A Visit to the Salon Could Damage Your Health, Can It?

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The popularity of beauty salons and spas has grown incredibly over the past several years. There is quite a variety to choose from, including hair salons, some of which also offer manicures, pedicures, applying artificial nails, and specialist hair-colouring.

There are nail bars which concentrate solely on keeping your nails beautiful, and are adept in adding artificial nails on which you can even choose to have the flag of your country emblazoned – among other designs of course!

Clinics offering dermal services such as Botox and filler injections are very much in the fore, as are spa’s offering an entire range of beauty treatments from Indian Head Massage to laser hair removal. Visits to a salon is indeed popular in all levels of society, but if you are not careful, you may end up getting much more than you bargained for.


Risks you may incur when you visit a salon

In a recent survey of nail and hair salon clients, more than 2/3rds of those interviewed admitted that they had one or more health issues after a visit to a salon. These include skin problems, fungal infections, and respiratory problems.

The percentage of the reported problems indicated that problems were higher at nail bars than hair salons.

The studies noted that when it comes to safety, always be aware of dangers which may be present in salons frequented by the public at large.


Here is a list of some possible salon-related risks

Nail Bars

  • Many of the nail bar services include the use of chemicals which could be dangerous for the client. The chemicals can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations.
  • Some clients who frequently visit nail bars reported more fungal and dermal problems than those who only occasionally visit salons.
  • The vapour from chemicals used in the application of artificial nails have been known to cause respiratory problems in some clients.
  • Most of the tools in the nail bars are re-used, and if they are not properly sterilized, may put clients at risk for contacting dermatitis, expose them to fungi, and even viruses such as hepatitis B and C.
  • Diabetics could be particularly at risk when have pedicures as the cuticles are usually cut, and if an injury occurs, need to be treated immediately with an antibiotic or antiseptic ointment. Cuts and bruising take inordinately long to heal for diabetics.

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