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You wait all year long for that one week off in the sun. You make plans to beautify yourself ready for that first step out onto the poolside. Hair dyed, legs waxed, eyebrows tinted, eyelashes extended and bags packed. But for some, this process can end up being a total horror story.

As the holiday season kicks into full swing, our Emma Bottomley, Personal Injury Paralegal, explores the botched beauty treatments that are sweeping the world.

How do you find your way through the wilderness of beauticians popping up in your local area? Different treatments come with different risks and methods of spotting an amateur.


It is common for sun worshippers to head to the local beauty salon to get various areas of the body waxed. One of the more popular treatments is eyebrow waxing. In recent months, eyebrows have become a huge focus with celebrities such as Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke’s flaunting their on fleek brow status. No matter whereabouts on your body you decide to get waxed, you run the risk of burns and allergic reactions. The good news is it is possible to do your research to minimise the chance of accidents occurring.

How Can I Avoid A Dodgy Wax?

There is no fail safe way to avoid questionable beauticians getting their mitts on your excess hair, but you can consider a few things before you go under the strips. Look out for messy spaces. All equipment should appear clean and organised and there should be a clean sheet of paper on the bed and all sticks and strips should be unused.

It’s also worth considering whether the beautician appears to be a jack-of-all trades. Beauticians who spend all day every day waxing can be considered specialists and are more likely to do a better and safer job. There is a government-endorsed code of conduct produced by Habia, the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority, which should be followed by beauticians as a guide to good practice. If your beautician is breaking any of these codes then you know to move on and find another.


For some, the experience of going to the hairdressers is a relaxing enjoyable one, for others it is a complete nightmare of anxiety and distrust. The second group’s wariness is not displaced as accidents can happen at the hairdressers. Allergic reactions to bleach and hair relaxants are not uncommon. The right salon will ensure you do a patch test well before your appointment. Patch tests are law under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. Despite this law, hairdressing is not regulated by any governing body and so burns and cuts are possible when having your hair done by incompetent stylists.

How Can I Avoid Hair Nightmares?

These types of issues at the hairdressers don’t just affect customers physically. There is usually psychological trauma involved in a hazardous visit to the hairdressers. Avoiding incompetent stylists can be difficult. Checking out reviews of the hairdressers you intend on visiting can provide some guidance on what salon is trustworthy. Another good tip for finding good hairdressers is to call them up and see if they are willing to book you in for a consultation prior to making an appointment. A salon willing to give up time to discuss your ideas is one that is putting the customer first rather than taking shortcuts to make quick money. Quiz the stylist about the chemicals they use on hair. If they have had full and recent training, they should be able to answer any questions you have. However, remember that just because they can spout lots of information about the bleach they are about to put on your hair, it doesn’t mean it’s risk-free.

False Eyelashes

You can of course buy false lashes from a shop and attempt to put them on, but many women opt to pay for a professional to do the finickity job of gluing on eyelashes. By choosing to go to a professional, you would hope that the process would be a lot smoother and a lot safer than attempting it yourself. But this is not always the case. There are a few risks to false eyelashes including infections, allergic reactions and damage to the eye.

How Can I Avoid False Lash Trauma?

Qualified beauticians should be registered with the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology. If they are not registered, then they may well not be qualified or insured. The BABTAC promotes public awareness of the importance of choosing an appropriately qualified and insured beauty therapist.  You can search for local registered beauticians via their website.

It is important to remember that accidents can still happen, even with registered and qualified beauticians.

Emma Bottomley commented:

“Sadly, these kinds of accidents are more common than one might have thought. Beauticians are often unqualified and inexperienced in the multitude of treatments they offer.”

“The psychological effect on women when things go wrong should be taken very seriously. Often customers are going to get beauty treatments as a way to relax. Obviously, when accidents happen, the opposite effect is true.”

“Consumers should not suffer in silence. By seeking legal help, you may be protecting other consumers from suffering the same pain you have.”

Written by Emma Bottomley.

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