LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS
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The Hair Factory Cancellation Policy
Your appointments are very important to us and are reserved especially for you, we understand that sometimes schedules adjustments are necessary; therefore, we respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. Failure to give 24 hours notice will invalidate any current discount/ promotion and may occur a cancellation charge to your account.
Need a Reminder?
As a courtesy we can contact you to remind you of your appointment date. Please let us know when you book and how you would like to be reminded.
For optimum availability, we recommend that you book your next appointment prior to leaving our salon.
Please be prompt for your appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we may not be able to proceed with your desired service as it may create an inconvenience to the next customer. If you arrive late, you may need to re-book for the next available appointment.
Skin Testing Before Hair Colouring
Why is it so important to undergo skin testing before hair colouring?
Skin testing is vitally important prior to having your hair dyed. This is due the potential risks associated with an active ingredient found in most hair dyes, known as ‘PPD’ (paraphenylenediamine).
‘PPD’ has been proven to cause allergic reactions to hypersensitive individuals, causing very uncomfortable symptoms such as blistering of the skin, infection and soft tissue swelling (as pictured).
What does it mean to be hypersensitive?
Hypersensitivity can be quite common. It is an over reaction of the immune system to what is known as an ‘invading’ hapten, such asPPD. Haptens have the ability to provoke an immune response that brings about such dramatic changes in the body’s tissues (known as an allergic response or allergy).
In extremely severe cases reactions can be life threatening and these allergic responses can develop at any time. The simplest way to avoid such nasty complications is to have a skin test.
Skin testing at The Hair Factory - the safest method.
Here at The Hair Factory we have a DUTY OF CARE to make sure that you are protected in these circumstances! The best way of ensuring that you are allergy free when it comes to hair colouring, is to come into our salon at Redditch 48 hours before the application of hair dye. Here you can have specific skin test done with the product we intend to use. This is without a doubt the safest and most efficient way of detecting any allergies that may cause damage to your skin!
It couldn't be easier with free parking on our door step, a skin test can be completed in just a few minutes. Such a small price to pay to be safe.
Self Skin Testing Kit
If you are unable to make it the salon for a skin test, we can send you a self skin testing kit in the post. It is very easy to do and you must ensure you are wearing your patch test when you turn up to your appointment. If it is not present and you have not had a skin test carried out by The Hair Factory, we will not be able to carry out a colour service and you may be charged. Please contact the salon to request a Self Skin Testing Kit and ensure you allow enough time for it to be delivered by mail.
F.A.Q regarding colouring your hair.
Q: I have been dyeing my hair for many years and have never had an allergic reaction. Why should I have a test now?
A: You can become hypersensitive to new things every day, some people may suffer from allergies all of a sudden, hay fever for example or even latex gloves - you can develop sensitivities at any time in your life.
Q: I am taking medication - will this affect the result?
A: It has been found that medication can indeed vary your reactions to hair dye. Some may suppress any existing hypersensitivity, some may make you hypersensitive.
Q: Why do I have to test 48 hours before the application of hair-dye?
A: In some cases, the most severe version of hypersensitivity is a cell mediated reaction – this can take at least 48 hours to occur.
Skin testing for application of bleach
*PLEASE NOTE* THERE IS *NO* SKIN TEST FOR SENSITIVITY TO BLEACH THAT WE CAN PERFORM
Each individual has a different sensitivity or tolerance to scalp bleaching. Different factors such as skin type (dry/oily etc), room temperature and temperature of the persons scalp all play a part in how bleach works.
It is completely normal to feel an itching or tingling sensation, even a little heat when bleach is first applied to your scalp so try not to be too alarmed. If you feel any MAJOR discomfort during the bleaching process however, please inform your stylist IMMEDIATELY.