Colour Allergy Testing

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Colour Allergy Alert Testing Policy

At Sophie Butler Hairdressing, we require all our clients who have never had colour in our salon to have a skin test carried out 48 hours prior to their colour appointment.  Allergy alert tests must then be updated every 6 months.*

I have always coloured my hair and never had a reaction.  Why do I have to be skin tested now?

Allergies can develop at any point in a persons life and can build up over a long period of time.  By allergy testing before your first colour with us, and then every 6 months after that, we can try to prevent a major reaction occurring.

Why do I have to test 48 hours before my colour appointment?

In some cases, the most severe reaction can take at least 48 hours to occur.

* In some cases, we may need to carry out an allergy alert test more often than every 6 months. Different factors can affect how you react to colour, even if you have never had a reaction in the past.  We check for the following when deciding whether you need to have an up-to-date colour allergy test carried out;

1) Has it been longer than 6 months since your last colour appointment?

2) Has it been longer than 6 months since your last Allergy Alert Test?

3) Have you had a reaction to hair colour since your last appointment?

4) Are you changing brand or product brand range?

5) Have you had a tattoo, henna or black henna tattoo or permanent make up since your last colour appointment?

6) Are you taking medication for allergies?

7) Are you taking any new medication since your last colour?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, we would need to perform another colour allergy alert test.

Bleach Application

Whilst you can have a reaction to bleach application to the scalp, there is unfortunately, there is no allergy test that we can perform.  A slight itch or tingling is normal when bleach is applied directly to the scalp, however any discomfort or pain should be reported to your stylist ASAP.  If you are unsure how you will react to bleach application on the scalp, please book in for a complimentary colour consultation where your stylist can assess your scalp and hair.

Allergy Alert testing is there to protect you, the client.  We want everyone to leave our salon looking and feeling their very best.