Skin Testing Before Hair Colour Services

Updated: Mar 17

There are new legal regulations for skin testing before hair colouring services. Here's all the information you need to know before your next salon visit.



Whilst in lockdown 3.0 significant changes were made to skin testing before you have your hair coloured. As they are government-mandated and affect our insurance policies, they need to be taken seriously. You will need to have your skin tested.


Skin tests before colouring your hair have always been necessary at Freestyle Hair Design. The test allows us to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction to the hair colour. It allows us to work safely on your colour revamp.


Colourstart Test


You may have heard of MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), as they were in the news for their work approving the COVID vaccines as safe to use. The Colourstart Test was approved as a medicine. Meaning changes to how it looks and how it is administered, sold, monitored and stored.


Colourstart is supported by a 'passport' system', which monitors and stores individuals' information using Colourstart as a skin testing method. Once a test is carried out, and a positive (go ahead) result has been recorded, going forward, only a questionnaire will be required. Depending on the form's answers, another Colourstart test may be needed, or a go-ahead without doing another. Generally, another test will only be required if something has changed.


National Hair and Beauty Federation


Our industry body, NHBF (National Hair and Beauty Federation), has decided to follow this screening method. The Colourstart Test will need to be tested on our customers every 6 months. Any visits to the salon between this time, screening questions will be asked.


It’s called an AAT (Allergy Alert Test). A small amount of colour formula is placed behind your ear. This can be done in the salon (appointment is essential). If there are any signs of irritation, reddening, swelling, inflammation or itching, you will need to contact us.


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