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Salon Injuries

Serious Salon Injuries Caused by Negligence

Salons have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe and sanitary setting as well as a competent work force. This means adhering to strict health and safety regulations, ensuring that all chemicals are safe and free of contamination, using products only as directed, and making sure every client receives treatment from a properly trained salon technician.

Failure to meet these guidelines can result in painful injuries, scarring, and even potentially life-threatening infections.

Common Salon Injures

Negligent work completed at hair, nail, and beauty salons can result in more than just discomfort – they can result in pain, permanent scarring and infection.

Among the most common injuries experienced at beauty salons are:

  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Hair loss and scalp injuries
  • Chemical burns
  • Wax burns
  • Laser burns
  • Bacterial infections
  • Staph infection
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Allergic reactions


Failure to test products.  Before using a new product, a salon must conduct a number of tests to determine whether the product could have any adverse effects on a patron’s skin, hair, or health. Failure to conduct these tests can result in hair loss, burns, and serious allergic reactions.

Failure to select the appropriate treatment or use a treatment as directed. Salon technicians are responsible for understanding what treatment is best for a patron and how such a treatment should be used. Common failures include improper wax temperatures, leaving hair dye in too long, and not completing a skin patch test before completing a chemical treatment.

Unsanitary instruments. Failure to follow proper sanitation methods can greatly increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections. In most extreme cases, unsanitary instruments have been linked to the spread of hepatitis, tuberculosis, and even HIV.

Use of contaminated or expired chemicals. When left open or mixed improperly, chemicals that are often used in cosmetology treatments can result in severe allergic reactions and painful burns. It is the responsibility of the salon to ensure that all chemicals are safe before use.


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