Lash and brow tinting are a fantastic way to add definition and shape to your face, says Salon Owner Alison. 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 patch tests.

Are allergy patch 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 patch 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 patch 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 patch test if you’re new to our salon – even if you’ve recently had a test at another salon.

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 patch tests normally have to be done 48 hours before your appointment.

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.

Using tinting kits at home

It’s not just when you visit the salon that you need to test. It’s vital to follow the instructions on brow and lash tinting kits or hair colour if you’re using these at home.

You MUST carry out the allergy patch test as directed on the packet before using the product. Don’t assume you’ll be OK because you ‘never’ have an allergic reaction to anything. There’s always a first time and it’s just not worth risking your health.

Book a consultation

 Come in for expert advice on brow and lash tints and we’ll do a free allergy patch test while you’re here (it’s really quick and simple) so you’re ready for your appointment. Book a consultation today. And of course, if you have any questions or concerns please do call and we’ll put your mind at rest.