You may have seen reports on the news and on popular chat shows recently where people discuss their experiences of a truly bad hair day. The problems that can arise as a result of a simple visit to the hairdresser can be much more serious than not liking the look you end up with.
Hairdressing in the United Kingdom is largely unregulated and there is no legal requirement for hairdressers to carry out specific health and safety checks, or to have any particular qualification or experience. Many hairdressers are highly professional and experienced, but others are sadly not. It is important to realise the risks of hairdressing, and know in what incidence you can make a claim for legal damages due to negligence. Here are some facts about the key ways in which you can suffer an extremely bad hair day after a visit to the salon.
- Chemical Damage
The chemicals used in straightening, dying, bleaching, colouring, and perming are strong. They can cause scarring and hair damage if they are used incorrectly. If you experience an allergic reaction to a hairdressing chemical it can mean a burned scalp or permanent hair loss. Chemicals may be left on the hair for too long, resulting in hair problems. Or the wrong hair products may be used, containing chemicals that are too harsh for an individual’s hair.
- Hairdresser Incompetence
Many claims for hairdresser compensation come about because the hairdresser is inexperienced, or incompetent. Due to the fact that there are not specific qualifications needed to set up as a hairdresser, sometimes you will experience a hairdresser who simply does not know what they are doing.
- Lack of Skin Test
One of the major problems is when there is no skin test carried out before a chemical is applied to the hair or the scalp. A skin test reveals problems that affect the skin and it will help prevent problems occurring when the majority of the product is applied. In countless cases the lack of skin test results in serious injury. It’s a simple issue where something could be avoided simply by following procedure.
- Hairdresser Injuries
It is not only customers that suffer. Often the practices employed in hair salons hurt the hairdressers that work there. Hairdressers, as well as customers, may develop contact dermatitis as a result of working with chemicals and there are other skin conditions that occur when the chemicals used are not applied in the right way.