MP David Morris calls for hairdresser registration law

David Morris
Image caption Mr Morris cut and dyed hair at his salons in Wigan and Bolton before entering politics

An attempt to enforce hairdressers to register by law with a professional body is being introduced to the Commons by a Lancashire MP.

Former salon owner and Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris, has tabled a 10-minute rule bill to be debated on 24 November.

He wants hairdressers to be registered in the same way as doctors and dentists because they use harmful chemicals.

Under the accreditation scheme, rogue hairdressers would be struck off.

'Scalp burns'

"At present anybody can just open a hairdresser's shop and go about cutting and dying people's hair using corrosive chemicals without any training or licensing and that is dangerous and wrong," said Mr Morris.

Out of an estimated 250,000 hairdressers in Britain, just 6,000 are registered with the British Hairdressing Council (BHC).

In order to register under BHC rules, hairdressers must have a City and Guilds or an NVQ level 2 qualification in hairdressing.

A BHC spokeswoman said: "We are absolutely in favour of the bill."

Mr Morris, who ran salons in Wigan and Bolton for 28 years before becoming an MP, said he hoped the law would "turn hairdressing into a recognised profession".

He said: "When I ran salons I had people coming into me with pink and blue hair and scalp burns and hair snapping off at the root, and we'd have to sort them out because they'd had their hair and skin damaged by cowboys who don't know what they're doing.

"It takes five years to train as a hairdresser and another two years to train as a trichologist, so qualified hairdressers are professionals and the public has a right to know whether they are being served by a professional or not.

"If this is successful it will mean that only qualified hairdressers can be registered and anybody who is guilty of malpractice and negligence can be struck off."

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