Almost all hair salons surveyed in Scotland as part of a nationwide safety campaign are putting themselves at risk of having to pay out injury compensation claims, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has suggested.
The association surveyed salons in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to find how many asked clients to do a skin allergy test before having their hair dyed.
Just five per cent of salons surveyed required a skin test, which has led to the APIL calling on the government to enforce legislation that ensures hairdressers are properly qualified and made to follow high standards of practice.
Denise Kitchener, chief executive of the APIL, said that she had come across some "horrific" cases where hair dye caused hospitalisation, depression, scarring, baldness and even blindness.
"Asking clients to take this simple test prior to colouring could save a great deal of suffering," she added.
Last month, research published in the journal Gut suggested that hair dye increases the risk of progressive liver disease.
Posted by Trevor Baker