I am new to your salon. Can I have a colour service?The short answer is YES. However there are 2 guidelines regarding colour services at THESALONOFCHI. Guests must…
1. be over 16 years of age
2. Have a passed a skin test at least 48 hours before the colour service appointmentPlease Note: we will not perform a colour service unless both of these criteria are met.
What is a skin test?This test is to ensure that colour is safe to use on your hair. A small dot of colour pigment is placed discreetly on your skin near the hairline. The pigment remains in place for at least 48 hours. If there is no reaction during the test your are deemed to have passed the skin test. The idea is that only a tiny amount of dye is placed on the skin and thereby if there is a reaction this should be minimal and an indicator not to proceed with that colour.
What happens if i have a reaction to the colour test?It is not a common occurrence but in the few people who do react the effects can be uncomfortable and in extreme cases, harmful. Many permanent and some semi-permanent hair dyes contain a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD). This is the culprit of most reactions to hair dye. Reactions to the test will usually be in the form of itchy skin or a raised red rash or slight swelling and may not appear for hours or days afterwards. To relieve mild symptoms simply wash the area thoroughly with mild shampoo to remove any excess dye and try gently applying an emollient (moisturising treatment) such as aqueous cream to the affected skin. Please contact your GP immediately. And inform the salon as well.
I have always had colour before so surely I am not going to react to colour now am I?In fact the way our bodies react to allergens and irritants can change. Especially if you have had a tattoo or black henna applied to your skin. Also if you have been more than 6 months between colour appointments we would always recommend a new skin patch test.
This is to maintain the best possible overall look for your hair, and ensure the best possible condition of your hair.