Patch Testing

We must skin test all clients prior to a colour service to ensure you are not allergic to the key ingredients in hair colourants. You will then need to have a skin test every 6 months. It is a very simple process which can be carried out from the comfort of your own home or in the salon.

Reasons you would need a skin test:

  • If it’s your first time having colour at Innovation
  • If your 6 month skin patch testing period has expired
  • If you have coloured your hair at home
  • If you have had a change in your medical history

There are 2 ways of conducting a skin test:

Option 1

Purchase and be part of the Colourstart Passport. Your Colourstart Passport will enable you to have full peace of mind for your colour, for years to come.

Purchase your Colourstart skin test patch for £15.00 and by carefully answering a simple set of questions along with uploading photos of any reaction you may have, your details will be stored which can be shared with any hair professional. (You will need to apply your Colourstart test 5 days minimum before your hair colour appointment and you will need to screen your information each time before you visit our salon for a colour service.)

Option 2

The Allergy Alert Test must be carried out within 14 days and up to 48 hours before the colour is applied because it can take up to 48 hours for an allergic reaction to develop. If you cut corners, you risk missing a reaction.

Please contact the salon to book for a skin test. This will be applied behind the ear and will be valid up to 6 months unless you have had a tattoo, change in medication, have Covid-19 or believe you may have had it, or coloured your hair elsewhere within that time frame.