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.

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

Hairdressing Compensation Claims

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.

DOES HEAT DAMAGE HAIR?

When applied incorrectly, heat can damage hair

DOES HEAT DAMAGE HAIR?

It takes time and effort to keep hair looking and feeling healthy when styling it in the way we like. Many people take great pride in their hair, but some treatments and styling techniques can leave your locks worse off than before.

We’re often told to avoid overusing styling tools like curling tongs, hairdryers and straighteners, but how does heat actually damage hair? Let’s take a look.

HOW DOES HEAT DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?

We all understand how disasters such as hair dye reactions can damage your tresses, but what about applying heat? Unfortunately, if you overuse styling equipment, it can cause hair damage. The risk is even higher if you use poor-quality tools that don’t allow you to control the temperature applied or have a high maximum limit.

When exposed to high heat, your hair’s protein strands can change shape, leading to weak and brittle hair that lose their elasticity while stripping away natural oils. This hair damage is often permanent until new strands grow through.

Signs of heat-damaged hair include dryness, roughness and hair breakages, not to mention split ends and tangles. In the worst cases, it can even result in hair snapping and hair loss.

IS AIR-DRYING HAIR ANY BETTER?

While avoiding thermal hair damage may involve ditching your dryer, is it really better to let things happen naturally? Air drying is better, but you should still be careful about how you treat wet hair. For example, sleeping on damp hair can damage its cuticles and outer layers, as wet hair is more vulnerable to friction against your pillow.

To prevent this issue, use nourishing hair masks, avoid rough towel drying and wrap your hair gently in a soft towel, letting it completely dry before bed.

HOW TO PREVENT HEAT-DAMAGED HAIR

To prevent heat-damaged hair, simple changes such as heat protection sprays and using equipment on a low-temperature setting can make a difference to hair health.

However, if your hair has already been damaged by thermal sources, the best thing to do is add moisture to your locks with products like leave-in conditioners and argan oil. Avoid using heat while your hair remains vulnerable to breakages. As new healthy hair grows through, visits to the salon for a trim will start removing the damaged sections.

HAS A HAIRDRESSER DAMAGED YOUR HAIR WITH HEAT?

Unfortunately, many people suffer hair damage thanks to the improper use of heated styling equipment at salons every year. Sometimes the damage is so severe that people decide to sue hairdressers,  which is the right response if you have suffered a personal injuries, such as scalp blisters or overprocessed hair that’s falling out.

If you want to know your rights or find out how to sue a hair salon, get in touch with us at Hairdressing Claims and one of our qualified solicitor will be happy to discuss the next steps. You can read more about hair damage at the Trichological Society.

CONTACT HAIRDRESSING CLAIMS

Have you suffered hair damage after attending a salon? Call Hairdressing Claims today to discover if you can claim compensation.

To get started, phone our freephone line on 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560 from a mobile, or send a message to enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.

HOW TO CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR HAIR DAMAGE

Compensation from a Hairdresser

HOW TO CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR HAIR DAMAGE

A person’s hair is their crowning glory, and we put our trust in hairdressers and salons to keep our locks in good condition. Unfortunately, negligence and accidents can occur.

If a hair salon fails in its duty to keep you safe, it can result in personal injuries, from scalp burns to long-term hair damage.

Do you want to make a hair damage compensation claim? Here’s everything you need to know about what to do next.

WHAT IS HAIR DAMAGE?

While most of us know some hair treatments (such as dyes) and using heated styling equipment can damage hair, this is something every salon needs to assess before carrying out its services. A hairdresser should look at the condition of your hair and advise about suitable treatments and the effect they can have, taking precautions to ensure only positive outcomes.

Hair damage can have serious repercussions, often taking years to rectify, not to mention the distress caused. If a treatment or process resulted in the condition of your hair becoming worse, you might be eligible to make a claim. Common signs of hair damage include burns, scalp irritation, brittle hair, bald patches, excessive hair loss, thinning and dermatitis. You may have also suffered from emotional trauma.

CAN I MAKE A HAIRDRESSING COMPENSATION CLAIM?

If you want to make a consumer complaint or compensation claim, there are a few things to be aware of before you start.

Firstly, it’s not enough to simply not like the haircut you’ve ended up with. For a case to be successful, there has to be physical damage to your hair or skin due to the negligence of the salon or hairdresser.

Secondly, it’s important to use the services of a solicitor who specialises in this area, so always check their track record to see if they’ve taken on hair damage cases before (and won).

YOUR ROLE IN CLAIMING COMPENSATION FOR HAIR DAMAGE

While your solicitor will guide you through the legal process of your hair damage claim, there are several things you can do to make your case as strong as possible. This includes gathering evidence such as details of hair and medical appointments, before and after photographs and damaged hair samples. You should also note details of your hairdresser’s name, salon address and any products used.

At Hairdressing Claims, we also use the services of trichologists, who can independently assess your hair and scalp, identifying causes of hair loss, breakages, thinning and skin conditions. They also understand the best practices for hair treatments, identifying where important steps in your care were missed.

Would you like to know more? Read our how-to guide for hairdressing compensation claims.

GET MORE ADVICE NOW

If you’ve suffered hair damage as the result of hairdresser negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim.

To get started, call our freephone number for free confidential advice, direct from a qualified specialist solicitor. Phone us on 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560 from a mobile, or send a message to enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk.

£13,000 for Client Left With Scalp Burns and Hair Breakage Caused by Negligent Hairdresser

Our client, Mrs J, visited a salon in central London for a full head colour treatment. Her hair was approximately 60cm long and in great condition. Mrs J noticed that something was wrong with her treatment before she had even left the chair. Her hair was snapping and coming out in clumps. The stylist told her this was normal following the application of bleach, but Mrs J knew this wasn’t true and already the blisters were starting to form on the back of her ears and on her scalp.

By the time she had got home, Mrs J’s scalp and ears were causing her significant pain and the blisters were beginning to ooze. She visited her GP who prescribed a course of anti-biotics.

Over the course of the following weeks, the pain subsided and the blisters healed but our client’s hair remained in a poor condition. She sought the help of other hairdressers and applied various specialist treatments, including Olaplex, to help improve the hair’s condition, but with limited results.

A year after the incident her hair was still in bad shape, and she had grown angry about the way she had been treated. She contacted us for help.  We immediately passed her case to our specialist hairdressing claims solicitors at LLB Solicitors. They spoke with her and agreed to take the claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.  

LLB Solicitors arranged for Mrs J to be seen by a specialist Trichologist who examined her in person and reviewed the photographs she had taken which documented her experience. The Trichologist confirmed that the chemical burns to her scalp and the ongoing hair breakage had been caused by the hairdresser’s negligent application of the bleaching agent. In his professional opinion, it would take up to 5 years for all the damage to grow out.

LLB Solicitors presented the claim to the hairdressers’ insurance company and after some discussion they accepted responsibility for the injury and offered Mrs J £5,000.00 in compensation. This was insufficient given the severity of the damage to our client’s hair, which had caused her significant psychological distress. Her solicitor arranged for her to been seen by a clinical psychologist, who subsequently confirmed the impact the incident had had on Mrs J’s self-esteem, causing her real anxiety and a depressed mood which had at times affected her ability to work. After much negotiation the case was concluded without the need for court proceedings in the sum of £13,000.00.

Whilst our client was very happy with the compensation she recovered; she would have much preferred it if the incident had never occurred. This reinforces the importance of performing strand and patch tests and the value of using an experienced hairdresser whenever chemical products are in use. It also stands as a reminder to hairdressers to not only work hard to avoid causing unnecessary injury, but also the importance of insurance. Had the stylist not been insured, they would have been personally liable to pay our client’s claim.  

You can read more about hairdressing claims here.

If you have suffered an injury caused by a hairdresser please contact us today for a free no obligation discussion. You can call us on 0333 202 6560 or 0800 141 3682, email us at enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk or complete the contact us form.