Reaction at Salon


Just a post to remind any PA/TNA adults to make sure to check ingredients in the products used at salons. On Wed. I went to a new salon for a cut and color. After the shampoo, I started to get very itchy on my neck and face. Had no benedryl, but the owner sent someone to the pharmacy. I am fine, but was quite upset b/c I haven't had a reaction in years and never had a problem the salon before. Anyway besides the fact that I react to their products, he gave me a terrible dye job, (which I had fixed the next day), so I won't be going back to that salon....I beleive they used ArTeck products.

On May 6, 2005

I sympathise with you a lot, my little sister is a hairdresser who has PA so she has to be quite careful - luckily she is not TNA (a recent discover - she definitely was when she was little) and she has to be very careful. Thankfully her place of work is understanding, but I guess as it's not the obvious food related industry, and the products are for external use, maybe people don't realise that a reaction can still occur.

Sorry to hear about your experience, it doesn't sound like much fun at all!

Take Care Rach

On May 6, 2005

you *always* have to ask to read everything a stylist wants to put in your hair. Peanut and tree nut oils are *very* common in salon shampoos, conditioners, and hair sprays/gels.

On May 6, 2005

since finding out that my son is PA and possibly TNA and sesame I read all products at salon. i stopped using the salon stuff that my sister would give me for free. been using pantene since it was recommended on this site. seems ok. i have been touching up my greys myself. my son never had problem with me and the cosmetics i use but i want to be careful not to have any nut products around him. you can ask for a dry cut at the salon. its cheaper and they wont have to shampoo you, or you can bring your own products in.

On May 7, 2005

I find it easier to just keep my hair long and have a friend trim it for me when the ends need evening up. I haven't been able to go into a salon for years--too many chemicals.

Long hair is so much easier to deal with--it doesn't outgrow the style, no worries about daily blowdrying/curling, and no need to haul out styling products. Cheap and easy.


On May 11, 2005


The thought of having a reaction to salon products has crossed my mind, but I've never actually asked to see what they are using - maybe I'll start. Haven't had any reactions so far but you never know.

krasota - don't know what kind of hair you have but mine requires far more styling when it's longer than when it's short!


On May 14, 2005

My hair is super straight and baby fine and I have a lot of it. It won't hold a sculpted style, so long is much less mousy for me and far less trouble (no regular upkeep other than dusting for split ends and the random even trim). It's waist-length.


On May 14, 2005

Unfortunately, I have very long hair, but naturally it is really curly (I straighten it every day - I know it's bad! - lol)

So, I do have to use the salon because it gets awful if I leave it. My sister is very good and does check everything, but even before I went to her, my salons have generally been very accomodating.

Now I'm with hers, I have to say I don;t think I would feel comfortable trying anywhere new....but I still wouldn't cut my beloved hair! What we do for our looks.....

Take care Rach

On May 14, 2005

This is my salon"strategy:

I wash my own hair before I go.

My hairdresser washes her hands very well before working on me (just in case of any residue from working on someone else).

She just wets my hair and cuts (no shampoo etc.)

She rinses my hair out again to get out the excess hair.

She styles it....

So, nothing from the salon goes on my head.