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Woman denies being warned of hair damage

A WOMAN denied that she insisted on having colouring treatment which damaged her hair, despite being warned not to have it, the High Court was told yesterday.

Artist and mother-of-three Aileen Dunleavy (40) has sued the hairdressers -- Swanpark Ltd, trading as Hair Republic of Westside Shopping Centre, Galway -- arising out of the treatment in March 2007, which she claims led to her hair falling out.

The hairdressers plead contributory negligence by Ms Dunleavy, of Caiseal Mara, Salthill, Galway.

While Ms Dunleavy's hair has since grown back, she claims that due to the hair loss, she suffered personal injury and that it adversely affected her working and social life.

She told the court yesterday that she went to get her hair done nearly a month after she had previously had it coloured because she was due to have her paintings exhibited at the RDS in Dublin.

She was left with an itching scalp and a "head of straw and spikes", she said. It took 18 months for her hair to return to how it had been.

Under cross-examination by Marcus F Daly, for the hairdressers, Ms Dunleavy denied that she insisted on her hair being coloured despite being warned not to have it done.


The court heard that the hairdressing company accepted the colouring should not have been administered because she had undergone the same treatment on March 1, 2007.

However, it claims that she had contributed to her own injuries by insisting on having it carried out around four weeks later on March 28.

Ms Dunleavy said she became socially withdrawn and felt unable to take part in her social events.

She accepted under cross-examination that she had played in a number of golf competitions following what happened at the hairdressers.

She accepted that she won one competition and that her picture appeared in a local newspaper, while the other was sponsored by the defendant.

The action before Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O Neill continues.

Irish Independent