colour responsibility policy

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Skin testing FAQ

Why do I need a skin test?

Reactions to hair colour can be serious and even life threatening. There are strict guidelines from manufacturers, insurers, industry bodies and the MHRA around using hair colour. We endeavour to give you peace of mind so that you can safely enjoy your visits to the salon.

I have been colouring my hair for years, why do I need a test?

One of the triggers for sensitivity and reactions to hair colour is exposure over time, therefore it is important we keep monitoring for your safety. Bimbo’s are committed to your safety and use only the best products and methods for hair colouring.

Please let us know if you have had and sensitivity since your last colour, had any type of skin tattoo, including a temporary "black henna" tattoo or permanent make up or if you have had any allergic reaction to any products except hair colour since your last visit. If so, we will need to do a skin test. 

How long does an AAT take and how much does it cost?

You will need an AAT appointment at least 48 hours before your colour appointment. It only takes 10 minutes in the salon and is a free test.

Why don't you test me every time?

We use screening to monitor the need for testing you before your service. If nothing has changed since your last test and we have a valid record (typically within the last 6 months) it will be OK to proceed with your service.