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Hairdresser Burnt Scalp Injury Bleach / Hair Dye – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Daniel Archer. Last updated 20th June 2022. Welcome to our guide on scalp injury claims against a hairdresser. Have you suffered a burnt scalp injury at a hairdressers? You could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. We can provide the legal services you need.

Many people enjoy regular trips to their local hairdressers. It can be a real treat for some people and an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, a burnt scalp injury can quickly turn the enjoyable experience into a nightmare.

A burnt scalp can be caused by bleach, hair dye, hairdryers, curling irons and straightening irons. With so much potential for burns in a hairdressers, it’s important to make sure your hairdresser is professionally qualified with sufficient experience.

Claiming compensation after suffering a burnt scalp from bleach

Many hair salons are professionally run, with experienced hairdressers who are careful and responsible with the tools needed to bleach or dye hair. In some cases, though, mistakes can happen.

For instance, whilst hairstyling, colouring or using heat-styling tools involves some form of risk, there are instances where you could sustain harm because the hairdresser breached the duty of care they owed you. As part of their duty of care, they must do all they reasonably can to minimise the risk of customers suffering from injuries such as a hair bleach burn, minor bleach burn on the scalp or a severe chemical burn from hair bleach.

If you have suffered any of these injuries or another type of harm due to the hairdresser’s negligence, this guide will show you how to launch your potential claim.

If you have further questions about claiming compensation after suffering a burnt scalp from bleach, you can call us on 0800 073 8804. We can inform you if you’re able to claim by assessing your eligibility. We can also organise for you to have a medical assessment of the hair bleach burn that can help determine the severity of the injury.

You can also contact us online through our website or by using the live chat bubble onscreen. Even if you’re only wanting to enquire as to a minor bleach burn on the scalp, you have a right to see if you can receive compensation. You can contact us with any queries on a no-obligation basis.

Please read on to learn more about claiming for a chemical burn from hair bleach as well as other related hairdressing injuries.

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What Is A Burnt Scalp Injury?

A severe allergic reaction to hair dye can be equally, if not more dangerous than rubbing bleach into your scalp. Some serious reactions can lead to death. In the same way, someone with a serious nut allergy may die from consuming nuts.

Other notable causes of burns at hairdressers are burns caused by heat-styling tools such as hair dryers, curling irons and straightening irons. Straightening and curling irons commonly rise to 220-240 degrees Celsius. If one of these touches your face or scalp, it may lead to a burnt scalp injury that leaves a facial scar injury.

A Guide To Burnt Scalp Compensation Claims

Hairdresser Burn Injury

Hairdresser Burn Injury

Suffering a burnt scalp injury can be devastating. Burns are painful, unsightly and can cause permanent scarring and hair loss if the burn is on your scalp.

There have been numerous cases of individuals receiving compensation after suffering a burnt scalp injury at a hair salon. In 2012 a young woman received £20,000 in compensation after suffering chemical burns from a hair salon. The young woman, just eighteen at the time, was having highlights put in her hair through foils, a service that many people get done regularly. She ultimately suffered extensive burns at the back of her head and hair loss. She also had to go through the painful process of a skin graft and required Cognitive Behavioural therapy.

Other notes on scalp injury claims against a hairdresser

The above example is just one of many burnt scalp injury claims in the UK. Countless more cases reflect the dangers of using chemicals and hot tools on your hair, whether you are doing it yourself or going to a professional salon.

Section 3 of the Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 requires hairdressers to give new clients a patch test at least 48 hours before colouring or bleaching hair. The law applies even if the client has previously dyed their hair because chemical reactions can be unpredictable.

Different hair dye products can contain different ingredients. Should a hair salon fail to perform a patch test, they will be liable to pay a fine, in addition to paying compensation to any clients that suffer a burn injury as a result of their negligence. Hair can be fragile, particularly if you dye or bleach it regularly.

Damaged hair will be very dry and break or snap off easily, particularly when brushing it. Unfortunately, burns are much more serious for your hair than just drying it out. In addition to being very painful, burns can damage hair follicles, resulting in severe hair loss. It is unlikely your hair will grow back after a burnt scalp injury if your hair follicles have been damaged.

Symptoms of a burnt scalp injury include:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Dry skin
  • Soreness
  • Blistering skin

You should seek medical advice if you have any of the above burn symptoms after a burnt scalp injury.

In this guide, we take an in-depth look at the types of burn injuries you could suffer, possible causes for these injuries, and we will advise you on how to proceed with your burnt scalp injury claim. You will find useful information on how to treat your burns and give you an idea of how much personal injury compensation you could potentially claim.

The Hairdresser Burnt My Scalp With Bleach Can I Claim?

For those who have suffered from the burnt scalp, bleach is a common cause. Hairdressers use dangerous chemicals to bleach hair, a service that clients often request. Most people would consider professional bleaching to be a safer alternative to doing it themselves at home. Clients trust that their hairdressers can provide bleaching services safely, with no nasty side effects or a burnt scalp injury.

A burnt scalp injury from chemical burns is really very dangerous. A bad chemical burn from hair bleach can cause blisters, swelling of the face and permanent hair loss as it burns your hair follicles. It is a condition that will likely need medical attention and possibly even skin grafts. The NHS recommends going to a hospital Accident And Emergency department for all chemical burns and describes them as “more serious burns”. This information should emphasise the severity of suffering a burnt scalp bleach injury.

If your hairdresser has given you a burnt scalp injury, seek medical advice straight away. Please take photographs of the injury and call us for free advice and consultation. We will be happy to advise you further about your burnt scalp compensation claim. But feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about scalp injury claims against a hairdresser.

Hairdresser Burnt My Scalp With Hair Dye Can I Claim?

Some people suffer from an allergic reaction to hair dye, which can cause a painful burnt scalp injury. A common type of allergic reaction is contact dermatitis, which causes red, dry and burning skin.

Hair dyes contain an allergen called paraphenylenediamine (PPD). PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from minor to very severe. The reactions can sometimes take days to present themselves, which is why it is so important to test a small area of skin with the hair dye at least 48 hours before dying your hair.

A severe allergic reaction, known as the anaphylactic shock, will develop more or less straight away. Some signs of anaphylactic shock include:

  • Swelling of the lips, eyes, hands and feet.
  • Stomach pains, feeling nauseous and vomiting.
  • Feeling faint
  • Low blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulties from swelling of the mouth and throat
  • Red rash
  • Unconsciousness

If you are in hairdressers and experience the symptoms of anaphylactic shock while having your hair dyed, you dial for an ambulance straight away and tell your hairdresser to wash the dye out. It is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.

The Hairdresser Burnt My Scalp With A Hair dryer Can I Claim?

Many individuals use hair dryers daily in households across the UK. We rarely give a second thought to the types of burns that a hairdryer can give us. The scalp can burn at temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius, and most hair dryers can produce heat much hotter than this. Since many of us do it every day, you would think that all professional hairdressers would know how to dry hair without causing a burnt scalp injury safely.

Although professionals should know the correct and safest temperature for drying hair, they do not always apply their knowledge to their work. There could be instances where your hairdresser is rushing. They may need to make time for their next client, so they turn the heat up to dry your hair quicker. A hairdresser could also carelessly leave the dryer blowing on one spot of your head for too long, which could cause a burnt scalp injury.

Another consideration that a professional hairdresser should be aware of is that the barrel of the hairdryer can get very hot and stays hot for some time after switching the appliance off. Should your hairdresser not be paying attention to what they are doing, they could touch your head with the hot barrel of the hairdryer and cause a burnt scalp injury.

By order of the Provision And Use Of Work Equipment Regulations Act Of 1998, Hairdryers and other electrical appliances must be regularly tested. They should be tested and maintained for the safety of their clients and their staff to minimise cases such as burnt scalp injury.

An individual should never have to suffer hairdryer burns at a hair salon. It shouldn’t happen, but it does. If a hairdresser is negligent enough to cause a burn from simply drying a client’s hair, imagine the damage, they could do with bleach, hair dye, or other heat-styling tools such as a curling iron. It is unacceptable and very unprofessional, so this might result in scalp injury claims against a hairdresser.

For more information on seeking compensation for burnt hair caused by a faulty hairdryer, call our team on the number above. Alternatively, if you have experienced hair foils burning your hair, an advisor can assess whether you’re eligible to claim.

What Should I Do If My Hairdresser Burnt My Scalp?

Although some of the symptoms are the same, namely red and sore skin, it is important to note that there is a difference between a chemical burn and an allergic reaction. Anyone can get a chemical burn from hair bleach or hair dye if it comes into contact with their skin. Some people are more sensitive to bleach than others and are more likely to suffer from a bleach burnt scalp. Someone who suffers from an allergic reaction will be allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the product and therefore suffer an allergic reaction to it.

You should seek medical advice after suffering a burnt scalp injury. Whether or not you seek it immediately and treat it as an emergency depends on the severity of your burns and your symptoms.

When considering how to treat a burnt scalp from bleach, there are several proactive actions you can take to soothe the burnt area, which include:

  • Ensuring all bleach and hair dye is washed out. It is best to use a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo or organic shampoo.
  • Applying cool water to the area
  • Using a soothing gel such as aloe vera gel
  • Using a steroid cream
  • Taking painkillers if you need them for the pain

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The NHS advise seeking immediate medical treatment for all chemical burns, which can be caused by hair bleach and hair dye. They also emphasise the need for immediate medical treatment if you have an allergic reaction to hair dye known as anaphylactic shock.You can use the treatments listed above for milder allergic reaction symptoms that are not considered an emergency. You can then make an appointment to see your GP as soon as it’s possible so that you may get your burns or allergic reaction diagnosed professionally along with any other recommendations for treatment. If you wish to pursue a burnt scalp compensation claim after considering how to treat a burnt scalp from bleach and applying the treatments, you must record and document your burnt scalp injury. There are a number of things you will be responsible for noting, which include:

  • A prognosis from a medical professional
  • Write down what happened at the hair salon
  • Photographs of the burnt area
  • Take note of when you noticed the symptoms. If they began at the hair salon, did you say anything? How did the hairdresser respond after you did?

After you have received your prognosis and treatments, taken your photographs and written your notes, your next course of action should be to seek legal advice. Legal Expert is here to help you with your personal injury claim. Give us a call, and we will give you a free initial consultation for your scalp injury claims against a hairdresser.

What Type Of Compensation Could I get For A Burnt Scalp Injury?

Knowing what type of personal injury compensation you are eligible for after suffering a burnt scalp injury can seem complicated.

There are many aspects that will be considered when valuing your claim. Generally, your claim might include general and special damages. 

General damages allow you to seek compensation for physical and psychological injuries sustained in an accident caused by someone else breaching their duty of care. Any medical evidence you’ve provided in support of your claim may be used to value your injuries.

Special damages compensate you for any future or past financial losses that you have incurred as a direct result of your injuries. However, you will need evidence such as receipts or payslips that show the financial losses you’ve experienced.

See the sections below for more information on compensation.

Medical Expenses

You may be able to recover the cost of any medical bills that you have needed to pay following a burnt scalp injury. Medical expenses also cover any equipment or medication that the victim has needed as a result of their burnt scalp injury and any possible future expenses.

Pain And Suffering Within Scalp Injury Claims Against A Hairdresser

Pain and suffering are highly probable after suffering a burnt scalp injury. The specific amount you can claim will depend on the degree of pain and suffering you have experienced or are still experiencing.

Loss Of Earnings

Loss of earnings from being unable to work is common after a burnt scalp injury. You can claim your earnings back with your compensation claim as well as any future loss of earnings. It includes any time needed off work for medical treatments.

Damage To Hair And Scalp

You can claim compensation for the damage a hairdresser has inflicted on your hair and scalp. You can claim for both temporary and permanent hair loss.

Psychological Damage

Losing your hair will be very traumatic, and you could lose your self-confidence along with it. As a result, you could experience a psychological injury, such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and vulnerability.

No one should suffer as a result of a hairdresser’s carelessness and negligence. If you have experienced harm because a hairdresser breached their duty of care, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Compensation Payouts For Burnt Scalp From Bleach Claims

There are certain circumstances where a chemical burn from hair bleach could mean you are entitled to compensation. If you can establish that the injury was caused by negligence, then you could receive a settlement. A bleach burn on the scalp can vary in how severe it is. Because of this, the amount you receive for your injury can also vary. The amount for this portion of your settlement is called general damages.

If you have sustained a chemical burn on your scalp from hair dye or bleach, then legal professionals will need to assess the level of your pain and suffering in order to accurately value your claim. There are certain resources available to them to help with this process.

One of these is the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This publication last received an update in 2022 and contains bracketed figures based on past injury cases in England and Wales. We have included some entries in the table you’ll find below. As you can see, only a range of figures is assigned to each injury rather than a set fee. This is because each claim is unique and needs to be assessed properly before an accurate valuation can be made.

Type of InjuryCompensation AmountsComments
Severe burn injuryLikely to exceed £104,830May lead to continuous physical and psychological injuries.
Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£59,860 to £100,670Debilitating symptoms that may impact work and social life. Likely to be permanent in nature.
Moderately Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£23,150 to £59,860A better prognosis than very severe PTSD is achieved due to professional help that leads to some recovery.
Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder£3,950 to £8,180Minor symptoms that pretty much resolve within 2 years, though some minor symptoms may persist.
Very severe scarring£29,780 to £97,330Higher awards generally go to younger people. Serious psychological problems are likely to follow the injury.
Less severe scarring£17,960 to £48,420Substantial disfigurement and serious psychological reaction.
Significant scarring£9,110 to £30,090Noticeable scar that is within the area of back, leg or arm.
Trivial scarring£1,710 to £3,530Visible scar or several small scars only just noticeable.
Less Significant scarring£3,950 to £13,740There could be one scar, or a number of small scars, to mar appearance but not greatly affect it.
Mental anguish£4,670Fear of impending death.

If your scalp has been burnt by bleach due to another’s negligence, and you wish to know if you could claim, get in touch today.

No Win, No Fee Burnt Scalp Compensation Claims

We provide a No Win No Fee service for all of our clients. The beauty of no win, no fee compensation claims is that anyone can make one, regardless of their financial situation.

No win, no fee claims, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’s), are unique in that clients pay no upfront legal costs for their burnt scalp injury compensation claims. You will provide your expert solicitor with the information they need during your free initial consultation. Then the solicitor will pursue your case, keeping you in involved as much as possible.

If your claim is successful, you’ll pay a success fee from your compensation. This is legally capped. If you don’t win your compensation, you won’t pay a success fee to your solicitor for pursuing your claim. If you don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s that simple.

Why Choose Us For Your Burnt Scalp Injury Compensation Claim?

We are experienced, professional solicitors with our clients’ well-being in mind. Although cases such as suffering a burnt scalp injury shouldn’t happen, they do happen. If you have suffered from a burnt scalp injury, Legal Expert will be here for you and support you throughout your claim.

Our no win, no fee policy makes the compensation claim process so much simpler for you as our client. Our policy allows you the freedom to claim the compensation you are entitled to without having the stress and worry of the financial burdens that come with legal cases. Even our initial consultations are free of charge, where one of our expert solicitors will be able to give you valuable advice as to what you can expect from the court process.

Our independent medical examinations are included in our no win, no fee policy. A medical examination is essential for making a compensation claim for a burnt scalp injury, and it will greatly help your case.

We will advise you, pursue your case and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your burnt scalp injury.

Call Us For Free Advice

With our team of expert solicitors, our free consultation and our no win, no fee policy, you really have no reason to delay calling us.

Let us help you get your burnt scalp injury compensation today. Call us on 0800 073 8804, and one of our friendly solicitors will be glad to assist you. They can advise on your next steps after your hairdresser burnt your hair.

Scalp Injury Claims Against A Hairdresser Useful Links

Hairdresser Injury Compensation Claims

This Legal Expert page covers different amounts of hairdresser injury compensation claims that you can claim for.

NHS Hair Dye Reactions

The NHS give useful, practical advice and information about reactions to hair dyes.

NHS Burns And Scald

The NHS advise about what to do if you have suffered a burn or a scald.

HSE Advice For Hairdressers

The HSE has some advice for hairdressers to protect their own skin while working.

HSE on Hairdressing

The HSE with important information on health and safety in the salon.

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Eye Injury Claims

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Scalp Injury Claims Against A Hairdresser FAQs

Can you sue a hairdresser for burning your scalp?

Yes, you can, though you need to present evidence to support this.

Can you get compensation for a bad haircut?

No, because the quality of the haircut itself is a subjective matter.

What can you do if a hairdresser ruins your hair?

You should speak up while waiting to see what damage, if any, happens before requesting a fix-up later on.

How do you treat a chemical burn from hair bleach on your scalp?

You could rinse your scalp with water, then wash it with cold water for 10 minutes or more.

Can you lose your job for giving a bad haircut?

Hairdressers can fire an employee for this reason.

How long does it take for chemical burns on a scalp to heal?

It would usually be a few days or a few weeks, but for a serious situation, it could take months.

Will hair grow back after a chemical burn scalp?

Depending on the extent of the damage, the burnt hair may be unable to grow back.

What does it mean when your scalp burns?

It generally means that infections are causing a burning sensation on your scalp.

What can I do if my hairdresser burnt my hair?

There are several steps you could take, such as seeking medical attention and gathering evidence. Call our team for more information.

Thank you for reading our scalp injury claims against a hairdresser guide.

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