Patch testing. It’s an area that we have covered many times before, but it is probably the most important procedure that you do.
If you go to the hairdresser for a tint or colour, they legally have to patch test you under Section 3 of the Health and Safety Act. So, whilst it is not a legal requirement for you to patch test adhesives, why would you not want to? Would you want to have a treatment from someone who is not concerned about your welfare?
Not patch testing every client could end up with you losing the career you love, or your business if you have to go to court to explain to a judge why you haven’t done the testing. It’s just not worth it. Not to mention you could be invalidating your insurance.
So, how have we updated it?
We’ve tried to make the patch test as simple and as quick as possible, and after a lot of consideration have now refined the test. It should only take you a couple of minutes.
Place a couple of dots of adhesive behind the ear and stroke a small amount on to two or three natural lashes, with a microfibre brush or a cocktail stick. That’s it! Please note, that this should only be done with a microfibre brush or cocktail stick and not with a cotton bud. Cotton wool and cotton buds contain tiny amounts of water, which can cause them to react with the adhesives.
It’s not necessary to attach any individual lashes, as we know that the extensions are fine and we are only testing the adhesive.
This should be done 48 hours before treatment so as to give the eyes an opportunity to settle down with the adhesive on.
If the client experiences any reaction at all, you should not proceed with the treatment. It’s just not worth it and you must be firm with the client. Don’t forget that she’ll soon be back if she does have a reaction…
Bear in mind that if you change your adhesives, you must re-test your clients, as each one has different ingredients in different quantities.