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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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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