Posted on: 18 May 2021

Safely using chemicals in your beauty salon

The beauty industry is all about glamour and looking and feeling your best. However, to achieve this, some of the treatments involved can include the use of certain chemicals which may be hazardous to health if the correct precautions are not taken.

Take a look at some of our guidance on where chemicals may need to be used and how you can use them safely.

Which treatments may need dangerous chemicals

  • Here are some of the treatments that you may carry out for customers that require the use of chemicals:
  • Hair dyeing
  • Bleaching
  • Permanent wave solutions
  • Shampooing
  • Hairstyling products
  • Nail and skincare
  • Straightening products
  • Brow and lash tints
  • Chemical peels
  • Peroxide based treatments
  • Solvent-based waxing products
  • Disinfectants and cleaning products.

How exposure to chemicals can damage health

Carrying out the above treatments without the correct PPE can lead to health risks.

How is damage caused

Chemicals can enter the body through the skin, inhaling or even swallowing. The first signs will be eye or throat irritation followed by further reactions. Negative reactions can range depending on the person, but most likely will depend on the following factors:

  • Toxicity of the substance
  • Amount of the substance ingested
  • The amount of time exposed to the substance
  • How often people are exposed to the substance
  • How the substance is ingested

These are just some of the health concerns you can be exposed to from coming into contact with chemicals.


Dermatitis is a general condition resulting in swelling to the skin.

Dermatitis can range in severity from general skin irritations to signifying a more serious allergic reaction to the chemicals.


Chemicals that are commonly used in the beauty industry have sometimes been known to complicate certain asthma conditions, and have even been known to cause occupational asthma.

Assessing the risks of chemicals in cosmetology

Most chemicals will have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), so make sure you and your team know where to find them, and read them to understand the dangers that these chemicals can pose. An SDS will reference how a chemical should be properly handled, stored and disposed of safely.

An SDS will also advise on what to do if you or a member of your team is exposed to a chemical and has a reaction to it.

Hair and Beauty insurance with Premierline

Insurance can be difficult to arrange for your business, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. The huge range of ever-changing treatments also makes it difficult to know what kind of hair and beauty insurance you need for your business, which is why using an insurance broker, like Premierline is so beneficial.

At Premierline, our experts will assess your business needs and arrange a bespoke beauty salon insurance or hairdressers insurance package that covers your business  whether you own a tanning salon, hair salon, barber shop or are a freelance hairdresser. Get in touch to speak with one of our insurance advisors who work with some of the UK’s most
well-known insurance providers to find you the right cover for the right price. 

Source: Zywave Inc - Hospitality Playing it Safe: Beautifying
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