If you’ve had Covid-19 and are planning to get your hair dyed, a new warning may put you off your plans.
A hairdresser has warned about the dangerous effects of hair dye on coronavirus survivors, with potentially fatal reactions.
Shine Holistic, a hairdresser in London, now requires coronavirus survivors to complete patch tests 48 hours before their treatment.
On its website, it said: “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.”
However, the National Hair and Beauty Federation claims that there isn’t enough research to support these claims.
Speaking to The Sun, a spokesperson said: “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.”
The NHS advises that you should always carry out a patch test before using a permanent or semi-permanent hair dye.
It said: “If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the patch test, do not use the product.”