Help and advice for Hair Professionals

Colourstart 65mcg Cutaneous Patch is a medicine to find out if people colouring their hair might be allergic to one of the ingredients (PPD) in hair colorants.

A prescription is not needed to obtain it but, as with all medicines, care should be taken when using it. Clients should always read the label and the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) before use.

A temporary black henna tattoo may increase the risk of an allergic reaction when using hair colour. If a client asks you about black henna tattoos, refer them to the information about temporary black henna tattoos in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL). Colourstart should NOT be used by anyone with a temporary black henna tattoo. Colourstart should NOT be used by anyone who has had a reaction to a temporary black henna tattoo in the past.

The “Allergy Alert Test” as instructed on hair colorants should NOT be used in addition to the Colourstart patch test. This is because repeated exposure of the skin to PPD, whether through using hair colorant, performing the “Allergy Alert Test” or when using Colourstart, may cause sensitisation (development of allergy) in some individuals. For this reason, Colourstart
should not be used more than once if the same hair colour product is being used, but may be repeated when switching to a new hair colour product.

In rare instances, users may become allergic to the PPD present in the Colourstart patch test. This is also a risk with exposure to hair colorants containing PPD. Any reaction which occurs at the site where the patch was applied, approximately 10 days later, may be a sign of contact sensitisation. If this happens and the client tells you, they are advised to talk to a pharmacist or doctor. DO NOT use hair colorants on them.

  • suspects or knows that they are allergic to PPD or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • has active dermatitis on their skin (e.g. redness, swelling, itching)
  • has previously experienced an allergy to hair colorant
  • is pregnant or breast-feeding
  • is taking oral or topical steroids or immunosuppressant medicines

Colourstart is not recommended for adolescents and children under 16 years of age.

Be careful going out in the sun regularly, as the area where the patch is applied should not be over-exposed to the sun. This is particularly important during the summer.

Avoid getting the patch excessively wet as this may cause the patch to loosen and stop working properly. So they should take care when bathing, showering or during periods of exercise, when they may sweat.

If a client asks you about using Colourstart, please refer them to the information in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL).

Colourstart should not be used by anyone taking oral or topical steroids (such as prednisolone, betamethasone, dexamethasone, fludrocortisone, fluticasone, hydrocortisone or immunosuppressant medicines (such as tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate, azathioprine, sirolimus) as they may suppress a positive reaction.
Anyone who is unsure if any medicines they are taking will interfere with Colourstart, should speak to a pharmacist.

The Colourstart patch test has not been tested for use in pregnancy. Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding women should not use Colourstart. Anyone who is pregnant or thinks they might be pregnant or are planning to have a baby should ask a doctor or pharmacist for advice. Colourstart should not be used by anyone who is breast-feeding.

If a client asks you about using Colourstart, please refer them to the information in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL).

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