Salon warns that COVID survivors could suffer dangerous reactions to hair dye

It claims people could have a stronger sensitivity to dye after coronavirus.

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While hairdressers are due to open on 12th April, one salon has warned that COVID survivors could react dangerously to hair dye.

As a result, many hairdressers - like Shine Holistic in London - now require coronavirus survivors to complete patch tests 48 hours before their treatment.

It’s thought that people who have tested positive for coronavirus have a stronger sensitivity to hair dye than they did previously.

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Shine Holistic explains on its website, “From discussions with salons across the country, we have discovered cases where clients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have had a strong sensitivity to colour that previously they were absolutely fine with.

"For this reason, if you have tested positive for Covid-19, or suspect that you had it without being diagnosed, we advise you to have a patch test 48 hours before your hair colour or eyelash/eyebrow tint to ensure that you have not built up an unknown sensitivity. Hair and beauty patch tests can be done at the reception desk, so you do not have to book in for them.”

hairdresser putting hair dye on woman's head

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However, despite salons claiming they have noticed a trend in this, The National Hair and Beauty Federation says it’s too early to tell if there is a genuine issue.

It commented, “As Covid-19 is so new, there isn’t enough scientific information available to know whether it can have an effect on allergic reactions. If a client develops an allergic reaction while their hair is being coloured, the stylist should immediately stop applying the colour and thoroughly rinse the client’s hair. They should get immediate medical help if the client develops a rash, dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath or swelling.”

Of course, with hairdressers being closed the majority of last year, people have been forced to adapt and carry out their own styling and dying at home. 

This has also meant, on the plus side, that many have found the best hairdryers to master an at-home blow-dry.  Stay safe, everyone.

Lizzie Thomson is a regular contributor to woman&home, and also contributes to, Ideal Home, Culture Trip, and Evening Standard, covering all things lifestyle.