr-13 06:59:32


I didn't think anyone bothered.

MrsMangoBiscuit Fri 26-Apr-13 07:00:57

I've never done one. blush

CeeceeBloomingdale Fri 26-Apr-13 07:11:23

No I can barely find to time to colour it without adding to the experience. I have been colouring it constantly (as in every 3 or 4 weeks) for 20 years and hadn't had a bad reaction yet so it can't be that common.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 26-Apr-13 07:13:55

The fact you haven't had a bad experience yet means nothing, it can happen to anyone at any time.

Yes you should test. Even if the exact same formula.

SwedishEdith Fri 26-Apr-13 19:18:10

Yes, but the reaction won't show until you actually use it so I'm not clear what the point of the test is

ygritte Fri 26-Apr-13 19:40:30

Having had an allergic reaction to the patch test of an organic dye at a salon, I always do a home patch test now.
From a tiny spot of dye behind my ear I developed a burning red rash within 24 hours that covered my ear progressing to scaling and weeping. All this was within days before my wedding.
I am so glad that they insisted on a patch test.

Hassled Fri 26-Apr-13 19:41:49

No I don't and every time I tell myself off for it.

ygritte Fri 26-Apr-13 19:43:15

I was cheesed off with the salon because my last colour was done over three months previously (with same product). They had protocols to observe etc. and I thought it was unnecessary at the time.

Earthworms Fri 26-Apr-13 19:44:10


Every time.


HoneyDragon Fri 26-Apr-13 19:44:13

Why are you meant to do it each time with hoe dyes but they don't in salons?

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 26-Apr-13 19:45:47

Swedish - how do you mean? If you get any itching on the patch test that is better than a full pack surely?

Ygritte - lucky they stood their ground, could have been awful.

I think people are very blasé about this.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Apr-13 19:46:13

I've never done a test and have dyed my hair dozens of times over the years, first time was 20+ years ago as a teenager so ingredients would've changed massively over that time.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 26-Apr-13 19:46:32

Honey - salons should do it, I wouldn't trust a salon that didn't tbh.

Yama Fri 26-Apr-13 19:46:51

I have never done it - 24 years of administering the home kit.

blibblibs Fri 26-Apr-13 19:48:44

Never blush

And I use a dark colour and whatever dye is on offer blush

FannyFifer Fri 26-Apr-13 19:48:48

Never allergy tested in my life.

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