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The Problems with Hair Dye Allergies

Changing hair colour is something many of us do with increasing regularity.  Many people choose to change their colour almost as often as they change their make-up or clothes. It is something that we find important to our image and defining our personality. However, we should be aware of the dangers in terms of hair condition, as well as misapplication and the fact that many people find themselves allergic to chemicals in hair dye.

The chemical substances used in hair dye can be strong, and it is better to work with the assumption you are allergic to it than not. It is of the uptmost importance that you take a patch test 48 hours before applying chemicals to hair.

When visiting a salon to have your hair coloured, make sure that your hairdresser:

  • Discusses choice of colour and hair type in detail.
  • Books you an appointment to make a patch test 48 hours before having your hair dyed.
  • Does not simply ignore the results of your patch test.
  • Mixes your colour carefully.
  • Does not allow the solution to touch areas of your skin.
  • Does not leave the solution on hair for longer than the allotted time.
  • Rinses hair through thoroughly to remove all of the dye.
  • Applies conditioner to strengthen the condition of the hair.


If you are worried that your hairdresser did not conduct the above steps sufficiently or are suffering with Hair and Scalp Problems, read the advice pages on this website and complete an online claim form with Macks Solicitors. If your hair colouring has been mishandled and you find yourself suffering from the consequences, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and any financial losses you have had attempting to rectify your hairdresser’s error. At Macks, we provide quality caring service from expert solicitors to get your life back on track and you the compensation you deserve.

A topical concern of allergists is the use of Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) in a large proportion of permanent hair dyes. PPD is generally found in the dark, very natural looking permanent hair dyes and a suitable replacement has not been found. PPD is banned in France, Germany and Spain because of the high number of people who are allergic to it.  PPD can cause dermatitisright through to a hypersensitive allergic reaction. Once a person has contracted a sensitivity to PPD they often find themselves unable to use numerous other chemicals found in hair dye.  Reaction to PPD can be dangerous and so checking your sensitivity to PPD before applying a solution containing it your is head is very important.  In this way, using the patch test on their customers 48 hours before applying hair dye is legally and morally expected of hairdressers. If your hairdresser fails to give you a patch test, you are in danger of an allergic reaction to chemicals in the solution, most commonly PPD, and suffering from longer consequences of being unable to use other permenant hair dyes in future.

If your hairdresser has neglected your welfare in this way, make sure you contact Macks Solicitors by freephone 0800 9809389 or 01642 252828, on our website or by completing an online claim form .  If you have suffered from pain to the scalp, eyelids or face, or even had a significant allergic reaction to hair dye applied at your hairdressers, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and emotional trauma. At Macks Solicitors, our experts are here to give friendly and approachable advice when you find yourself subject to hairdresser negligence.