Dip Dye Hair Risks

Dip dye hair colouring has been one of the most in-demand treatments at hair salons for over a decade now, with its popularity fuelled by social media exposure and numerous celebrities adopting the two-tone fading colour technique.

While dip dyeing is generally considered safe, the same level of skill and attention is required of hair stylists when mixing up dye products and applying them, including paying attention to how long they are left in the hair. Because dye is only applied to the tips of the hair and should not come into contact with the skin, no patch test is strictly necessary. However, the smallest error on the part of a stylist can mean that the dye comes into contact with the skin, with unpredictable consequences including the possibility of an allergic reaction.

Furthermore, dip dyes are often carried out before hair dye products containing para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a common trigger of allergic reactions, are applied to the main body of hair, and in such cases a patch test will always be necessary at least 48 hours prior to the treatment being carried out.

A hair dye patch test will therefore normally be advisable before a dip dye hair colouring treatment, and hair salons can be held legally responsible if they fail to carry out a patch test and a client subsequently experiences an adverse reaction to chemical ingredients contained in the dye solution.

Our female solicitors are experienced in claiming compensation for injuries caused by botched hair dyeing treatments, including allergic reactions to hair dye. Get in touch with our team for free legal advice that you can rely on:


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