Learn How To Sue A Hairdresser For Cutting You

By Stephen Kane. Last updated 18th April 2024. Every day, thousands of people in the UK go to hairdressers, barbers, and salons to get their hair cut or styled. But what happens if your hairdresser injures you?

Hairdressers work with a variety of sharp tools, from scissors and shears to razor blades. In this guide, we’ll discuss the duty of care that your hairdresser owes you, and when you could sue your hairdresser for cutting or injuring you.

We’ll also discuss compensation in hairdresser injury claims. You might be wondering how much compensation you could receive for a successful claim; we’ll talk about how much you could potentially claim, what your compensation could be made up of, and how professionals calculate these amounts. 

Finally, our guide will explore solicitors, and how they can help you on a No Win No Fee basis. Making a personal injury compensation claim can seem stressful or daunting, but a solicitor can use their years of experience to help.

If you’re ready to learn how to sue a hairdresser, read on. Or, if you’d like to talk to one of our friendly advisors, get in touch with our helpful team today by:

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How To Sue A Hairdresser For Cutting You

The first step in how to sue a hairdresser for cutting you is establishing negligence. In terms of personal injury law, negligence occurs when:

  • You are owed a duty of care.
  • This duty of care was breached.
  • You suffered an injury because of this.

When you’re in a barber’s shop or hairdressing salon, your hairdresser owes you a duty of care. This means that they are responsible for your health and safety, and have to take certain steps to ensure your health and wellbeing while in their space. 

Unfortunately, you can’t claim compensation for a bad haircut. But there are many other ways that a hairdresser could breach their duty of care towards you. 

For example, if a barber doesn’t properly sterilize a razor blade before using it and cuts you, the lack of sterilization could cause the cut to become infected, which can have serious consequences. In this case, the barber breached their duty of care, causing you to suffer an injury, and you could potentially claim compensation.

For more examples of how a barber or hairdresser could breach their duty of care towards you, read on. Or, contact our team today to get started on your compensation claim.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Against A Hairdresser?

Hairdressing compensation claims must be started within the personal injury claims time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that claimants typically have three years to start a claim. This is three years from the date that the injury occurred or become apparent. However, certain circumstances lead to the suspension of the time limit.

The time limit is suspended when:

  • The claimant is under the age of 18. During this time, however, a litigation friend could be appointed to pursue a claim on their behalf. If a litigation friend does not start suing a hair salon on their behalf, they will have three years after they turn 18 to start a claim.
  • Hairdressing compensation claims time limits are also suspended when the claimant lacks the mental capacity to start a claim. Similarly, a litigation friend could be appointed to act on their behalf in a personal injury claim. However, if a litigation friend does not start a claim while the time limit is suspended, they will be given three years from the date of regaining capacity to start a claim.

If you’re still wondering if ‘can I sue a hairdressers more than 3 years after the incident?’, get in touch today. Our advisors can provide a free eligibility check and more information on how to sue a hairdresser if their negligence caused you harm.

How Much Compensation Could You Get If You Sue A Hairdresser For Cutting You?

Now that you know more about how to sue a hairdresser, you might be wondering how much compensation you could receive if your claim succeeds. 

First, it’s important to note that every claim is unique, and that means that their payout is, too. Because of this, it can be hard to establish an average payout or estimate what you could get without talking to a legal professional.

If you’d like more personalised information, get in touch with our team. In the meantime, we can offer some information on what your compensation could be made up of, and how legal professionals could calculate your final payout.

General Damages

If your claim succeeds, then you’ll receive general damages. This area of compensation covers the pain and suffering that you go through as a result of your injuries. It also covers loss of amenity, which means loss of enjoyment in things you used to love, like hobbies or work. 

When this head of claim is valued, those valuing it might refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is because the JCG provides guideline compensation brackets that professionals can reference depending on what injuries you sustained, and their severity.

Below, you can see some of these figures. Please note that these are not guaranteed amounts, and that the top entry from this table has not been taken from the JCG.

InjurySeverity of InjuryCommentsJudicial College Guidelines Bracket
Multiple Severe Injuries And Special DamagesSevereA combination of multiple injuries and financial losses, for example, lost earnings and the cost of childcare.Up to £50,000+
Psychiatric damageModerateWhere claimants have struggled with their ability to cope, but a full recovery looks likely.£7,150 to £23,270
Psychiatric damageLess severeThis range of compensation will be considered based on how much everyday tasks and disrupted sleep affected claimants. £1,880 to £7,150
Facial disfigurementVery severe scarringWhere the psychological effects are severe and the scarring is very disfiguring. £36,340 to £118,790
Facial disfigurementLess severe scarringSubstantial scars that cause a significant psychological reaction. £21,920 to £459,090
Facial disfigurementSignificantPlastic surgery can reduce the appearance of the scars. Additionally, the psychological reaction is relatively minor, even if it was considerable. £9,110 to £30,090
Damage to hairBurning scalp with hair breakageDermatitis, eczema or tingling/burning of scalp resulting in dry, coarse and brittle hair that breaks or falls out. This causes emotional distress. £8,960 to £13,450
Damage to hairLess seriousWhere symptoms are fewer or only minor (e.g. cases where hair has been pulled out leaving bald spots, but regrowth is possible). £4,820 to £8,960

Special Damages

Not every claimant will be eligible for special damages. This is because this head of compensation covers the financial losses you experience as a result of your injuries. 

For example, if your hairdresser cut off the top of your ear because they weren’t paying attention, then you might lose out on earnings when you take time off work to recover. If this is the case, then special damages could help you recoup these losses.

This head of claim can also help you claim back the cost of:

  • Travel.
  • Prescriptions.
  • Cosmetic aids.
  • Childcare.
  • Housekeeping.

In order to claim under this heading, you need to be able to prove that you suffered these losses. 

Contact our team today to find out more about claiming against a hairdresser. Or, read on to find out how a solicitor from our panel could help you claim personal injury compensation.

How Could Hairdressing Injuries Happen?

There are various ways in which a hairdresser could cut you, including:

  • Using equipment with a missing safety guard (such as clippers, for example).
  • Not paying attention to the position of the scissors or shaving equipment.
  • Not maintaining equipment to a safe standard (such as not sharpening scissors or not cleaning equipment).

We should mention that not all cuts and scars from a hairdresser could lead to you suing them. Some cuts can be trivial, heal within a day or two without any scarring or infection and not cause your mental health to suffer at all. If you are acting dangerously, you may be considered at fault for an accident in which you sustained a cut. This could affect your eligibility to make a claim. If you’re concerned that you may be partially to blame for your injury, contact our team of advisors to find clarity on whether you could claim.

Suing A Hairdresser With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you are eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim against a hairdresser, you may be wondering if you can start your case with the help of a solicitor. If you contact our advisors about suing a hairdresser, then they may connect you with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel.

A No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel may offer to support your hairdresser injury claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this agreement, it won’t be a requirement for you to pay your solicitor any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. You also won’t need to pay them for any work completed on your case if it is unsuccessful.

If your hairdresser injury claim is a success, then the solicitor can take a legally capped percentage from the compensation awarded to you. This is generally referred to as a success fee.

For more advice on claiming compensation with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you can contact our advisors. You can reach them by:

  • Giving us a call on 0161 696 9685
  • Using our online contact form
  • Or you can send us a message on our 24/7 online live chat service.


  • Hair Removal Injury Claims – if your injury claim relates to hair removal, this guide could be useful. It explains in what instances you could claim for an injury caused by negligent hair removal.
  • A case study for a £32,000 compensation payout for loss of hair and when you may be able to make a claim.
  • Workplace Accident Claims – if you’ve been injured at work in a hairdresser’s, this guide could help.
  • Find A Trichologist – here you can find out how to find a trichologist and what issues they could help you with.
  • Hair Loss – some types of scalp injury could lead to hair loss. Find out more about hair loss on the NHS website.
  • Scarring Treatments – this guide from the NHS discusses the treatments available for scarring. If you are looking for treatment options to reduce scarring, this guide could be useful.

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