Don’t Skip The Skin Test!

The Importance of Skin Testing at The Salon Langley Park in Durham

At The Salon, we pride ourselves on the comfort and well-being of our clients. With that in mind, we have a strict skin testing policy in place. Skin testing is very important and should be carried out 48 hours prior to every hair colouring, eyelash tint or eyebrow tinting service. This is due to the potential risks associated with an active ingredient found in most dyes, known as ‘PPD’ (paraphenylenediamine).

On occasion PPD has been proven to cause allergic reactions to hypersensitive individuals, causing very uncomfortable symptoms such as blistering of the skin, infection and soft tissue swelling.

In some severe cases, reactions can be life-threatening with allergic responses developing at any time, even if you have had your eyelashes, brows and hair coloured for a long period of time. The simplest way to avoid a severe allergic reaction is to have a skin/tint test at our Langley Park salon.

The image on the left shows the results of a skin test carried out prior to her hair colouring service. This is exactly why we ensure we always skin test all of our clients.

 Skin testing is extremely important, and although it may not always be convenient for you to take the time to have one prior to your colouring appointment – we only have your best interests at heart.

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A skin test/patch test is simple and quick. All you have to do is pop into our Durham hair & beauty salon and a member of our team will dot a small amount of tint behind your ear to check for adverse reactions.

If you are unable to call into the salon for a patch test we can send out a colour start patch test in the post. Full instructions on how to use this home use skin test will be included within the packet when you receive the test.
The test has to be carried out at least 48 hours prior to your treatment to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction to the tint. It is recommended to repeat the test if you do have a colouring treatment for a length of time, or if your health has changed.

View the full range of hair colouring services and beauty services available at The Salon. To book your next beauty appointment call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0191 373 3366 or BOOK ONLINE using the pop up at the side of the page.