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Skin testing for hair colour services

Here at Raymond Bottone your safety and wellbeing is always top of our priorities. That’s why we insist on a complimentary patch test before you have colour for the first time.

With today’s highly advanced hair colours it is very unlikely that you’ll suffer an allergic reaction to the hair colourant. However, most hair colour products contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which can very occasionally trigger a painful allergic reaction when in contact with the skin causing inflammation and scarring.


What does a skin test involve?

A dab of the colour is applied to a concealed area of your skin (behind the ear or on the underside of your wrist).

We leave it for 48 hours and always like to check the result ourselves. If you suffer any adverse reactions at all – burning sensation, itching, rash, inflammation or irritation – please let us know immediately. These reactions can take a little time to develop which is why we test at least 48 hours before your hair colour appointment.


The test is quick, simple and easy yet it gives you peace of mind. There is no need to make an appointment. Just pop in at least a couple of days before your first hair colour service. There is no charge for this test.


I have had a test with another salon do I still need one?

Absolutely yes.

Hair salons use products from different manufacturers. It’s crucial that the colour we dab onto your skin is the same as the colour we’ll use on your hair.

The same applies if you’ve been colouring your hair at home.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


Black henna tattoos and medication can cause new reactions

If you’ve had a temporary henna tattoos or a change in medication since we last saw you then please let us know when booking your colour service. These can both trigger new allergic reactions so to put your mind at rest we’ll carry out another test.

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