Did you know that in the UK alone, there are approximately 55,000 establishments dedicated to beauty treatments, such as hair and beauty salons, spas, and nail bars? These establishments cater to a wide number of individuals, including you. All of us have needs when it comes to beauty treatments, whether it’s as simple as a haircut or as complicated as cosmetic surgery. But there’s one other fact of which you should also be aware: beauty treatment injuries are rising, primarily due to the use of faulty equipment, ignorance, or the negligence of the technician or beauty specialist.
So what, in essence, should you know about beauty treatment injuries, and what can you do if you have a claim? Here are the most important facts on beauty treatment injuries you should know about.
The numbers say it all
According to the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority, or HABIA, there are about 250,000 people employed by beauty treatment centres, spas, and hair salons. As already mentioned, there are approximately 55,000 working establishments in the UK, so the demand for these workers is high. Most beauty treatment centres and salons are small-sized enterprises which employ only about one to ten individuals.
But the sad fact is that over half of those working in the beauty industry don’t have the proper qualifications – most of them have only reached Level 2 of the qualifications for Health & Safety (Level 4 is the highest qualification for many beauty and hair treatments). Most staff end up performing treatments for which they are not formally trained.
As a consequence, there are now more injuries related to beauty treatments than ever. Some of the most common injuries include damage to the hair or scalp (especially with treatments such as hair dyeing), burns or bleaching of the skin due to waxing procedures, burns due to laser treatment, injuries to the eye because of eyelash treatment, and injuries such as allergic reactions to certain chemicals, particularly those found in hair dyes. Other injuries include chemical burning due to the use of defective or faulty beauty products.
Know the law
According to the ‘Sale of Goods and Services Act (1982),’ consumers who enter into an agreement or contract for particular goods or services should expect a certain level of duty and care. If the consumer does not receive the skill, duty and care they require and they receive an injury, then the one who supplied the goods or the service may be held liable. In other words, the consumer can make a claim for compensation, as confirmed by the beauty claim experts from Joanneduplessis.com.
These are just some of the facts you should know about – there are more. If you have suffered from a beauty injury, speak to a professional today; you deserve to receive compensation, and the industry will be all the better for it as well.