These requirements apply to Coversure Salonsure insurance policies underwritten by Covea, taken out or renewed after 1 January 2021. If you have insurance with a different provider, always make sure you are covered.
You must carry out an allergy alert test on existing clients every six months (previously, this was every 12 months).
You must always carry out an allergy alert test if you change:
- The product/brand.
- The manufacturer.
You must keep a written record of every test for at least six years. Each written record must be signed by the client.
Allergy alert tests must be carried out no less than 48 hours before the treatment or service. The maximum amount of time allowed between an allergy alert test and the treatment or service will vary depending on the product manufacturer’s instructions and protocols which must always be followed.
Allergy alert tests and colour treatments must not be carried out on under-16s.
All the information you need for doing allergy alert tests is in our NHBF consultation, allergy alert and industry tests toolkitfor hair salons and barbershops which is free to NHBF Members (£4.50 P&P).
- Divide and mark up the area to be tested.
- Number the areas (according to how many products/brands will be used)
- Apply the product to the numbered area using a cotton bud or similar as detailed in the manufacturer’s protocols and/or instructions.
I'm going to use a different shade of colour on my cient. Must I do another allergy alert test?
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