Care should be taken not to come into contact with the scalp surrounding skin as colouring (especially semi-permanent) will stain the skin and scalp. A barrier cream should be used around the hairline and at the tops of the ears. Extra care should be taken with very fi ne hair. Since bleaching will remove colour from fabric, it is important to protect the client’s clothes from any damage through accidental spillage of products. Make sure that the client is comfortable throughout the colouring process.