Adverse reaction to hair dye by COVID-19 survivors

Hair being dyed at the hairdresser’s

We wrote recently about the impact of coronavirus on our hair; this being cumulative hair shedding and extreme hair loss. Here, we cover a new COVID-19 related phenomenon which is, as yet, not supported by sufficient scientific evidence… heightened sensitivity to hair dye.

According to a hair salon in London, people who’ve tested positive for or strongly suspect they’ve contracted COVID-19 in the past are suffering dangerous reactions to hair dye, even when they’ve had the same dye applied several times previously and not reacted negatively to it on any other occasion.

Just to highlight how potentially serious an allergic reaction to hair dye can be, symptoms variously include: an angry rash anywhere on the body; blisters or welts; stinging or burning sensation to the scalp, face or neck; itching or swelling to the scalp, eyelids, lips, hands or feet; feeling lightheaded or faint; wheezing and difficulty breathing or swallowing; nausea and vomiting; and collapsing or becoming unconscious.

The most severe of these signs are part of anaphylaxis and may not occur until hours or even days after your hair appointment. Read our earlier blog titled ‘Near-death experience following severe hair dye reaction’ to see just how life-threatening and life-limiting an adverse reaction to hair dye can be.

Because of stronger sensitivity evident in COVID-19 survivors, this London salon’s hairdressing clients are being asked to undergo patch and strand tests up to 48 hours before having their hair dyed, or eyelashes and eyebrows tinted.

At Hairdressing Claims, we would argue that these tests should be performed anyway, regardless of COVID-19. Allergic reactions can happen at any time due to the chemical paraphenylenediamine; a known irritant and allergen.

Any reputable hairdresser will insist on testing before undergoing chemical treatments like hair dyeing. They’ll also follow other safety precautions such as only leaving dye on your hair for the required time and immediately rinsing out using a mild shampoo at the slightest hint of a bad reaction.

As experts in claims against hairdressers, we see daily the impact of negligent hairdressing on people’s lives. Should you suffer harm at the hands of your hairdresser, get in touch to find out more about pursuing a legal claim for compensation. Our ‘3-step plan to suing your hairdresser’ and ‘A step-by-step guide to the hairdressing claims process’ blogs may prove useful too.

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Double impact of COVID-19 on our hair

Hair loss discovery

We all know the effect coronavirus can have on our health. But what about the impact on our hair? Hair experts – called trichologists – report two ways in which COVID-19 can generate greater-than-normal hair loss, these being…

1. Cumulative hair shedding
While lockdown measures are easing now for most of us, there are still local restrictions in place throughout the UK and many people aren’t yet venturing into the office for work or even going out much to socialise. In other words, we’re still spending the biggest proportion of our time at home.

As such, our regular hair maintenance schedule has gone out of the window somewhat. Less pressure to look our best has resulted in a relaxation of our hair regime – that’s washing, brushing and styling.

You see, every time we do the above, we shed a certain amount of hair. Up to 100 hairs per wash, we’re led to believe. Doing it less means we shed more in one go because of the build up in between times.

The important thing is not to worry about this accumulated hair fall. Instead, switch back to your normal timings to fix the problem. It’s also better for your hair and scalp to keep them clean and healthy anyway.

2. Hair loss after contracting COVID-19
At the opposite end of the spectrum, some survivors of COVID-19 claim to have suffered more extreme hair loss both during and after the infection. A consistently high temperature is one of many symptoms of coronavirus. Fevers almost always cause excessive hair loss but this will stop eventually and hair will revert back to its usual rate of growth.

Similarly, those who’ve recovered from COVID-19 can struggle with psychological effects including telogen effluvium. This is the name for hair loss triggered by cortisol release in turn triggered by stressors on the body – in this case, illness.

Should you be concerned that this is happening to you, seek medical attention as the first step towards correctional treatment.

While on the subject of hair loss and hair damage generally, it’s worth noting our earlier blog posts for rejuvenation tips titled ‘Recovery for ravaged hair’ and ‘How to care for damaged hair’. Although relating specifically to harm caused at the hairdresser’s – such as burns, blisters and breakage resulting from negligent use of chemicals and hot styling products – you’ll find all manner of useful advice to get your hair in perfect shape again.

As experts in claims against hairdressers, these are subjects we know a lot about simply because we see first-hand what can and does happen at the hands of our hairdressers. Do get in touch with us if you’re keen to learn more about pursuing a legal claim for compensation.

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Hairstyling tips for mask wearing

Looking good in a face mask

There’s no getting away from it… the need to wear a face mask is here for the long haul. Having been made mandatory in some locations – shops and supermarkets included – in July, and with Covid-19 going nowhere fast, we’ll be using face mask attire well into the foreseeable future.

For the fashion-conscious amongst us, keeping your hair (and makeup for that matter) looking good with a face covering is no easy task. With that in mind, we’d like to share this 2-minute video from the BBC website where the two contributors and influencers – Ellie Ferrari from @theupdogirl and Sally Orchard from Orchard Makeup – share their hair and beauty tips.

The multitudinous advice covers integrating the elastic from your face mask into various hairstyles. As well as having a bit of fun with masks by trying out some of these up-dos, you’re also making them more comfortable to wear. I’m sure the majority of us now would vouch for just how uncomfortable and awkward masks can be when worn in the normal way, so this is welcome news.

Check out the simple, easy techniques on the BBC’s site.

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Pastel pink and lilac candyfloss hair change for Gogglebox’s Ellie Warner

Picture: @ellie__warner/Instagram/Channel4

At Hairdressing Claims, we like to keep abreast of all the latest celebrity hair transformations. And, let’s face it, there are enough of these to keep us busy. We’re loving star of Channel 4’s Gogglebox Ellie Warner’s now half pink-half lilac coloured locks.

Ellie’s usual platinum blonde shoulder-length bob has undergone a rainbow-inspired colour revamp which is dyed differently either side of her centre parting. Her sister and fellow Gogglebox-er, Izzi Warner, is quoted as describing Ellie’s hair “Like a candyfloss Cruella De Vil”.

It seems that Ellie’s 170,000 Instagram followers are full of appreciation for her kaleidoscopic dye job too. With 12,229 likes (at the time of writing) and comments ranging from “Omg love it” to simply “Obsessed”, it’s plain to see that Ellie’s fans have nothing but admiration for their idol’s hairdo. We don’t blame them. It’s certainly a dramatic style which others are sure to follow.

If you’re tempted by a vivid colour change such as Ellie’s, take a few moments to re-read our earlier tips and warnings for home and salon dyeing because errors can (and do!) happen in both scenarios. Also, find out what you can do in terms of fixing colouring disasters or claiming against your hairdresser.

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Celebrities and lockdown hair

Even celebrities suffer messy hair during lockdown

We’ve written about lockdown hair. We’ve also written about post-lockdown hair trends. Today’s subject is celebrity hair during lockdown.

You see, just like the rest of us, it seems that the rich-and-famous have also either embraced their natural hair in lockdown or attempted a DIY job at home.

Seeing photos of A-listers wearing their hair as nature intended is a revelation. We’re so used to celebrities looking preened and prettied by their hairdressers (and make-up artists and stylists, for that matter!) whenever they appear in public.

It’s nice to know celebrities have actually faced the same struggles as everyone else while unable to have their hair properly attended to since March. Off their pedestals and grounded, our stage-and-screen stars too have coped with the pitfalls of roots, split ends, over-long hair and the like.

Having trawled the ‘net, we’re noticing that gone are the high-maintenance hair extensions. Gone are the straightened-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives finishes. Gone are the professional hair colourings. Gone, in fact, is general tidiness and sleekness.

In their place, there’s Ariana Grande with surprisingly shorter, extension-free hair and sporting her natural curls. There’s Jennifer Lopez with shorter, curlier locks reminiscent of ‘Baby’ from the Dirty Dancing film. There’s Kylie Jenner abandoning her wigs and going for a ‘bronde’ bob; this colour being a beautiful mix of chestnut brown and warm blonde.

Other well-known names displaying their make-unders in lockdown include Katie Price with lighter, natural roots poking through her usually almost-black hair, Katy Perry with dark roots showing amongst her bleached hair and Miley Cyrus who’s resorted to cutting her own hair. Not forgetting the men, there’s Pierce Brosnan with a huge grey beard and scruffy hair, and David Beckham who’s shaved all his hair off entirely (read more).

During coronavirus lockdown, then, famous or otherwise, none of us have been able to visit our hairdressers for a haircut and colour. When you do eventually get an appointment at your regular salon now that restrictions have been lifted, don’t let your hairdresser’s standards slip in their hurry to catch up with their backlog of customers awaiting their essential hair pampering sessions. A hair disaster can include leaving bleach and hair dye on for too long which can cause chemical burns and hair damage. This is the last thing you need after months of waiting for your appointment.

Should you experience harm at the hairdresser’s, please contact our team to pursue a claim for compensation against your hairdresser by emailing, calling free from a landline 0800 970 9102 or free from a mobile 0333 202 6560, or completing our online enquiry form.

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Post-lockdown hair trends

Braids are now a popular choice for Afro hair

Ever since lockdown was imposed, we have all discovered cravings for the simple things in life – hugging our relatives, socialising with friends, spending time in the great outdoors, heading to the shops, for example. One commonality seems to have been pining for a good haircut.

In our desperation to fix our quarantine hair fails, grown-out roots and too-long locks, we’re flocking to the hairdresser’s in our droves. Those of us lucky enough to get an appointment, that is.

After four months of lockdown hair, what exactly are we asking for when perched in the salon chair? Here’s what our research has uncovered…

Correctional appointments
Unsurprisingly, individuals who’ve taken their hair problems into their own hands these past weeks now want things put right again. Jagged ends, wonky fringes, uneven shavings and patchy dye resulting from DIY mistakes are undergoing correctional work by hair professionals.

With so many of us experiencing major hair errors, it’s thought that people are generally expressing greater appreciation of hair experts by better understanding just how difficult it is to cut, shave and dye hair properly.

‘Proper’ hair cuts
With the twelve-week absence keenly felt, another much-requested treatment is drastic haircuts. Essentially, we finally wish for something to show from our next salon appointment. This desire for change is likely to result in bobs and short cuts with layered, wispy hair less popular currently.

Our new selfie-ready hair allows us to exhibit our redefined styles as a badge of honour; which we’ve been unable to do since March. With the gradual opening up of work, shopping and entertainment venues, we have somewhere to display our hair at long last too.

Au naturel
Conversely, lots of people have had no choice but to embrace their natural state – be it colour or texture – during the pandemic. Having been forced to rethink our relationship with our hair and reassess our long-term approach to hair maintenance.

Those who’ve endured the regrowth of roots and relaxed their straightening routine have actually started to enjoy their natural-looking appearance. As an added bonus, this lower-maintenance strategy is easier on the purse for those financially challenged by coronavirus too.

For Afro hair, it’s all about braids, cornrow sets, bantu knots, plaits and twists. This is an attempt to get a natural style which allows hair to be worn loose and free for a week or two without having to shampoo, condition and style daily.

Low-maintenance colouring
Continuing on the theme of colouring, people with high-maintenance colour before, such as full head lightening, are looking for low-maintenance alternatives. Balayage colour is in vogue. This is the process whereby hair graduates in colour from root to tips in a subtle way.

There are possibly two reasons for this: (1) a longing to go back to basics and (2) financial instability impacting hairdressing budgets. That’s because colouring techniques such as these demand less time in front of the mirror and fewer visits to the hairdresser’s.

Our hair is part of our identity, lifestyle and beauty, so it’s important to prep adequately for your first trip back to the hair salon. If you’re seeking one of these emerging trends, beware of ‘bad salons’, insist on an initial consultation even if it’s virtual, set out your expectations clearly, and undergo patch and strand tests where necessary. These steps will ensure you avoid hairdressing mistakes which is the last thing you want post lockdown.

Negligent hairdressing isn’t just disappointing (because you don’t get the style you were hankering after), it’s painful (such as scalp burns and scalp blisters) and damaging to your self esteem too (your hair is your crowning glory). Our legal team is always here to help you claim compensation from your hairdresser, should you need us.

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