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I Had An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye – Can I Claim?

By Emily Jones. Last Updated 8th September 2023. Welcome to our guide on hair dye claims. Going to a hairdresser should be an enjoyable experience. However, suffering a hair dye allergic reaction can be a painful and distressing thing to go through. In extreme situations, a hair dye allergic reaction can cause an anaphylactic shock that may be life-threatening.

Hair dye allergic reaction

Hair dye allergic reaction

If you have been harmed due to an allergic reaction to hair dye at the hairdressers, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. And in the very tragic instance that you lost your loved one to a hair dye allergy death, you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. Indeed, Legal Expert can provide you with a solicitor to handle your hair dye claims. And they will push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be entitled to.

If you wish to speak to an advisor about making a hair dye allergic reaction claim, then we are happy to help. If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, we may be able to provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your claim. Please contact our team today by calling 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, please use our online claims form or our live chat service to get in touch with us about how to claim.

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  1. A Guide To Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Hair Dye Allergic Reaction?
  3. Triggers And Causes Of Hair Dye Allergic Reactions
  4. Ingredients In Hair Dyes Causing Hair Dye Reactions
  5. Hair Dye Allergy Symptom
  6. How To Claim For An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye
  7. Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Amounts
  8. Special Damages You Could Claim For Allergic Reactions
  9. No Win No Fee Allergic Reaction Compensation Claims

A Guide To Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Claims

Legislation such as the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that businesses such as hairdressing salons owe their customers a duty of care. This means that they are responsible for the health and safety of their customers when they are on their premises or receiving their services. This means that if the salon injures a client, the business can be held legally liable for its injuries. This includes claiming compensation for a hair dye allergic reaction.

In this guide to making a No Win No Fee claim for injuries caused by an allergic reaction to hair dye, we will explain what a hair dye allergic reaction is and what symptoms of a hair dye allergic reaction can be caused.

If you have suffered a hair dye allergic reaction, call Legal Expert today to see if you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim.

Could I Sue A Hair Dye Company?

It may be possible to file a hair dye claim against the manufacturers of the product. This could be due to the hair dye products not working, causing an allergic reaction or instigating other health issues. In any event, though, you have the right to file a claim for compensation if you feel that there is sufficient evidence.

I Had A Hair Colour Reaction – How Long Do I Have To Claim?

If you are claiming compensation because of a hair colour reaction, you must bring forward your claim within the time limit set out by the Limitation Act 1980. This is typically 3 years from the date you had your hair dyed. 

However, in certain circumstances, there are exceptions to this limitation period. These include:

  • Those without the mental capacity to make their own claim. These parties have an indefinite suspension applied to the limitation period that lasts for as long as they lack this capacity. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend could file the claim on their behalf. However, if the injured party regains this capacity and legal proceedings were not started for them, they will have 3 years from the date of recovery to begin the claiming process. 
  • Those under the age of 18. These parties have the time limit paused until their 18th birthday. Prior to this, a litigation friend can bring forward a claim on their behalf. However, if they turn 18 and a litigation friend did not act for them, they will have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday to begin proceedings. 

If you suffered harm due to an allergic reaction to hair dye, get in touch with one of our advisors for free advice.

What Is A Hair Dye Allergic Reaction?

An allergy is when the body’s immune system interprets substances that are not normally harmful as a threat. This could include ingredients in beauty products that contact the skin, types of food, pollen or pet dander. As a result, the body’s immune system overreacts to the substance, producing unwanted symptoms. This can include swelling or a rash if the substance has made contact with the skin. 

If an allergy sufferer suffers from a severe allergy, they can experience an anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock is a life-threatening emergency. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include swollen lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting, losing consciousness, vomiting and diarrhoea. A person suffering from an anaphylactic shock may slip into a coma from which they may never wake up. They could even die. If you or someone else is suffering from the symptoms of an anaphylactic shock, call an ambulance immediately. Also, use an adrenaline injection, or epi-pen, if one is available.

Some hair dyes contain ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions. Even hair dyes that are marketed as “natural”, “plant-based”, or “organic” can still be allergenic. If you have had an allergic reaction to hair dye before, we recommend that you do not dye your hair again without consulting your GP or embrace your natural colour and refrain from dying your hair in the future.

Triggers And Causes Of Hair Dye Allergic Reactions

We will now explain how allergic reactions can take place and cause injuries resulting in hair dye claims.

Why Hair Dyes May Cause Allergic Reactions

Some people are allergic to ingredients that can be found in hair dyes. But what does an allergic reaction to hair dye look like? So, some people will experience an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis

The symptoms of contact dermatitis include changes to skin colour and skin becoming inflamed, itchy, blistered, cracked or dry. 

Allergic contact dermatitis usually becomes apparent within a few hours of contact with the allergenic substance.

Hair dye reactions can also include an anaphylaxis reaction, also known as anaphylactic shock. These can be fatal and need to be treated as a medical emergency. Such severe reactions can peak within 30 minutes of contact taking place, so call an ambulance immediately. If an adrenaline injection is available, give it to the person who is suffering. Once you’re recovering, that is when you could look into any potential hair dye claims.

Ingredients In Hair Dyes Causing Hair Dye Reactions

What hair dye ingredients can cause an allergic reaction? The following ingredients are some of the most common causes of hair dye allergic reactions:


Ammonia can cause burns if applied directly to the scalp, as well as breathing difficulties, so it must be handled with extreme care.


Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), known for being allergenic, causes many allergic reactions to hair dye. If you have ever had a black henna tattoo, you are at more risk of suffering an allergy to PPD.

Hair Dye Allergy Symptoms

If you are allergic to hair dye, you could experience various symptoms. For example, you could suffer a rash from hair dye treatment or a reaction to hair dye with face swelling. According to the NHS, hair dye allergy symptoms include:

  • An itchy scalp or face
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Swollen eyes, feet, hands, lips, mouth, throat or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fainting or losing consciousness

You could also potentially experience contact dermatitis. The NHS states that some people are more susceptible to having a skin reaction. Since a lot of permanent and some semi-permanent hair dyes are known to contain paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which is an irritant and allergen, it may cause mild irritation or an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of mild irritation may include:

  • Irritated or inflamed skin
  • A burning or stinging sensation
  • Cracked, blistered or swollen skin

If you experience serious side effects after getting your hair dyed, we recommend you seek medical attention. If these issues were caused by negligence, you could potentially claim. Get in touch with our advisors today to find out more.

How To Claim For An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye

Reactions to hair dye can be serious and cause considerable harm to a person. To be able to make a claim, you would need to prove that you suffered unnecessary harm due to the hairdresser performing this treatment breaching their duty of care. For example, if the salon or hairdresser did not take the necessary precautions, such as a patch test.

If you are eligible to make a claim, collecting sufficient evidence could help support your chances of a successful claim. Some examples of the evidence you could collect include:

  • Any photographs of visible symptoms following an allergic reaction to beard dye or hair dye, such as a rash or burns.
  • A copy of your medical records stating the severity of your injuries and the treatment you needed.
  • Correspondence with the salon regarding the treatment you received.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you could make a claim if you have suffered a skin reaction to hair dye. Additionally, they may also connect you with one of our solicitors who could help you gather evidence for your claim.

Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Amounts

If you’re ill due to a hair dye allergic reaction caused by negligence on the part of your hairdresser, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If your hair dye claims are successful, you may be awarded the following heads of claim:

  • You will receive general damages, which will compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity due to the hair dye injuries. Furthermore, severe injuries with lasting effects receive higher amounts of compensation.
  • You might also get special damages. Now, these are funds to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses you experience as a result of your injuries.

You can predict how much you could receive for an allergic reaction using our personal injury claims calculator. Now, the calculator can give you an idea of how much compensation you could receive in general damages, which is normally the largest part of your compensation package. However, note that the calculator excludes special damages.

InjuryDetailsCompensation Bracket
Moderate Brain Damage (iii)The claimant's concentration and memory are impacted with a reduced ability to work and a small epilepsy risk.£43,060 to £90,720
Very Severe Facial ScarringIn this bracket, the claimant is relatively young and experiences as very disfiguring cosmetic effect and a severe psychological reaction.£29,780 to £97,330
Less Severe ScarringThe claimant suffers a substantial facial disfigurement along with a significant psychological reaction.£17,960 to £48,420
Lungs (d)In this bracket, the claimant suffers breathing difficulties that require the fairly frequent use of an inhaler. The prognosis is uncertain, but it has a significant effect on their working and social life.£31,310 to £54,830
Bodily ScarringIn this bracket, the claimant has either a number of noticeable scars or a single disfiguring scar to their back, chest, arms or legs.£7,830 to £22,730
Skin Conditions (a)In this bracket, the symptoms can last indefinitely and the cracking and soreness affects employment and domestic ability. There may be some psychological consequences.£13,740 to £19,200
Skin Conditions (b)The claimant's skin will settle with treatment, but the symptoms will continue for a significant period. £8,640 to £11,410
Skin Conditions (c)In this bracket, the claimant suffers itching, irritation and/or rashes or a short-lived aggravation of a pre-existing skin conition.£1,710 to £3,950
Hair Damage (a)The claimant experienced damage to their hair which causes dermatitis, eczema, or tingling/burning to the scalp, and dry and brittle hair. This results in it falling out causing distress, depression, embarrassment, lost confidence and inhibits their social life. £7,340 to £11,020
Hair Damage (b)In this bracket, the claimant experiences a less serious version of dermatitis, eczema and tingling/burning with dry/brittle hair. The award considers how long the hair takes to regrow.£3,950 to £7,340

These compensation amounts are based on the official Judicial College guidelines. However, every claim is different, so the amount of compensation you could receive may vary. So, for an accurate quote, call Legal Expert today to see how much compensation you could receive.

Special Damages You Could Claim For Allergic Reactions

Now, if your hair dye claims succeed, you could also cater for special damages. These will reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses you experience as a result of your injuries. You could claim the following special damages for an allergic reaction to hair dye: 

  • Medical expenses 
  • Travel expenses
  • Expenses for any hair treatments for hair loss or damage to your hair 
  • Care expenses and loss of income expenses 

Medical expenses can include the cost of counselling if you require psychological treatment to help you come to terms with your ordeal.

To begin your compensation claim for injuries caused by an allergic reaction to hair dye on eyebrows, hair dye allergic reaction on the face, a black hair dye allergic reaction, or any other type of allergic reaction that was not your fault, call Legal Expert to see if you can claim compensation.

No Win No Fee Allergic Reaction Compensation Claims

At Legal Expert, we understand many of our clients may be reluctant to pay an upfront fee when they make their compensation claim. Furthermore, we can give you the option to make a No Win No Fee claim so that you don’t have to. So, this means that you will only have to pay your solicitors a small fee if you win. Therefore, there is less financial risk for you. 

If we win your claim, we deduct your fee from your compensation package with a legal cap. However, if the claim doesn’t succeed, you will not have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. So, this makes No Win No Fee claims more affordable for many of our clients.

To learn more about making a No Win No Fee compensation claim, you can speak to our team of advisors today. To speak to an advisor about hair dye allergy claims, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, contact us using our online claims form.

Health And Beauty Injury Claim Resources

Thank you for reading our guide to making a compensation claim for an allergic reaction to hair dye. We hope you’ve found it insightful. Below, you can find links to some other guides that you may find useful.

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