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A woman who burned a bald spot on her scalp while trying to dye her hair green has been hit with a £15,000 court bill after trying to blame a local salon for the mess.
Bernadett Codo, 27, claimed a stylist at north London fashion salon Mess Hair and Beauty had burned her hair hole with bleach while distracted by her phone during a £150 appointment in July 2017.
She sued the salon owner for £30,000 and told Central London County Court how she had “screamed in pain” and cried after her hairdresser sprayed bleach directly on her scalp as she ran with the her phone.
But Judge Heather Baucher dismissed her case and hit her with a £15,000 court bill after discovering the story was a “bizarre” attempt to cover up the damage she had caused to her own naturally brown locks while trying to dye them green in House.
The court heard that Ms Codo sued the salon, claiming she ended up with a ‘permanently bald patch’ after her scalp was burned by bleach while dyeing her locks a blonde and gray fade using a modern blending technique.’ ombre’ in July 2017.
She claimed the damage was done when her hairdresser botched the £150 ombre treatment, in which the roots remain darker and her hair gradually fades from the midsection down.
Ms Codo said the stylist who colored her hair was distracted while she applied peroxide to her hair and roots at the salon in Green Lanes, Haringey.
From the witness stand, she claimed the hairdresser was “on the phone and running around” while applying bleach directly to her roots and “all over her scalp.”
She cried out in pain from the burning sensation, Ms Elbow told Central London County Court, and was later laughed at by other patrons because of her translucent white hair.
But after a day in court, Judge Heather Baucher rejected the “fundamentally dishonest” damages claim, calling her account of her events “strange.”
Medical evidence suggested that any hair damage suffered by Ms Codo was “maintained by her own hands when she dyed her hair green”, the judge found, telling her to pay court costs of £15,000 in the case.
The stylist who handled Ms. Codo’s treatment insisted that she had never applied bleach to her scalp, as it was not part of the ombré technique, and that her client had paid and left the salon apparently “satisfied with the result”.
She did not take a phone call while working on Ms. Codo’s hair, the experienced hairdresser said, calling her client’s version of events “impossible”.
“She insisted that the product was never applied to Ms. Elbow’s scalp,” Judge Baucher explained.
And although Ms Codo said the salon treatment left her with an unsightly bald spot on her scalp, the judge said a photo of her taken around August 2017 did not help support her case.
“Although the plaintiff was vague as to the date, I am not convinced that the photograph shows anything other than a normal scalp,” Judge Baucher said.
“Even Mrs. Elbow admitted that she did not show baldness.”
Expert medical evidence suggested that if Ms. Codo had poured a commercial dye on her hair, she could easily have caused the chemical burns she complains of, the court heard.
Judge Baucher said: “I believe this report supports (the salon’s) contention that any injury plaintiff suffered was sustained by her own hands when she dyed her hair green.”
He added: “This is not a case of error…Ms. Codo’s description is so crude and so bizarre that the only conclusion this court can reach is that it is a fabricated account.”
Calling her case ‘dishonest and fraudulently advanced’, he also ordered Mrs Codo to collect the £15,000 bill for the costs of the case.
Bernadett Codo Quick and Facts
- Bernadett Codo, 27, tried to sue a London salon for £30,000 over her bald patch
- She claimed a stylist was busy on her phone and bleached the hole on her scalp
- But evidence suggested Codo burnt her hair while trying to dye it green at home
- Her ‘dishonest’ claim was rejected and she was ordered to pay £15,000 in costs