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The Suzanne Wilson Hair & Beauty team is committed to ensuring that you have the best experience. As a result we take your care and well-being very seriously.

To maximise safety it is important that a skin test is done at least 48 hours prior to having your first colouring service. This must be completed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and in line with our salon insurance.

A skin test will also be needed when:

  • It has been six months since you last had a colour
  • You have had a tattoo, henna or black henna tattoo, or permanent make-up since you were last coloured
  • You have previously had a reaction to any hair dye

If a skin test is not carried out we reserve the right to refuse to perform a colouring service. Keep in mind the tests are done with your safety in mind.

A skin test is necessary prior to colouring to ensure that you don’t have an allergy to PPD (paraphenylenediamine). Although it is rare to be allergic to it some people are and can have reactions such as soft tissue swelling, blistering, and infection. The symptoms can develop at any time so it is best to get a test in advance.

Black henna tattoos have been known to contain high levels of PPD. The PPD gets stored in Langerhans cells in the skin and can lead to people developing hypersensitivity. PPD is an active ingredient in a lot of hair dyes, particularly darker shades. If you have developed sensitivity, using the dyes can cause an allergic reaction.

A skin test is a new legal requirement and one every professional hairdresser should require you complete. It will give both you and the staff at our salon peace of mind.