CAN HAIR DYE CAUSE SCALP DAMAGE?

Hair Dye Scalp Damage

CAN HAIR DYE CAUSE SCALP DAMAGE?

With the cold weather upon us, adding colour to your hair can lift your spirits. However, there are always risks when colouring your hair, including the health of your scalp. If you’ve suffered from a reaction, you may even consider claiming hair damage compensation. But can hair dyes cause scalp damage? We take a look.

WHAT CAUSES SCALP BLISTERS?

One of the worst reactions to hair dye is scalp blisters or burns. We’ve all heard horror stories about allergic reactions happening after a visit to the salon or using a DIY dye kit at home, but how does scalp damage occur?

Unfortunately, some people are prone to skin reactions, commonly known as contact dermatitis. This type of eczema is triggered after coming into contact with a particular ingredient or substance. Signs of dermatitis include itchy, dry, red, inflamed and blistered skin, usually appearing within a few hours or even days after exposure to an allergen.

Many hair dyes (both permanent and semi-permanent) contain chemicals damaging to the skin, including a well-known irritant and allergen called PPD (p-Phenylenediamine), which is the cause of most reactions. Darker-coloured hair dyes often have higher PPD levels in them.

SHOULD YOU AVOID PPD?

If you want to avoid PPD, it’s best to stop dying your hair altogether, as this type of chemical is required to trigger the colouring process. Even in products that have PPD alternatives, allergens can still be present.

While a salon should take a history of hair dye reactions, you can develop new allergies at any stage of life. That’s why it’s vital to carry out new patch tests (even with products used before) every six months. This involves a small amount of dye being applied behind the ear or inner elbow about 48 hours before a treatment, looking for any signs of irritation.

If this step is missed or you go ahead despite a reaction, one of the consequences can be painful scalp blisters, often seen along the hairline. You may also feel a burning or stinging sensation. In severe cases, a true allergic reaction can occur, triggering symptoms throughout the body and making you feel unwell.

WHAT ARE THE BEST HAIR DYE PRECAUTIONS?

Patch tests are the best precaution for identifying sensitivities or allergies to hair colouring products.

However, even if the hair dye treatment goes ahead after successful patch testing, other safety procedures and processes should be followed to avoid skin and hair damage. This includes only leaving the hair dye on for the recommended time, thoroughly rinsing hair afterwards and following all manufacturer instructions.

If any signs of a reaction occur (even after a clear patch test), the hair and scalp should be thoroughly washed to remove excess dye and an emollient applied to the affected skin. You should seek medical advice, and steroid creams may be recommended.

CONTACT HAIRDRESSING CLAIMS

Have you suffered scalp damage after a salon visit? Contact Hairdressing Claims. To speak to an advisor, call 0800 141 3682 (freephone), 0333 202 6560 (from a mobile), or email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR HAIRSTYLE – THE BEST 2023 HAIR TRENDS

SPRING CLEAN YOUR HAIRSTYLE – THE BEST 2023 HAIR TRENDS

2022 was the year for freedom – no more lockdowns, working from home became the norm, and we were feeling braver when it came to hairstyles. But now we’re into the swing of things in 2023, it’s time to knuckle down and think about what you truly want from your hair and make it work for you.

Want to spring clean your look? From playful styles to the ultimate haircare regime, here are some of the top hair trends for 2023.

LUXURY WAVES

While short hairstyles look incredible, that doesn’t mean long locks are on the way out. Long, luxurious tresses are staying put this year, whether it’s from hair extensions or impressive natural growth from taking such good care of your mane. Big hair is set to make an impact come award season, including Hollywood waves with plenty of volume.

SLICKED-BACK HAIRSTYLES

Many people worry that updos can look old fashioned, but slicked-back looks are on trend for anyone who wants a ‘minimal fuss’ style that’s perfect for both day and evening events. Whether you want a top knot bun or high ponytail, slick-gelled hair is a 2023 highlight. Choose a style that helps bring out your best features and suits your face shape, bringing up the sides of your locks in line with your cheekbones.

HAIR ARTISTRY

Ever tired of seeing the same hairstyles year in, year out? Well, 2023 is gifting some serious hair artistry magic. Rather than focusing on haircuts and colours, these styles are grabbing attention for their creativity, from sculptured braids to beautifully styled bows. Looking for the perfect party hair ideas? Find some looks you love and ask your hairdresser if they can recreate them for you.

RETRO LOCKS

Hair trends aren’t always about the new, with retro hair taking centre stage in 2023. A style we love is 70s curtain fringes, giving full, thick hair that looks casual and unplanned. Swept to either side, you can make this ultra-cool style work for you. Want to grow out your fringe? Let your hairdresser know so that they can help shape its growth during your regular trims.

ULTIMATE SCALP CARE

We’ve seen a rise in haircare treatments in recent years, but don’t forget about your scalp too. Looking after the skin beneath your tresses is vital for hair health, whether tackling issues like dandruff or achieving the perfect hair shine. Ask your hair salon which products they’d recommend for your hair and scalp type. For example, you may need a product ideal for sensitive skin, one that exfoliates your scalp or a treatment that creates a skin barrier.

HAS YOUR HAIR BEEN DAMAGED IN 2023? SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

Unfortunately, not every hair trend is good, so if you’ve been researching hair damage claims as a result of a scalp injury or hair loss caused by salon negligence, we want to hear from you.

Speak to Hairdressing Claims now by calling 0800 141 3682 (freephone) or 0333 202 6560 (free from mobiles). You can also send us a message at enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.

HOW DO PATCH TESTS PREVENT HAIR DISASTERS?

The Importance of Patch Tests

HOW DO PATCH TESTS PREVENT HAIR DISASTERS?

Adding some life to your hair with dye is a step many people take. However, most know patch tests are a crucial stage of the hair colouring process. Those who fail to complete them put themselves (if colouring hair at home) or their clients at risk. Without a patch test, it can lead to scalp blisters and hair damage if the recipient has a skin sensitivity or allergy to the dye.

Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of regularly patch testing your skin.

WHY SOME HAIR DYES CAUSE SKIN REACTIONS

Unfortunately, while many improvements have been made to modern products, reactions to hair dyes still occur. Most people won’t suffer a problem, but as the consequences can be severe, allergy testing is a precaution that isn’t worth skipping.

Colouring hair requires a process triggered by certain chemicals, usually PPD (p-Phenylenediamine) or Toluene-2,5-Diamine Sulphate. While many manufacturers formulate dyes that are much kinder to skin and hair now, chemicals are still required for a successful colouring process, especially if you want a permanent or semi-permanent shade.

Hair dye reactions can show themselves in a variety of ways. The response experienced ranges from mild sensitivities, such as contact dermatitis, to anaphylactic shock, requiring an emergency medical response.

THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR PATCH TESTS

Many clients who end up suing hairdressers do so because certain preventative measures and safety checks weren’t carried out. One of the simplest ways to test for hair dye allergies and skin reactions is a patch test. This should be completed at least 48 hours before having a treatment to give sensitivities time to show themselves. If there’s any sign of a reaction, you shouldn’t colour your hair using that product.

The NHBF (National Hair & Beauty Federation) in the UK stresses that allergies can develop at any stage of life, even if you’ve used the same product before without issue. That’s why regular patch testing is advised every six months. It’s also best practice to ask clients whether they have any existing skin rashes or scalp concerns, their history of hair dye reactions and if they’ve had temporary ‘black henna’ tattoos in the past. Using henna can even activate sensitivities to some of the ingredients in hair dye products.

Common patch test reactions include red marks, itching, swelling or burning sensations where a small amount of dye was applied to the skin (often behind the ear). If any of these appear, you should avoid hair dye.

HOW TO SUE A HAIRDRESSER

Claims against hairdressers often arise from hair dye reactions when proper precautions weren’t in place or allergy test guidance wasn’t followed. If you’ve suffered scalp damage or a hair disaster after visiting a salon, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Would you like specialist advice from a Hairdressing Claims expert? Contact our team today. You can reach us on 0800 141 3682 (freephone) or 0333 202 6560 (from mobiles). Alternatively, send a message to enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

THE CAUSES OF HAIR DAMAGE

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The Causes of Hair Damage

Hair is often something many people put time and money towards looking good, but it’s also easy to damage your locks without the right care and attention. Improper techniques or harsh chemicals can even lead to personal injuries, such as scalp burns.

Hair damage can show itself in various ways, from frazzled textures to patchy colour. To help you avoid hair disasters, here are some of the most common hair damage causes and how to treat them.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR DAMAGE?

There are usually three leading causes of hair damage – heat, chemicals and misuse of styling equipment.

Heat can damage hair when styling tools like straighteners and curlers cause dryness, hair breakages and split ends. Overuse and a lack of protection before applying the heat are often the main culprits.

Chemicals found in dyes, bleach and other treatments can also cause issues. Signs of chemical hair damage include dry lengths, changes in thickness and hair strands that have a slimy or gummy feel when wet. There may also be textural inconsistencies if your hair has been over-processed.

Finally, mechanical hair damage results from improper styling techniques, such as harsh brushing. You can spot this issue if the damage doesn’t just affect the ends, with frizzy hair seen right up to the cuticles.

CAN HAIR TREATMENTS HELP REPAIR DAMAGE?

If treatments and heat have caused split ends, the best course of action is a trip to the hair salon for a trim, removing the issue at the source. You can then apply preventative measures to stop the problem from occurring again. This includes using good quality heat protection sprays and avoiding overuse of styling equipment.

You can boost the health of your hair with some hydrating treatments, including nourishing serums, conditioners and masks from reputable brands that add moisture back into dry locks. You can also improve the condition of your hair with some simple changes, such as using silk pillows and microfibre hair towels that are softer and less harsh on your tresses.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A HAIRDRESSER HAS RUINED YOUR HAIR?

Do you think a hairdresser has ruined your hair? This may have occurred after bleach was used or you had treatments without a patch test. Improper techniques may also have been applied without the right hair protection or consent. If you think a salon has caused your hair damage, you may have a claim.

Even if you’ve signed a waiver, if the treatment resulted in significant discomfort, distress and further costs to correct the damage, it’s important to seek professional advice about whether you’re entitled to compensation.

CONTACT OUR HAIR DAMAGE CLAIM EXPERTS

Have you experienced hair damage after a trip to a salon or hairdresser? Contact the Hairdressing Claims team on our confidential advice number.

To speak to an advisor, call our freephone line on 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560 from mobiles. Alternatively, message us at enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

TOP WINTER HAIR CARE TIPS

Avoid Hair Damage this Winter

TOP WINTER HAIR CARE TIPS

As the cold weather hits, it can take a toll on our locks. From wind-swept hair to frazzled ends, there’s so much to contend with at this time of year. Like your skin, hair needs some TLC to keep it looking and feeling healthy.

Follow these 5 winter hair care tips to get your locks back on track, whatever the weather.

REPLENISH HAIR MOISTURE

While Christmas hairstyles add glamour to the festive season, they can leave your tresses in need of a moisture boost. Look for luxurious products that hydrate and condition your hair while providing additional protection. You can also use leave-in conditioners after washing your hair to give it a lift, especially if you have thick locks.

CONTROL THE FRIZZ

Harsh winter elements and drier air can result in brittle, frizzy hair that’s hard to tackle, especially when facing cold winds and taking regular steamy showers that zap moisture. Hot water can break protein bonds in the strands and damage cuticles, so opting for lukewarm showers is better. If you’re wearing a hat outside to keep warm, wear one that’s loose in style with a silk or satin lining to help hair breathe.

TRY HAIR MASKS

Hair masks are a great way to nourish your hair. These deep conditioning treatments have a high concentration of ingredients, adding moisture to your hair while helping with conditions like dandruff. Masks are particularly beneficial for those with dry, damaged and frizzy hair this season, strengthening your strands while improving your scalp’s health too. Add masking to your weekly routine to really see a difference and make hair more manageable.

LOOK AFTER YOUR LOCKS AT NIGHT

While we often think about how to protect our hair during the day, don’t forget about a nightly regime too. Silk pillowcases are kinder to hair, but you can also pin your hair back with a soft protective tie to keep it in place while you sleep. If you plan to shower in the morning, consider a lightweight oil for the ends (like Argan oil) to help restore their condition. You could also use a humidifier in your bedroom to re-hydrate the air and replenish luscious locks.

TAKE A TRIP TO YOUR HAIR SALON

Heading to a salon for a trim is the perfect way to remove split ends and stop breakages. It can also encourage new hair growth, which will bring more healthy strands through to improve how your mane feels. Most salons recommend a visit every six to eight weeks to keep your locks looking fresh.

HAD A HAIR DISASTER THAT WASN’T YOUR FAULT? CONTACT HAIRDRESSING CLAIMS

Even though you can do all you can to protect your hair and keep it in good condition, salon negligence may result in hair or scalp damage. If you’d like more advice about suing a hairdresser or claiming compensation, get in touch with our team.

For confidential advice, contact us today on 0800 141 3682 (freephone), 0333 202 6560 (from your mobile) or email enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.

CHRISTMAS HAIR IDEAS FOR THE PARTY SEASON

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CHRISTMAS HAIR IDEAS FOR THE PARTY SEASON

With the festive season upon us, it’s time to pick our best Christmas party outfits and think of ways to style our hair. With many people going for the chop as part of the ‘New Year, New You’ trend, Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with different styles.

Here are some of our best hair ideas for your next Christmas party:

5 FESTIVE HAIRSTYLES FOR XMAS 2022

Christmas styles require a little more ‘pizzazz’ than your day-to-day hair. It’s time to ditch the messy bun or go-to ponytail and add some glamour to your look. For inspiration, here are some of the top Christmas hair trends for 2022.

  1. BIG WAVES – Big wavy hair is still on trend, powering up your party look. The best way to achieve this is by giving yourself the ultimate blow-dry, using an air-wrap curler for dramatic waves.
  • SLICKED BACK UPDOS – For a frizz-free, chic appearance that keeps your locks out of the way on the dancefloor, use hair smoothing products to create the perfect updo.
  • HAIR GLITTER – Why not create colour and sparkle with hair glitter? If red and green feel too much, a subtle amount of silver or gold can add a magical twist to your hair. You might want to practice this one first so that you feel confident on the night. If you don’t fancy a spray, why not choose a glitzy hairpiece or headband instead?
  • CURLS – Let your natural curls roam free this Christmas for extra glam. A high ponytail with curls cascading down your shoulders is a great way to add an elegant touch to your locks.
  • VINTAGE HAIR – Love a retro look? Incorporate timeless styles into your Christmas hair, from Hollywood waves with a deep side parting to a slicked-back high doughnut bun.

WHERE TO FIND MORE CHRISTMAS HAIR IDEAS

Need more inspiration? Christmas hair ideas can be found in many places, from online sources and magazines to taking note of styles you see others wearing over the season. Places like Pinterest are very handy for creating mood boards of festive styles you like, so you’ll always have ideas at hand for future parties.

We also have guides available across our site, including our Christmas Hair Tutorial blog.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY HAIR HABITS

With so many damaging heat treatments and products used over the festive season, it can leave locks in need of some TLC. Remember to look after your hair carefully, following instructions carefully and giving your tresses a break between styling. You can even think about using hydrating masks to give your hair a boost, preventing dryness. If you’re visiting a hair salon please remember our key advice, always make sure your hairdresser is insured before you let them loose on your hair.

If you think your hair has been damaged, always consult a professional to see if they can help get your locks back on track. However, if it’s the result of visiting a salon, you may also be entitled to compensation if proper processes weren’t followed and the hairdresser has caused damage to your hair or burns to your scalp.

CONTACT US FOR HAIR DAMAGE CLAIMS

If you’ve suffered hair or scalp damage after a salon appointment, contact Hairdressing Claims. You can reach our confidential advice line on 0800 141 3682 (freephone), 0333 202 6560 (from mobiles) or enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.