Stockport, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 18, 2009 -- A Stockport personal injury solicitor is calling for all hairdressers in the UK to be subject to regulation.
Nigel Barrowcliff of claimsolicitors.co.uk is a specialist in professional negligence claims and has observed an alarming increase in clients coming forward with injuries to their hair and scalp as a result of hairdressing malpractice.
The problem has been highlighted by a campaign by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and has also received recent media attention on breakfast TV and on BBC Radio Two.
Modern hairdressing involves the use of powerful bleaching, colouring, straightening and perming solutions. If a patch test is not performed beforehand or if the chemicals are incorrectly applied serious burns to the scalp can result leading to pain and discomfort, bald patches, hair loss and even permanent scarring. In cases of extreme allergic reaction victims can suffer anaphylactic shock.
"The hairdressing profession is completely unregulated and anyone can open a salon and call themselves a hairdresser" says Nigel. "This does not happen elsewhere in the EU where a professional qualification together with schemes for registration and monitoring are compulsory. Many experienced hairdressers are themselves advocating regulation of this kind. Hopefully such legislation would lessen the number of hairdressing injuries in the future. Unfortunately we are not just seeing cases of failed haircuts or minor burns but serious and permanent injuries on occasion necessitating surgery or inducing permanent allergy."