Is Hair Color Safe? Why You Need a Patch Test Before Color

by Brianna Thompson

Welcome, hair enthusiasts! As a professional hair colorist, I am excited to delve into the intriguing world of hair color and discuss an important aspect often overlooked: safety. In our quest for luscious locks and vibrant hues, it is essential to prioritize the well-being of our hair and scalp. Today, we'll explore the significance of patch testing before any color service and shed light on why it is crucial for everyone, regardless of their experience with hair color. So, grab your favorite cup of tea, sit back, and let's dive in!

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Understanding the Importance of Patch Testing

Whether you're a seasoned hair color chameleon or new to the world of transformative hues, the first rule of thumb is to consider your safety. Hair color products, though generally safe, contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or sensitivities in certain individuals. This is where patch testing comes to the rescue!

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What is a Patch Test? 

A patch test involves applying a small amount of color product on a discreet area of the skin, typically behind the ear or on the inner arm. This simple yet effective test allows you and your stylist to determine if you might have an adverse reaction to the product. It only takes a few minutes but provides invaluable information about your skin's compatibility with the hair color formula.

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Why Everyone Should Get a Patch Test

Unforeseen Allergies: Even if you have had hair color treatments in the past without any issues, it is essential to remember that our bodies can change over time. An allergy or sensitivity to hair color can develop, leaving you susceptible to uncomfortable or even severe reactions. Patch testing is the best way to catch any potential allergies before they become a full-blown nightmare.

New Salon, New Products: Exploring different salons or trying a new hair color brand is exciting, but it also presents an element of uncertainty. Each salon may use different products, and formulations can vary widely. Opting for a patch test when you visit a new salon or experiment with a new brand is an excellent precautionary step to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable hair color experience.

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The Warehouse Salon and Our Commitment to Safety

At The Warehouse Salon, we understand the significance of using safe hair color products. Our dedicated team strives to prioritize your well-being and satisfaction. That's why we are proud to offer Keune, our exclusive color line that boasts a range of shades without harsh chemicals. Keune products are designed to deliver stunning results while minimizing the risk of allergic reactions or sensitivities with its vegan and cruelty free based ingredients. 

However, we cannot stress enough that even with the use of safe and gentle products, a patch test is an indispensable step in your hair color journey. Sensitivities and allergies can occur unexpectedly, and the last thing we want is for our clients to experience any discomfort or adverse reactions.

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How to Patch Test Properly

Now that we've established the importance of patch testing let's go over the proper method to ensure accurate results:

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  1. Visit the Salon: Schedule a quick visit to The Warehouse Salon before your hair color appointment specifically for a patch test. Our expert colorists will guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have.

  2. Skin Sensitivity Check: The patch test is typically conducted behind the ear or on the inner arm, as these areas are more delicate and sensitive. A small amount of the color product will be applied and left undisturbed for 24-48 hours.

  3. Observe and Communicate: After the specified period, carefully observe the test area for any signs of redness, itching, or discomfort. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately, and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.


In the realm of hair color, safety should always be a top priority. While The Warehouse Salon ensures the use of safe products like Keune, it is vital for everyone to undertake a patch test before any color service. This simple precautionary step allows us to identify and prevent potential allergic reactions or sensitivities, providing you with a pleasant and worry-free hair color experience. Remember, your hair deserves the best care, and patch testing ensures just that!

So, dear hair enthusiasts, embrace the world of hair color with confidence, armed with the knowledge of patch testing. Schedule your appointment at The Warehouse Salon today and let us help you achieve the hair color of your dreams, safely and beautifully!

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