extensions gave woman bald patches
A woman whose hair fell out after she had extensions put in has
been awarded nearly £4,000 (US $5800) compensation against
her stylist. Suzanne Beadle, age 42 and a mature student, claimed
that she lost her self-esteem and confidence after she began to
go bald. Mrs Beadle paid £400 (US $580) for her blonde hair
to be lengthened for a family wedding. However, she later complained
that her extensions were falling out, and pulling her real hair
from her scalp.
She said: "Fortunately I've got thick hair so it didn't show
much early on. But I had lots of bald patches, five pence-piece
sized, all over my head." Mrs Beadle, a mother of three, from
Bournemouth, Dorset, England, sued the Marc Young hairstylist in
Poole. Southampton county court awarded her £3,872 (US $5536)
compensation to reflect her pain and suffering, and the lack of
a warning about possible side effects. The stylist was also ordered
to pay £3,593 (US $5137) court costs.
After the case, Mrs Beadle said: "A lot of people spend money
on these things and they are not given the right information that
it can cause hair loss. When I started to go bald I was devastated.
Women like to have nice long hair, it is their crowning glory. If
your hair looks good, you feel good. I felt bad about myself because
I didn't feel attractive. I lost my self esteem. I would have been
happy to have my money back. But I had to go to court and the hairdressers
tried to say it was something I had done."