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Learn more about our patch testing requirements


Everything You Need to Know About Patch Testing

Requirements & Guidance

Ahead of close-contact beauty services resuming in England on April 12th 2021, it’s essential that you review your patch testing policy. Read on to learn more about our patch testing advice and the guidelines you must follow.


Our Patch Testing Advice

Learn more about testing frequency and requirements

Our manufacturers have provided us with the following guidance:

    • New clients should be patch tested in advance of first-time treatments taking place. This must take place at least 24 hours prior to their appointment.
    • Clients should have a patch test performed every six months.
    • Clients should be patch tested if there is a change in their medical circumstances. This includes a change of prescription medication or the diagnosis of any chronic, life-limiting or life-threatening condition.
    • You do not need to patch test your clients before every treatment. 

However, we do recommend testing every client prior to reopening after lockdown. This is recommended due to the amount of time that’s passed since their last treatments were performed. 

Please note, the advice stated above is applicable to Permalash products only. We cannot provide instruction on products from other brands or manufacturers. Always follow the guidance provided by your insurance providers and seek direction from each individual brand you use. 


Additional Information

Advice, requirements and legal obligations

    • If you perform tinting or dyeing services, you are legally obligated to perform patch testing on your clients under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Failure to do so could render your insurance invalid, leaving you personally liable for any damages caused by an adverse reaction to the product.
    • The test means you can establish whether your client has an allergy to any of the ingredients before their treatment takes place.
    • You are required to retain detailed records containing signed disclaimers and dates of when the tests were performed for a period of seven years from the last date treatment was provided.
    • You should perform testing at least 24-48 hours before the client’s appointment.
    • Before sending a patch test to a client via post, you must check that your insurance policy permits this.
    • Make sure you fully brief your client on what to look out for following the test. Some typical reactions may include redness, itchiness or dry skin. Less commonly, swelling, anaphylaxis, blistering or breathing issues may be seen. 


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Not found what you need?

If you have any questions we’ve not answered on performing a patch test, please get in touch with us! You can reach out to us by phone on +44 (0) 1752 936 822 or by filling in our contact form with details of your enquiry.


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