As lash technicians, you know the safety and satisfaction of your clients is of utmost importance. One key aspect of this responsibility is conducting patch tests for tinting procedures. As of June 2023, the CTPA published new guidelines on the Allergy Alert Test (AAT), affecting how you should now perform patch testing on your clients.
In summary, the procedure now involves mixing together small amounts of the dye and developer, (2:1 ratio) applying it to the inner forearm and leaving it for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, the mixture can be removed. Patch testing should be carried out 48 hours prior to treatment and if there is no reaction within the 48 hours, the tint can be applied. It is also important to highlight that patch testing must be performed prior to every treatment, whether your client is new or not.
If you or your client observes any changes to the normal skin appearance, such as itching, redness, or swelling on and around the test area during the testing time or during the following 48 hours, you or your client should rinse off the test area immediately, must not use or apply the product, and should consult a doctor.
Benefits of the Change for Lash Technicians and Clients
These guideline changes to tint patch testing brings several benefits to both lash technicians and clients alike.
1. Client Safety and Satisfaction:
By utilising the latest tint patch testing techniques, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your clients. Identifying potential allergic reactions or sensitivities in advance, means you can select the most suitable tinting products for each client, reducing the risk of adverse effects and ensuring a positive tinting and treatment experience.
2. Professional Reputation and Trust:
Adopting the latest patch testing methods demonstrates a commitment to client safety and professionalism. By staying up to date with industry advancements, you can build a reputation for being knowledgeable and dedicated to providing the highest standards of care. This fosters trust and encourages clients to return for future lash and brow treatments, while also attracting new clients seeking a technician who prioritises their well-being.
3. Compliance with Regulations:
The lash industry is subject to specific regulations and guidelines, which often emphasise the importance of patch testing for tinting procedures. By incorporating the latest patch testing techniques, you can ensure compliance with these regulations, demonstrating your commitment to industry standards and ethics.
The changes to tint patch testing in 2023 has raised the bar for lash technicians, empowering them to provide safer and more personalised experiences for their clients. By embracing these new methods, you can prioritise client safety, build trust, and enhance your professional reputation in the rapidly evolving lash and brow industry. Let's embrace these developments, continuing to prioritise safety and customer satisfaction above all else.