Dermatitis in Hairdressers
An awareness raising HWMG newsletter on dermatitis in
hairdressing is available to download by following this link: Issue 17: 'Lets Cut Out Dermatitis'
At some stage in their career about a third of hairdressers in
Britain will experience dermatitis in some form or other.
Dermatitis occurs most frequently amongst trainee hairdressers
because they undertake most of the 'wet work' (an explanation of
this term follows). For some hairdressers the severity of their
dermatitis forces them to leave their employment and may have a
severe impact on their personal life. A personal story of how
dermatitis affected the life of one hairdresser can be viewed (or
The first sign of skin damage often appears when young trainees
spend most of their time washing client's hair without wearing
gloves. They may wash the hair of 35-40 clients per day and spend
several hours with their hands immersed in water. Wet work
especially immersion in warm soapy water for long periods, removes
the natural oils leading to drying and cracking of the skin. This
represents a risk for the further development of dermatitis,
Additional risks to health in hairdressing include repetitive
strain injury (RSI) and musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) and the
risk of breathing in chemicals in spray hair products which can be
a risk for respiratory sensitisation (e.g., asthma).
Reducing risks to
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