Patch Testing: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

22nd Jun 2018 | By Ellie Gaudiosi
What is patch testing and why is it important for HD Brows

What is a patch test?

The test delivers a small amount of product to your body. It allows you and your Stylist to monitor and check the area for any signs of a reaction. You’ll be able to identify an allergy before you’re fully exposed to the products.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees to any patch test. Our bodies can develop an allergy to any ingredient at any time, regardless of previous exposure. However, that doesn’t make the test any less important. Patch Testing is for your safety and convenience.

How do I receive a patch test?

We want you to be as a safe as possible during and after your HD Brows treatment. We understand that having a post-able patch test is much easier for you than visiting the salon 48 hours before your appointment. Your Stylist may offer to post your patch test to you, or hand it to you with your appointment card.

Alternatively, some salons may offer you a ‘Topical Patch Test’. This is where they apply a blob of the dye to your arm. Don’t be concerned, this method of Patch Testing is also recommended by us and our manufacturers. The post-able transfer tests have been designed for convenience rather than a must-use method.

What is the HD Brows patch testing policy?

Our policy is quite strict. If you’ve ever forgotten to apply your Patch Test your HD Brows Stylist should have refused to tint you during that appointment. That’s because we (and your Stylist) want to keep you safe and comfortable. You may have seen worrying pictures of eyebrow tint reactions online or in newspapers before; it’s this experience that we want to help you avoid.

Patch testing and other risk prevention action, such as completing a Client Record Card before every treatment, is designed with your safety as the priority. It follows the best industry standards and guidelines from the top beauty insurers. Make sure you follow the advice of your certified HD Brows Stylist, they’re looking out for you.

For more information on our Tinting Policy and why your Stylist may have refused to tint you altogether if you’re under 16 years of age or pregnant/nursing, check out our policy update here.

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