Nurse who spent 16 years growing her hair past her waist receives £6,000 compensation after hairdresser left her with two giant dreadlocks full of knots that had to be hacked out
- Kimberley Gorton, 36, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, sobbed after her hair disaster
- Nurse was left with two dreadlocks of knots after a trip to her local hairdresser
- Was awarded £6,000 after salon eventually admitted responsibility in mishap
A woman who grew her hair down past her bottom over 16 years has been awarded almost £6,000 in compensation after a botched dye job left her with two giant dreadlocks.
Nurse Kimberley Gorton, 36, from Wilmslow, Cheshire only popped into her local salon for a semi-permanent colour to make her hair look extra shiny followed by a trim in September 2019.
But the hairdresser left her with a head full of knots, with two dreadlock-like nest of hair on her head. It took several agonising hours of work to try and resolve the issue.
Kimberley, a mother-of-six who had spent 16 years growing her beautiful sleek hair, cried when she was told it would have to be chopped short.
The salon dismissed her sadness and said she could always ‘wear a wig.
The nurse, who said she was traumatised by the painful experience, but eventually received £5,574.48 in compensation after the salon eventually owned up to their mistake.
Kimberley Gorton, 36, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was left in tears after her local hairdresser ruined her hair and resorted to chopping chunks of it. She received £6,000 in compensation (pictured with long hair)
Kim, a nurse and mother-of-six, was told ‘it will grow back’ and that she could ‘wear a wig’ by the salon’s staff
Kimberley complained to the salon who said: ‘We did spend over two hours with you after the salon closed the following evening to remove knots* and a vast amount of time the following two days trying to resolve this problem.
‘We understand that it is upsetting, however we feel that we have been more than accommodating in the circumstances.’
But Kimberley was awarded £5,574.48 in compensation after they eventually admitted liability.
She said: ‘My hair has always been my pride and joy.
A look at Kimberley’s hair after it was damaged at her local salon, full of knots and looking like a giant dreadlock
‘I’ve worn it long since I was a child, but decided to grow it past my waist around 16 years ago. I take care of it and think it’s part of my identity.
‘I have felt ugly and unfeminine since they chopped it off and had to hide myself away.
‘I had to wear a cap and put my collar up all the time so no-one can see me as I’m so embarrassed by my hair.
‘For them to dismiss it as trivial and tell me to wear a wig was a joke and disrespectful. I’m not Kim Kardashian.’
The mother-of-six, pictured with her hair after the incident, was left with anxiety and traumatised by her experience. Her doctor likened her reaction to mourning
The mum-of-six’s bad hair day began when she went into the salon for a semi-permanent colour, wash and trim last September.
‘I’d had this colour done before as it washes out and makes my hair look glossy,’ Kimberley explained.
‘And I’ve been to this salon on and off as I just have my hair trimmed every three months or so and I’ve never had any problems.
‘I’d decided to have it done as I’d had my hair braided elsewhere three weeks before for a change and when I took the braids out my hair looked frizzy.’
Kimberley said she told her hairdresser that she hadn’t washed her hair for three weeks because she’d had it in the braids, but the woman was happy to put the colour straight on her hair.
‘I went in at 1pm and said I had to pick up my children from school at 3.15pm. I’d booked to have it coloured, washed and trimmed.
Kimberley showing off her long hair after it was braided. The mother-of-six claimed support from her salon had been sub-par
“The hairdresser put me under a silver plate hairdryer as she said it would help the colour take faster.
“After ten minutes she took me to the basin to wash the colour off. After my hair had been washed I sat down in front of the mirror expecting it to be cut, and I couldn’t believe the huge knots at the back of my head.
‘There was a giant dreadlock twisting to the right and another smaller dreadlock on the left, but it was the whole of the back of my hair.
‘I said “Oh my god, what’s happened?” and she said I didn’t need to worry she would get it out.
‘But then she started yanking my hair, trying to get a brush through it. It hurt as she was pulling so much.
‘I told her that it hurt and she gave me the brush but I couldn’t get it through my hair. It was twisted and knotted up so tight, the brush wouldn’t touch it.’
Kimberley with her daughter, both sporting braided hair. The mother said it was impossible to comb her hair because the knots on her head were too thick
Kimberley looking distraught after the hair appointment disaster. She said she would never trust a stylist with her hair ever again
After an hour, Kimberley had to leave to go on the school run.
‘The hairdresser said she couldn’t do anything as she was going out later and had a day off the next day so she told me to come back the day after that.
‘Then she gave me a hairnet to put over my hair. I looked ridiculous. I was so angry and nearly in tears.’
She complained in writing later that evening and left an angry voicemail asking for help. Another hairdresser at the salon told her to come back in at 6pm the following days so she could help.
‘But she told me to look on YouTube for way to get the knots out of my matted hair. Nothing worked,’ Kimberley said.
‘The next day she was shocked when she saw the state of my hair. I was so upset.
‘I had a headache from all the pulling the day before and couldn’t sleep as the dreadlocks were so big and uncomfortable.
‘But she spent two hours trying to tease out the knots with a comb and didn’t make hardly any progress.’
Kimberley went back for another five hours the next day but the following day the original hairdresser said she would have to cut her hair to get rid of the knotted mass.
‘They’d covered the knots in conditioner, olive oil, everything and they wouldn’t budge.
‘They even started going through it with their hands to try and rip my hair apart, but nothing worked.
The salon tried everything to untangle Kimberley’s knots, including olive oil and conditioner. Pictured with her son
It took six months for Kimberley , picture with her long hair, to receive compensation after she lawyered up, prompting the salon to admitted they were liable
‘I asked if there was any other option as I wanted to save my hair but there wasn’t. It was a mess.
‘It looked like it had been hacked off. It was really short and uneven at the back and one side, then long on the other, but it was all thin and straggly.
‘I looked so terrible I couldn’t even look in the mirror.’
Traumatised Kimberley hid her hair under hats or a hood as she was so embarrassed.
‘I tried to make sure no one saw me,’ she said.
‘For work I had to buy some hair pieces so that I could face people, but I was so embarrassed. My lovely long hair had been hacked to pieces.’
Depressed, she rang her GP who gave her anti-anxiety medication and arranged for her to have weekly counselling.
‘It affected me so deeply that he said it was akin to grieving and I suppose that’s what I was – I was mourning for the hair that I’d lost.’
After hiring a solicitor, Kimberley was relieved that the hairdresser admitted liability. But it took a further six months before she was awarded the sum.
‘It might sound trivial but I couldn’t sleep, eat or stop crying for months, I was so upset and I have been too scared to go to a hairdresser.
‘It’s taken a year for me to get enough confidence to go back to one. I have an appointment to see what can be done, but I just want to grow it again.
‘Everyone has always complimented me on my hair. I’ve had it long since I was a child and to lose most of it has been so traumatic. I will never have it coloured again.’
A spokesperson at the salon declined to comment.
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