All You Need to Know about Hair Damage – and How to Claim Compensation

It’s a situation nobody wants to be in: you’ve gone to the hairdresser or barber and find out that he or she has made a serious mistake, possibly with serious consequences. We’re not just talking about a cut or upgrade that didn’t quite give you the look you were hoping for; we’re talking about serious damage to your hair and the possible emotional turmoil that follows it.

Hair damage is not a new concept – but due to the new methods of hair treatments, the number of cases of hair damage is on the rise. And it certainly isn’t a joke – there have been cases of hair catching on fire because the hair dresser or barber used the wrong chemicals, for example. If you have been a victim of hair damage, then this one’s for you: here’s all you need to know about hair damage – and how to claim compensation.

Recognising hair damage

Hair damage is the damaging of the hair due to a process that went wrong during hair treatment at the hands of a hairdresser or barber; it is due to professional negligence from the person’s or establishment’s end. Hair damage can also be a result of criminal acts (assault). The damage is not just confined to the hair, however, and also includes damage to the scalp or other areas nearby that are influenced by the treatment.

Compensation you may be entitled to

Depending on the kind of damage you have suffered (burnt hair, itchy scalp, hair loss, rashes, bald patches, etc), you may be entitled to the following in hair damage claims:

  • Pain and suffering – This is because of the damage to the hair, scalp, or any other area that was treated. It requires the examination of a GP and other professionals, upon whose report a claim will be estimated.

  • Financial losses – This might include expenses due to medical attention, time off work, treatment, and so on.

Why you should seek compensation

Balding, burnt hair, scalp damage, itchiness, brittle hair, dermatitis – all of these consequences are unacceptable if the negligence of the hairdresser or barber can be proven.

It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible, as soon as you realise that you have been a victim of hair damage. The legal system works well, but only if you are adequately prepared and are able to put forward your case in an appropriate manner. The good news is that most solicitors who specialise in hair damage claims will work with you on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there is no downside to you – no immediate solicitor’s fees to pay. If you’ve been a victim, never hesitate – for your own sake as well as of future customers who may potentially become victims as well.


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