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Katie Price's £11k hairdo horror! Model demanding compensation after 3,000-mile trip to U.S. salon results in her hair falling out
©Lightening up: Katie Price on her visit to Lea Journo's salon - where she is hoping to claim compensation from for damage to her hair
She has always gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure her appearance is never less than eye-catching.
But model Katie Price is demanding compensation from a top Los Angeles hair salon after she spent £11,000 on hair colourings and extensions that she claims were botched, leaving her hair so damaged it began falling out.
The 33-year-old is seeking a full refund plus compensation from Lea Journo, one of Hollywood’s most in-demand hairdressers, who has tended her hair three times a year since 2006.
©Remedial work: Back in London, Katie Price visits a salon to try to have the damage corrected
Over the past five years it means Miss Price – who has built up a £40 million fortune from her business empire, which includes modelling, novels and an equestrian fashion range – has spent more than £150,000 on her hair.
Appointments with Parisian-born Miss Journo, who runs her own salon at the five-star Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in LA and boasts a string of A-list Hollywood clients including Brad Pitt, start from £150 for a basic trim. A simple blow dry costs £100. Colour treatments and hair extensions start at £250.
©Not happy: The extensions are clearly exposed by her wind-swept hair - and soon she realised bits of hair were falling out
Miss Price claims she made the 3,000-mile journey to LA to have her hair lightened from brunette to blonde and to have hair extensions applied at the salon in December. And in keeping with her position as one of Britain’s most well-publicised stars, she made sure she was followed every step of the way by a crew from her reality TV show, Katie.
Miss Price, who says she uses the salon because it is ‘the best’ for applying hair extensions, says she was told Miss Journo wasn’t available but was offered an appointment with another stylist instead.
Glossy: In LA, Katie shows off the extensions before the major problems became clear
A source added: ‘She is seeking reimbursement of the cost of the treatment plus compensation.’
But another source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: ‘What is at issue here is that the hair was in poor condition when she came in. Miss Price had been to another hairdresser and she asked Lea to get it back to the condition it had been in. Lea had a team work with her over several days.
‘The problem came with the bill. My understanding is that she felt she was being charged too much but Lea turned down other clients and the team turned people away to do the work and try to satisfy the client. They couldn’t simply write it off.’

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