FB Pixel

Skin Testing Changes at our Hair Salon in Oldham

Testing Before Hair Colour Services

Colourstart passports available at Darren Michael in Oldham and ManchesterOver the past year hairdressing salons have been closed more than they have been open, but that does not mean that the industry has been asleep. There have been significant changes in directives around hair colouring which have come from Government, insurance companies and industry bodies. It has impacted the tests we conduct before a colour service and here we want to explain not just the what, but the why.


Colourstart Passport ‘Change is here to stay’

For about the last 9 months Darren Michael Hairdressing have skin tested clients, for hair colour allergies with the tattoo type Colourstart skin test. Enter the first change that has occurred. The Government regulator – MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) most recently in the news for their work approving the Covid Vaccines safe for use, have approved the Colourstart test as a medicine. This has led to changes in the way it looks, is administered, sold and information monitored and stored. Colourstart is supported by a ‘passport’ system which monitors and stores the information of individuals using Colourstart as a skin testing method. The MHRA have mandated that once a test has been carried out and a positive/green/go ahead result has been recorded, future colour service tests should comprise of a screening questionnaire to assess whether another test is necessary. More often than not, it will be safe to proceed to colour service without another test. A new test is only needed if something has changed. This is because one of the identified allergy triggers is exposure over time, therefore the MHRA do not want to see consumers exposed unnecessarily. They believe when it comes to testing – less is best.

See our full skin test policy and procedures here

AAT Skin Testing

This brings us to our next change, our industry body, NHBF (National Hair and Beauty
Federation) have listened to the MHRA and decided that we should use a similar screening method for skin testing with an AAT (Allergy Alert Test – blob on the arm). So they have worked with the insurance industry on a protocol which means we have to test once every 6 months and screen in between these times.

We love to help

Darren Michael Hairdressing are now going to be screening with questions. If this all seems a little complicated, do not worry, Darren Michael Hairdressing stylists have been well trained in how best to keep you safe whilst having your hair coloured. Should you have any questions we will be happy to put your mind at rest.

email – info@darrenmichael.co.uk

Call 01706880900


High Crompton




Salon Review
Saskia Griffiths
Really nice staff always making sure you have everything you need and make sure they know exactly what you want love my hair couldn’t or asked for better Thankyou
Salon Review
Kate Giesberts
Had my hair cut by Rachel - love it. Rachel really finds out what you want from your cut and the result was perfect. My hair is quite straight but the finish was full of body and lasted really well.
Salon Review
Janet Leigh Mayhew
Emma is lovely and I am so pleased with my hair I’ll be a regular from now on so thank you
Salon Review
Tracy Oakes
Been my salon for over 13 years. The staff are like friends and look forward to seeing them when I have an appointment! Great service and nothing is too much trouble x
Report an issue.

Sometimes website display issues can be fixed with a hard refresh. If this does not resolve the problem, please complete a bug report below.

By submitting this form a screenshot will be taken of this website as YOU currently see it which include sensitive information. You also agree to diagnostic information being taken including but not limited to: Browser type (Chrome/Firefox, IE etc), Operating System and IP Addresss. We may attempt to contact you in order to help resolve the issue you are reporting to us.

Thank you! Our technical team will look at this issue shortly.