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The Hidden Dangers of Hair Straighteners


Hair straighteners have made it into the national press this week to highlight National Child Safety Week. It is believed that the popularity of hair straighteners is partly to blame for the sharp increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital with burns. The number of children hospitalised for burns has risen by more than 50% in the past decade, though the total number of accidents for this age group has decreased.

The popularity of hair straighteners is partly to blame for the rising numbers of children injuring themselves, according to The Child Accident Prevention Trust which investigated cases and has anecdotal evidence from doctors and nurses.

Dangers of Hair StraightenersHair straighteners can reach temperatures of up to 220C (428F) and can remain scalding hot for up to eight minutes after they have been switched off. As children have much thinner skin than adults, the burns can cause permanent scarring. Moya Sutton, a nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, said an increasing number of children are being treated for burns caused by playing with hair straighteners.

“On average, at least 40 children a year are treated at Alder Hey for these types of burns,” Sutton said.

Modern day celebrity culture seen on the pages of magazines and on television has made hairstyles more exciting and accessible and it is easier than ever to change style at home with hair straighteners. As well as the risks of burning, for adults or children, there is also the potential for hair thinning as a result of the hair breaking caused by over-use of such products.

Heat protective serums and sprays can help avoid the damage, but if you’re hair has lost some volume and is looking a little worse for wear, you may want to consider giving your hair straightener a holiday. However, abstaining from your hair ironing session may not be enough to restore your tresses to their former glory. If you’re having trouble restoring your hair to its premium state, the Belgravia Centre offers a range of hair loss treatments and booster products that can increase growth and help your hair recover. Previous clients have seen such results and you can find examples in our success stories section.

If you feel you are experiencing hair thinning and would like to discuss the range of treatment available, please email or call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 where we can arrange for a free initial consultation with one of our hair care specialists. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch with you shortly.

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