Compensation for an Adverse Reaction to Tinting Eyebrows, Lashes or Hair

If you have suffered an adverse reaction after tint was applied in a beauty salon, you may be entitled to recompense for your injury as it is sometimes possible to claim compensation for an adverse reaction to tinting eyebrows, lashes or hair. In order to claim compensation for an adverse reaction to tinting eyebrows, lashes or hair it must be possible to prove that the person applying the treatment failed in a duty of care and was negligent.

If you had a known allergy to a particular chemical and advised your hairdresser accordingly, only to have that chemical applied to your hair, this would be a clear case of negligence and a serious failure in a duty of care – and a claim for an allergy to a beauty product would be possible.

Most claims are made when a skin patch test has not been performed or insufficient time has been allowed to check for an allergic response prior to the hair dye or tint being applied. If you had tint applied and a patch test was not performed prior to the product being used, this would be negligence and compensation for an adverse reaction to tinting eyebrows, lashes or hair could be claimed. An allergic reaction to a patch test itself would not give you grounds to make a claim, unless the person performing the patch test was negligent and did not perform the test correctly (such as applying too much tint to your skin).

Claiming Compensation for an Adverse Reaction to Tinting Eyebrows

The purpose of a patch test is to check to see if a customer is allergic to any of the compounds present in the tint scheduled to be used. To check for an allergic reaction to eyebrow tint, a very small quantity of the tint is applied to the skin; usually on the inner arm or behind the ear. In the case of a severe allergic reaction to eyebrow tint, a reaction may be evident in a matter of minutes; although the patch test should be performed 24-48 hours prior to the treatment commencing as an allergic response can take many hours.

If you were offered a patch test and you turned it down, it is unlikely that you would be able to successfully claim compensation for an adverse reaction to tinting eyebrows. You would be deemed to have been negligent with regards to your own personal safety, and primarily responsible for your own injury. An exception would be if you were offered a skin patch test, but the reason for the test was not explained properly and you were not made aware of the risk of an allergic reaction to eyebrow tint.

Even when a patch test is performed, it may still be possible to make a claim for compensation for an adverse reaction to tinting eyebrows. If tint was applied after eyebrow waxing, this would have left the skin pore open allowing tint to enter. Eyebrow tint should never be applied while the pores are open. Salon staff should be aware of this and would have received training on the correct use of tints and dyes.

Making a Compensation Claim for Damage Caused by Hair Tint

It may be possible to make a claim for damage caused by hair tint if you hair has been damaged by a beauty product applied in a salon. You do not need to have suffered an allergic response to hair dye in order to be able to claim compensation. You should be entitled to claim for damage caused by hair tint for burns to the skin from the application of hair colour by a negligent hairdresser.

Provided the hairdresser breached a duty of care and caused damage to your hair by the negligent application of hair dye (such as using incorrect concentrations or leaving it on the hair for too long), you may be entitled to make a claim and should seek legal advice about doing so from a personal injury solicitor.

Actions to take Before You Can Claim Compensation for a Severe Reaction to Tinting Lashes and Hair

There are two important actions to take before you will be able to claim compensation for a severe reaction to tinting lashes or hair. You must seek medical attention for your injuries, as your medical records must confirm an injury has been sustained when you claim compensation for a severe reaction to tinting lashes, hair or eyebrows.

You should also make a written complaint in the beauty salon’s accident book detailing the injury you sustained, the name of the person who performed the treatment and your contact details. The accident book report can be used as proof that the injury was sustained in the beauty salon when a claim is made.

Consult a Solicitor about How to Claim Compensation for Beauty Salon Injuries

If you want to claim compensation for beauty salon injuries, it is important to seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor. You will be given important legal advice about how you can preserve your right to claim and will be told about the actions which must be taken in order to build a strong case against the salon, product manufacturer or shop/supermarket.

After explaining the cause and the severity of the injuries you have sustained, you should be able to find out if you are entitled to claim compensation for beauty salon injuries, although an investigation into the accident will need to be conducted by a solicitor before this can be 100 percent confirmed. You will also be advised about the level of damages which can be recovered should you decide to claim compensation for beauty salon injuries.



This is an Information site only – if you feel you have a potential claim, you should discuss your situation with a solicitor registered with the Law Society of Ireland.