Beauty queen mum Amanda Stewart left holding clumps of her blonde hair after DIY straightening kit BURNS it off

Beauty queen mum Amanda Stewart left holding clumps of her blonde hair after DIY straightening kit BURNS it off

January 24, 2022

THE mum of a beauty queen was left devastated after a DIY straightening kit burned off clumps of her blonde tresses.

Amanda Stewart was holidaying with daughter Eden McAllister, a Miss Teen Galaxy Ireland winner, in Florida when she purchased the chemical treatment.

Despite reassurances from the pharmacist that the product would be suitable, Amanda feared the worst as she watched her hair melt away.

Amanda, who is in her 40s, told Belfast Live: "It was a mess, a total mess.

"I have naturally blonde hair but had colour in there too. Now anywhere where the colour was has burned off.

"It literally came away in my hands. I put on the treatment and followed the instructions to the word.

"It all seemed to be OK until I started washing it and clump after clump just came away.”

She added: "I couldn't believe it. It felt horrible and it looked worse.

"I washed my hair as much as I could to get rid of all the straightening fluid and was left with a mullet.


"So all I could do was put what was left in a little pony tail and I reckoned I'd have to get the lot shaved off."

Amanda has been her teenage daughter’s manager since she started entering pageants.

The pair had been in America for a competition when Amanda picked up the hair solution.

She said: "My hair is naturally very curly and tends to go frizzy so I wanted to get a relaxer that would work for a while.

"I went to a pharmacy in Florida and asked for advice in there and was offered a stronger solution. Thankfully I went for a weaker one and decided to try it last night.

"But the results were disastrous. It was silly to be honest.

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"I shouldn't have done it myself but I trusted the pharmacy staff – she said she used the stronger solution on her own hair.

"I even checked to see if it was OK to use on coloured hair and they confirmed it was.”

Amanda has since discovered that the product was designed for Afro Caribbean hair and should never have been given to her to use.

She continued: "I am grateful to normally have good hair because I know there are a lot of people who lose their hair to illness and medical treatments.

"So I have to keep things in perspective but I have learned a valuable lesson.”

Amanda posted photographs of her ruined locks online and has since had her hair treated by stylist Brenda Shankey.

“They did an amazing job with what they had to work with. I've lost a lot of hair but it will grow back thankfully,” she said.

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