Safe Colouring Policy At Melanie Richard’s Hair & Beauty Salon In Peterborough

There have been significant changes in directives around hair colouring & beauty tinting which have come from Government, insurance companies and industry bodies. Melanie Richard’s Hair & Beauty Salon are a colour responsible salon. A skin sensitivity test also known as an allergy alert test, (AAT) and patch test must be carried out at least 48 hours before any colour that will touch the scalp to protect you from a reaction to the colour. It can not be done more than 5 days before your hair colour appointment. 

The skin test will also need to be carried out again: Every 6 months, if it is more than 6 months since your last colour if you have had a tattoo, henna tattoo or permanent make-up since your last colour. Alternatively, you can purchase a Skin Patch Test for skin testing. These cost £5. Full details here.  

We will send an email reminder if it is more than 6 months since your last test with us a week before your appointment.

Skin Testing & Screening For Sensitivity & Reactions

We use testing and screening to check suitability for the colouring products we provide. 

A) Skin Patch Test

Please follow this link to purchase your Skin Patch Test Kit.

B) AAT (Allergy Alert Test)

For your first AAT with Melanie Richard’s or if it is 6 months since your last AAT; Make an appointment to attend the salon at least 48 hours before your appointment. We will apply a small amount of colour formula to the inside of your elbow, or behind the ear.

Leave it covered for a minimum of 45 minutes, and then wipe it off, and monitor for 48 hours, should you experience any signs of irritation, reddening, swelling, inflammation or itching please contact us. If you develop symptoms that make you unwell please contact a medical professional. When you attend the salon we will observe the test site and ask you to complete a questionnaire. Subsequent colour services may not require an AAT test subject to screening questions.

We advise you to speak to your stylist about what is best for you. All our stylists have been trained to test and screen for suitability for colour services. We have vast experience in safe colouring – you can be sure we only use the best products and invest in the most up to date practices. We take your safety and our work seriously and thank you for your cooperation.

Get In Touch

If this all seems a little complicated, do not worry, Our stylists have been well trained in how best to keep you safe. Should you have any questions we will be happy to put your mind at rest, please call us on 01733 553600.