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Hair dye dangers warning for children

From BBC - October 30, 2017

Children's lives could be at risk because some hairdressing salons are not following guidelines on hair dye products, BBC Wales has found.

No dye products should be used on under-16s, according to manufacturers and the industry's professional body.

But a 12-year-old who went undercover for BBC Wales' X-Ray was offered colouring appointments at 16 salons.

Hair dyes contain chemicals that in rare cases can cause severe, even life-threatening, allergic reactions.

Hair dye manufacturers say they are not intended for anyone under the age of 16. The European Commission insists that this warning should be put on all hair dye packaging.

The Hairdressing Federation, the profession's own body, goes further.

It tells its members that hair colour products should never be applied to anyone under the age of 16.

But when X-ray's undercover schoolgirl tested out the guidance - just one out of 17 salons acted on it, and told her she was too young.

CASE STUDY

Sammi Ford knows only too well the dangers of colouring your hair. In March, she had a severe allergic reaction to her home dye kit.

"Within half an hour my head was itching," she told X-ray.

"About an hour later I had a burning, itching feeling at the sides and then things got progressively worse. My eyes were so swollen I could not actually open them".

Her face became covered in sores which took weeks to heal.

But the reaction could have been avoided if she had undertaken a recommended skin patch test.

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