Sunday 20 May 2018

Salon sued over botched bikini wax allegations

Ray Managh

A WOMAN who claims she still suffers from the effects of a double hot bikini wax she had almost three years ago has sued a beauty salon for damages of more than €38,000.

Marie Smyth (38) told the Circuit Civil Court she was left with "weeping blisters" on her upper thighs and lower groin area following the waxing at Tiger Lily's beauty salon in Main Street, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, in February 2008.

She told her barrister Laurence Masterson that stray hairs were left on her groin and pubic area after the initial waxing and the beautician had immediately applied a second hot waxing to remove them.

Mr Masterson said Ms Smyth was claiming the immediately applied second waxing had caused her injuries. She was also alleging that an ingredient in the wax used had also contributed to her complaints.

Ms Smyth, of Forest Hills, Rathcoole, said she had been receiving hot waxing treatments for the past 20 years and had never been given a double procedure. Normally, stray hairs were removed with a tweezers.

Judge Joseph Mathews heard that Ms Smyth had suffered a rash between her legs and had treated herself for weeping sores with creams.

She still suffers from spots, soreness and discolouration and, after having eventually sought medical treatment, was referred to a skin specialist.


Ms Smyth told barrister Adrianne Fields for the defendant, Mystic Health and Beauty Salons, that tests had shown her to have developed irritant dermatitis in her groin and upper thighs. Tests were also carried out on her armpits, which had not been treated by the salon, and a dermatitis condition was found there as well.

Ms Fields said that evidence due to be called on behalf of Tiger Lily's would reveal that the ingredient she alleged had contributed to her injuries was not present in the wax used.

Judge Mathews adjourned the case pending expert medical opinion on whether Ms Smyth's dermatitis was bacterial or fungal.

Irish Independent

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