Great British hair tourism trade

Hair tourism grows in popularity
Hair tourism grows in popularity

The tourism industry is booming as people travel in their droves to visit far flung places, experience new adventures, spend quality time with family and friends, and, from a professional perspective, do business with companies in different regions.

We all take holidays or plan business trips from time to time, both within our own country and internationally, but just how far would you journey for a haircut?

According to an article on the BBC website, hair tourism is enjoying a burgeoning trade in Britain from global clientele trekking around the world for the main purpose of getting their hair cut and styled whilst at the same time taking a city break.

It seems, then, a good hairdresser can be hard to come by and it’s worth travelling hundreds of miles (1,855 miles in Melissa’s case who’s gone from Sicily to Manchester in the BBC video!) for an appointment in order to get a contemporary, on-trend haircut.

Where British salons are concerned, they’re a cut above the rest as they offer unique styles and techniques, plus provide better value for money, all of which are appealing to intrepid travellers. It’s social media, Instagram particularly, that’s responsible for generating interest in our nation’s hairdressers.

We should be rightly proud of our homegrown hairdressing talent such as the entrepreneurial owner-manager who’s the star of the Manchester salon in the BBC clip. Attracting clients from locations as distant as Canada and the Middle East is no small feat, especially when hairdressing services will be readily available in their country of origin.

Watch the 1½ minute video here.

In saying this, it’s also important not to get too complacent when selecting your hairdresser. You see, just as with any sector, there are good and bad craftsmen (and women!). Check out credentials in order to make an informed choice about which hairdresser to use.

If you’ve read our earlier blog posts, you’ll know that hair appointments can end in complete disaster, albeit on extremely rare occasions. In these instances, damage can take the form of severe hair breakage or painful scalp burns and blisters. Our legal team specialises in claims against hairdressers to help injured parties affected by negligence.

Find out more by emailing, 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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Recovery for ravaged hair

Damaged hair
Damaged hair

We recently wrote about the causes, signs and fixes of damaged hair (check out ‘How to care for damaged hair’). Today’s post is an extension of our earlier advice based on the experience of someone who suffered bleach-ravaged hair and recovered it back to health.

You see, we found this story on the website. The author, Kat, has striking pink hair with purple roots in a beautiful ombre effect. Two years prior to penning her blog post, though, was a different story altogether. Due to hairdresser negligence, where bleach had been applied carelessly and overlapped, Kat’s hair was stretchy when wet, and straw-like and thin when dry.

With the help of her ‘fairy hairmother’, Kat managed to reverse the damage and shares how with other people who may find themselves in a similar, sad situation. Much of this advice mirrors our earlier tips, namely avoiding hot styling tools, cutting down on chemicals, limiting washing and getting a good trim. There’s also this extra guidance:-

Restore the protein: With chemically damaged hair, protein is degraded. To repair the outer layer and put the protein back into your hair, use protein-rich shampoo, conditioner and treatments. Once the restoration is complete, switch back to your normal hair products as too much protein in your hair isn’t great either.

Moisturise your hair: On top of your high-protein hair diet, give it a moisture injection using hydrating products such as argan oil-based deep conditioning treatments. This will help combat brittleness and breakage.

Take fish oil supplements: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils can nourish your scalp, thicken hair strands and encourage new growth. As with all tablets, however, it’s best checking with your doctor first in order to get the right dosage and minimise possible side effects.

Wear clip-in extensions: Why not invest in some natural clip-in extensions and dye them to match your hair colour? This can give your own hair a break and present the appearance of thicker, healthier and stronger hair during the recovery phase.

Be patient: The best thing you can do is allow plenty of time. There’s no overnight rescue. With patience and persistence, you’ll notice big changes to the health of your hair and scalp over a lengthier timeframe.

Unfortunately Kat’s sorry tale was the result of bad hairdressing. If the same fate befalls you, don’t suffer in silence. Instruct our expert legal team who are specialists in claims against hairdressers so you can be compensated accordingly. We operate in the strictest of confidence and focus on the best outcome for you always.

To contact our legal team, email, call 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, telephone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Is your hair vegan?

Vegan hair
Vegan hair

Veganism is growing in the UK. Recent Vegan Society figures report over 540,000 British dietary vegans and 360,000 lifestyle vegans. The former are people following a diet which excludes meat, fish, dairy and eggs. The latter comprise individuals choosing animal-product-free cosmetics and clothes too.

Now a salon in Waterlooville, Hampshire, has become the latest hairdresser’s to extend veganism to hair care by preparing and applying vegan dyes, shampoos and conditioners. Sitting above a vegan café, owner, Claire Alker, uses kitchen scraps in her recipes. In a video on the BBC website, Claire can be seen concocting a red hair dye from beetroot, banana and maple syrup. She also explains how organic hairdressing isn’t an entirely new concept as those living in the post-war years had to make use of the limited range of products available to them.

This holistic approach to hairdressing is becoming increasingly popular because health-conscious and eco-aware consumers are actively deciding to avoid hair products containing chemicals and instead opt for items labelled ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. This is both kinder to your hair which can suffer harm from over-use of chemicals and kinder to the environment because there are no pollution side effects.

We’ve written about the impact of chemicals on hair previously. Check out our earlier blogs titled ‘What does over processed hair look like?’ and ‘Be careful of over bleaching’.

We’d urge applying caution at all times and checking ingredients always, even with organic hair care solutions, whether you’re undergoing a salon treatment or buying over the counter for home usage. Just having ‘organic’ on the label doesn’t necessarily mean there are no harmful chemicals in the ingredients.

At Hairdressing Claims, we frequently help people who’ve experienced damage to their hair and scalp at the hairdresser’s. To contact our legal team, email, 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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Going grey naturally is the latest hair trend

Natural grey hair trend
Natural grey hair trend

Forget all those in-vogue hair colour trends from 2018. 2019 is actually about ditching the dye altogether and going grey naturally.

At long last it seems that women don’t have to dread their first grey hairs and defy the signs of ageing. Instead, women can finally allow their greys to peek through and embrace their hair colour changing gradually to grey as they get older.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with grey hair anyway. At least, where men are concerned anyway. Whether men have peppered hair or a full head of grey, going grey is an acceptable reality and men often get labelled “silver fox”, denoting maturity and attractiveness. In other words, they’re considered to get better with age.

The same hasn’t always been thought true of women. Until grey hair dye stole onto the fashion scene a couple of years ago, that is. It’s a trend going nowhere fast because there are thousands of people looking for “grey hair” tips via search engines every month. As a result, grey hair is still making regular appearances on the red carpet and catwalk. Celebrities the world over are going platinum, making shades of white, pewter, steel and silver all the rage. Think Kim Kardashian, Pink, Rita Ora, Lady Gaga and myriad other A-listers.

With bottle grey so popular, another contributing factor to the trending positivity towards God-given greys is Clairol’s recent beauty campaign titled “Face your first”. A brave stance for a hair product supplier, Clairol urged women not to let society shame them for strands of grey in their hair but instead face their first greys with confidence. The ultimate message being whatever you choose to do – go grey, cover your roots or dye your hair bright pink – own it!

When you bear in mind the average British woman will discover her first greys before the age of 25, it’s a relief for women to show off their greys rather than resolving to cover up for all eternity. Why deny something as natural as your hair? Love your follicles for what they are, whatever their colour.

If you’re not quite ready to take the grey hair plunge and choose to colour your hair, ensure only the best products are used, select a reputable salon colourist and insist on pre-dye testing. If anything goes wrong and you suffer harm to your hair or scalp, we can help. Our legal team specialises in claims against hairdressers and do their utmost to secure the compensation deserved for your injuries.

Email, 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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Our pick of the best Christmas hair ideas

Christmas hair ideas
Christmas hair ideas

Yikes, Christmas is only 8 days away! We’re here with some much-needed inspiration for perfect hair this festive season. As a different take on last year’s Christmas tips whereby we offered advice on up-dos, dye colours, accessories, loose-dos and male grooming for party-ready hair, this year we’re encouraging you to go crazy and make your hair the embodiment of Christmas!

So unleash your imagination, grab your styling products and take a look at our round-up of the most Christmassy hairstyles. Whether you want creative ideas for you or your children, from the simple to the intricate, we’ve got you covered…

Christmas tree pull-through braid

Source: YouTube

This style looks complicated but it’s fairly straightforward as long as you have patience, steady hands and lots of clear elastic hairbands. There’s a 5-minute-long tutorial on YouTube which takes you through this creation in stages.

Gravity-defying Christmas tree

Source: Holleewood Hair

Go green and mould your hair into the shape of a Christmas tree complete with tinsel, baubles and star. Find out what you need and how to do it. It’s basically all about temporary colour hairspray and gathering your hair around a cone structure on your head with lots of pins and hairspray to keep it in situ.

Rudolph bun

Source: Princess Piggies

All this style needs is a bun doughnut, hair clips, and decorative pieces for Rudolph’s eyes, nose and antlers. Read this step-by-step guide to learn how to achieve the look.

Christmas present or snowman up-dos

Source: Pinterest

Following the same lines as Rudolph (above), use a mould to shape your hair into a square, pin into place, apply copious amounts of hairspray and add ribbons in the manner of a nicely-wrapped present. If you have longer hair, adapt and you can create a snowman too…

Source: Pinterest

Christmas wreath

Source: Hair Clip

Deck your hair with red and green accessories to emulate a Christmas wreath. Discover what supplies you’ll need – ribbons, pins, clips and the like – and how to get the basic structure in place using an angel halo twist.

Simpler hairstyles

If you’re challenged on the hairstyling front, choose something simpler as an alternative. As red and green are the staple colours of the Christmas festivities, use some temporary dyes for vibrant rainbow hair instead of attempting any complicated hair-raising designs.

Source: Deviant Art

Even easier, why not pop to the shops and buy a special Christmas-themed adornment for your hair? There are all manner of hair accessories in various popular high street stores. You could even embrace your inner creative streak and make your own hair decorations.

Source: Panda Hall Learning Centre

For the men

Source: Hairdrome

Finally, not forgetting the male contingent who can dare to experiment with special seasonal hairstyles and unique beard attributes to really get into the festive spirit. The Hairdrome website has everything from Christmas trees and glittery colours to reindeer scenes and snowflakes.

The last thing you need in the countdown to Christmas is a hair disaster. Whatever your plans for the holidays, be it partying long into the night with friends or chilling at home with family, looking good is top of your wish list. When visiting a hairdresser, choose wisely and direct carefully. If doing your own treatments, follow instructions closely and don’t over-process your hair.

Should you fall foul and your hair’s ruined, contact us for professional, confidential legal advice. Our initial consultation is completely free. Email, 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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#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, 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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