Have you been the victim of a negligent hair extension procedure?
Claims National is an expert on the procedures for cosmetic and beauty enhancements and can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a claim for compensation.
Hair Extensions are extremely popular and often have desirable results. However, an inexperienced beautician or poor aftercare can cause you many issues with your procedure. You may suffer from:
- Allergic reaction to chemicals used due to the lack of a patch test
- Hair Breakage due to over exposure to glue/incorrect methods being used
- Hair loss and bald patches and in extreme cases traction alopecia
If you have been a victim of someone else’s professional negligence then we may be able to help you with a claim for compensation.
Hair extensions are lengths of real or synthetic hair which are attached closely to the client’s scalp in order to add length or thickness to the client’s hair. Hair extensions can be fitted via various different processes, such as sewing or micro beading, to name a few. Hair extensions can come in many different lengths, volumes, shades, styles, and qualities, and therefore it is important that you choose your extensions carefully, ensuring that they own all of the properties you desire. It is also significant that you choose the correct shade of extensions for your hair, as the client is usually responsible for this part of the process. Most hairdressers and beauty salons will expect you to provide your own set of hair extensions that they will attach to your scalp for you. However, some beauty salons may assist and advise you on choosing your extensions, which you may purchase from their business.
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Depending on the quality and fitting method you undergo, the average hair extensions usually last for about 6-10 weeks. However, high quality hair, such as Russian hair extensions for example, can last up to about 3 years. Your hairdresser and/or supplier of your hair extensions should advise you about how to care for your hair extensions, as well as informing you truthfully about how long they should last.
Of course, as with all beauty treatments and procedures, there are risks and side effects of hair extensions. In this particular procedure, the risks are minor; damage to your natural hair, for example. Nevertheless, things can go wrong; mistakes can be made, and you may find that you have experienced a negligent hair extension fitting.
A common scenario of negligence is when the incorrect number of ‘tracks’ are fitted, which are the lines of false hair. This can make your head become too heavy, and cause an excessive burden on your natural hair. This can develop to further complications such as your hair extensions falling out prematurely, your natural hair falling out, developing bald patches, an irritated scalp, and even scarring.
Moreover, in the fitting processes that include glue, the glue can cause allergic reactions to your scalp, and/or damage your scalp if too much glue is used. It is essential that your hairdresser carries out a patch test at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to minimise the risk of allergic reactions during your hair extension fitting procedure. Failing to do so means that your hairdresser has not abided by their duty of care, which is a form of beauty and cosmetic negligence.
As a beautician, it is amongst your duty of care to ensure that the treatment you are performing is practiced to the best of your ability, following all health and safety regulations, and following the correct method of treatment. It is significant that you take into consideration all medical conditions your client has, as to prevent any injuries and/or infections occurring as a result of your negligence.
As with all cosmetic and beauty compensation claims, you must be able to prove that your injuries/problems have occurred as a result of your beautician’s negligence and there must be sufficient evidence of this. If you have obtained some form of injury, it is significant that you seek medical attention straight away, not just for the benefit of your health, but for the benefit of your case, too. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your case, and all factors, such as; extent of your injuries, pain and suffering, time off work, loss of earnings, further treatment, and medical attention, will all be taken into consideration when deciding upon the compensation sum you receive.