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Legal Advice On Suing A Hairdresser

Negligent Hairdressing Treatments
Katharine Evans has been a qualified personal injury lawyer for 15 years. Over that time she has successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered sensitive and painful injuries at the hairdressers. Katharine is a leading expert and is currently (2017) acting for over 80 clients who have suffered hair damage or beauty treatment related injuries.

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Hair Styling Injury Compensation Claims

There are currently (2015) around 36,000 hair salons in the UK, with the hair and beauty industry employing roughly a quarter of a million people across the country. Despite its scale, the hairdressing industry in Britain is completely unregulated, meaning that no training, qualifications or experience are required to operate or work in a hair salon. The UK is in fact one of the only countries in the world that does not have a system of compulsory registration. The Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964 allows hairdressers to register with the state voluntarily, but it is estimated that only 5% actually do so.

Critics of the current state of affairs argue that hair treatments have changed fundamentally over the past 50 years, and that the powerful chemicals and intense heat used in many modern hair treatments place consumers at risk of serious injury from poorly trained or simply incompetent hair salon staff. In January 2015, Labour MP Nia Griffith’s call during a Parliamentary debate for hairdressers to be put on a compulsory state register was rejected, one issue being the estimated £75 million cost of implementing the scheme. Despite this, the fact that the matter has finally been raised in Parliament is seen as a key milestone on the path towards compulsory registration.

In the meantime hair salon customers remain at risk of being injured by potent chemicals and hot and sharp instruments being handled by staff who are not qualified or skilled enough to use them safely.

Case Study: Compensation For Hair Damage At Photo Shoot

Allergic Reactions, Burns & Hair Loss

Hair styling accidents are most often caused by chemicals contained in hair products reacting badly with the skin or hair. During hair colouring for example chemicals and toxins contained in hair dye products may cause an allergic reaction, or may cause the hair to dry up and fall out if they are left in the hair for too long. Potentially dangerous chemicals are also used in other common hair styling procedures, including perming, bleaching, tinting and adding extensions.

Case Study: Burns From Hairdresser's Failure To Apply Base Cream

A negative reaction to ingredients in hair care product may cause temporary or permanent baldness, and result in scarring to the scalp caused by chemical burns. Apart from physical pain, injured persons are likely to suffer mental trauma from being partially disfigured. This often leads to chronic loss of self confidence and the cancellation of previously made plans such as special events and holidays. All these factors are taken into account when determining the size of a compensation award. Ths principle factor which will determine the level of compensation award is how long hair takes to regrow.

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Typical Hair Styling Accidents

Allergic reaction to chemicals in hair styling products
Burns and baldness caused by poorly prepared or misapplied products
Cuts and bleeding caused by hair stylist slipping with scissors
Dermatitis and related hair loss


Case Study: Client Burnt By Hot Curling Tongs At Salon

Legal Responsibilities of Hair Stylists to Clients

Hair styling salons shoulds carry out skin patch tests on new customers to check for well-known allergies such an allergy to hair dye. A small amount of hair dye should be tested on a patch of skin, ideally 24 hours before the treatment is due to take place. Salons should also offer a hair strand test where required to ensure chemicals in styling products will not damage hair follicles.

Hair styling customers have a legal right to expect that their treatment will be carried out by a reasonably competent professional. Forseeable injuries are regularly caused by inexperienced junior stylists who mix hair solutions to the wrong strength, or fail to remove chemical products from their clients hair at the right moment. In the case of perming this leads to a condition known as 'over-processed' hair which may subsequently begin to fall out.

Taking A Hairdresser To Court For Personal Injury

Hair styling salons are subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), which regulates the storage, use and disposal of chemical solutions such as perming lotion. Certain chemicals contained in hair dye are also illegal under separate legislation. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 also requires that electrical appliances used for hair styling are regularly safety tested.

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Case Study: Injury At Hair Salon On Cruise Ship

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Katharine Evans specialises in compensation claims for injuries and accidents at hair styling salons. Contact Katharine today on 0800 988 3642 for free confidential advice on the procedure to for suing a hairdresser in the UK. She will be happy to answer common questions such as; can I sue my hairdresser for an allergic reaction? Can I sue the hairdresser for a bald patch caused by their carelessness? How to sue a hairdresser? And any other questions you may have!

Because we specialise in these types of claims you are guaranteed to get the maximum amount of compensation with the minimum of fuss.

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