#Alopeciaisfashion campaign challenging perceptions of beauty

Image courtesy of the BBC website
Image courtesy of the BBC website

Alopecia is the term used to describe partial or full hair loss. It occurs on men and women alike. For both sexes, alopecia can cause psychological distress due to its impact on appearance and self image. This is an even bigger issue in today’s society which holds unrealistic and unattainable beauty standards, and bombards us with the ‘ideal’ of beauty on a daily basis.

That’s why we love this campaign called #Alopeciaisfashion, originally aired on BBC Radio 5 Live, which aims to make the condition more accepted in the world, challenge widely held perceptions about beauty and set new standards by giving a platform for models who’ve suffered hair loss.

Ultimately, it’s about getting other people with alopecia to feel confident by showing how everyone is beautiful in their own way regardless of whether they have hair or not.

When you consider that alopecia is estimated to affect 8 million people in the UK alone, according to NHS figures, the #Alopeciaisfashion campaign is a positive step forward in questioning the belief that the epitome of attractiveness is size zero, tall with long hair.

Watch the 2½ minute video clip here.

To digress slightly, alopecia has many causes including hereditary reasons, the result of stress and symptom of an underlying medical condition. The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies greatly from person to person.

What’s lesser known is that balding hair can also be the unfortunate outcome of a hairdressing appointment gone wrong. We’ve written previously about the impact of misuse of hot styling equipment, improper application of chemicals and general lack of care on the part of hairdressers.

If you find yourself in this situation and experience hair loss as a consequence of a visit to the hairdresser’s, help is available in the form of our expert legal team. We’re specialists in claims against hairdressers. With our support, you can secure compensation reflecting both physical and psychological damage incurred.

Contact us in confidence today. Our initial consultation is completely free. Email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, call 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Spring 2019 hair trends

On-trend hair for Spring 2019
On-trend hair for Spring 2019

During Fashion Month – which saw Fashion Week take place at London, New York, Milan and Paris – we were checking out which hairstyles peppered the runways as spring 2019’s hot looks. It seems that next season’s all about bold, dramatic hair ranging from slicked-back up-dos and pastel colours to tousled waves and accessories galore.

Not only does fashion love nostalgia, with past trends making regular appearances decades down the line, so too does beauty. Hair specifically. The hair style that’s tipped to be spring’s biggest inspiration is the 90s blowout which is blowing your hair to a smooth finish with lots of natural volume.

Other hair trends made an appearance too. Check out this line up of the coolest trends we’ve seen and start practicing now so you’re ready to copy them in time for spring…

90s blowout

90s blowout

Source: Harper’s Bazaar / Imaxtree

Lots of volume and lots of length styled to be beautiful, healthy and off the face.

60s chic

60s chic

Source: Harper’s Bazaar / Imaxtree

Bohemian curls and braids with wooden beads on hair that’s been textured from the roots to the tips.

Surfer girl

Surfer girl

Source: WWD / Delphine Achard

This easy, relaxed hairstyle was created with volumizing product for texture and spray wax to complete the look.

Frame for statement earrings

Frame for statement earrings

Source: Harper’s Bazaar / Imaxtree

Straight hair was slicked back to behind the ears to show off those designer earrings to best effect.

Half up-half down

Half up - half down

Source: Harper’s Bazaar / Imaxtree

A super high bun – sometimes tidy, sometimes messy – with a length of free-falling hair was a popular choice.

Low ponytails

Low ponytail

Source: Harper’s Bazaar / Imaxtree

Shiny, low-set ponytails – in this case side-parted – were yet again a runway staple.

Pastel hair dyes

Pastel hair dyes

Source: Elle / Imaxtree / Marc Jacobs

The styles varied but pastel colours ran throughout, here shown with a buzz cut.

Neon clip-in extensions

Neon clip-in extensions

Source: Allure / Alice & Olivia

Streaks of neon colour by way of clip-in extensions secured into a messy, low ponytail and accentuated with matching coloured earrings.

Twisted bun

Twisted bun

Source: Elle / Matteo Valle

Copious amounts of gel and pins created this timeless, neat bun at the nape of the neck.

Ethereal style

Ethereal style

Source: WWD / Jane Kim

Wild hair decorated with flowers and jewellery gave a romantic feel to match models’ clothing.

Sporty cool

Sporty cool

Source: Elle / Matteo Valle

Fila used headbands (shown here), bucket hats and caps to complement the brand’s classic, sporty looks.

Silk headscarves

Silk headscarves

Source: Allure / Michael Kors

Inspired by the 60s and 70s but with 2018 surfer vibes, silk scarves made an appearance on loose hair.

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Stroke victim pursues £1m claim against hairdresser

Victim suffers stroke after hair washing at the salon basin
Victim suffers stroke after hair washing at the salon basin

As most of us adhere to a regular hairdressing schedule to keep our hair in good condition and maintain our preferred style, the process of going to the hairdresser’s every 4 to 8 weeks, year after year means it’s almost inevitable that, at some point, we’re going to experience disappointment with the treatment given.

Only on extremely rare occasions to an unlucky few, however, does an appointment with a hairdresser result in our lives being irreparably altered. But that’s exactly what happened to a 47-year-old nurse from West Lothian, Adele Burns, as reported recently.

The alleged cause of harm to Adele was the impact of the sink on the back of her neck when she had her hair washed six times during what was supposed to be a routine cut-and-colour treatment that went wrong.

You see, if not given adequate neck protection when having your hair washed in the basin at a salon, you’re at risk of experiencing what’s been called ‘beauty parlour syndrome’. By being uncomfortable and extending your neck backwards for a long period, the arteries in the neck can be stretched, blocked or even cut. This means the blood supply to your brain is stopped, causing blood clots and strokes.

Depending on where the stroke affects the brain, the damage caused can be both physical – with slurred speech and paralysis amongst the symptoms – and emotional – such as depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour. The range is vast. Some stroke victims have minor issues; others suffer long-term debilitating outcomes.

Where Adele’s concerned, her life was “turned upside down” by being unable to drive, and struggling to speak, read and write. Because of this, she could no longer work and became completely dependent upon her husband so the couple were forced to sell their family home.

The salon, Rainbow Room International, was negligent in two ways. First, Adele wasn’t given a strand test which could have helped the hairdresser better understand how her hair would react to dyeing thus avoiding the need to repeatedly wash her hair in order to achieve the correct colour. Second, they failed to offer a front-facing sink or provide suitable neck protection on the backward-facing sink which could have prevented overextension of the neck’s arteries.

With legal representation, Adele is pursuing a £1 million claim for life-changing damages. This serves as a warning to salons who ignore their duty of care and to hairdressing customers who should know about possible risks to their health from maltreatment. It’s also a reminder to anyone who’s injured by their hairdresser to speak out, like Adele, and seek compensation too.

We’ve reported similar cases previously on our blog. Read our earlier post about £90,000 damages awarded for a salon shampoo injury case.

If you’ve been hurt during a hairdressing appointment and would like some free initial legal advice about your next steps, contact our team in confidence today. Email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, call 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Recall of Brazilian hair treatment product

Brazilian Blowout product recall
Brazilian Blowout product recall

At Hairdressing Claims, we’re all about promoting safe, responsible hairdressing and hair styling whether you’re visiting a salon or DIY-ing at home. As experts in claims against hairdressers, we’ve seen lots of serious hair and scalp injuries resulting from negligent hairdressing or misuse of styling products. Believe us, you really don’t want a serious hair disaster to happen to you.

That’s why we’re sharing news about the urgent recall by the European Commission of Brazilian Blowout, a hair straightening product that’s been found to contain 35 times the allowed concentration limit of the chemical methylene glycol.

You see, when methylene glycol is used in smoothing solutions, it can release a toxic substance called formaldehyde which is capable of causing cancer. The permitted concentration of methylene glycol is 0.2%. Brazilian Blowout measures 7%, 35 times more.

Due to its serious risk to health, anyone who’s bought Brazilian Blowout can receive a full refund even without a receipt. Find out more on the Recall Alert website.

On the same subject, undergoing Brazilian hair straightening at a hairdressing salon also poses health risks which it’s important to be aware of beforehand. We’ve written about this previously. In our article titled “Everything you did (and didn’t!) want to know about keratin treatments”, we describe how the straightening procedure is performed and advise to check exactly what’s contained within the formula your stylist is using.

Despite the best due diligence, if you end up suffering harm to your hair or scalp during a Brazilian hair treatment, our legal team are on hand to help. Get in touch 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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Scientific evidence that women really are the fairer sex

Blonde hair genes more prominent in women
Blonde hair genes more prominent in women

The biggest ever study on genes and hair colour has been undertaken by an international scientific team with results recently published in Nature Genetics.

Data analysed from 300,000 participants of European descent showed that women are twice as likely as men to have blonde hair. Another interesting discovery was that men are three times as likely as women to have black hair.

These research findings demonstrate that the colour of our hair is a highly heritable trait, related to our genes, with an unusual bias towards more blonde haired women and more black haired men evident in every population sub group analysed.

Joint lead author of the study, Professor Tim Spector from Kings College London, said: “It’s a mystery and it’s intriguing because it wasn’t what we were looking for.” Read more of Tim’s comments on the BBC website.

While these gene-related revelations appeal to professionals operating in the hair industry, Hairdressing Claims included, there are huge implications for other sectors too, such as medical and police forensics work. Two uses of the data are that it’ll help improve our understanding and treatment of diseases, and make it possible to ascertain villains’ physical identity at crime scenes.

On a related note, if you’re not a natural blonde and are tempted by a total dye job to recreate the look, please heed our earlier advice to would-be blondes about over bleaching your hair. Incorrect or over application of bleach is seriously bad news for your hair and skin, both of which can suffer severe and irreversible damage.

At Hairdressing Claims, our raison d’etre is to help individuals who’ve been hurt by their hairdresser. If you experience harm at the salon in your quest for blondeness, get in touch 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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10 tips to avoid humidity hair this summer

Keep your hair in top shape for the beach
Keep your hair in top shape for the beach

You can’t beat a summer holiday spent at some exotic, far-flung destination (or closer to home, if you prefer!) to unwind from the normal stresses and strains of life and work with your closest family and friends.

While enjoying some much-needed relaxation time on hot summer days, the challenge comes in counteracting the frizz to your hair caused by humidity. Not to mention the adverse effects of sand, salt and wind on your tresses if you’re heading beachside.

To help you achieve selfie-ready hair on your holiday, we’re here with ten essential tips to beat the frizz…

1. Use sulphate-free shampoo
As savvy consumers, we’re well trained in checking the list of ingredients in just about everything these days, especially when it comes to avoiding potentially harmful chemicals in beauty products. For this reason, sulphate-free shampoo is gaining popularity amongst health-aware fashionistas.

You see, sulphate lifts the hair cuticle which makes it more susceptible to frizz. Swap to sulphate-free to tackle frizz from the get go.

2. Choose lightweight, moisturising conditioner
For the optimum holiday conditioner, just like your shampoo, buy something that’s free of nasty chemicals and suits your hair type. As you’ll no doubt be applying more styling products while away than you usually would at home in order to combat frizz, a moisturising formula is the better option.

3. Look for anti-humidity treatments
Yes, they do exist. And yes, they do work. If you’re holidaying somewhere with a hot or humid climate, use an anti-humidity sealant to stop your hair reacting badly to the weather. The spray formula gives hair a non-greasy, sleek shine which lasts for up to 3 washes.

4. Dry your hair properly
First, start your blow dry by brushing any baby hairs away from your face. Second, hold your hair dryer facing down. Third, use a round brush to make outward movements to dry the crown of your head in such a way as to prevent frizz.

5. Add movement or fasten in an up-do
Tousled waves are the perfect beach look so add some movement to the length and ends of your hair. These curls are useful in preventing puffiness due to humidity too.

Alternatively, your plan B may involve arranging your hair into one of your preferred up-do styles such as a slick ponytail, French braid or messy bun. With your up-do in situ, use a variety of pretty clips, hairnets and headbands to keep frizz locked down and look lovely all at the same time.

6. Apply hairspray
A little hairspray won’t go amiss to fix your hair into place, whether it’s loose curls or a pinned-up style. To really finish off your hairstyle to perfection, apply hairspray to a toothbrush and comb down any flyaway strands.

7. Always use a heat protectant
At the hairdrying stage, remember your heat protector spray to shield your hair from temperature-induced damage. There’s also the heat from the sun to bear in mind. Use heat protectant during the day as a barrier from harmful UV rays, as well as sand, salt and wind when you’re spending time on the beach.

You may even opt for something stronger for this purpose such as leave-in conditioners, serums, oils or glosses. Check out the extensive range of products available in your nearest chemist.

8. Take a look at other hair products
When going on holiday, you don’t want to bulk up your suitcase unnecessarily when you’ve got luggage weight restrictions to adhere to. Take a look at the relatively new-to-market anti-frizz sheets which are purse-portable and designed to tame the frizziest hair.

9. Go for a wet look
Probably the easiest thing you can do when humidity strikes is tap into the wet look hair trend. Simply add a gel spray to your hair when wet and finish with a holding spray. The frizz won’t stand a cat in hell’s chance!

10. Adjust your sleeping habits
Something much overlooked but thought to make a big difference to those with frizzy hair is the material of your pillowcase. Cotton absorbs moisture from your hair which can cause dryness and breakage. Switch to a silk pillowcase instead as added protection for your hair.

Happy holidays!

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