Last year, a bride from Chesterfield had her wedding dreams left in tatters after a session at her hairdresser went badly wrong. Bride-to-be Natalie Trainer had her hair dyed twice within minutes in an attempt to achieve the platinum hair colour she wanted for her big day. But chemical burns caused by the hair dye left Natalie with a weeping scalp and severe hair loss. The 23-year-old recruitment manager said, “I have naturally blonde hair but I get it dyed or highlighted every few months and have never had a problem before. But this time my hair actually fell out. I don’t want any woman to have to go through this – it is devastating and humiliating.”
Natalie was disappointed with the first outcome so she left her hairdressers and went around the corner to another salon to try dying it again. She said she could feel her scalp burning when they were putting the dye on but the hairdressers said she needed to leave it on for another 10 minutes.
“I began screaming because my scalp felt on fire. They washed and blow dried my hair and I was horrified – it was bright orange and felt like straw,” revealed Natalie.
When Natalie left the second salon, clumps of her hair began to fall out and her scalp was oozing pus and blood. Natalie went to the local hospital and was diagnosed with severe chemical burns and told to stay out of the sun especially on her 2 week honeymoon in the Maldives.
After a TV show ran a story about her ordeal, a top hairdresser offered to make Natalie a custom-made wig for her wedding day. Natalie said that while she was delighted about having a specially made wig, she was upset that it would not be her own hair and that her confidence was “totally shattered”.
In order to avoid the burns and subsequent hair loss that Natalie suffered, it is important to have a strand test before dying your hair. This should prevent any serious damage however regular dying of hair can leave it dry and more prone to thinning and breakage. Sometimes, after a break from styling, the hair will recover and return to its former glory. However, if the hair has been severely weakened from overstyling, it may need some help to restore it. A hair loss treatment programme can give the hair follicles a much needed boost and kick-start a healthy hair growth cycle.
If you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss, please contact The Belgravia Centre. We have a friendly team of experts who will be able to diagnose the condition and offer advice on treatment. To book a free consultation, call us on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit the clinic, please complete the online diagnostic form and treatment advisor will be in touch.