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Do You Do Patch Tests?

While helping a friend color her hair a few weeks ago, I was skimming over the directions. "Perform a patch test before applying," it said. Did we? Um, no. Should we have? Yeah, probably.

So, whether it's to test for allergies or to preview the outcome of your color selection, do you do the recommended patch test for your beauty products, or are disobedient like bad, bad Bella?


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biarose biarose 8 years
I used to die my hair when I was younger and I hated doing patch tests because I wanted to die my hair straight away! I always did them though, because I have sensitive skin. One time, I tested a die behind my ear and got a massive rash all down my neck. I'm so glad I did a patch test or else I would have had that rash all over my scalp and possibly face!
okmaebe okmaebe 8 years
I always do, because I keep developing more damn allergies every year. At least some of the ones I had when I was little aren't as bad.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I've never had a reaction to a beauty product (at least not one that shows up right away). If I had more sensitive skin I would totally do this.
milkradio milkradio 8 years
I've never coloured my hair, but I do patch tests on things like face masks. I've had some baaaaaaaad reactions to skin treatments. I once got a rash on my chin that made my skin all thick and hard! It was so disgusting and I couldn't even cover it with makeup because the skin was all dry and uneven, plus it was painful. Luckily the doctor gave me a cream and it sorted itself out really quickly. Still, after that episode, I ALWAYS do patch tests. ALWAYS.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I've never even heard of patch tests, but that's probably because I've never colored my hair - they're not necessary for anything else, right?
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I patch test skin products, especially hair removers and zit cream. I've never patch tested hair dye though. I've only dyed my hair a couple of times and both times it was a darker colour so I didn't think twice about it.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I do sometimes, but I don't leave them on 24h, I'm just too impatient
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
NEVER. This is also supposed to be done at salons, but you would probably freak if your stylist put some dye on your neck and said, "I'm PATCH TESTING!"
swati05 swati05 8 years
I don't do patch test like ever....but we should
foxie foxie 8 years
Patch tests are for sissies.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
No. I ask you, how many people have the time and patience to do one? Unless you are hyper sensitive, I can see no need.
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 8 years
I alternate between the same two colours in the same brand so I know I'm not allergic and I know what the colour will be.
4blankwalls 4blankwalls 8 years
I do it to make sure make up looks right, not so much for allergic reactions. I just avoid things that probably contain my allergens.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I have dyed my hair a bajillion times and never once done a patch test.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've never done one ever...ha.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I do for things like lotions and stuff... because of my sensitive skin but not my hair.
emalove emalove 8 years
Sometimes...I have sensitive skin.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I have really sensitive skin so I do patch test almost everything. Hair color? Not so much.
Amelie074 Amelie074 8 years
I do patch tests for everything! I mean, even new face lotion gets tested on my arm first! I have extremely sensitive skin and have had one too many times of looking like a lobster for a week because I didn't test first.
mnp mnp 8 years
I've never done a patch test with hair color. I only do a patch test with skin care products. I had learned the hard way with using benzamycin all over my face and broke out into hives. Ick.
otaku otaku 8 years
i've dyed my hair a zillion times and i've never done a patch test
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