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Testing Before Hair Colour Services

Updated: May 25

Over the past year hairdressing salons have been closed more than they have been open, but that does not mean that the industry has been asleep. There have been significant changes in directives around hair colouring which have come from Government, insurance companies and industry bodies. It has impacted the tests we conduct before a colour service and here we want to explain not just the what, but the why.


For about the last decade Feathers have skin tested every client, every service for hair colour allergies with the tattoo type Colourstart skin test. Enter the first change that has occurred. The Government regulator – MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) most recently in the news for their work approving the Covid Vaccines safe for use, have approved the Colourstart test as a medicine. This has led to changes in the way it looks, is administered, sold and information monitored and stored. Colourstart is supported by a ‘passport’ system which monitors and stores the information of individuals using Colourstart as a skin testing method. The MHRA have mandated that once a test has bee