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Hair dye risks warning for kids

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Youngsters’s lives might be in danger as a result of some hairdressing salons will not be following pointers on hair dye merchandise, BBC Wales has discovered.

No dye merchandise ought to be used on under-16s, in keeping with producers and the trade’s skilled physique.

However a 12-year-old who went undercover for BBC Wales’ X-Ray was supplied colouring appointments at 16 salons.

Hair dyes comprise chemical substances that in uncommon instances could cause extreme, even life-threatening, allergic reactions.

Hair dye producers say they don’t seem to be supposed for anybody below the age of 16. The European Fee insists that this warning ought to be placed on all hair dye packaging.

The Hairdressing Federation, the occupation’s personal physique, goes additional.

It tells its members that hair color merchandise ought to by no means be utilized to anybody below the age of 16.

However when X-ray’s undercover schoolgirl examined out the steering – only one out of 17 salons acted on it, and instructed her she was too younger.


Sammi Ford is aware of solely too nicely the risks of colouring your hair. In March, she had a extreme allergic response to her house dye equipment.

“Inside half an hour my head was itching,” she instructed X-ray.

“About an hour later I had a burning, itching feeling on the sides after which issues acquired progressively worse. My eyes had been so swollen I could not truly open them”.

Her face grew to become coated in sores which took weeks to heal.

However the response might have been prevented if she had undertaken a beneficial pores and skin patch take a look at.

It entails putting a tiny quantity of the dye product on an space of uncovered pores and skin and leaving it for 48 hours earlier than continuing.

Any soreness or redness would counsel an allergic response is probably going, and utilizing the dye ought to be prevented.

Producers state patch take a look at should be carried out, that is for house dye kits and people utilized by professionals in hair salons.

The hairdressers personal federation goes additional saying that “allergy testing is a should for each salon”.

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Donna Wallbank, who owns a salon in Brynmawr, in Blaenau Gwent mentioned she has witnessed a rising variety of her personal purchasers having reactions to the pores and skin take a look at.

“We’re used to usually seeing maybe one response a yr,” she mentioned.

“However since Could we have seen three. It is fairly scary to assume, had that service been carried out with out them having the pores and skin take a look at, what might’ve occurred.”


Shirley Davis is an trade professional and the Hair Council’s consultant for Wales. She mentioned she was horrified by the outcomes of the key filming.

“I’m completely appalled, they need to’ve all mentioned I am sorry you are not 16, we will not do it and despatched her away,” she instructed X-Ray.

“Everybody throughout the trade is making an attempt to professionalise it and we have now salons which can be truly considering colouring an adolescent’s hair.

“In the event that they did one thing with this younger lady and she or he had an anaphylactic shock she might die – that is how critical it’s.

“You must patch take a look at over-16 and below 16 it is a no-no.”

X-ray is on BBC One Wales on Monday, 30 October at 19:30 GMT, repeated on Tuesday on BBC Two Wales at 17:30, or you may catch-up with the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

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