Lawyers for Hair Care Product Burn Injury

Burns from Hair Care Products Such as Perms or Straighteners

There are many hairstyling procedures that a commonly performed using chemicals that can cause severe burns to the scalp if they are not applied carefully and safely. The “Brazilian Blowout” is probably the most well-known hair procedure that can leave burns of not performed correctly. It is also known as: Brazilian Hair Straightening Perm, Brazilian keratin treatment, Coppola keratin straightening, Keratin Complex treatment, Liquid keratin, and Global keratin. Other procedures that may result in scalp burns may include hair bleaching, hair lightening, hair dying or hair straightening perms.
The burns can range from minor burns to third degree burns that cause permanent scarring and hair loss. Sadly, most of these burns are preventable simply by following the safety directions on the container.

Why Do Burns Occur?

There are several reasons burns may occur. First and foremost, the chemicals being used are known to have toxic properties. Chemicals such as lye, formaldehyde and calcium hydroxide can cause severe scalp burns if not handled with care. There is a reason the hair is often pulled through a protective cap or wrapped in foil to prevent the chemical from touching the skin.
Second, people can have allergic and/or toxic reactions to the chemicals. Chemicals and minerals in your hair and scalp may have an adverse reaction to the chemicals used in the hair care procedure being performed. Many of the chemicals used in these products have Material Safety Data Sheets—documents required to be filed with the government when potential hazardous and/or toxic chemicals are being used.
The important thing to understand is that these reactions are known to occur. A trained hair care professional should be aware of these known risks and of the importance of following the manufacturer’s safety instructions included in the product information. Many of the harmful reactions can be avoided by performing a simple hair strand test—a procedure by which a small amount of chemical is applied to a few strands of hair to see if there is any adverse reaction. Failure to perform such a test on a known dangerous hair care product is negligence on the part of the hair stylist.

What to Do If You Suspect a Burn Injury from a Hair Care Product

Obviously, if you feel a burn injury occur due to a hair care procedure, you should go to the emergency room at once. However, sometimes the full effects of the burn are not visibly noticeable until hours later. Symptoms that may indicate you have suffered from a scalp burn and should seek medical care include, fever, facial erythema, swelling of the neck, burning sensation to the scalp and hair loss. If you have a procedure done and these symptoms appear, you should seek medical attention immediately.
After you have sought the appropriate level of medical care, you should consult a hair burn injury attorney immediately to determine your rights. It is very important that you act quickly in a case such as this to preserve evidence. The hair care product involved may be disposed of if you fail to act quickly making determining exactly what went wrong more difficult. At Simmons & Fletcher, P.C., we have recovered substantial settlements for clients suffering from severe hair burns. Call us for a free consultation on your case today.