Why You Should Never Skip Patch Testing

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I’ve had a lot of questions about patch testing in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d cover it in this month’s blog. I know that your clients will be desperate to get in and get their treatments done, but with treatments like lash lift or perm and lash/brow tinting, patch tests are crucial.

There is never any excuse for cutting corners when it comes to safety, especially now, when keeping ourselves and our clients safe is more important than ever. Here’s why you should never skip patch testing.

The potential risks are too big

Clients have waited months for their treatments so they might try to convince you that they don’t need a patch test especially if it means they have to wait at least another 48 hours, but skipping patch testing is really not worth it.

It can put the client’s health at risk if they have a serious allergic reaction to a product, and it opens you up to potentially being sued, fined, or losing your business. Also, how many people do you think a client will tell if they have a really bad allergic reaction and what effect will this have on your reputation?

Something else to think about is if you don’t patch test a client and they have a reaction, it can invalidate your insurance. You know you should have done a patch test and they can decide that you have been negligent and refuse to pay out any money. In this case, it will probably be more difficult and expensive to get the insurance cover you need.

Allergies can develop over time

You’ve probably had clients telling you that they don’t need a patch test as they had one elsewhere not so long ago. It doesn’t matter, they still have to get one done, because:

  • You could be using different products to the place where they got their last treatment.
  • Allergies can develop over time with repeated exposure to a product.
  • Allergic reactions can happen out of the blue, even when a client has never had a reaction to a product before.

Good practice for patch testing

For all treatments that require a patch test (check the manufacturer’s instructions on products if you’re not sure), make sure it’s clearly stated on any price lists and your website.

Make sure new clients are aware that they’ll need a patch test before any applicable treatment. If they try to convince you that they don’t need one, just explain to them that it’s for their safety and that it’s an important part of how you operate your business safely and maintain standards.

If you are afraid that clients will go elsewhere rather than get a patch test, let them. Clients should be running a mile from therapists who don’t patch test and it’s really not worth skipping them and risking your reputation and business.

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Top to Toe Holiday Beauty

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If you’re heading off somewhere sunny this autumn to escape the approach of the colder temperatures, you don’t want to be hitting the beach with pasty skin or a stubbly bikini line. Everyone wants to look and feel their best on holiday, and why shouldn’t you?

Here’s our guide to top to toe holiday beauty to get you beach ready.

Hair

Get your hair cut and coloured

Have your colour done and your hair cut around a week before you go away to give it time to settle. It takes around 48 hours for the hair cuticle to close and lie smooth again, so if you immediately go out in the sun, there’s a chance your colour will fade.

To protect your colour when you’re sunbathing or in the pool, use a hair conditioner, and wear a hat if you can so the sun doesn’t leave your hair feeling parched.

Face

Lash & eyebrow tint or lash extensions

Get this done at least a few days before you go away, as this gives the dye a chance to fade slightly so it looks more natural. Tinted lashes will make you look made up without the need for mascara and panda eyes that happen in the heat and the pool.

Lash extensions are waterproof and they will look the part all day, whether you’re swimming or partying. Always use an oil-free make up remover on your eyes though as products containing oils will weaken the lash bonds and the last thing you want is a lash line full of gaps!

Learn how to tint lashes and brows, and how to do lash extensions to make your clients feel super glam on holiday on our lash and brow tinting and lash extension courses.

Body

Exfoliate

Get into a routine of buffing your body before you go away and it will help your tan last for longer and you’ll hit the beach with beautiful smooth skin.

Waxing

For smooth legs, armpits and bikini lines, waxing is the way to go. You don’t want to waste valuable tanning or sangria drinking time shaving! Exfoliate before you get waxed to avoid ingrown hairs, and if you are having a spray tan, wax a few days beforehand, then have the tan the day before you go away. Waxing after a tan can remove the tan and make it look patchy.

Why not sign up for our waxing courses so you can send your clients away on holiday all happy with baby smooth skin? Our courses cover all aspects of waxing, including intimate waxing, preparing your client, and aftercare.

Moisturise

Getting into the habit of moisturising your skin if you don’t already is a great way to make sure your skin is baby soft and glowing when you hit the beach. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, to hydrate your skin from within.

Hands and feet

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Manicure & Pedicure

Make a manicure and pedicure your last port of call before your holiday, then it’s less likely that it will chip before you jet off.

Either visit the salon or treat your feet at home. Use a foot scrub, file, or pumice stone to slough off dead skin, then trim your toenails with nail scissors, or use nail clippers. Trim or clip nails as straight as you can and don’t cut them too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

The skin on the feet is around 10 times thicker than it is on the rest of the body, so use a rich foot lotion, then pop on a pair of cotton socks to help it absorb. Sandal pretty feet, here we come!

As for your hands, try to get a manicure as late as possible so there’s less risk of chipping your polish, or why not try gel polish? It’ll last 2-3 weeks and it protects your natural nails and promotes healthy growth.

Why not become a manicure and pedicure pro on one of our courses and give your clients pretty hands and feet for their holidays?