Woman left with horrific wound after weave install goes wrong
8 months ago, 23 Apr 15:38
A woman left with a horrific six-inch wound after her Sh27,000 weave wig was allegedly sewn in too tightly fears she will be scarred for life.
Helzie Amnell-Connor says she was left in "agony", with an increasing "tightness" in her scalp, in the weeks after the new hair was fixed to her head.
The 24-year-old, from Leeds, UK, claims she eventually woke up one morning in terrible pain, with blood "streaming down her face".
She says she was mortified to find the wig's band had "dug" into her scalp.
She is now speaking out about her injury as a warning to others considering a similar hair-do to do their research first and not ignore pain symptoms.
Helzie says she paid Sh27,000 to have the brunette Brazilian wig weaved onto her mousey-brown hair at a salon just under a month ago.
After the hour-long procedure was completed, Helzie was told to return to the salon where the weave was attached four weeks later to have it checked.
But in the weeks that followed, the "pain and tightness" in her scalp increased.
The young woman, who has reportedly been advised by a lawyer not to name the salon where she had the work done, claims she had been told this was normal.
Because of this, she says she "didn't think anything about it".
However, at 4am last Friday, she awoke "covered in blood" and in "agony".
As her horrified dad fought to cut the threads attaching the wig to her hair, they realised its band had dug into the front of her scalp.
Helzie attended St James's Hospital in Leeds, where she was placed on an antibiotic drip and given painkillers.
She says she was later advised by staff at Leeds General Infirmary that the wound was best left to self-heal and should be treated with antibiotic cream.
However, she says she fears the deep gash could leave her scarred for life.
"I just want to raise awareness about this," she said.
"For a girl, hair is the most important part of the body and it's important for people to know this can happen.”
The young woman, who reportedly now has to wait a fortnight for further advice about her injury from doctors, says she will be taking legal advice over the work done to her hair.
"You trust these people as professionals but this has turned into a complete horror story," she said.
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