Friday, February 27, 2009

Rare Danger at Your Local Beauty Salon

There is an abundance of news and tons of discovered findings that leave us hanging with the question: why hasn’t anyone told us sooner? Of course, the answer always remains, “We didn’t know until now.” Many years ago, I was afraid to turn on the news, because I didn’t want to “catch” whatever they were speaking about if it had to do with medical situations. If Madelene turned on the Discovery Channel and they were talking about rare illnesses, I would go get a check up because I would develop symptoms of whatever it was they were speaking of. God forbid someone described in full detail of their panic attack symptoms - I would then get it immediately upon hearing it. I turned into a full-fledged hypochondriac. It was at the age of twenty when I first started seeing alarming signs of it.

As I grew older and more confident in myself, the hypochondria seemed to have subsided somewhat. With extensive therapy as well as cognitive behavioral techniques, I knew that this was all in my head and that I have been torturing myself for many years with the the 'I may have what they have' syndrome. Yes, I made up a syndrome.

Now I have 'healthy doses' of little scares here and there. Take for instance today. This morning I’m working from home, so sometimes I’ll have my television on for a bit while drinking my coffee before starting my day. I heard something very disturbing. On The Doctors, they said that it is possible for people to get strokes while getting their hair washed at the salon. It’s the process of tilting your head back, preventing needed blood flow to get to your brain. 

In 1993, The New York Times reported, “The position commonly used for shampooing at beauty salons, with the neck tipped far backward over the edge of a sink, can diminish the blood supply to the brain, sometimes precipitating strokes in older people, a new survey has found.  In today's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Michael Weintraub described five women between the ages of 54 and 84 who developed serious neurological symptoms requiring hospitalization after shampoos at beauty parlors.
The patients suffered from a variety of complaints attributable to poor blood flow in arteries leading through the neck to the back of the brain, including severe dizziness, imbalance and facial numbness. Four out of five suffered strokes leading to permanent neurologic damage.” ---read more here.

So now, you can see my quandary, as I sit here in desperation to get my haircut. Usually, my sister comes over and does it for me. She’s excellent at it and I can’t find a better beautician than her. So, today, I will be calling my sister to come over to do my hair. I will wash my hair in my own shower. I guess this is a normal type of fear, nevertheless, it still affected me enough to plan on never again stepping foot into a beauty salon, unless of course I need a manicure or pedicure. I won’t speak about the dangers of that on this post today. That’s a whole other story waiting to rear its ugly head.

Why hasn’t anyone told us sooner?


Anonymous said...

Deb: What was the recommendation to the problem at the beauty salon (other than washing your own hair like you plan to)?

I don't have that problem and generally don't listen to news shows like that because I don't want to hear stuff like coffe is good or coffee is no good depending on the study.


~Deb said...

Kevin: I know, I really should watch the news at all, but I really thought I was safe watching The Doctors. Ah well. Another fear marked on my list!

Leesa said...

~Deb, don't worry about it. I am sure the chemicals you are sniffing are doing more harm to your body. Plus, before you get old and in the stroke zone, I am sure they will change their minds about hair-washing.

~Deb said...

I'm not quite sure if that made me feel better, Leesa. :|

Grant said...

BTW, I just sneezed in your comment box.

~Deb said...

*Wipes down comment box with Lysol*

Mary said...

Deb, Before you go to the Beauty Salon, wash your own hair at home, I do, makes it much easier..take care..hugss.Mary

Mars said...

it's certainly believable, but i think it's also about how long and how much pressure can be applied there. as long as it's quick, the dresser doesn't force your head down and your not feeling any pain, stress or strain it should be fine.

the walking man said...

I was drunk one hot July day years ago with a beard at least as long as the one I have now. On a whim I went into a beauty parlor to see if they would/could shave me.

The beautician had mammoth mammaries and the only place she had for them was my forehead as she tilted me back to shave me.

It was well worth a stroke in my opinion.

SJ said...

The news is scary - diseases, wars, crime... enough to make you want to switch to one of those gossip shows (yuck!).

Just_because_today said...

so in addition to driving to NYC to find me a good Colombian gay man to cut my hair, now I have to stand in their shower to have my hair washed to prevent a stroke? I think just driving in the City will give me that...

Trashman said...

I once convinced a friend of mine that he had the rare Padagonian Swamp Fever. It was kind of fun watching him come down with the symptoms.

~Deb said...

Mary: Hrmm, that’s a good idea! Thanks!

Mars: Well, it’s really in the rarest cases that this happens and this usually occurs in people who are 50 and over if they have health issues.

The Walking Man: I’ve had quite a few of those in my days and yes, it is well worth the risk of a stroke! At least it gets yer’ heart pumpin’! ;) You’re too funny!

SJ: I know, sometimes I just sit and watch TMZ because they’re more accurate with their stories. Sad, huh?

Just_because_today: I know, it took Madelene years to find a person who could really do a good job cut Latina hair. Driving to the city is great, at least for me - it’s like a video game: drive like a cabbie. Nudge your way through everything and everyone - they’ll get out of your way. It totally works.

Trashman: Oh you’re EVIL! See, that would be me! My sister does that to me a lot! (It works almost all the time too!)

Kevin Wicks said...

You sound like my wife...she cant watch any medical shows on TV without thinking she is showing symptoms.
I read once, a long time ago now, that reaching up above your head causes back strains of some sort. So as you reach up to wash your hair in the shower you could be risking back pain. LOL its endless.

Great blog by the way.


Amazing how simple things can have unintended effects.
Also goes on to show how little we know about the human body.

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