Morning all! I've had a few enquiries recently about some treatments that require a patch test from new clients. All communications go well until it comes to the patch test. Most recently it was a girl that needed semi-permanent lash extensions “like tomorrow”. I explained that she would need a patch test 24-48hrs beforehand and she declined because she "didn't need one of those as she had them on all the time". There a couple of things I think about this. An unscrupulous therapist probably would have gone ahead without a patch test but I would rather lose the client than chance it and here's why. A reaction can occur at any time no matter how many times you’ve had the treatment before. Certain factors like illness, pregnancy or new medication can increase the chances of a reaction. Even if none of these apply to you there is still a chance you could react is it really worth risking your health for the sake of 5 minutes?
So, here's what you need to know about patch testing. The treatments that require it are as follows: lash and brow tinting, hair tinting, eyelash perming and semi-permanent eyelash extensions. These treatments need a patch test 24-48hrs before and it literally takes 5minutes so it can be arranged at a convenient time to suit you.
When you have a patch test a small dot of product is usually applied either behind your ear or in the crook of your elbow. How simple is that? You then wait 24hrs to see if a reaction develops. Signs of a positive reaction usually include redness, swelling, itching or soreness. If you do have an allergic reaction you should remove the product immediately will cool water and you should inform your GP and your therapist as you will not be able to have the treatment. If you have a negative reaction and nothing happens then you can go ahead and have your treatment. It is also worth noting that if you have any allergies/sensitivities no matter what treatment you are having it is worth making your therapist aware of this when booking to ensure that your treatment can go ahead and you are not left disappointed. I really hope that by reading this I can start to change people’s perceptions of patch testing from it’s a pain to it’s a necessity because I care about you I want you guys to do the same!