Saturday 19 January 2019

Communion 'a disaster' after mum's hair salon burns

Elaine Wilson was in pain. Photo: Collins
Elaine Wilson was in pain. Photo: Collins

A housewife who claimed her enjoyment of her daughter's First Communion was ruined after a salon hair colour treatment burned her scalp has been awarded €12,500 damages.

Elaine Wilson alleged that on May 22, 2013, she attended Rainbow Hair and Beauty, Convent Road, Clondalkin, in preparation for her daughter's communion three days later.

The 37-year-old told her barrister, Gareth Kinsella, she asked for an all-over colour treatment.

The Circuit Civil Court heard that, shortly after the dye application, Ms Wilson started to feel tingling and burning sensations on her scalp and she asked for the manager.

She said that, after some time, the manager checked her scalp and her hair was washed for 20 minutes. The dye had been on her hair for almost an hour.

Ms Wilson, of St Mark's Drive, Clondalkin, said her scalp was very sore. When she had asked what the reason was, she had been told that "it is fine". She was distressed but felt obliged to pay the €51 charge.


Mr Kinsella said Ms Wilson had then gone home and noticed her scalp was burned. She had blisters, was bleeding and had redness, and had a bald patch on the back of her head.

Ms Wilson told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she went back to the salon the next day. The manager had laughed and told her to see a doctor.

The court heard she had been in pain and needed to attend her GP a number of times following the incident. She was prescribed a scalp lotion and needed to take painkillers for several weeks.

Wilson said the incident had made her daughter's communion a disaster, as she had been distressed by having to appear in public and have her photograph taken.

Judge Groarke said Ms Wilson had a horrible experience, rendered worse given the important family occasion.

Hearing she had made a full recovery after four months, Judge Groarke awarded Ms Wilson €12,500 damages along with her legal costs. The company was not present in court nor was it legally represented.

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