Gender-neutral hairdressing

Gender-neutral hairdressing
Gender-neutral hairdressing is increasingly popular

Any male-female friendship knows that the woman will pay more for a haircut than the man, even if their hair is shorter. This frustrating gender inequality has led to price discrimination in the hairdressing sector. It’s come about because women are often happier to spend more money on beauty than men. And anyone in business knows that you charge more to people who are willing to pay a higher price.

But this outdated thinking is finally changing, partly because men are investing more in personal grooming and spending longer in the salon chair, but also due to some hairdressers trying to differentiate their offering by recognising that gender-neutral price lists promote fairness. Quite simply, there’s no reason why the price point for a man or woman should differ anymore, if they ever should have at all.

Recent news reports announced the opening of Wales’ first gender-neutral salon, Chair Salons in Cardiff. In similar vein to other salons of this type, Chop Chop London amongst them, customers pay according to the length of their hair. Other factors borne in mind may be stylist’s time and skills, and products used.

Unlike the majority of salons with which we’re familiar, prejudice isn’t made on the basis of sex, age or community. Not only has Chair moved away from an archaic pricing system, it’s making sure magazines on offer give its customers ‘access to representations of beauty that do not conform to stereotypes’.

Ultimately, gender-neutral salon clients should feel welcome, not be subject to gendered conversation, save money on hair care and still get the hairstyle they want. There’s one price list for everyone and a warm environment, with no distinction between genders and an atmosphere of inclusion.

Thankfully the hair industry, then, is slowly evolving to reflect the modern world we live in. Not before time, in our opinion. It’s not acceptable to charge extra for the same service just because someone’s a woman. Salons like Chair are setting a positive equality standard. Hopefully, now, the rest will follow suit.

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3-step plan to suing your hairdresser

Hairdresser-instigated hair damage
Hairdresser-instigated hair damage

Being hurt by your hairdresser is a type of personal injury and, as such, you can launch legal claims against hairdressers for the scalp or hair damage caused. The worse your injury is and the more far-reaching the consequences, the bigger your end pay-out will be.

To put this statement into context, if harm is severe, such as hair loss, bald patches, scalp burns or scalp blisters, and if your career relies upon your appearance, like being a model or actress, plus if you incur significant expense as a direct result of your hairdresser’s negligence, for example lost wages or medical costs, you’ll be awarded a larger amount of compensation in settlement of your claim.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t make a claim if your case is less extreme than this. If you’ve suffered harm to your hair or scalp in any way at the hairdresser’s, you’re entitled to gain recompense from the salon or stylist who’s to blame. It simply means that recovered monies will reflect the gravity of your unique circumstances.

Not everyone knows how to go about suing hairdressers because many people have never instructed a solicitor before. Individuals who have previously sought legal representation tend to use solicitors for straightforward matters, for instance buying a house or writing a will.

Personal injury, in comparison, is a form of litigation and demands a very different approach from all parties concerned. That includes you as the litigant. Begin your legal case in the right way and you’ve got a greater chance of success.

If you’re unsure what to do, these vital tips will help you out…

1. Write it all down on paper
Make detailed notes about what’s happened including the time and date of your hair appointment, stylist’s name, treatment performed, how you got hurt, correctional treatment offered (if relevant) and what you paid (if anything).

It’ll be the last thing you’ll want to do, but you must also take selfies of your head and hair, as well as keep samples of hair that’s broken away or fallen out. The reason why? It’s evidence. The strongest cases are those with lots of evidence as it’s almost impossible to refute your story.

2. Don’t go it alone
You may feel it necessary to visit your doctor to get his / her expert opinion on your injury. If you do go down this route, again record everything including the time and date of doctor’s appointment, prescriptions given and medical advice offered.

Note that this isn’t an essential requirement in order to sue a hairdresser. You’ll find that many law firms will involve partnering medical practitioners, both doctors and trichologists, as your matter progresses.

The most important action at this stage is to get professional opinion from a lawyer who specialises in this type of claim. The best law firms will provide a free initial consultation to assess your eligibility for legal action.

3. Stay calm
If you’re the victim of an accident at the hairdresser’s, this is undoubtedly a distressing and troubling time in your life. A reputable solicitor will do his / her utmost to take the stress away by supporting you from one step to the next, fighting for you in and out of court, and securing an agreeable level of compensation. You shouldn’t even need to worry about legal fees. Select ‘no win, no fee’ terms and only pay when your case is successful.

At Hairdressing Claims, our legal team is dedicated to helping people make claims against hairdressers. We offer all of the above – free suitability assessment, range of medical partners, ‘no win, no fee’ payment options – and, quite simply, sound legal advice resulting from many years of experience in this field.

To find out more, complete our online enquiry form, email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, phone 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free or call 0333 202 6560 from a mobile.

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5 essential wedding hair tips

Tips for picture-perfect wedding hair
Tips for picture-perfect wedding hair

On special occasions, you always want to look your best. At no time more so than your own wedding day. As peak wedding season gets ever closer, we’re taking a look at what’s claimed to be one of the most important days of your life – your wedding. More specifically, your wedding day hair.

The last thing you need on your big day is a hair disaster. Your bad hair will put a dampener on your celebrations, the sour memory will stay with you forever and you’ll be reminded of your hair catastrophe every time you look at your wedding photos.

Before you decide on a style, read these five simple tips for picture-perfect wedding hair…

1. Be wary of drastic restyling
While it may be tempting to opt for a new haircut in order to look and feel extra special at your wedding, it’s probably not a good idea. For a start, would the new style complement your dress, veil and other hair accessories, such as your tiara? Even more importantly, what if you hate your hair after it’s been cut? Could you still rescue your hair in time?

Reinventing yourself can seem like a brilliant idea to make a dramatic entrance to your family and friends, but sticking with what you know is by far the safest and most preferable option.

2. Have a trial run
Following on from #1, if you’re considering a particular hairdo, have a practice run in the lead up to the main event. Yes, it’ll cost you more money as you’ll have to pay your hairdresser for her / his services, but it’ll be cash well spent.

After all, what if it turns out not to be suitable? Not every style flatters every person. There’s your outfit to bear in mind too. Not all styles will show off all wedding clothes. By trying it out early doors, you can make those essential fine-tune adjustments to get your style right on the day.

The other bonus to this approach is getting to spend another night with fabulous hair. Schedule the rehearsal for an important date, like your hen night, to take full advantage.

3. Be honest with your hairdresser
On the morning of your wedding, as you’re sitting having your hair styled, speak up if you’re not happy. Your hairdresser’s the expert and can fix things in a jiffy. Waiting until your hairdresser’s left the building then opening up the floodgates, complaining about your style and trying to get someone else to remedy your hair problem won’t produce the same positive end results.

Be kind to yourself (and those around you) and ensure you love your hair before saying goodbye to your hairdresser. It’ll be much less stressful for everyone concerned. It’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life as well, so start the day on a high note. That way, the only tears you’ll shed will be tears of joy during your exchange of vows.

4. Think about the weather
Weather forecasts are available several days in advance. As your wedding draws near, see what weather lies ahead and prepare appropriately. If it’s going to be hot and humid (lucky you!), style your hair off your face. If it’s going to be windy, use extra grips and hairspray to keep your hair in place. If it’s going to rain, buy yourself a pretty see-through umbrella.

You know better than anyone how your hair responds to the elements. Communicate this information clearly to your hairdresser so that, between you, you can plan your hair around the predicted climate.

5. Take other preparatory steps
You’ll no doubt have invested in a decent haircut recently in readiness for your wedding. To keep your hair in healthy condition, avoid excessive heat styling in the week or so beforehand. And buy a strong heat protection spray to guard your locks against unnecessary damage.

While you might not want to hear this, it’s advisable not to wash your hair on the actual day of your wedding. Hair styles hold better if hair was washed the previous day. Stay away from the shampoo and conditioner!

All that’s left to say is happy wedding day. With your hair in tip-top shape, you’ll be the envy of your wedding guests!

Despite our honourable intentions, sometimes hair disasters do happen through no fault of our own, with our hairdressers entirely to blame. Take our recent blog post about Dr Lucinda Shaw whose hair ‘came out in chunks’ following a hair straightening procedure carried out by her hair salon in the run up to her friend’s wedding. Because of her hairdresser’s negligence, Dr Shaw was awarded £1,200 in compensation but unfortunately the wedding was tarnished by her ruined hair.

If you suffer harm at the hands of your hairdresser and subsequently experience hair breakage, hair damage, scalp burns or scalp blisters, you should give serious consideration to suing hairdressers. At Hairdressing Claims, we’re experts in claims against hairdressers and can support you throughout the legal process.

Contact us in confidence by emailing enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, calling 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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GP secures compensation for hair loss following salon treatment

GP's hair loss leads to compensation claim
GP’s hair loss leads to compensation claim

When Dr Lucinda Shaw’s hair ‘came out in chunks’ a few days after a hairdressing appointment, she sought compensation from the salon, Posh Hair and Beauty in Camden. As a result, she was awarded £1,200 for her hair loss ordeal.

In preparation for her friend’s wedding and following web-based research into hair straightening options, Dr Shaw booked a Japanese Yuko treatment whereby Keratin is used to permanently straighten hair. Salon staff failed to apply any patch testing and spent several hours performing the procedure. At one point, Dr Shaw complained that it started ‘smelling a lot’ and was advised the salon was actually doing a L’Oréal treatment instead.

Shortly afterwards, the effects of Dr Shaw’s maltreatment became apparent as her hair began falling out in the shower, leaving it short all over, not in the condition she’d anticipated and the incident unfortunately ‘cast a shadow’ over the wedding celebrations. Now, several months down the line, Dr Shaw is still growing her hair back to its original length.

Read the full story here.

This sorry tale serves as a reminder of the type of serious harm caused by hairdresser negligence. Hair breakage and hair damage such as that experienced by Dr Shaw is exactly what happens when hairdressers don’t carry out hair strand and skin patch tests before embarking upon treatments involving chemicals.

At Hairdressing Claims, we support individuals who’ve been injured because of hairdressers’ incompetence and lack of care. The damage can be extreme – for example hair loss, scalp burns and scalp blisters – and the consequences far reaching – often resulting in loss of earnings as injured parties take time off work when suffering with emotional distress and physical pain. These are strong grounds for making claims against hairdressers.

If you’ve been hurt by your hairdresser, be it from dyeing, bleaching, straightening, perming or other chemical treatment, contact our specialist legal team today. We’ll give free, confidential advice to help you decide whether or not to sue a hairdresser.

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2018 hair colour trends

2018 hair colour trends
Go bold with your hair colour this year

 

In these early weeks of 2018, we’re here to tell you all about this year’s key hair colour trends. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit ‘bleh’ late winter. For an instant self-care boost to lift your mood, welcome some vibrant colour into your life.

Check out these predictions for 2018’s favourite shades…

Bright copper (pictured above): Not just for autumn, this colour’s striking at any time of year but be warned that bright colours have a tendency to fade pretty quickly. More upkeep may be required and be prepared to re-colour more frequently than normal.

Light blonde: Why wait for summer to get the sun-kissed look? This ever-popular lower maintenance colour simply requires you to keep your hair hydrated with some decent-quality shampoo and conditioner which has hydrating properties. This will make your colour stick around for longer.

Light blonde hair

Source: Bellatory

Platinum blonde: We reported on this fashionable icy-white colour choice on our blog in 2017 and it’s going nowhere fast in 2018 with A-listers everywhere turning grey. It’s very high maintenance though, will need regular top ups and maybe even purple products to tackle brassiness.

Platinum blonde hair

Source: All Things Hair

Rose gold: Another tone that’s very with-it but also extremely demanding, albeit on a more manageable scale. Washing your hair with cool water and colour-safe products is advised in order to stay metallic.

Rose gold hair

Source: Instagram

Black lowlights: Light on top, dark underneath (or vice versa), the balayage effect is relatively low effort. Use colour-preserving shampoo and conditioner plus other moisturising products as you see fit. Go as light as you dare to really mark the contrast between the two shades.

Black lowlights

Source: Pinterest

A good hairdresser knows how to dye your hair to any chosen colour. There’s a much lower chance of a bad outcome if you go to a hairdresser rather than buy a home hair dye kit, especially for more drastic colour changes.

However, that’s not to say a hair disaster caused by your hairdresser is completely out of the question. Sadly it’s not. Should things go awry and your hairdresser’s at fault, contact us (link to enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk). We’re hair claims experts and can help you take action if a hairdressing claim becomes a necessity.

Read our earlier blog post titled ‘How to fix hair colouring disasters’ for guidance on how to correct a whole multitude of colouring messes. Or if your hairdresser has seriously damaged your hair or scalp with dyeing procedures, please contact us and talk in confidence to a member of our legal team.

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Ann Widdecombe struggles with hair straighteners

Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe’s disobedient hair straighteners

We just had to laugh at Ann Widdecombe’s expense when she battled with hair straighteners in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother house earlier in the month.

Ann was given a beauty makeover by fellow housemate, Malika Haqq, in the popular Channel 5 programme. She then attempted self-styling but no matter how hard she tried, the straightening tool wouldn’t co-operate.

Claimed by some to be the funniest video of 2018 so far, it’s clocked up over 17,000 views on YouTube. Check it out here.

Ann’s mishap with hair straighteners is something many of us can identify with. Like many hair styling tools, they can be hard to handle. Whether as a direct result of her amusing hair styling incident or general entertaining behaviour on Big Brother, Ann’s one of the favourites to win the reality show tonight.

To promote best hair care practice, it’s worth reminding you about the dangers of high heat-emitting products which can cause serious damage to your hair if not handled properly. Improper care can result in dry, easily breakable, frizzy hair. The kind of hair that may tempt you to spend longer with your straighteners in an attempt to tame your unruly tresses. By doing so, even more damage will ensue and you end up caught in a vicious cycle.

Take our advice and follow these five steps when straightening your hair:-

1. Brush your hair to remove any tangles.

2. Apply heat protection spray liberally to put a barrier between the flat iron and your hair.

3. Ensure your hair is fully dry and your straighteners are fully heated before you begin.

4. Use a low heat setting, especially if you have fine hair. Never go higher than 350 degrees.

5. Avoid over-application on any single section of hair.

Your hairdresser should adhere to these guidelines too. If they don’t, and you suffer injury, we can offer support. Contact our legal team for free initial advice by emailing enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, phoning 0800 970 9102 from a landline, calling 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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