When it comes to colouring hair, preparation is key. Whether we have a new client in the salon, or one of our regulars coming back, it is essential your stylist always checks before hand that a patch test has been done, and if not, get it booked in.
We're updating our policy and to ensure your safety comes first we'll be asking everyone who has their hair coloured with us regularly to come in for a 'random' patch test. This is something we'll ask you to do annually, if you haven't had one in the last year please call by the salon, it takes 2 seconds and is totally free!
Why is patch testing so important?
Hair colours can contain ingredients that irritate the skin. The most common is a chemical called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which is found in many permanent and semi-perm hair colours. PPD is known to irritate the skin so it’s important to carry out a patch test first before adding it straight to your hair.
How we do a patch test
If you are a new client, we always ask for a patch test to be carried out at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. Regular clients can have more flexibility but your hair colourist will let you know when you are due for another one.
The patch test involves putting a small amount of dye behind your ear or on your inner elbow and leaving it to dry. If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the dye has been added, we will strongly advise against getting a colour added and will look at other options with you instead.
What types of reaction am I likely to get?
Common reactions to PPD usually result in skin irritations on the neck, scalp, ears and forehead or swelling to the face or eyelids. More severe reactions have been recorded such as anaphylactic shock, or death. While these sound scary, they are also extremely rare, but it’s important to know why you should have a patch test and why it should be kept up to date by your hair dresser. We have a duty of care to all of our clients and so this is an essential part of our job.
Reactions usually occur within 48 hours, although some may occur immediately. If you are having mild symptoms, the best thing to do is wash your hair and scalp thoroughly with a mild shampoo to remove the dye.
If you get more severe symptoms, such as itchy skin, swelling, nausea or vomiting, ring 999 immediately.
After patch testing
Providing there have been no reactions to your patch test, you can turn up for your appointment as booked. We'll ask you more questions before proceeding with the colour, but this is very common. We have a responsibility to check you have had no reactions and all is ok before continuing.
Talk to us
If anything mentioned in this blog concerns you, please talk to us. We're not intending to scare, but want to highlight something important. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have so pop in and see us or give us a call on 01604756685
If there’s one thing we love doing at Octopus Hair (apart from the obvious, of course) it’s shouting out about the amazing team that’s behind the success of the salon.
As you will have seen on social media, we recently celebrated our 14th birthday , and already we are ready to share with you another incredible milestone, which comes from our very own, Aimee.
Ten years ago this month, Aimee stepped inside the doors of our salon as an eager 17 year old with a passion to cut hair. Starting off as a trainee, alongside going to college, Aimee displayed all the credentials any salon owner would hope for in a new apprentice. Thankfully, for Dana, she saw the potential in Aimee, and was determined never to let her go!
Fast forward to now, Aimee has worked her way up to the role of Hair Director and is constantly thriving in all that she does. Not only acting as Dana's wing woman, she is also a rock to the team, providing support, advice and assistance when needed. We have had the pleasure in seeing her grow into an incredible woman who is now married with a beautiful baby too.
Just like Aimee, her clients are extremely loyal and come back time and time again to hear all about her life and what she’s been up to in and out of the salon.
Aimee, from all of us at Octopus Hair, we thank you for your continued devotion. We are so grateful for everything you do and it wouldn’t be the same in the salon without you. As an incredible asset to the team there’s only one thing left to do; let’s crack open the prosecco and toast to another amazing 10 years.
We love you Aimee!
Something very special is happening at Octopus HQ this summer and it's setting the path for some even more exciting things in the pipeline, so much so, we’ve all been getting slightly emosh in the salon....but for good reasons!
This year, we are celebrating our 14th birthday! Can you believe it, we certainly can't , that’s for sure. Who knew all those years ago when we started as a hired chair in a beauty room of a gym, we would turn into a fully fledged salon in the centre of town with the most amazingly talented people styling the most incredible and loyal clients. It really is a dream come true.
We have seen lots of changes over the last 14 years including a rebrand, Octopus weddings, babies, and enough gossip that would give EL James a run for her money! Don't worry though, as always, what is said in the salon, stays in the salon...and that’s why it’s so sacred to us. We have heard the best news in there but also some of the worst. We have laughed, cried, and laughed some more. It’s been an absolute ball and we wouldn't want to change any of it because it’s made us who we are today.
It doesn’t even stop there. Come September, we will be welcoming new members to the team and we are so excited about it. The new generation of Octopus Hair are eagerly waiting in the wings to get their creative tentacles on you to transform your hair into a new kind of amazing!
From the bottom of our hearts, we really do appreciate and love every single person that has walked through our doors. Without you, the salon wouldn’t be where it is today. We are truly thankful to you all for your undivided loyalty, and most importantly, support and friendship. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
So join us as we raise a toast to the craziest 14 years and let’s hope the next 14 are just as magical.