Skin Testing

Colour Responsible Policy At Avant Garde Hairdressers In Worcester & Hereford

All clients are required to have an AAT (allergy alert test) at least 48 hours prior to certain beauty treatments and all hair colouring services at Avant Garde Salons. While we appreciate this may be an inconvenience, it is important we follow the correct safety procedures for your safety and peace of mind of both clients & staff.

Reactions to tinting & colouring products can be serious. There are strict guidelines from manufacturers, insurers, industry bodies around using hair colour.

Our policies regarding anyone that needs skin testing are as follows: 

1) If you are a new client or are new to hair colour.

2)If you have coloured your hair in between appointments with another colour.

3)If it has been 6 months or more since your last skin test at Avant Garde. (Even if you have been regularly coming for colour).

4)If you have tested positive for covid since your last colouring/tinting service. 


Allergy Alert Tests (AAT ) 

Allergy Alert Tests (AAT) is also known as a skin test or patch test. They are super simple and quick to carry out. 

Before your colouring/tinting service your Stylist/Therapist will ask you a series of Allergy Alert Questions to ensure your safety which you will be required to sign. By filling out this questionnaire it helps us to determine if you require a skin test.

We will apply a small amount of colour formula behind your ear, this should be left untouched for at least 48 hours. We will give you instructions on what to look out for in case of an allergic reaction. Should you experience any signs of irritation, reddening, swelling, inflammation or itching, please contact us straight away. If you develop symptoms that make you unwell, please contact a medical professional.

Should you have any queries or questions regarding skin testing our team are happy to explain fully why we believe this is the responsible way to use hair colour & tinting products. 

Get In Touch

You can book your skin test & consultation by calling us on 01905 617 406 (St Martins, Worcester), 01905 758 880 (Warndon Villages, Worcester), or 01432 357 588 (Church Street, Hereford).