(Closed) Can I sue my wedding hairstylist?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

Ilovetulips123:  First of all…how awful.  I am so sorry.

Without a signed contract I highly doubt you would get anywhere in the court system.  I personally think it would be a waste of time.

What I WOULD do?  Yelp about it, write negative reviews anywhere you can… warn others how unprofessional the hairstylist was.  

Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I realize this isn’t answering your question (because I’ll leave that to some lawyer bees) — but maybe just to feel better, you could get your hair professionally done and do some pics in your dress with your now-husband? Having some pictures you love might make you feel better. I wasn’t a fan of my hair on my wedding day either and I’m considering doing something like this. I loved my dress, so why not get some more use out of it? 

Post # 4
4233 posts
Honey bee

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Post # 5
14672 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

No contract, no breach of “duty”.  I’m not sure what exactly would hold up in a court if there was no actual agreement.  At best you would get a refund if you prepaid, but I find it hard to believe you would receive “damages”.

Post # 6
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ilovetulips123:  i doubt you’d get anywhere legally, but i would definitely spread the word that she’s unprofessional so that no one else gets into the same situation that you did (as PP stated). that sucks!

Post # 7
2685 posts
Sugar bee

If you paid her anything in advance, you may be able to take her to small claims court to get that money back.  If nothing was paid in advance, you’re not going to have any luck because you need to prove monetary damages such as a lost deposit.  Small claims court generally does not award damages for emotional distress as a result of the dispute.  I’m sorry that you had to go through this.  I like the one PP’s idea about getting your hair done and taking photos again in a couples session.

Post # 8
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ilovetulips123:  Like the other bees said, leave bad review anywhere that you can find her. You and everyone that was affected by this. 

Post # 9
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m not sure about what you could do legally. Probably not much without a contract, but go anywhere you can and write the most horrific reviews for her. A lot of brides look at reviews when seeking a service. Let them all know this hairdresser will leave them hanging. I’m sorry this happened to you!

Post # 10
177 posts
Blushing bee

If you paid her for services you did not recieve, then you are entitled to get your money back.  But you didn’t mention that so I’m guessing you did not pay or put down any kind of deposit.  With no contract and no money exchanged, no, you have no legal remedy.  

Post # 11
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you paid her any kind of deposit she must return that.  If she will not answer or return your calls, you could take her to small claims court but that might be more expensive than what you would get back.  You can’t sue her for the cost of your wedding/photography because you didn’t like your hair.

Post # 12
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t think you have grounds to sue her if there’s no contract. A text message from her might work, but does the text message explicitly state any terms (e.g. “Yes, I agree to provide hair services for your wedding on XX/XX/XXXX,” “I received the $XXX deposit. It will be applied to your services that will be provided on XX/XX/XXX”)?

Did you confirm the arrangements before the wedding (e.g. the week before)? Or did you just go to the hair trial and assumed that she’s going to do your hair for your wedding?

And why on earth did you not write up a formal contract?

Post # 13
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You hired someone without a contract. You MAY be able to get your money back (if you already paid) but, other than that.. Nothing is likely to come of this.

Also, surely you could’ve realized sooner than 10 minutes before going to the venue that she wasn’t going to show and planned accordingly. I don’t know… I’m a problem solver by nature so I’d estimate about an hour to do my hair.. If she hadn’t shown up by 30-45 minutes before I had to leave I’d start on my own hair and do it the way I normally wear it in order to prevent more stress and upset.


Post # 14
8775 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012


Post # 15
2511 posts
Sugar bee

Ilovetulips123:  If you gave her a deposit or paid ahead of time I’d definitely be demanding my money back. No, I wouldn’t sue her. If you lost a significant amount of money with her then take her to small claims if she refuses to reimburse you.

But, no, you can’t sue her for ruining your day because you didn’t like your hair.

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