new tattoo and hair dye allergy test
April 27, 2014 8:23 PM Subscribe
I got a new tattoo but also dye my hair. I have some questions about the increased chance of an allergic reaction when using hair dye while having tattoos. Basically, is doing an allergy spot test on the arm with one brand of hair dye sufficient for safety across other brands, or do I have to test the specific dye? (how similar are hair dyes?)
posted by anonymous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (3 answers total)
I understand the science behind why having a tattoo can increase the risk of allergic reaction to hair dye. I already had one tattoo, and dyed my hair just fine. Last week, I got a new, larger tattoo (slightly shorter than a half sleeve, outline only) and I have an appointment to have my roots done at a salon next week.
I would really like to do an allergy test before my appointment because I understand the reaction can be very serious. Is it sufficient to use a box dye to do a test on the inside of my arm, or would it have to be the specific hair dye my salon uses? Obviously it would be much more convenient for me to do the test at home, than to go to the salon in the days before the appointment, but I will do that if it is indeed safer.
Thank you very much for responding. I googled but could not find a direct answer.