Mother, 24, claims her hairdresser 'got drunk necking gin'

Mother claims hairdresser who ‘got drunk necking gin’ while fitting her weave left her with the ‘worst hairstyle of 2020’ and a NEEDLE stuck in her locks

  • Emily Hunt, 24, said she ‘wanted to die’ when she realised just how terrible her hair looked
  • The mother-of-one, who herself is a hairdresser, paid £70 to a former work colleague for the treatment
  • Emily said the woman spent four-and-a-half hours carrying out the work at her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester
  • She said she has since contacted the woman’s boss as well as Trading Standards 

A woman has claimed that a hairdresser ‘got drunk necking gin’ while dying her hair and fitting a weave – leaving her with the ‘worst hairstyle of 2020’ and a needle stuck in her scalp.

Emily Hunt, 24, said she ‘wanted to die’ when she realised just how terrible her hair looked after getting the sew-in weave before the second lockdown last week.

The mother-of-one, who herself is a hairdresser, asked a former work colleague if she would touch up her roots, add some highlights and attach a £225 human hair piece before English hair salons shut on 5th November.

The friend agreed and asked for £70 to cover her time and expertise, quoting £25 to apply the hair dye Emily had provided and a further £45 to braid and sew in the hair piece Emily bought.

Emily said the woman, who she had only recently reconnected with, spent four-and-a-half hours at her home carrying out the work as she necked gin and bizarrely washed her own hair.

The extensions she fitted were loose and Emily could feel the top of them touching her ears and the back of her neck, whereas they should seamlessly blend with the natural hair. 


Emily Hunt, 24, (left) said she ‘wanted to die’ when she realised just how terrible her hair looked after getting the sew-in weave (right) before the second lockdown last week

Emily claimed she was forced to do ‘half the work’ herself including mixing the colours for her own hair, rinsing it out and even sewing some of the hair pieces together.

She said the woman demanded the money before she left, but later offered to fix the problems after admitting she was ‘sure she’d done a terrible job’ from what she could ‘remember’.

But Emily opted to get the weave re-fitted at a salon where she claimed the stylists’ eyes were ‘popping out of their heads’ before they described it as the worst-fitting weave they had ever seen.

The second hairdresser, tasked with fixing the hair-do, then discovered a needle that had been stabbing Emily’s scalp. 

The mother-of-one (pictured) asked a former work colleague if she would touch up her roots, add some highlights and attach a £225 human hair piece before English hair salons shut on November 5


Emily said the woman demanded the money before she left but later offered to fix the problems (pictured) after admitting she was ‘sure she’d done a terrible job’ from what she could ‘remember’

Emily, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, said: ‘It was the worst hairstyle of 2020. My hair just summed up the year.

‘Someone even commented on my [social media] post “if 2020 was a weave”, it was so bad.

‘As she was leaving I knew it was terrible, I just wanted to go upstairs and die. She was drunk when she did my hair, she got drunk drinking my gin.

‘I think [the bad style] was a combination of her being a bit drunk and not being very good at weaves.

‘She’d said, “I thought I was going to come round for a drink” and I said, “Yeah we can have a drink if you want and we can do my hair another time,” and she went “No, we can have a drink and I’ll do your hair. Trust me it’ll be fine I’ll be able to do it”.

‘I thought she’d only have one while she was doing it, I didn’t expect her to get that bad.

‘I’d bought this bottle of gin, she was drinking it more than me. She had about four or five glasses of gin, I only had two.

‘The next day when I looked in the mirror, I thought “I can’t even go out like that”.

‘I tied it in a bobble very low down on my head and tucked it underneath my coat and walked to the hairdressers.

‘When I got out of the hairdressers I cried with relief that my hair was sorted.’

The second hairdresser, tasked with fixing the hair-do, discovered a needle that had been left stabbing Emily’s scalp

Emily said: ‘When the hairdresser got to the second row, that’s when she found the needle when it pricked her finger’

The woman eventually got in touch and offered to fix Emily’s hair, something she declined. Emily has since contacted the hairdresser’s boss and reported her to Trading Standards

Emily, who lives alone with two-year-old son Alfie, said the woman responsible for her disastrous do was someone she used to work at a salon with.

The pair had started chatting again over social media and arranged to meet up before Emily asked if she was willing to do her hair. 

Emily said: ‘We were on lockdown from Thursday, so that’s why I needed to get my hair done by someone quick.

‘As I’m a hairdresser I’ve got a trade card so I provided the medium blonde colour and hair piece.

‘She made me fix the colour, all she did was paint me some roots on and then told me to wash it off while she was having a cig at the door.

‘She put eight highlights throughout the top and I even took the eight foils out of my hair myself too.

‘I thought it was a bit weird, I remember thinking “Why am I even paying someone when I’m doing half of the job myself?”.’

Emily (pictured), who lives alone with two-year-old son Alfie, said the woman responsible for her disastrous do was someone she used to work at a salon with


Emily said when she finally left the salon she ‘cried with relief’ that her ‘hair was sorted’ by the second hairdresser. Pictured: Before (left) and after (right)

After sending messages to the hairdresser for a refund and getting no reply, Emily wrote a Facebook post sharing her hair horror and has since received nearly 12,000 likes, shares and comments

After Emily rinsed the dye off her hair, the woman told her to partially-dry her own hair before she attached the hair piece.

Emily, who does microbond hair extensions on her own customers, said: ‘She told me she had to do my plaits while my hair was wet, which I found weird.

‘She said to only dry it 20 per cent, I stood in the kitchen and I blasted it myself while she went for another cig.’

The woman then plaited three rows of hair to attach the sew-in weave to.

Emily said: ‘When she’d done the first row of weave she went for a shower and washed her hair with my shampoo and conditioner then she came back to it.

‘She did three plaits, but the bottom one was very, very low and then she didn’t leave a big enough gap to go up to the other one.

‘They were just all very loose and I could feel the top of the hair extensions touching my ears and the back of my neck.

‘When that happens, that’s when you need to get it re-done, not when you’ve just had it done.


Speaking about getting her hair fixed by the second stylist, Emily said: ‘It took no longer than an hour to fix. She did it really nicely and then cut and styled it for me, I loved it.’ Pictured: Before (left) and after (right)

‘When she’s been sewing the hair onto the plait she’s not secured it, she’s not even finished off the sewing and she’s left the thread hanging down with a needle.

‘When she left she said “Transfer me that money now”, I was put in a position where I couldn’t really not send it.’

The woman left at 10.30pm and Emily, who had coughed up £70, went to bed mortified at her mop and had a fractious night’s sleep.

In the early hours of the morning, she frantically messaged a nearby hair salon and pleaded for an appointment to sort it out.

Emily said: ‘I didn’t sleep properly, I kept waking up all night and I messaged a stylist at 2am saying: “Please can you fit me in tomorrow morning because you’re never going to believe it. You’re going to see this weave and you’re going to laugh your head off, honestly it’s so bad”.

‘When they asked what was up with it, I replied “What’s right with it? When I sit on the chair you’ll see”.

‘Everybody’s eyes were popping out of their heads and their jaws were dropping, all the stylists were saying it’s the worst weave they’ve ever seen’.

‘It took no longer than an hour to fix. She did it really nicely and then cut and styled it for me, I loved it.

‘When the hairdresser got to the second row, that’s when she found the needle when it pricked her finger.

‘She couldn’t believe it was there and said “what the hell? Where did that come from?”

‘She [original hairdresser] caught my scalp with the needle tip and it hurt… It’s got a scab on it now so it must have bled.

‘I remember thinking, “oh my god that could have stabbed me in the head all night.”

After sending messages to the hairdresser for a refund and getting no reply, Emily wrote a Facebook post sharing her hair horror and has since received nearly 12,000 likes, shares and comments.

The woman got in touch and offered to fix Emily’s hair, something she declined.

Emily has since contacted the hairdresser’s boss and reported her to Trading Standards.

Emily said: ‘I shared the post because she was ignoring my messages.

‘She sent me a voice note saying “I’m sure I’ve done a really bad job, I’ll come back on Wednesday to sort it out”.

‘I said I would be out and then asked her for a refund and she started kicking off.

‘She then started saying she should have charged me £110, which is the standard price for all of those hair treatments, and offered to refund me £30.

‘I contacted her boss who said a message would be passed on, but mentioned it happened outside of work and was nothing to do with them.

‘I won’t be letting her do my hair again and I’ve contacted Trading Standards.

‘I just want my money back, I also don’t want anyone else getting the same treatment.’ 

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