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Dyeing hair - do you always do the patch test?

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DisappointedHorse Sun 23-Feb-14 13:44:10

Because I never do. I know I should and one day I may well be sorry, especially as I use dark colours which are worse for causing a reaction.

I'm sitting here now with the dye on and just wondered.

CheckpointCharlie Sun 23-Feb-14 13:46:24

Ooh have just washed mine off! I usually do but I didn't today <rebel>

MichonnesSamuraiSword Sun 23-Feb-14 13:49:33

I never have, but I never suffer from allergies of any kind.

Booked myself in for a dye job at the hairdressers next week and she asked me to come in beforehand for a patch test. I can't make it any other day, so she asked whether I would sign a disclaimer stating I hadn't had the test.

I'm blase me... if I get a reaction it will be the first ever, and I won't blame anyone but myself!

Depends if you're using a different brand or something OP?

Cocolepew Sun 23-Feb-14 13:54:39

Never, I've been dying my hair since I was 14 and Im 45 now. I think I might have to start, I have been diagnosed with Lupus and Im allergic to loads of random stuff lately.

FunkyBoldRibena Sun 23-Feb-14 13:57:12

I've been dying my hair for over 30 years too, and I do have allergies [had 10 years highly allergic to dairy, OJ and other things] and horrendous hayfever etc...the only time I have ever done the patch test was when I had it dyed at the hairdresser. Never when I've done it myself.

OneLittleLady Sun 23-Feb-14 14:00:57

I do because we have a history of serious allergies in the family. I have quite a few allergies myself so I'd rather be safe than sorry

hedgehogy Sun 23-Feb-14 14:09:02

I do. I had a horrendous reaction to a medicated face cream once (my entire face swelled up so much that I couldn't open my eyes; I've never been allergic to anything else) so I'm not risking it with hair dye.

NightLark Sun 23-Feb-14 14:13:59

I never did. Had been dying since 'shaders and toners' at the age of 13.

Then there was the day that I felt the horrible burning sensation all over my head once the dye had been on for a few minutes. And dived into the shower and rinsed it off as fast as I could. Burn burn burn <scared>

No long term effects but my hair was a patchy bleached out ginger till I got it fixed, DH still laughs about it given a chance and I am now officially allergic to hairdye. And now I'm going grey sad

DaleyBump Sun 23-Feb-14 14:22:12

I do. I know a man who nearly died dying his hair without doing the patch test and wouldn't want to take the risk, however small.

notapizzaeater Sun 23-Feb-14 14:24:45

My mum never had till she had a reaction last ear and 3 weeks of strong antihistamines - she's now gone grey

aylesburyduck Sun 23-Feb-14 16:40:30

I've never done a patch test. To be honest I tend to dye on a whim.

Very naughty and I know that I should do it but like pp I've been colouring my hair for a billion years

DisappointedHorse Sun 23-Feb-14 17:08:22

It is a different brand but one I have used before.

I've also been dyeing my hair years, another shaders and toners graduate! I first went Rich Mahogany at 12, my DM was scandalised when I emerged from the bathroom with it grin

I intend to do it every time but I also tend to dye on a whim.

goodasitgets Sun 23-Feb-14 17:41:31

Always. My friend had a massive reaction to one at a (v well known) hairdressers. I do two now, within the 48hrs. She's developed huge allergies to stuff including newspaper print and will be on medication forever

SwedishEdith Sun 23-Feb-14 17:51:50

I've never done one. I thought the patch test just gave you initial exposure to whatever you might be allergic to and you'd only then get a reaction when you actually dyed your hair? That's not why I've never done one, btw.

Whatever happened to Sali Hughes in the Guardian? She wrote an article about becoming allergic to hair dye but she's clearly still dyeing her hair confused

MrsMaryCooper Sun 23-Feb-14 19:35:46

I never do one and I've been dyeing my hair for (gulp) 27 years.

goodasitgets Sun 23-Feb-14 19:47:13

That's why there should be two done, one initial exposure, second for reaction

JohnCusacksWife Sun 23-Feb-14 20:39:39

I do...I'm a wuss.......

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