Health & Wellbeing

ME+ hair colourant product from Wella

In response to various queries, here’s a republication of an article we produced back in 2013.  It’s been 20 years in development, but now Proctor & Gamble (P&G) have announced they’ve developed a new molecule that offers permanent colour performance with a reduced risk of inducing allergy*. The new ingredient, 2-methyoxymethyl-p-phenylenediamine, is called ME+ for […]

Allergy just keeps breaking out

We’ve seen a rash of stories about allergic reactions recently. So hair and beauty professionals beware! If you use colour or tint – and nearly everyone does – make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on testing for allergy first. And pass this important message on to your clients too. Actress Pauley Perrette from the […]

What happens when your client develops a reaction to hair colour?

It can be a salon’s worst case scenario. You’ve coloured a client’s hair and they’ve come back to you showing a reaction on their scalp or face. If you’re alert and sufficiently knowledgeable to identify that the reaction is an allergic one, and not a temporary irritation, one of the most important pieces of advice […]

BBC reports again on the dangers of ‘black henna’

The BBC’s ‘Fake Britain’ reporter Matt Allwright has been investigating two aspects of the ongoing story of the illegal and dangerous use of ‘black henna’ products. The first involved the Loxham family who were on holiday in Spain. Walking along the beach at Malaga they spotted a tattoo bar and thought it would be a […]

Do hair care professionals need to be ventilation engineers, chemists and lawyers as well?

New products, new research and new legislation all mean new headaches for professionals trying to run their businesses and offer creative services to clients. Two recent stories reinforce the challenges for the professional. The first concerns the increasing popularity of hair straightening and smoothing processes, for example the much-publicised Brazilian Blowout products. First an American […]