A number of our hair and beauty services require a skin test prior to the treatment. Or customers’ health and comfort are our first priority; doing a colour/tint/lash service without a skin test would put our customers at risk, which we will never do.
Which treatments require a skin test?
The following hair and beauty services require a skin test prior to treatment:
What is a skin test?
The purpose of a skin test is to determine if a customer will have a reaction to the products or ingredients used during a colour, lash or brow appointment. A complimentary pre-treatment skin test is performed by a qualified hairdresser or beautician in the salon. It only takes 2-5 minutes and it must be done at least two days before your first colour appointment.
The test consists of:
If you notice redness, rash, swelling, or pain, wash the area thoroughly with water and let us know. If you experience a severe reaction, such as blistering, bleeding, or swelling or itching in the throat, consult your GP straight away.
Do I need a skin test?
Every customer who has hair colour service, brow or lash tint, lash extensions, or lash lift, needs a skin test; this must be performed at least 48 hours before your appointment, as any reactions may take up to 48 hours to appear.
However, there may be exceptions — such as if the colourist will be using bleach only — but we advise a skin test for all customers, just to be safe. Client records are not shared between salons, so we won’t be use records from your last hairdresser for your last skin test results.
Do I need a skin test every time?
If you get your hair coloured regularly with us and with the same products, you probably won’t need to have a new test done each time. The results can be valid for up to 12 months, so we will keep your record card secure in our salon and let you know when it’s time to re-test.
If you’re already a colour/lash/brow customer, you may need another skin test if:
Sometimes companies reformulate their products, or we may change the brand we use. Even if it’s something you’ve been exposed to regularly, you may develop sensitivity to it over time. Some medications or procedures can increase the risk of developing an allergy to colourants, so we will ask about them before we start your next colour/ treatment.
If you have had any previous reactions to henna tattoos, lash adhesives or hair dyes you must inform your stylist or beautician.
It is the responsibility of the client to plan and receive a complimentary pre-treatment skin test, within Victoria Rose Hair and Beauty, at least 48 hours ahead of any hair or beauty treatment that may cause an adverse reaction. If a skin test is not completed, we reserve the right to cancel the appointment and retain any booking fee paid.