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The price of vanity

Author: Katrina Elsey

More and more people are searching for ways to improve their looks and to look younger. Leading up to summer, many women and men prepare for their holidays and beauty salons get heavily booked up with people wanting to undergo laser hair removal treatments, hair dyes and HD brows just to name a few. As we head towards Christmas, the salons will be busy with people wanting to look their best for the party season.

Over the years we have seen a rise in beauty compensation claims from people suffering a reaction from hair dyes, burnt eyebrows as a result of HD eyebrow dye, laser hair removal treatments plus many more.

Many beauty treatments require the application of some sort of chemical and very often I see clients who have suffered lifelong consequences such as facial scarring and psychological injury as a result. It is important that people are aware of budget salons, unqualified beauty therapists and a lack of consultation/patch testing for certain types of treatment.

The beauty industry remains largely an unregulated industry which means that sometimes its duty of care to its customers can sometimes go overlooked. It is therefore my advice to ensure people wanting to undergo specific treatments particularly where there is chemical exposure should undergo a consultation and patch test before undergoing any treatment. I would also check the qualification level of the therapist undergoing the treatment as sometimes salons offer specific treatments which either the therapist is unqualified to carry out or any insurance they may have does not cover them to do. It is essential that the chemical solutions utilised in beauty treatments are prepared, handled and applied by skilled and experienced beauty therapists.

I have dealt with many personal injury beauty compensation claims over the years and the consequences which are very often just before a summer holiday or before a special occasion such as a wedding, prom or other celebration can be devastating often leaving clients scarred or unable to go out because of the appearance of the injury.

Employees in any business serving the public are obliged to take reasonable care for the health and safety of their visitors. A beauty therapist is therefore expected to perform treatments in a reasonably competent manner.

If you have been injured in an accident in a beauty salon or have come to harm as a result of the incompetence of beauty salon staff, it is your legal right to claim compensation for your injuries.


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