AT GOLSON hair salons we use both testing and screening methods to check suitability for the colouring products we use.  We are still able to offer in-salon allergy alert testing (by way of patch test), however, for your convenience, we have also introduced the Colourstart Passport system, and you can read more about this here 


For your first colour visit with GOLSON, or if it has been six months since your last AAT (Allergy Alert Test), you must attend the salon at least 48 hours prior to your appointment.  A small amount of colour formula will be placed on the inside of your elbows.  This must be left on for 45 minutes uncovered, washed off with water and observed for the next 48 hours.  If you experience any signs of irritation, reddening, swelling, inflammation or itching, please contact us.  If you develop symptoms that make you feel unwell, please contact your doctor.  

In between each colour service we will email / sms a GOLSON Colour Responsible Form to you, 5 days prior to your appointment.  This is a quick link with a series of tick box questions, which you can easily answer, sign and submit to update your client account within a few seconds.  This allows us to see any changes that may require a new AAT, however, in most cases, it will show it is safe to carry out your colour.

All of our stylists have been trained to test and screen for suitability for colour services.  We have vast experience in safe colouring and you can be sure we only use the best colour products and invest in the most up to date practices for your safety.


If you do not live local to one of our salons, or would prefer to manage your own testing and screening, please register on the Colourstart website by clicking here to create your passport.  Answer the screening questions, buy and apply your Colourstart patch from GOLSON at an initial cost of £15.  Follow the instructions and upload your results to your online passport.  Share your results with your GOLSON salon (we are registered with Colourstart).

The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) 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.


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. GOLSON are committed to your safety and use only the best products and methods for hair colouring, and we thank you for helping us to safely carry out your colour appointment.


Thank you from the GOLSON team

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