Hair extension traction alopecia claim *
Hair extensions are a form of beauty product which uses synthetic or human hair to thicken or lengthen existing hairstyles. They are applied by plaiting the extensions into the real hair or by combining it with glue and a heated clamp. Unfortunately, in situations where the product is badly fitted or left in for too long it can inflict pain and suffering on a person. In the most severe cases people can suffer from a condition known as traction alopecia.
If the extension is applied incorrectly, the weight of it will pull the natural hair until it either breaks or is removed. Likewise, if the extensions are put in place to tightly it can cause damage to the natural hair once it is removed. This causes serious irritation to the scalp causing scratching and removal of natural hair to occur. When this occurs hair may struggle to grow back, leaving bald patches in certain areas. This condition is referred to as traction alopecia.
It is important to check that the stylist who is applying the extensions is fully qualified for the service that they are providing. An appropriate assessment of the clients’ hair should be carried out. Within this assessment various aspects should be checked such as checking the strength of the hair and deciding if the hair is able to hold the extensions without breaking. To avoid any damage to the natural hair extensions should not be left in for any longer than 3 months.
Responsibilities of hair stylists
To ensure the safety of their clients, hair stylists have a duty to follow a process when gaining a new customer. If one of the steps are dismissed it could impact negatively on a persons’ health, causing serious injuries. Some of the steps that should be followed consist of:
Before a client has hair extensions implemented a medical report should be carried out. Within the report any medical conditions should be detailed and this should be checked to see if the use of extensions will harm or deteriorate these conditions.
Information about the use of extensions should be provided.
Controls and Testing
The hair stylist should provide any users with information of hair extensions and the potential risks. A full tutorial is necessary. Once this is completed the stylist should perform a test patch to ensure they are confident that the extensions are an appropriate fit for the individual.
Making a Claim
All business in the beauty industry has an obligation to abide by The Sale of Goods and Services Act 1982. This act states that when a consumer enters into a contract for goods and/or services, those goods and services must be carried out with a reasonable level of care and skill. If this clause fails to be upheld and the consumer is injured as a result, then that person may be able to seek a legal remedy
For hair extension traction alopecia claims * the negligent part may often be reluctant to accept liability. However, if you have unnecessarily suffered pain because of a faulty hair product you have a legal right to apply for remedy.
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