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How to Perform a Skin Patch Test

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Be safe, be stylish

Protect yourself from any unwanted hair colour skin reactions with our safety-first guide.

Your five-step guide to safe hair colouring

Step 1 – Choose a test area

Pick a suitable area on your body where the colour can sit for a while – this is typically either behind your ear or your inner elbow.

Step 2 – Wash and dry the area

Make sure your skin is fresh and clean, so there’s no risk of any contaminants affecting your test.

Step 3 – Apply colour to the area

Use a cotton bud to dab a small amount of hair colour to your chosen test area and smooth it out to the size of a small coin.

Step 4 – Play the waiting game

Perform the patch test 48 hours prior to carrying out your strand test.

Step 5 – Wash and dry again

After the test period is over, simply wash and dry the area again to remove any hint of the hair colour.

If you experience any itching, blistering, redness or swelling where you applied the hair colour, or you notice any kind of stinging or burning sensation, wash the colour off immediately and DO NOT apply the product to your hair.

However, if your skin patch test causes no negative reactions, then you’re all set to use Directions hair colour.

Perform the skin patch test before you apply Directions hair colour, even if you’ve used the product before. It’s an unfortunate truth that we can develop new allergies at any stage of our lives, so it’s important to always be safe and never sorry.

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