Small Business Hairdressers And Skin Care

Daily Skin Care In The Workplace And The Home

Dermatitis in the hairdressing trade is a notorious problem. It's been shown that almost 70% of hairdressers display symptoms of work-rated dermatitis at some point during their working life. The main symptoms of dermatitis include dryness, redness, skin irritation, flaking or scaling, cracking of the skin and blistering. Contact dermatitis, if not treated appropriately in a timely manner, can also be very painful. What a lot of people employed in the hairdressing trade do not realise is that contact dermatitis is preventable.

It's important to know that dermatitis (further information regarding dermatitis can be found at: is not infectious, so you are not at risk of catching it from a work colleague. Nevertheless, dermatitis can present its symptoms at any time during your career. Some employed in the hairdressing profession can be seriously affected by it, and others might spend their entire career without suffering any symptoms whatsoever. Everyone is different.

There are two separate types of dermatitis: irritant induced contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. Each type is different, so it's important to understand what type of dermatitis it is that you have in order to have the best chance of curing it.

Irritant-based contact dermatitis can occur if you've been in contact with chemical ingredients in products such as bleach. If your job requires you to wash people's hair regularly, this may, in individual cases, cause dermatitis to occur over a prolonged period of time.

Allergic contact dermatitis can develop relatively quickly after even minimal contact with substances such as shampoos or hair dies. It is not unknown for this type of allergic reaction to take many weeks or sometimes years to fully develop after the first contact. Once you display the symptoms of contact dermatitis, it is very probable that the allergy will bother you for the rest of your life. Allergic contact dermatitis can happen at anytime, even if you have never experienced it previously. If you start to react to a product whilst working, it sometimes happens that you will find that common household products such as cleaners, shampoos, bleaches etc. will also contribute to your allergic condition.

Contact dermatitis can be avoided by taking precautionary measures.

First, take full use of any recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) such as non-latex gloves whenever shampooing, bleaching or rinsing hair. This will provide protection for your skin, but be aware that you should always change gloves between customers.

Make sure that you dry your hands completely each time your skin gets wet. Use a paper or a soft cotton towel. You should make sure that all the moisture has been soaked up off your skin.

It is also of utmost importance that you should further protect your skin by using a superior quality combined barrier and moisturising cream - see -. Ensure that the product that you use is waterproof and is suitable to be used in conjunction with gloves. When possible, use the same cream in your domestic setting as well as during your normal working day and be aware of the manufacturer's recommendations which usually state using it before bed.

It is is not a hard task to prevent contact dermatitis at source if you are a hairdresser. To you, it may seem that these tips are just too basic to be effective. But, seventy-four percent of those employed in the hairdressing trade asked, responded by saying that they found that they could still handle their clients hair freely, and that they would observe all, or some of, these guidelines for wet work in their day-to-day duties. Therefore, if you have experienced symptoms of contact, take the appropriate steps to help relieve the pain and stop it from coming back.