Eyebrow and eyelash tints, lash lifts and lash extensions, henna brows and brow lamination – these are some of my most popular treatments, and I’m very strict on carrying out your essential patch test beforehand. I won’t be able to treat you if it’s not been done – and passed!

Here’s why I’m so strict about it, and what to expect from yours.


What is a Patch Test?

It’s a simple but critical step for your safety and wellbeing. It involves applying a small amount of the tinting product on a discreet area of skin. Locations can vary depending on your beautician, but I tend to favour the inside of your wrist – or if you carry a baby around, we’ll use your ankle instead. The purpose of the patch test is to identify any adverse reactions, allergies, or sensitivities that you may have to the ingredients in the products.


Why Am I So Strict About Patch Tests?

Our bodies react differently to various substances, and an ingredient that suits one person might trigger an adverse reaction in another.

I have encountered a few people in my time who don’t fully understand the importance of their patch test – they may believe that adverse reactions are rare, or that they won’t be personally affected. Both of those things may be true, but I insist on knowing for sure before treating you – doing anything else would be completely irresponsible on my part, and the consequences could be really serious:


Allergic Reactions: One of the primary risks associated with eyebrow and eyelash tint treatments is the potential for allergic reactions. Tinting products often contain chemicals and dyes that may trigger allergies, and without a patch test, it’s impossible to predict how you will react to these ingredients. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation to more severe symptoms like swelling, redness, or even anaphylaxis in extreme cases.


Eye Irritation: The eyes are particularly sensitive, and may be susceptible to new products, giving you irritation, redness, or discomfort. In the most severe cases, you may experience swelling or blurred vision.


If you’re a new client, the patch test is mandatory before I can carry out the full treatment. Once you’ve had the patch test, you won’t need to have another one unless I need to change the products I use.


How the Patch Test Works

We’ll book in a five minute appointment that’s at least 24 hours before your treatment time. Using a cotton bud, I’ll apply a small amount of the tint lotion, lamination product or lash glue (depending on your treatment) to either your wrist or ankle. Then I’ll cover the area with a plaster to stop it from rubbing off. Try not to touch, wash or interfere with the test area for the next 24 hours – no baths, swimming or hot tubs! The product needs to stay in contact with your skin all of that time for the test to be effective. You should also avoid any sprays, creams or oils on the area.

If nothing happens – hooray! We can go ahead with the treatment. However, an adverse reaction could include redness, itchiness and swelling around the test area. If that happens, don’t scratch it – it could make it worse, or spread the reaction further. Use a cold compress to reduce the swelling, and seek medical attention if it doesn’t improve.


For me, the patch test is not just a routine step; it’s a vital part of my commitment to your wellbeing, and to providing you with a perfect pampering experience. Beauty treatments are an investment in yourself, and we want to guarantee the best possible results. When you’ve had a patch test, we are as certain as we can be that the products will suit your skin – and that your treatment can go ahead without causing any harm or discomfort.

It gives us both peace of mind about your safety – and we both get the enjoyment of enhancing your natural beauty together!


**Please note: the successful completion of a patch test does not guarantee that you will not suffer any reaction from treatment. You may still suffer an allergic reaction**