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  • Clare Jennings



HD Eyebrows and LVL Lashes look amazing. Swollen features and itchy red eyes, followed by a potential trip to the hospital, look and feel a lot less than amazing. So, in response to the question 'do you have to have a patch test for eyebrow and eyelash tinting?' the short answer is 'YES!'

That’s why, before every treatment at her home salon in Widnes, expert stylist Jen at Sofia Rose Beauty ensures you receive the all-important patch test.

The patch test is an absolutely essential part of your treatment, and without it, your next step to longer lashes and sculpted eyebrows can’t even begin. Here we share with you the ins and outs of the patch test:

What is a skin patch test?

A skin patch test is a quick and convenient way to test for allergies. A small amount of a substance, or potential allergen, is applied to the skin so that any reactions to the substance can be observed.

Why do a patch test?

Before starting a new treatment that includes applying chemicals and dyes to the eye area, you need to carry out a patch test.

A skin patch test is used to detect possible allergies to any substances used during your brow or lash treatment when it comes into contact with your skin.

Once the 48-hour window before your treatment is up, and 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.

You'll need to look out for signs of itching, redness, pigment changes, or even blistering in rare cases, which will indicate that you’ve had a reaction to chemicals used in the treatments and let Jen know before your appointment. Jen will also look for these symptoms at your appointment. If a reaction occurs, the treatment is unsuitable for you and will be unable to go ahead.

Even if your skin show only a little red on a patch test, you must let Jen know. 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. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Please note, reactions to treatment are very rare, but they do happen, and in some instances, can result in painful reactions and occasionally hospitalisation. Even if you’ve had patch tests in the past and haven’t experienced any problems, you MUST complete your Sofia Rose Beauty patch test.

The patch test is THE most important part of your treatment. It’s imperative. Non-negotiable. If you arrive at your appointment and haven’t carried out your patch test, your treatment will have to be rearranged for another time.

The patch test is designed to protect clients like you from harm, but is also an essential insurance requirement of practice for beauty therapists like Jen.

How do I do a patch test?

Before your treatment, you’ll be given a patch testing kit created by LVL Nouveau Lashes or HD Brows, depending on the treatment you are having. The kit contains everything you need to carry out a patch test successfully.

The LVL patch test kit comes in a postable size envelope, which includes:

  • 1x Patch Test Instructions

  • 1x LVL Patch Test Pack: including 1 sample of each 4 LVL core products

  • 1x Tint Transfer Test

  • 4x Hypoallergenic Plasters

  • 4x Product Applicators

The HD Brows patch test is a tint transfer test, applying just like a stick on tattoo.

The test can be carried out in the comfort of your own home, saving you a trip to the salon.

No more than 48 hours before your brow or lash treatment, you should carry out the patch test yourself at home or come into salon for one to be topically applied to your arm.

The kit contains detailed, step by step instructions for you to follow, and should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete. If you encounter any problems or aren’t sure what to do, contact Jen via her Facebook page and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can to guide you through the process.

Things you need to know about getting a skin patch test

  • If you have reacted before the treatment cant go ahead, or you're pregnant or breast feeding you cannot have an LVL Lash treatment. You can still enjoy a HD Brows treatment, however the tint stage will not be included.

  • Certain medications, treatments, and facial products can increase the likelihood of a skin reaction. Make sure you let Jen know about any prescriptions or products you've used before the tint is applied.

  • 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.

  • Even if you've had a patch test before, you will still need to have another. Our bodies can change at any point, from simply being run down, taking antibiotics, or hormonal changes can cause your body to react.

  • It only takes a few minutes, girl. If you don't do your patch test you not only risk loosing your appointment, you run a greater risk of suffering a serious reaction.

After your patch test

A successful completion of a patch test does not guarantee than an allergic reaction will not occur. And, having no reaction to a patch test does not automatically mean we can proceed with a treatment.

A Client Record Card will be completed prior to discuss your medical history to ensure your suitability to the treatment.

Do you have to have a patch test for eyebrow and eyelash tinting?

Before any treatment, you MUST carry out a patch test. You can find out more about HD Brows and LVL Nouveau Lashes and the Sofia Rose Beauty salon in Widnes through the website or Facebook page.

Contact Jen to book your appointment today.

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