IS A SKIN SENSITIVITY/PATCH TEST NECESSARY?
Absolutely! The patch test is necessary for your safety to make sure your skin has no product sensitivities. It is also an essential insurance requirement for our salon.
The patch test is compulsory for all new clients at least 24-48 hours before the treatment is carried out. This applies even if you have had the same treatment elsewhere, or if you haven't had this treatment in the last 6 months.
WHAT IS THE PATCH TEST PROCESS?
The actual patch test process is very quick and simple. The tint is applied behind your ear or inner elbow and is left on for 10 minutes then removed with a damp cotton pad.
With a patch test for lash lift, the lift solutions and glue are applied to your inner elbow, these are left on for 10 minutes then wiped off. The patch test appointment also includes a consultation, so while the solutions are developing we can discuss your expectations, any questions or concerns you may have, and fill and sign your consent forms. After 48 hours, if the skin exposed to the patch test remains the same in appearance with no evidence of a reaction, it is considered safe to continue with the treatment and you can now book in!
DO I NEED TO HAVE PATCH TEST AT EVERY TREATMENT?
No. Once you’ve had a patch test at Kylie Hay, it is then valid for as long as you continue to use our services, or for 6 months after your last tinting/lash lift treatment. Our bodies can change at any point, from simply being run down, taking antibiotics, or hormonal changes and any of these can cause your body to react, so if you haven't been into the salon for over 6 months, you will need to have a repeat patch test.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO HAVE A REACTION?
Reactions are very rare, but they do happen. In some instances, they can be very painful and even require hospitalisation.
You will need to look out for signs of itching, redness, heat, pigment changes, or even blistering in rare cases. I will also look for these symptoms at your appointment. If you take antihistamines for any allergies in the days leading up to your patch test, this is likely to mask any reaction to the products.
Certain medications, treatments, and facial products can increase the likelihood of a skin reaction. Make sure you let me know about any changes or new prescriptions or products you've used before every appointment.
Should you experience redness, or any other kind of allergic reaction, splash the area with cold water and avoid using any perfume or makeup products on the area until the reaction has disappeared. You may need to seek medical advice.
You will need to inform me immediately if you have a reaction, you're exposed to a larger amount of tint when it's applied to your face, and there's a greater chance of a more severe reaction. Unfortunately we will not be able to go ahead with the treatment, after all, your safety is even more important to me than beautiful brows or lashes!