Why allergy alert tests are vital.
Lash and brow tinting are a fantastic way to add definition and shape to your face, says Grace, but we want to colour you safe as well as happy, which is why we’re so hot on ensuring our clients have regular allergy alert tests.
Are allergy alert tests really necessary?
The answer to that is a great big yes.
Allergic reactions to hair tinting and colour products can range from mildly irritating to life-threatening and everything in-between. You just don’t want to go there, so always, always ensure you have regular allergy alert tests if you tint your lashes and eyebrows or colour your head or body hair.
This still applies even if you have been using the same product for years with no problems. Allergies can develop over time so it’s vital to remain vigilant. This is why regular allergy alert testing is essential.
What causes allergies to colouring products?
Allergies occur when our immune systems react to substances that are normally harmless. The effects are usually mild but can also be extremely serious.
A few people are allergic to the ingredients found in tinting and hair colour products, particularly PPD (paraphenylenediamine).
How often should a test be done?
Our tests are free, quick and easy. We’ll always do an allergy alert test if you’re new to our salon – even if you’ve recently had a test at another salon, or if you have been to us for 6 months, whichever is first.
We’ll also need to do a test if:
You have recently had any type of permanent or temporary skin tattoo (see more on temporary black henna tattoos below).
You’ve had a reaction to any products you’ve used since your last visit.
We’re using a different product or brand on you.
Otherwise, we’ll keep tabs so you don’t have to worry and will let you know when your next test needs to be done. Allergy alert tests normally have to be done 48 hours before your appointment. It involves putting a small dot of the tint on your skin behind your ear and leaving it there for 24hrs.
Black henna tattoos and allergic reactions
When you come to the salon for lash or brow tints, it’s crucial you let us know if you’ve had a black henna tattoo since your last visit. This is because black henna can contain very high levels of PPD and may make you allergic to tinting and colour products – even if you have never had a reaction before.
Book a consultation
Come in for expert advice on brow and lash tints and we’ll do a free allergy alert test while you’re here (it’s really quick and simple) so you’re ready for your appointment. Book a consultation today 01273748999
And of course, if you have any questions or concerns please do call or pop in and we’ll put your mind at rest.