Illegal mobile hairdressing trade

Hair dyeing by mobile hairdresser

The official line is that no one should be getting their hair done by a professional hairdresser or barber during lockdown. As mandated by the government in its ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, individuals providing hairdressing services are currently forbidden to do so on anyone other than a family member.

These rules first came into force on 23rd March. The hair sector is set to reopen for business on 4th July. Between these dates, however, although illegal, there have been news reports of underground hairdressing backed up by statistics relating to purchases of mobile services products. Suppliers of salon-professional products have reported bulk buying of bleaches and dyes these past weeks. Apparently, sales ‘fell off a cliff’ to begin with and have ‘rocketed’ thereafter. Read more on this subject on The Sun’s website.

A related article on The Guardian’s website attributes the soaring demand for illicit hairdressing on people wanting to appear well groomed at work-related virtual meetings as well as keyworkers who continue to operate on a face-to-face basis from physical premises. The other driving force for clandestine hairdressing is financial pressure; some hairdressers not being eligible for government support yet still having bills to pay.

According to individuals cited in the same piece on The Guardian’s website, ‘probably 80% of hairdressers are at it’ including ‘barber shops with newspapered windows’, ‘alfresco barbering’ underneath garden gazebos and ‘mobile hairdressing vans’ touring neighbourhoods. All of the hairdressers and barbers concerned are contravening social distancing rules despite the risks to both themselves and their clients. The risk, ultimately, being a second wave of COVID-19.

Looking ahead to next week, it’s anticipated that the backlog of missed appointments runs into the thousands for some salons so it may be a while before the majority of us can enjoy a proper haircut. When the time eventually comes, heed our earlier warning about choosing a reputable hairdresser in order to avoid unwelcome hair disasters which, at the extreme, comprise hair breakage, hair damage, scalp burns and scalp blisters.

To speak with our expert legal claims team about making a claim for compensation against your hairdresser, please get in touch by emailing, calling 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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National Hair Sunday for NHS heroes

Salons remain closed until July

If you watched Boris Johnson’s 10th May announcement, you’ll know that the latest slightly-relaxed government measures dictate that hairdressing salons won’t open again until 4th July at the very earliest.

What will the eventual easing of lockdown restrictions mean for the hair industry? Well, first of all, there’s a backlog of missed appointments and ‘lockdown hair’ to remedy. Added to this, there’s the recently launched National Hair Sunday campaign so priority may be given initially to NHS staff seeking hair treatments.

To elaborate, National Hair Sunday has been thought up by Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko from TV’s Real Housewives of Cheshire series. As reported on the BBC website, the duo are calling on salons to join forces in a united effort to support our national heroes – NHS workers – by promising free hairdressing on the first Sunday post lockdown.

Apparently, thousands of salons UK-wide have signed up to National Hair Sunday in order to show their appreciation for the people saving our lives and risking their own during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the likes of the average woman and man on the street (that’s us, by the way!), we’ll just have to wait a little longer to book those sought-after salon slots when July approaches.

As with any visit to the hairdresser’s, apply caution if you’re undergoing chemical or heat treatments as hair and scalp damage can be caused by general lack of care and attention. Read all about these potential dangers in our earlier blog post titled ‘6 reasons to sue your hairdresser’. You might also wish to read our recent article regarding home hair treatments, should you decide to take matters into your own hands where managing your hair is concerned over the coming months.

Despite ongoing social distancing guidance, we’re still open for business, albeit in a remote contact capacity. If you need to speak with our expert legal team, please email, call 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Top tips for home hair dyeing

Experiment with hair dyeing during lockdown

As the coronavirus lockdown looks likely to continue well into the foreseeable future, women (and men) are being compelled to choose between dyeing their own hair at home whilst quarantined or sitting it out until they can go to their hairdresser once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

The latter course of action is recommended by hair experts from the point of view of getting more professional results (eventually!). But with mental health in the spotlight currently, greying hair and growing-out roots can contribute to negative feelings of self-esteem. Home dyeing, then, is seen by some less as a last resort and more as an integral part of maintaining mental wellbeing during this difficult period.

For those individuals dyeing hair themselves, we’ve collated these tips to help you avoid any unnecessary (and, let’s face it, unwelcome) colour disasters:-

Consider touch-up kits instead: Available in a whole multitude of colour options, these brush-on temporary dyes cover the greys or roots and simply wash out in the shower.

Contact your stylist: The person best suited to advise on your mixing ratio or colour number is your regular colourist. If you have your stylist’s number, call and ask about your ideal-fit colour match.

Bear in mind your skin tone: Ashy tones work well for fair skin and mocha tones work well for darker skin. You get the idea?

Perform pre-dye tests: Apply a small amount of dye to a patch and few strands of hair, behind the ear typically, 48 hours before the main event to ensure you don’t experience an allergic reaction.

Buy a back-up box: If using a box dye kit, have a second, spare box to hand in case you run out part-way through (for long hair) or miss any sections (for correction afterwards).

Protect your hairline: So that you don’t end up staining your scalp around your hairline, rub some Vaseline to your skin which will keep it clean.

Brush and section hair: Before, brush your hair to get out any knots. During, part your hair into four sections, and use clips to separate for a more even finish.

Begin at the roots: The top of your hair will need longer to develop so start here at the roots and work down to the ends.

Follow instructions: Don’t stray from the manufacturer’s guidelines so you don’t suffer any mishaps. In saying that, you could empty the bottle’s contents into a plastic bowl and use a small brush (perhaps a toothbrush) for better application overall.

Avoid self-highlighting or balayage: This is a tad too ambitious to do on your own. Save these more complicated techniques for a professional effect.

Remember most dyes contain chemicals: This includes ammonia in some cases. Be mindful of the need to take care handling dye products as bad reactions are a possibility.

Select permanent or semi-permanent: There’s no going back with permanent dye so make sure you’re committed to the shade. Semi-permanent is easier to correct but the colour does fade over time.

Use conditioner: Always add conditioner during the washing phase. This closes the cuticles and stops the colour continuing to develop.

Look after your dyed hair: Read our earlier blog posts titled ‘6 essential hair care tips’ and ‘How to care for damaged hair’ to keep your hair in shape.

Know what to do should things go wrong: Unfortunately, serious hair dyeing errors do happen including scalp burns, weakened hair and even hair loss in the worst cases. Turn to your trusted Hairdressing Claims team for assistance.

Stay safe and healthy in these challenging times. Should you need our legal services, please get in touch. Email, call 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Celebrities speak out about hair extension damage

Woman with hair extensions

Many of us worry about thinning hair; an issue which has a detrimental impact on our confidence and self-esteem. It could be argued that people in the spotlight feel the effects of fine and thin hair more strongly than the rest.

Hair extensions are the main solution chosen by individuals experiencing this hair problem. Unfortunately, though, due to poorly applied and insufficiently maintained extensions, hair can become thinner, more brittle and damaged in the process. In fact, in extreme cases, baldness and hair loss are possible outcomes. And it’s a vicious circle as further extensions are often sought to cover up.

In an article published on The Sun website, it’s reported that a third of UK women use hair extensions, amounting to £43 million spending on human hair every year.

The same article refers to various celebrities – Naomi Campbell (supermodel), Chloe Ferry and Sophie Kasaei (both Geordie Shore) amongst them – who’ve suffered harm to their hair and scalp from over-use of extensions.

According to Dr Nestor Demosthenous from the Edinburgh Hair Clinic, growing demand has led to varying quality extensions. Coupled with the fixation methods employed, this plays a ‘significant role in a leading cause of traction alopecia’.

He describes in some detail the clinical reason for this – namely, injury to the hair follicle by the constant pulling force applied to already-fine hair – and explains how recovery can happen naturally but hair transplant procedures are not uncommon where damage is permanent.

If you’re considering hair extensions, research sufficiently beforehand, be wary of cheap treatments, and ensure your hairdresser uses extensions which are equal weight in comparison to the section they’re being attached to.

You’ll also need to ask your stylist how you should look after your extensions at home, attend regular maintenance appointments at your salon and have breaks from extensions to aid interim recovery.

We have growing numbers of clients with hair extension damage to their scalp who are keen to pursue hair treatment injury claims against their hairdresser. Read our earlier blog post on this subject.

If you’ve suffered damage to your scalp at the hands of your hair stylist, please get in touch for a free, no obligation discussion today. Email, call 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or complete our online enquiry form.

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Science confirms grey hair is triggered by stress

Stress-induced grey hair

The results of a recent scientific research project undertaken by Harvard University and published in Nature show that greying hair is directly correlated to stress, not just ageing. Whilst hair doesn’t lose its colour instantly, over time stress significantly speeds things up.

Harvard’s findings are scientifically important for several reasons, primarily by demonstrating accelerated greying, it’s raised hopes for anti-ageing therapies described as ‘pharmaceutical foundations of youth’.

To get technical, the stem cell biologists involved in the study discovered that stress causes nerves triggered in the fight-or-flight response – part of the sympathetic nervous system – to release hormones – called noradrenaline or norepinephrine – which kill the stem cells – these being melanocytes – used to make hair pigments. Essentially, the reservoir of stem cells is depleted forever.

Furthermore, the same type of mechanism is responsible for age-related greying too. There’s more to the study than this though. Read further details on the Guardian website.

If stress (or age!) has turned your hair grey and you’re planning to dye it, or if you’re trying to achieve the grey hair trend by bleaching, choose your hairdresser carefully, and ensure you’re given patch and strand tests prior to any treatment. Failure to do so can result in over processed hair falling out and the need to claim compensation for hair damage.

If your hairdresser ruins your hair with bleach or dye, contact our legal team in confidence. To get in touch for a free, no obligation discussion today please email, call 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or complete our online enquiry form.

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How much women spend on dyeing their hair

Some women spend £50,000 in their lifetime on dyeing their hair

At Hairdressing Claims, we’re interested in all things hair. We love this report about just-published survey findings which headlines that one in twenty women spend over £50,000 during their lifetime on dyeing their hair.

Based on a 2,000-participant poll, the majority of women cited spending at least £100 per salon visit every six-and-a-half weeks for colouring treatments. Hence the £50,000 overall total.

There’s more, related information garnered from the survey with some other key statistical findings from respondents being:-

• One in four spend £18,370 over their lifetime altering their hair colour; the equivalent of £291.60 per year
• Only 18% kept the same colour for their entire life
• Blonde was the most popular colour choice with 44% opting for highlights or similar lightening techniques
• 50% tested light blonde hair, four in ten had gone light brown and almost one quarter had tried purple hair at some point
• 45% had dyed their hair red and one in ten blue
• Women tended to wait until they were twenty before colouring their hair but one third were in their teens when they first experimented with colour
• 55% felt better about themselves after changing their hair colour
• The average woman goes through six different hair styles and four varieties of colour throughout her life

It seems, too, women are actually more likely to invest in hairdressing than paying for gym or exercise classes, thereby placing greater emphasis on the importance of good hair days. According to this new evidence, confidence and attractiveness feelings are directly correlated to the colour and appearance of our hair.

Hairdressers have a vital job on their hands where our self-confidence is concerned, yet they do occasionally get it wrong. As expected, in these circumstances, ruined hair has a dramatically negative impact on confidence levels. In fact, many people who’ve been injured by a hairdresser describe an inability to maintain their normal work and leisure routines.

If you suffer negligence by your hairdresser, talk to our team about the possibility of pursuing a legal claim. We’re specialists in claims against hairdressers helping clients day in, day out to secure compensation for hair and scalp damage.

Contact us by emailing, calling 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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