Hairdressers and Afro Caribbean hair

Afro Caribbean hair

A recent petition reported on the ITV news website is calling for better education and greater understanding of Afro Caribbean hair amongst hairdressers in the UK.

Afro hair differs widely in both texture and treatment from Caucasian hair. According to the petition, more extensive, hands-on training in how to undertake the full range of hairdressing treatments on Afro hair should form part of the qualification process at NVQ level for hairdressers. Doing so will not only allow hairdressers to cater adequately for black and Asian clients, it will also improve inclusivity in the industry.

In response to the newly launched petition, City and Guilds published a statement to the effect of: “Students of the NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing are taught the theory of cutting, colouring and styling Afro Caribbean hair. However, because of the demographics of the UK, we cannot enforce that people must have cut and styled extremely curly type hair as part of their course.”

It remains to be seen, then, whether the petition will change the future of hair training.

At Hairdressing Claims, we regularly encounter individuals who’ve been hurt by incorrect and careless use of chemicals by hairdressers on their hair. One example is chemical relaxing on Afro hair. If these chemicals are left on for too long, the hair being ‘relaxed’ as well as the scalp can be seriously damaged. This damage could be hair breakage, scalp burns and scalp blisters.

Read our earlier blog titled ‘Everything you did (and didn’t) want to know about keratin treatments’ to learn more on the potential dangers of straightening treatments which are increasingly popular among women with curly hair.

While injuries by hairdressers are relatively rare, they can and do happen. Should you find yourself in this upsetting and painful situation, it’s reassuring to know that expert legal teams such as ours can help you progress a compensation claim against your hairdresser.

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Celebrity hair loss champion, Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake on Instagram

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not a phenomenon which only affects men. According to hair experts, 40% of women will experience visible hair loss in their lives too.

Lots of factors can contribute to hair loss, these being hormones, weight changes, age, genetics, medication, stress and negligent hairdressing or over-processing of our hair. Doctors and hair specialists, known as trichologists, are best placed to advise on the root causes, which may be due to underlying medical conditions, as well as recommend treatments for recovery.

Being honest and open on hair loss is a difficult and emotional step to take. This struggle with hair loss is epitomised by the American actress and TV presenter, Ricki Lake, who’s recently confessed about her 30-year-long battle on social media.

In a candid, inspiring Instagram post, Ricki shares a photo of her shaved hair and describes the trauma she’s suffered over a three-decade period. Striking a chord with women (and men) all over the world, Ricki explains how she kept the secret from everyone (including her therapist), tried a multitude of solutions (none of which worked in the long run) and is now finally liberated by exposing the truth.

Hoping to help others in the same situation to unshackle themselves from the “quiet hell” of hair loss, Ricki’s story has already been liked thousands of times on social media as well as prompting hundreds of messages of support from fans. Read more on the Independent’s website.

Amongst the contributory factors documented by Ricki are over-processing of her hair for a previous acting role and over-use of hair extensions in an attempt to hide her hair loss. These are two topical subjects we’ve written about before. Access our ‘Celebrities speak out about hair extension damage’, ‘What does over-processed hair look like?’, ‘Be careful of over-bleaching’ and ‘Katy Perry tells hair damage story on American chat show’ blogs.

If you get hurt by your hairdresser which results in hair loss or other damage to your hair and scalp, get in touch with our legal team to discuss the possibility of launching a compensation claim.

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Christmas hairstyles: ‘how to’ tutorials

Learn how to fashion Christmas-inspired hairstyles

Christmas and New Year celebrations are just around the corner. Whilst there’s unlikely to be any office (or indeed any!) parties this year due to COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions to social gatherings, there’s nothing to stop us all getting into the holiday spirit at home with our nearest and dearest.

To help you prepare for your upcoming festive soirees, we’ve scoured the internet to bring you a selection of fashion-forward You Tubers showing how to create the ultimate Christmas hair (and beard) updos which are perfect for your annual shindigs.

So, grab your styling equipment and accessories, and learn how to take your hairstyle to the next level this Yuletide…

Christmas tree pull-through braid by Babes in Hairland comprising braided hair adorned with pom pom pins as baubles

Christmas tree pull-through braid

Rudolph bun by CaliTeen13 fashioning a reindeer-inspired style using a doughnut tool (bun), moulded pipe cleaners (antlers), googly eyes and pom pom (nose)

Rudolph bun

Christmas wreath plait by Pretty Hairdos complete with sprigs of holly and fir tree leaves, and berry trimmings

Christmas wreath plait

Want to build a snowman like Elsa and Anna in Frozen? Now you can by creating two buns in your hair (body and head), using pins with decorative elements (eyes, nose, buttons and arms), top hat and bright-coloured bobble (scarf), as demonstrated by Trisha Weber

Snowman hair

Candy cane side plait by ChikasChic which is produced in a two-stage process. First, plaiting the hair. Second, embellishing with a red and white stripped ribbon, attached by using a long, thick needle (very carefully!)

Candy cane side plait

Finally, for the male contingent, there’s a tutorial by Baldcafe of the best ornaments for your beard this Christmas – that’s baubles, string lights and bunting complete with earrings

Beard ornaments

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and happy New Year with beautiful seasonal hair from the Hairdressing Claims team.

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Salons are open again but remember Covid rules

Salons are open now that lockdown has ended

With the second national lockdown finally at an end, hairdressing salons can operate once again in a Covid-secure manner under the new tier system. Unlike the earlier-in-the-year tier system whereby hairdressers faced potential closure in tier 3 subject to local authority rulings, salons are now permitted to remain open across all tiers as part of the government’s Covid winter plan.

This is welcome news to hairdressers (and other non-essential business owners) who have faced their most challenging year ever in 2020 by closing their doors for five months from the combined lockdowns.

Having lost almost half of their annual income this year, many salons have shut permanently as a direct result of financial losses incurred. Other salons have blatantly and illegally ignored temporary closure requirements, racking up fines of tens of thousands of pounds for repeated breaches in the process such as this salon in Oakenshaw.

It’s worth a reminder about the strict rules that should be adhered to by hairdressers, barbers and their clients. Necessarily so in our country’s efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus and, ultimately, save lives. Access our ‘New-normal hairdressing regime’ and ‘Hairdressing without the small talk’ blogs to read about what the hairdressing experience looks like post lockdown. On top of this is the additional need to display the official NHS QR code poster from the new contact tracing app.

To operate and act responsibly, it’s vitally important for hairdressers to maintain standards during the backlog-of-appointments rush. Cutting corners can cause injury in the form of cuts, burns, blisters, breakage and other damage to the hair and scalp. Due care and attention are essential always. This includes undergoing patch or strand tests, even if these pre-appointment checks introduce a slight time delay.

To jog your memory of the dangers of negligent hairdressing, revisit our previous blog titled ‘Bad salon warning signs’.

Contact our legal team in confidence if you’ve suffered harm by your stylist to find out your next steps in pursuing a compensation claim.

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Eight hair trends for 2021

Pink hair? Anything goes in 2021!

2020 has been a year like no other. If you’re as keen to look ahead to 2021 as we are, this blog’s right up your street. Today, we predict what are tipped to be the prominent hair trends of the coming year. Here, not only do we analyse haircuts, we also delve into in-vogue accessories and all-the-rage colours too.

Get your hair ready for 2021 here…

1. Holiday hair
None of us can go jet setting around the world at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t still achieve ‘holiday hair’. Cut long hair into natural-looking layers, use balayage to recreate sun-kissed colouring and style into voluminous waves. It’s ideal for both laid-back appearances and formal occasions.

Image courtesy of Julie Jackson on Pinterest

2. Pixie cut
Short pixie cuts are a super-edgy, stand-out style favoured by celebrities and ‘normal’ people alike. If you’re seeking out a bold makeover with easy-to-maintain hair, be brave and opt for a contemporary pixie crop.

Image courtesy of Love Hairstyles on Pinterest

3. Bobs in every length
Bob haircuts continue to be one of the most eye-catching ‘dos that dominate right now. Whether it’s a jaw-length bob, down to the shoulder or longer and has a sleek finish or is in simple light waves, it’s a low maintenance, versatile yet chic style ideal for our current times.

Image courtesy of AllThingsHair on Pinterest

4. Messy shag haircut
The messy shag can be cut into short and long hair. It’s effectively layered to various lengths so that the hair’s fuller around the crown and thins towards the edges. Very rock ‘n’ roll requiring minimal-to-zero styling, it’s the go-to cut for hip, busy individuals.

Image courtesy of Modern Salon on Pinterest

5. Messy or smooth… anything goes for updos
The timeless, smooth low bun or ponytail are an irresistible blend of effortlessly elegant and highly polished vibe. In contrast to these flawless finishes, messy updos are equally eye-catching and appear somewhat more organic. The added bonus is these styles are quick to create and suit everyone.

Image courtesy of Stylish Belles on Pinterest

6. Bigger is better for accessories
Having made a major comeback of late, accessories are a sought-after trend into 2021. The more extravagant, the better. Anything goes – decorative hair clips, padded headbands, ribbons, scarves and, even, old-school bandanas.

Image courtesy of Fab Mood on Pinterest

7. Colour is all about balayage, highlights, red and individuality
2021 will showcase a mixed bag of colour trends from balayage effect (caramel with different warm undertones), highlights (light brown and warm blonde are the ‘in’ thing), rich red tones (muted red-dark brown combo) and strong colours (be inspired by the rainbow!).

Image courtesy of Outfit Trends on Pinterest

8. Natural textures and braids
The natural hair movement we wrote about recently shows no signs of slowing down. People are embracing who they really are – including their hair. Coarse, frizzy, curly or fine – whatever – instead of hiding or flattening our natural texture, we’re accentuating it. Braids are similarly trending for those with longer hair to attain an iconic look.

Image courtesy of Glowsly on Pinterest

Whether you decide to play it safe or be adventurous with your hair in 2021, it’s worth re-reading our earlier tips about using DIY hair dyes and heeding our warnings about the importance of selecting a trustworthy hairdresser for your in-salon cut, dye and other treatments. It’s the difference between feeling a million dollars with your new hair and suffering harm (such as hair breakage, hair damage, scalp burns and scalp blisters).

Plus, remember that our specialist solicitors can step in to help if you need to pursue a legal claim against your hairdresser.

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Five ways COVID-19 has permanently altered our hair care habits

Hair care habits have changed forever

COVID-19’s had a profound and long-lasting impact on all aspects of our lives – from our mental and physical health to our income and job security. The changes to these many facets of our lives have been heavily documented in news headlines since March. By now, we’re well versed in our ever-evolving lifestyles as instigated by the pandemic.

But what about other, subtler alterations to our daily habits? In today’s blog, we delve under the radar to analyse specifically how we’re now looking after our hair…

You see, both lockdowns have been characterised by have-a-go haircuts and DIY hair jobs at home, occasionally culminating in less-than-desirable results. Sales of hair clippers and box dyes have skyrocketed as we’ve set about the task of lockdown hair maintenance ourselves.

Lockdown has also become known as the period during which a small contingent of rule-breakers engaged the services of their hairdressers illegally. Although forbidden to do so, reports of underground hairdressing have been rife, evidenced by bulk buying of salon-professional products.

When salons finally reopened their doors from the first lockdown on 4th July, we headed in our droves back to our hairdresser’s for correctional appointments and ‘proper’ haircuts (not just a simple trim). Interestingly, a significant proportion of people actually did the opposite – embraced their hair au naturel and chose low-maintenance colour treatments instead. We described these post-lockdown tendencies in our earlier blog.

Fast forward to now with a second lockdown in place to control the spread of coronavirus and a transformational experience awaiting us at the salon when they reopen their doors for a second time this year, what are our hair care habits? Here’s what we’ve found:-

#1: Less is still more in terms of maintenance

We lasted five months without visiting the salon and the future remains uncertain with the second lockdown still in place forcing hair salons to close yet again. Because of this, women are looking for hairstyles requiring minimal upkeep more than ever.

#2: Indulgence in self care

It thus follows that we’re investing heavily in washing, treatment and styling products to care for our hair at home. A figure being bandied around on the internet is 34% of women increasing spending on hair products to achieve the salon-at-home appearance.

#3: Longer gaps between appointments

With the vast majority of us having gone so long without a professional haircut and some realising that our own attempts at hair maintenance weren’t too bad after all, plus that the financial savings to be made are sizeable, we’re waiting longer between one appointment and the next. When we’re able to go to the salon, that is. For these monetary benefits, we’re willing to forgo our pre-COVID regular hair schedules.

#4: Switch from salon to mobile hairdressing

A number of factors are in play here. Rising unemployment figures and limits on how many clients are allowed in salons at once have led to growing volumes of hairdressers going mobile. Additionally, as a consequence of customers feeling uncomfortable in the salon due to extra security measures or health concerns and tighter finances because of reductions in earnings, more customers are booking home visits. Again, only when restrictions permit.

#5: Localised business support

Refocused priorities on the environment and localisation during lockdown mean we’re trying to lesson our carbon footprint and help businesses in our close vicinity so they can weather the storm which continues to rage. In other words, we’re favouring salons situated nearby as opposed to travelling further afield. This could be bad news for big brands but great news for small-scale hair salons.

Time will tell if these trends will carry on beyond COVID-19. If you can relate your current experiences with any of the above, we’d like to conclude with a note of caution. Always be mindful of adhering carefully to instructions on home hair kits so you don’t suffer harm at your own hands.

Similarly, if choosing mobile hairdressing services upon lockdown lifting, check that your stylist has adequate insurance cover. The risks are different and typically higher for home rather than salon hairdressing. You need to know that compensation can be claimed, should you get wounded by your hairdresser. Read our ‘6 reasons to sue your hairdresser’ blog to discover what can (and does) go wrong, from burns and chemical injuries to cuts and trips – applicable both to salon and home.

Remember, too, that help is readily available for individuals subjected to hairdresser negligence who want to launch legal action. Contact us in confidence for a free, no obligation consultation.

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