The Basics on Hair Damage and Compensation: Your Main Questions Answered

Hair Damage

It’s a customer’s nightmare: hair damage after a visit to the beautician. We’re not talking about the occasional haircut that goes bad and where the results are not as expected – that’s unfortunate, but that does not necessarily constitute hair damage. We’re talking about results that go further than that: serious damage to the hair or scalp due to using bad tools, chemicals, the inefficient training of the beautician, or any number of issues that result in personal injury.

If you have sustained hair damage, you may be able to claim for damages – and if you have sustained such personal injury, it’s only right that you should. However, the process is not always that easy. Here are the basics on hair damage and compensation: your main questions answered.

Hair damage

Hair damage doesn’t just involve the hair. It’s more common than people like to think, actually, and it can happen in the blink of an eye – one mistake by the hair stylist and it can have serious consequences. Usually, it’s because of negligence or the insufficient training of the stylist. At other times it can be caused by chemicals. It can cause great upset to the customer.

How it happens

It could happen by forgetting simple things – such as putting the heating tools on the proper level, or forgetting to give patch tests to see if you are allergic to certain chemicals. It could be caused by leaving the treatment to go on for a little longer than recommended. It’s usually due to negligence or mistakes made by the stylists and hair dressers.

Hair damage – examples

Hair damage is a concept that encompasses many symptoms, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Hair loss and bald patches
  • Scalp damage
  • Burning, burns, or scarring
  • Dermatitis of the scalp
  • Rashes or allergic reactions
  • Swelling


Your solicitor should be able to give you an estimate of what kind of compensation you can expect for hair damage claims – there are many factors to consider.

It’s important that you take steps right away if you feel you have been a victim of this type of damage, for two good reasons. First of all, you didn’t deserve this, and you are entitled to receive compensation to help you heal physically and mentally or emotionally from this type of injury. Secondly – and equally important – you should make sure that the person who is responsible does not make that kind of mistake again, and that nobody else will have the same accident or incident. It’s necessary for you to make a claim if you are entitled to do so. You owe it to yourself – and to others. Do the right thing.


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