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

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 1st July 2021. 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.

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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.

How Much Could I Claim For Hair Dye Allergic Reactions?

If you are looking to claim a hairdressing injury or injuries caused by a hair dye allergic reaction, call Legal Expert for your free consultation. If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, we can provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your claim. Please contact our personal injury solicitors today by calling 0800 073 8804 to begin your claim. Alternatively, please use our online claims form to get in touch with us about how to claim.

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A Guide To Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Claims

According to the National Hairdressers Association, there are 40,000 hairdressing businesses in the UK. 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?

Yes, you can file hair dye claims 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.

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.

How Do Hair Dyes Work?

There are two types of hair colouring available—temporary hair colour and permanent hair colour. They are categorised by how long-lasting they are. And this could impact the compensation that you may receive for your hair dye claims.

Let’s look at the different makeup of the two different types of hair dyes:

Temporary hair dye:

As the name would suggest, temporary hair dye is not supposed to be long lasting. The hair dye has a large molecule meant to penetrate the outer shaft of each strand of hair rather than the cuticle. Temporary hair colour does not contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals, so it does not damage hair. They’re similar to temporary tattoos in that they wash away in time. 

Permanent hair dye:

So, permanent hair dye, as the name suggests, makes a permanent change to the colour of the hairPermanentnt hair dye contains an alkaline chemical called ammonia, which opens up the hair shaft so small molecules in the hair dye can reach the hair cuticle. Permanent hair dyes also contain hydrogen peroxide, which removes the hair’s pre-existing colour.

You can also get semi-permanent hair dye which takes longer to wash out.

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.

Is It Safer To Use A “Natural” Hair Dye?

Some hair dye treatments available at a hairdressing salon and home hair dye treatments too are marketed as “natural”, “organic”, “plant-based”, “vegan”, or similar words may be used to describe the product. These terms can be misleading as a “natural” hair dye may be just as likely to trigger an allergic reaction as any other hair dye. Check the ingredients, and if you know you are allergic to any of them, do not use the hair dye.

A safe method of testing whether or not you are allergic to hair dye is to conduct a patch test. Your hairdresser should conduct a patch test before dying your hair by placing a small sample of hair dye behind your ear or on your inner elbow and leaving it to dry. This should be done 48 hours before you intend to use the product. If you experience any irritation or feel unwell during this time, the hair dye should not be used under any circumstances. If you plan to dye your hair at home, you should also do a patch test as a safety precaution.

I Think I Have An Allergy, What Should I Do?

If you believe that you have an allergy to hair dye, you can visit an allergy clinic to seek help. An allergy clinic can conduct tests to see which chemicals you are allergic to. You can then check hair dye packages, or check with your hairdressers, to make sure the hair dye used is safe for you.

If you go to a hairdressing salon and your hairdresser fails to do a patch test or fails to check for allergenic ingredients in the hair dye, if you ask to know, this may be counted as negligence. If you suffer an allergic reaction, you may be eligible to make hair dye claims for compensation.

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.

Signs And Symptoms Of Allergic Reactions To Hair Dyes

You may experience a hair dye allergic reaction on your face and scalp. Now, symptoms of a minor hair dye reaction can include itching and swelling. If you are allergic to PPD, you may feel symptoms throughout your body, including feeling sick, a nettle-like rash, swelling, blisters, or generally feeling ill. 

But can an allergic reaction to hair dye cause hair loss? Yes, an allergic reaction to PPD can cause severe hair loss. Therefore, that could pave the way for possible hair dye claims.

If you suffer from a severe hair dye allergy, you may suffer from an anaphylactic shock. Now, this could include these symptoms of hair dye allergic reaction:

  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Vomiting, stomach pains or diarrhoea
  • Swelling of the face, throat and lips
  • Wheezing and trouble breathing
  • A raised red rash and itchy skin
  • Collapsing or loss of consciousness.

As we have already explained, anaphylactic shock, also known as anaphylaxis, is life-threatening. Dial 999 for an ambulance as soon as possible for medical advice if you or someone else is suffering from the symptoms of an anaphylactic shock.

How Do You Treat An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye?

The NHS gives some guidance on how you can treat a minor allergic reaction to hair dye. For mild symptoms, wash the affected area and gently apply an emollient cream. If your skin becomes very inflamed, red or sore, apply an over the counter steroid cream such as a topical corticosteroid.

Hair Dye Allergic Reaction Compensation Calculator

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.

Form Of Scalp Or Hair DamageComments On ThisDamages
Damage to the hairDamage to the scalp or the hair. This may have been caused by permanent tinting or waving. The effects could cause eczema and dermatitis. Other symptoms could include a burning scalp and cause hair which is dry or which is brittle.

Effects may also include depression and distress as well as embarrassment. It may also affect your confidence.

The claimant may continue to suffer hair thinning and they could completely lose hair in this area.
£6,890 to £10,340
Damage to the hairThis category includes less serious forms of the symptoms and harm detailed in the above category. Symptoms could present in a less serious or more minor way. Hair may have been pulled out and there could be hairless patches. How much compensation is awarded could depend on how long it takes to regrow the hair.

May include alopecia.
£3,710 to £6,890

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, call Legal Expert today to speak to an advisor or read our online guide.

Start Your Hair Dye Allergy Claim

To begin your hair dye allergy claim, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, contact us using our online claims form. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for an allergic reaction to hair dye, we will provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your claim.

Our solicitors have extensive experience handling various claims for injuries caused by negligent beauty treatments, including hairdressing claims, and they will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be owed. 

Call us today, and we will be happy to speak with you in-depth about your ordeal and provide you with free legal advice. Furthermore, if we see that you’re eligible, a personal injury lawyer will start working on your hair dye claims right away.

Hair Dye Claims FAQs

What is the safest way to dye your hair?

It is wise to use a product that doesn’t contain either PPD or ammonia.

Can I sue for a bad haircut?

It’s always possible, but the chances of actually winning such a case are very low.

How can I make my hair grow faster after a bad haircut?

You can focus on diet, use credible hair care products and avoid exposure to UV rays.

How can I colour grey hair naturally?

Many people use henna as it leaves a colouring pigment within the hair.

How long does it take to receive my compensation?

The claims process takes around 14-28 working days for you to receive your compensation.

Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

No, and that is because the first offer is almost always the lowest.

Is there a time limit on injury claims?

Yes, your maximum window in which to take legal action is 3 years.

What is a good settlement offer?

This is an offer that satisfies both the client and the defendant.

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.

How Much Compensation For An Injury Caused By Beauty Treatments?

Hairdresser Burnt Scalp Injury/Bleach Hair Dye Claims

How To Make An Allergic Reaction Compensation Claim – Free Legal Advice Guide To Allergic Reaction Compensation Claim

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