Testing Before Hair Colour Services At The Cutting Studio Salon In Buckinghamshire
Over the past year, hairdressing salons have been closed more than they have been open, but that does not mean that the industry has been asleep. There have been significant changes in directives around hair colouring which have come from Government, insurance companies and industry bodies. It has impacted the tests we conduct before a colour service and here we want to explain not just the what, but the why.
For over the last decade The Cutting Studio have skin tested every client, for hair colour allergies with the tattoo type Colourstart skin test. Enter the first change that has occurred.
The Government regulator – MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) most recently in the news for their work approving the Covid Vaccines safe for use have approved the Colourstart test as a medicine. This has led to changes in the way it looks, is administered, sold and information monitored and stored. Colourstart is supported by a ‘passport’ system that monitors and stores the information of individuals using Colourstart as a skin testing method.
The MHRA has mandated that once a test has been carried out and a positive/green/go ahead result has been recorded, future colour service tests should comprise of a screening questionnaire to assess whether another test is necessary. More often than not, it will be safe to proceed to colour service without another test. A new test is only needed if something has changed. This is because one of the identified allergy triggers is exposure over time, therefore the MHRA do not want to see consumers exposed unnecessarily. They believe when it comes to testing – less is best.
This brings us to our next change, our industry body, NHBF (National Hair and Beauty Federation) have listened to the MHRA and decided that we should use a similar screening method for skin testing with an AAT (Allergy Alert Test – blob on the arm or behind the ear). So they have worked with the insurance industry on a protocol that means we have to test once every 6 months and screen in between these times.
The Cutting Studio were already screening with questions for safety, so we have only had to implement a change to questions. If this all seems a little complicated, do not worry, Our stylists have been well trained in how best to keep you safe whilst having your hair coloured. Should you have any questions we will be happy to put your mind at rest.
How Do I Use Colourstart?
Skin Testing & Screening For Sensitivity & Reactions
We use testing and screening to check suitability for the colouring products we provide. You may choose either;
A) Colourstart Passport (MHRA APPROVED METHOD)
Please register on the Colourstart website by clicking here and create your passport. Answer the screening questions, buy and apply your Colourstart Patch following instructions in the video below. Upload your results to your online passport. Share your results with The Cutting Studio– (we are registered with Colourstart). Once you have created your passport and completed your first test, subsequent colour treatments require you to answer the screening questions – testing with a Colourstart test may not be necessary unless something changes. Your Colourstart Passport will confidentially store your records.
B) AAT (Allergy Alert Test)
For your first AAT with The Cutting Studio or if it is 6 months since your last AAT; Make an appointment to attend the salon at least 48 hours before your appointment. We will apply a small amount of colour formula to the inside of your elbow, or behind the ear.
Leave in covered for a minimum of 45 minutes, and then wipe it off, and monitor for 48 hours, should you experience any signs of irritation, reddening, swelling, inflammation or itching please contact us. If you develop symptoms that make you unwell please contact a medical professional. When you attend the salon we will observe the test site and ask you to complete a questionnaire. Subsequent colour services may not require an AAT test subject to screening questions.
We advise you to speak to your stylist about what is best for you. All our stylists have been trained to test and screen for suitability for colour services. We have vast experience in safe colouring – you can be sure we only use the best products and invest in the most up to date practices. We take your safety and our work seriously. When you visit The Cutting Studio, you can have peace of mind that we are taking the best care of you and your hair. We thank you for your co-operation in our preliminary procedures before your service with us.
Full instructions on how to use the Colourstart skin testing plaster can be found here.
You can download the patient information guide here.
You can purchase this from the salon or online here.
Signing up and ongoing screening on the passport is free. The Colourstart test is £15. You can buy it from The Cutting Studio, or from #salonlove by clicking on the link here. To support this convenient method of testing, when you buy a Colourstart test we will take £5 OFF your next three colour services. Please speak to us to activate this.